Title: Collateral Carnage
Author: Chris Saper (received a complimentary copy from the author)
Published on: 3rd July 2019
Collateral Carnage is a corporate thriller dealing with lobbying and corruption.
Claire Wilheit and Robert Kingston are therapists for PTSD patients. They work for Lucident, a subsidiary of a giant pharma corporation AllMed. Claire is not happy with her job. One uneventful day brings Robert and Claire together. But soon they realize their lives are in great danger. Escaping their attempt on life, Claire decides to digs deeper into the dark secrets of AllMed its PTSD drug. But will she be able to bring out the truth?
The story based in Arizona with futuristic world settings. And these futuristic glimpses are true projections of current times. There are such as privatization of government sectors, stringent law, and order, etc (there are more but I don’t want to spill the beans).
It has the elements of fabulous corporate espionage or thrillers. It is more realistic than other books in the same genre. The book moved at a good pace with the author giving the reader a notion of the timeline. The entire thing happens in a short span of time.
I am thrilled by how the author has portrayed her characters. There are many characters but each is not well developed but compartmentalized. The author doesn’t confuse the reader.
The central theme revolves around lobbying, corruption, and malice in the pharma industry. Many people can relate to it. I appreciate the author gives hope to the reader at the end of the book. Both the topic and theme grips the reader’s mind. And you cannot help but ponder!
There’s the only thing if the author could have even little more insight into A1A drug’s side-effects. It might have given extra punch to the story.
An interesting read with a touch of reality. The author paved way for next book in the series (at least I hope that’s the case).
For a debut novel, Chris Saper has done a tremendous job with such an important topic.
My rating is 4 stars.