Waterborne a book review

Title: Waterborne

Author: J. Luke Bennecke

Genre: Sci-fi Thriller

# of pages: 310

Release Date: 22 April

Published by: Black Rose Writing

Source: received complimentary copy from the NetGalley /publishers

Dr. Jake Bendel has used his knowledge and engineering degree to improve the quality of life for people in California. Two years back, his wife died in a terrorist attack. He has been instrumental in Súr Systems, a company that introduced driverless cars on the street. These cars run on the road with an infrastructure that helps them car run smoothly. His latest project involves supplying fresh water to wipe out the drought and use the MSRs (molten salt reactors) to generate electricity. But his plans are thwarted by a terrorist organization, and his desalination plants are at the center.

The people of California are affected by strange flu symptoms, and it’s not only people but also affecting plant life. CDC and the FBI plunge into investigating the case, and Jake has to do everything to stop it.

Set in futuristic California, this action-packed story spans over roughly two weeks. The investigation happens in less than 48 hours.

This the second book in the series, and the author has given enough information from the earlier book to fill in the gaps.

Dr. Jake Bendel is a man with a good heart, but he is no superhero. He is a very regular guy with anxieties from the tragedies of his life. But Jake keeps them at bay. He is an engineer, and it reflects the way he talks and interacts with his team. Paige is his closest friend and shared a similar fate in his personal life as Bendel (again, it relates to Book 1).

Bendel’s archenemy is Viktor, whose idea of revenge has consumed him. He is stubborn and will do everything to stop Bendel.

The book has a small pool of characters, and it very easy to navigate through them. There’s a sense of impending danger, and this tension pushes the reader through the book. The writing is easy to read and free-flowing. Not for a moment reader will lose their attention. The book starts with a punch and carries its thrill until the end. The author described the scenes well, and readers can imagine them with ease. The first page also gives facts related to the MSRs and nuclear reactors.

I will read book one to understand the characters better, even though one can enjoy this one without reading the first book.

Waterborne is an edge-of-the-seat thriller, and Jake Bendel has to run against time to save the people of Earth.

Thank you, NetGalley and Black Rose publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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