Book Thirty-Five of 2014: FLASH by Tim Tigner

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FLASH is the story of four lives changed by desperation and one devious invention. An inter-national thriller where biotechnology crosses the law, it’s The Bourne Identity meets The Firm. 
Two blood-spattered strangers awake locked in the trunk of a car—with a murdered cop and the smoking gun. Aside from raging headaches and no idea what has happened they appear to have nothing in common. Troy thinks it’s 2001 and he’s still a combat surgeon fighting terrorists in Afghanistan. Emmy believes it’s 2002 and she’s still grifting a living from the streets of L.A. Are they archenemies or co-conspirators? Lovers or friends? What the hell are they doing in the Caribbean? And why is a Croatian assassin determined to kill them? The only thing they do know for certain is that they’ll be spending the rest of their lives in prison if the police catch them before they uncover the truth.

The blurb says it all. This book is a nonstop thriller with humor and amazing characters. Emmy is a strong woman who uses her smarts to finish what needs to be done. Troy is the male equivalent to Emmy. Together, I wouldn’t want to be their enemy.

I was first introduced to Tim Tigner with his book COERCION. Like that book, FLASH is a political thriller that leads the reader into a tour de force of intrigue and heist like fun. FLASH also bears the question: if a science discovery is made to help people is taken in the wrong hands, just what will happen?

The main characters are strong and knowledgeable. They did everything I would have done if I was in their situation, and if I was as cool as they are. Tigner also led me to sympathize with the more villainous characters. Granted, they were doing a terrible thing and did deserve what got to them, but there is still that little upsetting irony in the end that may tug at a heartstring or two.

What is very interesting in this plot, is that you are thrusted into the situation just like Emmy and Troy. They have no idea what has happened to them, just like the reader has no idea. You literally learn about the characters as they learn about each other. It is an interesting format for the book. I kind of wish there was a prequel where we see the story up to the point that they lose their memory. I wouldn’t mind reading that book too.

In all, this is an amazing read. Nothing I say can make it as good as Tigner made it. There is no real lull of boredom and you will love the characters. Very fun and exciting. A must read!

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