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Threshold: A Jack Sigler Thriller    by Jeremy Robinson order for
by Jeremy Robinson
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St. Martin's, 2011 (2011)
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* *   Reviewed by Martina Bexte

Jeremy Robinson pulls out all stops in this never-a-dull-moment and sometimes over-the-top tale, which is the 3rd instalment of his Jack Sigler series after Instinct and Pulse. You might find, as I often did, that reading the previous two novels would help in getting a handle on the Chess Team's back story and that of a couple of the villains and their separate agendas.

As the story opens far in The Past, Nimrod and his Babylonian minions are trying to unite the tribes as one, but having gone against the Originator's will by raising a golem army. He smites them by confusing the tongues of men.

Fast forward to the present and the aftermath of an apparent terrorist attack on the Siletz reservation in Oregon. The single survivor is Fiona Lane, a thirteen-year-old girl who immediately forms a strong bond with Special Forces Delta operator, Jack Sigler. He knows he's not the best role model for an impressionable orphan - he and his Chess Team (Queen, Knight, Rook & Bishop) are always off on some mission in hot spots all around the world - but Fiona's positive spirit wins them over. Jack and his Team are soon teaching the girl basic survival skills, not to mention coming to care for her deeply.

Fort Bragg is suddenly attacked by unstoppable creatures: some resemble living statues while others look like genetically modified monsters. During the chaos Fiona is kidnapped. At the same time, the last speakers of ancient languages are being murdered worldwide. Determined to rescue Fiona, and to get to the bottom of these recent attacks against America and other countries around the globe, Jack and his Chess Team swing into action. Eventually it becomes clear that they're dealing with an old enemy, and if he's not stopped this time, the world as they know it will fall into ruin.

Robinson's writing is sometimes clumsy but he's no slouch when it comes to creating a wildly imaginative and action packed tale. His special forces characters may be somewhat derivative and their dialogue often cheesy, but they sure know how to kick bad guy, genetic freak and golem butt. Add to this wild mix the shady machinations of none other than Hercules and you'll be turning pages faster than you can blink.

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