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Acts of Nature
by Jonathon King
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Signet, 2008 (2007)
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* *   Reviewed by Tim Davis

Get ready for an adrenaline overload from Jonathon King's Acts of Nature. Following in the popular wake of his five previous explosive thrillers, King's latest takes Max Freeman and Sherry Richards beyond the limits of survival.

When the action begins, Max (the former Philadelphia cop) and Sherry (a detective with the Broward County Sheriff's Department) are taking a much needed break from the pressures of their daily lives with a romantic vacation of sorts to a remote cabin in the Everglades.

Meanwhile, three unanticipated problems loom large on the horizon for Max and Sherry: first, Hurricane Simone surprises everyone by changing its anticipated direction, by coming ashore at Sanibel Island on Florida's west coast, and by making its destructive move eastward through the Everglades; second, a trio of low-class criminals have become weary of stealing from homes in and around Miami, and fast-on-the-heels of the passing storm they are seeking to expand their territory, alleviate their boredom, and make a lot more money by pilfering from well-equipped isolated fishing camps and family cabins in the Everglades; third, a petroleum industry executive is concerned about the safety and integrity of his isolated research facility in the Everglades, and - immediately following Simone's furiously destructive passage - he sends in a no-nonsense team of cut-throat 'security consultants' to check on the facility.

What follows in the highly recommended Acts in Nature is a no-holds-barred explosion of action and suspense. With each page, Max and Sherry wonder whether they will live or die, and readers will wonder, 'What could possibly happen next? Surely, things cannot get any more terrifying.' With Max and Sherry facing new challenges and dangers on virtually every page, Acts of Nature is an unrelenting thrill-ride of the highest quality.

The author Jonathon King has already won the Edgar Award and has been nominated for the Anthony, Barry, Macavity, and Gumshoe awards for his novels. A journalist for more than twenty years, he began his careers at the Philadelphia Daily News. He has covered crime and criminal courts, and was an award-winning news feature writer for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

With Jonathon King's works having been praised by James Lee Burke, Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, and others, King's Acts of Nature proves once again that this south Florida writer can give James W. Hall and Randy Wayne White (or any other popular writer of pulse-pounding thrillers) a run for the money.

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