Red Tide (Frank Corso Series #4)

Red Tide (Frank Corso Series #4)

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by G. M. Ford
     
 

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Terror has hit the West Coast with a vengeance—leaving a tunnel full of corpses beneath the Seattle streets, with a dark promise of far, far worse to come. Despite official attempts to keep the catastrophe under wraps, rogue journalist Frank Corso refuses to remain idle, immersing himself in a shadow world of senseless violence and unconscionable evil. For a

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Terror has hit the West Coast with a vengeance—leaving a tunnel full of corpses beneath the Seattle streets, with a dark promise of far, far worse to come. Despite official attempts to keep the catastrophe under wraps, rogue journalist Frank Corso refuses to remain idle, immersing himself in a shadow world of senseless violence and unconscionable evil. For a strange connection that seems to tie one exceptionally brutal death with the impending destruction of thousands—perhaps millions—of innocent lives is pulling Corso and his best friend and ex-lover, photographer Meg Dougherty, deeper into the heart of a hideous conspiracy. And its nightmarish consequences will dwarf anything ever spawned by simple jealousy, greed, or bloodlust.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Ford hits the ground running with his fourth solid Frank Corso novel (Fury; Black River; etc.). Someone has sprayed a modified Ebola virus into a Seattle bus tunnel, killing more than 100 people. Journalist Corso promptly descends into the deadly tunnels to see what's going on-because that's the kind of guy he is. The masterminds behind the plot have a pretty good reason for the destruction and are a welcome change from the genre's familiar wild-eyed Arab terrorists. It's all very straightforward, especially after a note warns that the next round of virus will become airborne in 30 hours and will live for 30 days-which makes the bus tunnel business look like child's play. Scientific modeling points to a doomsday scenario, with the death of virtually every human on the planet the probable result. From then on it's a race against the clock as Corso teams up with courageous Seattle cop Charly Hart to stop the terrorists. Ford creates likable characters, whom he has the nerve to subject to the worst, no matter how attached the reader has become to them. There's not a lot of flash, and the twists and turns are easily negotiated, which keeps the pace fast and the characters in the foreground, making this an entertaining read in a dependable series. Agent, Lisa Vance. (July) FYI: Ford also writes the successful Leo Waterman series. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
There are new dents and rents in Frank Corso's knightly clothing, but he battles the bad guys as hard as ever. Seattle's most chivalric true-crime writer is more cynical these days, his worldview darker, but he's still genetically programmed to slay dragons. This one at first appears innocent enough in the figures of some energetic local cops. When squad cars block off strategic segments of the waterfront, Corso's antennae dance up a prophetic storm. Seattle is about to go sleepless because of an Ebola-like killer let loose in the city. By whom? International terrorists, of course, says the FBI, but Corso isn't so sure. On his ex-girlfriend's kitchen floor there's a gruesomely mutilated dead man who might well tell a different tale if Corso and the Seattle PD can figure out how he came to be there. Enter Rodney Holmes, former East Indian police officer, former respectable and loving head of a family that no longer exists, a man whose grief gives him a massive grudge, and his gang of well-schooled Irregulars, East Indian street kids arrived with grudgelets of their own. So the Feebies aren't necessarily wrong. It's just that terror increases exponentially when politics becomes personal. If this case is a shade less riveting than Frank's first three (A Blind Eye, 2003, etc.), it's only because Ford allows his tough, impossibly idealistic hero to spend less time than he should facing those windmills head-on.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060554811
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/24/2005
Series:
Frank Corso Series, #4
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)

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Red Tide


By Ford, G. M.

William Morrow & Company

ISBN: 0060554800

Chapter One

"The native son is missing."

"Missing how?"

"Packed his gear and drove off in the van."

For thirty seconds the only sound on the line was static.

"He was always the weak link."

"A weak link with a personal ax to grind."

"They all have an ax to grind. That's why they were chosen."

"We were hoping his local knowledge would be of use."

"It was. The house is perfect."

"He was always a loose cannon."

"We knew that going in."

"Yes, we did."

"Should we abort?"

He thought about it. "No way he goes to the authorities."

"The authorities are not what he has in mind."

Something in the tone served as an alert. "Is there a problem?"

"He took the rest of the accelerated material."

A longer silence ensued.

"Could have been worse, I suppose."

"Yeah, he could have taken the other."

"And we'd be booking flights to the Falklands."

A dry cough scratched the silence.

"Can you find him?"

"I put a transponder under the front seat."

"A judicious move."

"I'm an untrusting man."

"Find him then ... and see to it he's not going to be a problem."

"The others say he was getting crazy. Wanted to start things going right now. Didn't want to wait anymore."

"Find him before he does something stupid."

Continues...

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