Red Tide (Frank Corso Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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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...

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Red Tide (Frank Corso Series #4)

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Overview

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.

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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: 9780061847820
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 198,259
  • File size: 602 KB

Meet the Author

G.M. Ford is the author of six widely praised Frank Corso novels, Fury, Black River, A Blind Eye, Red Tide, No Man's Land, and Blown Away, as well as six highly acclaimed mysteries featuring Seattle private investigator Leo Waterman. A former creative writing teacher in western Washington, Ford lives in Oregon and is currently working on his next novel.

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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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All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

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First Chapter

Red Tide
A Novel

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."

Red Tide
A Novel
. Copyright © by G.M. Ford. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    exciting typical Corso havoc

    In Seattle, Frank Corso comes out of his reclusive writing lifestyle only for his former lover Meg Dougherty. She invited and he attended her photography exhibition that is so successful an Arts Commission member looking at the red dots symbolizing sold called it the measles. However, at the height of Meg¿s triumph, the police arrive to evacuate the building due to a toxic chemical spill.---- Unable to ignore the journalistic tendencies that seem to make up much of his brain matter, Frank sneaks his way onto the investigation. He quickly learns of a terrorist strike using an Ebola strand that has killed several people inside a bus tunnel. The timing of these killers is impeccable as the city is about to host a symposium on chemical and biological weapons. However, the law uncovers Frank¿s hazmat suit masquerade making him the prime suspect and turning the case personal.---- The fourth Corso tale is an exciting typically havoc that readers expect from the disgraced former reporter who can never resist the lure of an inquiry. The story line moves forward at an incredible pace as Corso, dodging the cops, believes that a greater statement is coming in which more than a busload of innocent passengers are killed. Fans of the series or anyone who appreciate a wild antiterrorist tale will want to ride alongside Corso, one of the better brooding champions.---- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2004

    Thrilling to the end,

    Red Tide:A Novel, is a thrilling read from beginning to end. I enjoy this writer and think most readers that like this unique genre will as well. Great story!

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