Flash Point

Flash Point

by Thomas Locke


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Thomas Locke is a pseudonym for Davis Bunn, the award-winning novelist with total worldwide sales of seven million copies in twenty languages. Davis divides his time between Oxford and Florida, and holds a lifelong passion for speculative stories. He is the author of Emissary and Merchant of Alyss in the Legends of the Realm series and Trial Run in the Fault Lines series. Learn more at www.tlocke.com.

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ISBN-13: 9780800724351
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Series: Fault Lines Series , #2
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 660,803
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Thomas Locke is a pseudonym for Davis Bunn, an award-winning novelist with worldwide sales of seven million copies. His work has been published in twenty languages. Davis divides his time between Oxford and Florida and holds a lifelong passion for speculative stories. He is the author of Emissary and Merchant of Alyss in the Legends of the Realm series and Trial Run in the Fault Lines series. Learn more at www.tlocke.com.

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Flash Point 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
debhgrty More than 1 year ago
Deb’s Dozen: Global Finance in Jeopardy: Financial Analyst and Charlie Hazard Combine Forces Successfully Global Finance is not one of my strong points; in fact, I’m not into numbers at all. However, Flash Point by Thomas Locke, intrigued me from the very start. I’m a fan of women who stand up for what they believe in, and Lena Fennan is one of those women. When she finds an anomaly in the bank’s portfolio, even though she is a junior analyst, she couldn’t leave the matter alone. She hooks up with an ethical attorney, Don Metzer, and they’re off to unravel one of the most nefarious schemes the world has seen to date. In today’s technology-savvy world, transactions happen instantaneously. One slip, one wrong number, one bad set of partners, and the global finance system could come tumbling down. Theoretical, perhaps. Thomas Locke paints a very realistic picture of what could happen if safeguards are not tightly in place. Enter Charlie Hazard and company, introduced in Trial Run. Not only have the financial systems been overtaken by technology, so has the human brain. A methodology for “walking in the shadow world” has been discovered and the good and bad guys battle it out there as well. This area intrigues me as well. What would happen if you got caught in the shadow world while out of your body? How Lena and Charlie meet and join forces is worth the read. I’m beginning to hate Thomas Locke—he makes me think too much and draws me into his stories until I’m hooked and can’t put the book down. You will be too. Four stars—the book ended too soon! Thomas Locke is the pseudonym for Davis Bunn, Oxford writer in residence and prolific author—more than seven million copies of his books have been sold worldwide, and he’s been translated into twenty languages. He divides his time between Oxford and Florida, teaches at writer’s conferences, and “holds a lifelong passion for speculative stories.” Revell, a Division of Baker Books, provided me a copy of Flash Point, although I was in no way obligated to write a favorable review.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
This second book in the Fault Lines series was a great continuation of the story begun in Trial Run. It added a very engrossing banking and finance aspect on top of the expanded science and technology scenario. I was actually able to follow the back and forth action from Reese and her team to Lena and her team more easily in this book than I did in the first one. Characters from the first book remained true to their selves, and new characters were well-drawn. The pacing moved the book forward to an ending that made me long for the next book now. As always, this book by Thomas Locke will keep you turning pages and appreciating the details that give credence to the stories he writes. Here is my favorite quote from this book: "Roger softly interrupted, 'You made a thousand percent profit? In two weeks?'" I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
J_Augustine More than 1 year ago
Ascend to a new level of danger... Techno-Thriller is pretty much a new genre for me with the Fault Lines series being my first foray. I saw the first book described mind-bending, which was totally true, but Flash Point is even more so. Thomas Locke really amps it up, the danger, the drama, everything. Exciting and thrilling are really too tame in describing the pages of Flash Point. I really have to admit that as much as I really disliked, almost hated, Reese in the first book. But as I read Flash Point I began to see that there was more to her than met the eye and I began to feel some sympathy for, and even faintly like, her. There is some techno and finance stuff that went over my head but I think those things are actually what will cause this book to appeal to male and female readers alike. There is a lot of non-stop action punctuated with romance, and even some humor, that kept me breathlessly turning pages eager to find out what might happen next. Thomas Locke has outdone himself yet again with Flash Point and I anxiously await what he might have for us next in this fast-paced and gritty series. (I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.)
NatalieRae More than 1 year ago
The boundaries of suspense and supernatural cross in book 2 of the Fault Lines Series. Unsure of what I was getting into in this book, I can always count on the author delivering interesting characters, superb writing, and a plot line that will drive me to keep turning the pages whether I truly understand what's happening or not-because I just have to know, "What comes next?" Techno-thriller is not usually my choice for stories but I couldn't resist when it comes to Davis Bunn's (aka Thomas Locke) writing. And this book probably delivers exactly what readers of this genre love. Mind-bending realities, some supernatural warfare, and all of it surrounds technology that is "other-worldly". For me, personally, I found myself lost in the translation of what was happening but because the writing is so good-I kept reading. While this story was not my cup of tea I think the book has strong dimensional characters and a plot line that I believe would make all techno-thriller fans very happy. *I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
RachelHreader More than 1 year ago
The book is the second in a series, and starts the same way as the first. You hit the ground running, and don't look back. It is beneficial to read the first book for a point of reference, and better understanding of what makes a couple characters tick, but it is not necessary. There is enough singular action, enough explanation, enough difference that this book is quite enjoyable as a standalone. Whether the ideas and theories presented in this book are real is somewhat irrelevant. The author has made it fascinating reading. It's the cadence of descriptions, the fluidity and staccato beat of interaction, that drives these books. The continued development of recurring characters, and the introduction of new, fresh perspectives really tie your emotions to the story. I love how even the antagonist is delved into, the driving emotions and though processes thoroughly examined. I loved how appreciation of finer things, but balance in perspective was also presented. It was natural, not forced or frowned upon as a lot of books are wont to do. Appreciation of the arts, of fine living, of growth in character - all were measured out in proportion. All in all, the author did a fine job, and hit all my requirements of a good book - a good amount of action, full character growth, great interaction in conversation, and well described settings. It added up to an amazing read (which I've come to look forward to from this author). Five stars for a great book in my favorite genre. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.
bsnksmom More than 1 year ago
Thomas Locke has a gift for making readers care what happens to his characters, even if they don’t understand what that is at first. Flash Point, book 2 in the Fault Lines trilogy, is billed as a “techno-thriller” and I can attest to that “thriller” billing! I was gripped from the outset and my mind took some time to wrap around the concepts presented. I was impressed with the science and the terminology Locke used to convey the possibilities his characters are pursuing. Everything, and I mean everything, seemed like a genuine probability at some point in the future. Lena Fennan is working as a junior analyst at First American Bank on Wall Street. While her main goal in life was to get to Wall Street, it hasn’t been as exciting as she thought it would be. Her boss, Wesley the Weasel, delights in working his junior analysts like slaves and takes credit for any work they do. When Lena’s future self appears to her and urges her to pursue an investment proposal, Lena thinks she’s finally going stir crazy from all the office hours she puts in. But when she follows through and succeeds in a spectacular way, can she continue the status quo? What happens when that same voice asks something even crazier from her? Can she trust herself and her reputation in the business world to a voice from beyond? The battle between good and evil is fought on both the physical and temporal planes. Dr. Brett Riffkind uses technology to alleviate suffering for the terminally ill but that same technology is used for evil purposes, unleashing demons into the physical world. Reese Clawson is broken out of prison because of her knowledge of this technology and she quickly realizes the potential for the criminal element. In the conflict between the good that Brett does with the technology and the evil that Reese leads, which will win and will everyone survive the clash? First off, let me say that I did not read Trial Run before I read Flash Point but I wish I had. It took me longer than it should have to understand what was happening in the story. I would definitely recommend reading book 1 before tackling Flash Point. That said I still found myself totally engrossed in the storylines. I especially enjoyed the scene with Lena and her lawyer, Don, taking on the executives at First American and their legal team. You don’t want to miss it! If you love science fiction or techno-thrillers or suspense books, pick up Flash Point. It has enough believable science to make you question if the story is really a true-life drama that’s being hidden from mere mortals. The bending of time and space and the physical realm happens in a way that makes it look like it really could happen. I’ll be picking up book 1 (It’s on sale through the end of August!) to see what I missed!
RSSMILES More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in Thomas Locke's new series, Fault Lines, and is just as action packed as the first one. You'll have a better understanding of this book and what is going on if you read the first book, Trial Run. Just as spine-tingling and psychologically thrilling as the first book, Flash Point continues several months after the first book ended. I like that Brett is trying to make amends for his past betrayal by helping the elderly and terminally ill. He becomes a key part of the action that's about to take place with the introduction of some new characters. And although new characters are introduced, you also get to read more about the characters from the first book. Most notably is Reese's mysterious release from prison and the start of her quest to crush Charlie Hazard and his team. Lock's description of Reese is bone-chilling and yet she fights the other-worldly monsters that are trying to take over her team. So is she a good bad guy?? As with the first one, my enjoyment of this book was somewhat lessened by the fact that I didn't understand a lot of the scientific technological terms and the fact that you aren't really told what goals or visions are leading Lena and the team. Lena gets this brilliant vision and then she's led to tell people about it and put it into action. However, as the reader, you have to kind of piece it together by what happens in the rest of the book because it's never fully told to you. Although not written as a "Christian" book, the realm the teams find themselves in while out-of-body and the monsters they face there and in the flesh, to me are reminiscent of spiritual warfare. You definitely have a good-vs-evil vibe. Locke's description of the monsters and the way they take over the body of the team member was definitely creepy and made me think of demons. The stand off at the end was spectacular and awesome! Thomas Locke (aka Davis Bunn) is a very talented & prolific writer so I have no doubt that if you enjoy a fast paced, action packed book, you'll love this mind-bending, spine-tingling, psychologically thrilling techno-thriller! *Thanks to Revell for a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*
DLWatson More than 1 year ago
Thomas Locke’s best book yet! Flash Point is an engaging psychological, science fiction thriller guaranteed to keep you reading into the wee hours of the night. In spite of a wide cast of characters, the author does a superb job at keeping each one distinct and firmly ensconced in their own world so there was never any confusion in my mind. The action was real and intense and I loved experiencing it as if I was entrenched in the story with the characters—which is saying something as at the beginning, there is more than one storyline running at a time. Yet I never had trouble keeping them straight or focusing on one more than another. Flash Point is not the first book I’ve read by this author. Between the titles written under this pseudonym and his more established name (Davis Bunn), I probably have read at least a half-dozen titles. While I’ve always found the writing to be solid, I’ve not enjoyed any of his books nearly as much as this one. The one thing that annoyed me the most was also probably the thing that kept me reading. The author often leaves thoughts hanging by describing actions while intentionally leaving out the details of exactly *what* is happening. Trying to figure out what the real action was behind the activity made it difficult to put the book down. Just one more page… If you’re new to the “Fault Lines” series, I recommend you start with Double Edge (the novella ebook), then read Trial Run (book 1) before this one (book 2). Otherwise you’re bound to have many unanswered questions by the time you get to the end of Flash Point. If you’re a fan of contemporary science fiction that doesn’t focus on post-apocalyptic world order (like so many other science fiction novels have in the past couple of years), I highly recommend Flash Point.
Blessed_and_Bewildered More than 1 year ago
Wow wow wow and wow! Flash Point definitely qualifies as a five star technothriller. Brilliant! It is filled with mind-blowing science combined with fast paced action. Flash Point is a book that you won’t want to put down. Thomas Locke is a master at creating characters that are completely fleshed out. He has a way of bringing out genuine emotions and responses towards his characters. One of the primary characters named Reese Clawson is my favorite. You will also find her in Trial Run, book one of the Fault Lines series. Reese is most definitely not good but I can’t help myself. I like her. I want her to want to change and stop fighting that which is good and use her incredible mind and skills to help annihilate those that she has been basically forced to serve. Maybe that will happen in book three. I would love that! The science that is Flash Point is neurobiology meets quantum physics. Cranial mapping and deep-brain stimulation. At it’s very best, the elimination of pain. I'll take the migraine cure please (they are the bane of my existence). The science is well presented and understandable. Unfortunately the incredible gains that can be achieved through scientific and medical advancement are often exploited. “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” Isaac Asimov Locke shares the gains but the tension and thrill of the story is based upon the exploitation of those breakthroughs. In many ways Locke is applying Newton’s Third Law to motivation as opposed to motion. Why do I love Flash Point and why do I recommend that you read it and for that matter any and all of the books written by Davis Bunn under his own name or under his pseudonym Thomas Locke? Because… 1. His books are so very very good in so many many ways. He is brilliant, a master. Not many authors can write authoritatively, with such tension, beautifully, (insert any positive adjective here) in so many different genres. 2. There is absolutely no moral compromise required. Hopefully I have intrigued you and that you will be heading off to your nearest library or bookstore to pick up a copy. If so, be sure and read the free prequel Double Edge and the first book in the series Trial Run before picking up Flash Point. You could read Flash Point as a stand-alone but you would miss so much. Things that shouldn’t be missed because they are just that good! Enjoy! I received a review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. My thanks to the author and publisher. For all of my reviews visit my blog at www (dot) blessedandbewildered (dot) com
theskett More than 1 year ago
This time I was ready. I strapped myself in and enjoyed the ride. Flash Point could stand alone, but it's very helpful if readers have read the first book in the series, Trial Run. As I reacquainted myself with characters from Trial Run, I wanted to reread the first book again. Brett Riffkind is an engaging character and readers have the pleasure of getting to know him better in this second book. It was a treat to also get to know Lena Fennan. Locke does an excellent job developing secondary characters who play important roles in the story. Agnes, Frederick, Bernard, and Roger and his wife Marjorie. Readers meet Reese and Kevin again, with their interesting mix of good and evil as they seek to pull away from their opposition (an even greater evil?) and at the same time stop Charlie and his team. There is no question of a third book; the only question is when. I'm ready for more of the story today.
Kyle_Anthony_23 More than 1 year ago
A truly unique and thrilling sci-fi read! Because I previously read Thomas Locke’s Merchant of Alyss, I was under the impression that Locke was a fantasy author. So, I didn’t know what to expect when I found out that Flash Point did not fit that same mold. However, I’m happy to report that Flash Point was every bit as engaging as his fantasy series. The setting may be the world we know, but Locke still succeeds in transporting us to a different world. And once again, I believe the characters are the strongest component of the story. Flash Point is the second book in the Fault Lines series. And while I had no trouble following along with this as my entry point, I definitely think it is beneficial to read the first book in the series, Trial Run. Flash Point jumps straight into its sci-fi concept by introducing you to Lena Fennan, a risk-manager working for a bank, who hears a voice from the future tell her about a life-changing investment. Lena begins her journey by trying to make this investment happen, but she soon discovers that this voice has bigger plans for her life. On the flip side of things, we meet Reese Clawson, the main character of the previous book. Reese has spent the last several months in prison, but when a mysterious woman offers her the opportunity for freedom (and potentially revenge), she jumps at the chance, no matter what they have planned for her. We follow Reese as she tries to gain the upper hand on her new employers. Both characters are introduced to a new technology that allows people to “ascend,” in which a person leaves their physical body and can collect information from a different plane of existence. Much of the conflict and character motivations have a lot to do with the implications of this technologies existence. And Locke paints a vivid picture of the characters’ ascension experiences. As for other strengths, the characters are well written, especially Reese who is smart and doesn’t take crap from anyone. Lena also grows from someone just along for this crazy ride, so a woman of action. The supporting characters are also very unique and interesting. You never quite know what to expect of them, or which characters are really pulling the strings. I also enjoyed reading from different perspectives. Locke makes it clear that these characters are going to collide at some point, and I was on the edge of my seat anticipating when and how it would happen. It was also interesting to see how the different main characters viewed the supporting characters. However, there were a few weaknesses too. There was a lot of building up throughout the story. And while there was a final climactic conflict, there was a lot more I was hoping to see get resolved. But, it will probably be addressed in the next book. Also, there were a few moments where characters had a revelation that seemed like a huge logical leap. That may have been done to show the brilliant minds of the characters, but it would’ve been nice to have a little more explanation in their though processes. All in all, these are minor issues that didn’t affect my overall enjoyment of the story, but they do stop it from being phenomenal. Overall, I would recommend this to any fan of sci-fi or thrillers. I give it a 4/5. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Flash Point, second in the Fault Lines series by Thomas Locke is a wonderful read! Action-packed and intense, this techno-thriller keeps the reader on the edge of the seat anticipating what will come next. The characters are strong and evocative. Lena, a banking analyst, has an intelligent intensity that draws other to her and yet she seems to have abandoned logic. Brett, a neurophysicist, has been on a macabre death watch for the last year. Reese is a convict, maybe even a psychopath, who has fallen far and landed hard. The author, Thomas Locke, masterfully weaves their stories together as the adventures intensify and conflicts escalate to a fearsome showdown. Neuropathways are explored as voyagers journey into the unknown, redefining boundaries. What will these supposedly scientific journeys reveal that might take international intrigue to a whole new level? And who is behind the science? Follow the money! What would you do to have a chance at happiness? Is is worth the sacrifice or is it just about survival? Locke gives readers another explosive story. Not to be missed. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review. http://tlocke.com/flash-point/ #flashpoint
mimiladybug35 More than 1 year ago
The concept of the novel is so mind-bending that, in my opinion, you have to read the first novel in the Fault Lines series to even begin to understand Flash Point. I am in awe of Locke’s ability to put forth such a foreign concept (time travel/manipulation) in a way that you feel you understand it and can relate to it. I had no problem following the story after the first chapter. The time travel/manipulation element is handled in a different way from any other treatment I have read. This novel is worth reading for that aspect alone. This is an action-filled story with many movng parts. You have to pay attention as you read and it’s a page-turner. I read this in two sittings because everything was so interesting and progressing so quickly, I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this book. One of the best things about Flash Point is that it is a clean book, no profanity, extreme violence or sex.
dlphsmomof4 More than 1 year ago
As I stated in my first review of the books from this series, Fault Lines, this book in not in my usual wheelhouse of books I would choose for reading. I don't usually like physiological thrillers, but I give these a chance because they are by a favorite author. I liked this one more than the first one, and got interested faster, because I already knew some of the characters from the last book. That made it a lot less confusing than the last one, also. You definitely get into the book and root for the “good guys” to win the battle over evil and the ones on the side of evil. The characters make the science in the book manageable. The characters and their stories, even the minor characters are wonderful. The good guys that is. The bad guys you just love to hate. The characters are fully developed and they could be friends of mine. You really get to know and care about each of the guys on the good side, root for them, and are concerned when evil surrounds them and tries to hurt them. The premise of making the last living days of someone with terminal illness painless and happy are interesting and hopeful. Helping them to ascend to see the afterlife helps them not fear death. I have that already, due to my personal relationship with my Lord and Savior. I don't need to see heaven to believe it is there waiting for me. Using the dying patients own brain to render them pain free, without drugs or side effects, would be wonderful; if it was truly scientifically possible. Using the same ascending technology to spy on companies and undermine them and control the world is definitely something I could see happening. Technology created and meant for good is often twisted and used for evil by others. It is the heart of the person using the technology and their motives that matter. The technology is not at fault, it is just a thing. The struggle of good vs. evil is something we all face every day. Not in so dramatic a way as the characters in this book, but we do. I battle my own sin and my desire for personal gain and recognition. I try to follow God, humble myself, be kind to others and let God lift me up when and if and in what ways he sees fit. But, my flesh battles against that and sometimes wants to be mean to someone and desires retribution (instead of letting God battle for me), and my pride wants recognition for jobs I feel are well done. I finished the book with two questions. Will there be a third book in the series? Locke seems to have made it apparent that there will be due to the way the book ended. AND... Who or what are the monsters from the “other world?” Are they supposed to represent anything we would know? Like demons? Or are they just fantasy? They are definitely evil, that is for sure. They were creepy and scary. The book is definitely a page turner and the characters and plot drive you to keep reading. You must see how it ends and if the good guys win out.
Toria94 More than 1 year ago
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, flash point is “a point, place, or situation in which sudden anger or violence could happen; a point at which someone or something bursts suddenly into action or being. That being the case, Flash Point, the latest offering in the Fault Lines series by Thomas Locke, has been well named. There are essentially three story lines being told that you can sense will eventually converge into a final eruption, and boy, do they. In addition to returning characters that were introduced in the first book, Trial Run, which I highly recommend you read in order to understand exactly what’s going on, there are several new characters that come on the scene whose lives will intersect with a select few of the original characters. In some cases new friendships will be forged, in others, old rivalries will be revisited and revenge will be the order of the day. What one man creates to better the lives of others, another man will exploit and use for his own personal gain, usually to the detriment of others. Herein lies the main plot of the Fault Lines series. Two groups of scientists/researchers have the same technology, or elements thereof, at their disposal. This technology was used in Trial Run by the original developer, Dr. Speciale, and her group with good intentions. It was also studied by another group to be used for the opposite reason, i.e. spying for personal gain. The technology is expanded upon in Flash Point and we are given insight into how it can be used to better the lives of various people, those in pain for example, or as a weapon used with the intent to kill by those who are on the wrong side of law and order. The former reason for using the technology is heartening, the latter reason is extremely scary. While the whole concept of moving through time without being seen by those around us is both intriguing as well as mind boggling, I hope it is just a figment of the author’s wonderful imagination and never actually comes to pass. Although, given the opportunity to go back and fix some mistakes or make different and better choices, without permanent physical damage mind, I can safely say I would do it in a heartbeat, or less. For those who homeschool high school students, I could easily see this series used as a unit study to stimulate interest and studies in various areas of math and science. These studies would create some very deep discussions regarding quantum theory, the ethics behind aiding others in dying, philosophy, etc. While I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review, I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend this second book in the Fault Lines series and anxiously await the next addition.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
Get ready for some exciting, spine-tingling action. I read a lot of suspenseful books but this one includes techno-thriller aspects to which I am not accustomed. I was spellbound as I tried to keep up with who was good and who was not as well as where they all were in relation to each other. I tried to figure what was coming next but Thomas Locke was very masterful at keeping me guessing. Besides the fact that I have enjoyed every book he has written, I was drawn to this one when I learned that one of the main characters was a banker. I admit that she worked in a totally different area of banking than I did throughout my career, but her story still resonated as she carried out her job. I loved the way Lena totally took charge of her life and career in spite of the Weasel to whom she reported. As Book 2 in the Fault Lines series, several of the key characters from the first book were involved in this story. Catching back up with them was interesting, even when they only had minor roles. I enjoy book series when each succeeding book picks up after the previous one and continues the story. After the events in this one, I will be interested to see where the next one takes us. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys suspense, science fiction, thrills, action, and maybe a hint of romance. Although the author is a Christian, you won’t find a Gospel message in the book; but you will find a clean, exciting story that will keep your interest from beginning to end. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. #flashpoint