Former Navy Seal turned investigative consultant Jake Palmer is in New York with his London-based love interest Fiona Collins when he has a seemingly chance encounter with a US Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agent. Moments later the agent is gunned down, and Palmer is left with an envelope containing a cryptic note from the agent and information related to a counterfeit medicine case involving a drug manufactured by the company where Collins works. After an unexpected event makes the case personal to Palmer, he teams with the HSI special agent now in charge of the case. Together, they pursue those behind a global counterfeit medicine and money-laundering operation. As the case enfolds, Palmer makes a startling discovery that raises his personal stake in the outcome and reveals the real reason the murdered HSI agent wanted him involved.
With those closest to him now in danger and more patients dying from taking a medication that contains almost none of the life-saving ingredient, time is running out. The search for answers takes Palmer to London, Rome, and the Amalfi Coast, each step moving him closer to a confrontation with one of the world’s most dangerous assassins, former Russian Spetsnaz operator Viktor Utkin. The Envelope will keep you up at night and make you question those medicines that seem to change shape and color each time you refill them.
|Publisher:||Bay Beach Books|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)|
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Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite In The Envelope - A Jake Palmer Novel by Ron McManus, Jake Palmer, former Navy SEAL now investigative consultant, dreaded going to New York for his father's wedding, but he was also excited about spending some time with his girlfriend who had flown in from London for the occasion. However, everything turns messy when a federal agent is gunned down just after handing him a mysterious envelope and a cryptic message. Despite his best efforts to stay away from the case and let the feds handle it, he is pulled in after a series of seemingly random unfortunate events become too many for him to deal with. A mob boss's nephew dead after taking counterfeit medicine, a federal agent murdered, a personal loss, and many more lives in danger send Jake racing across countries to track down the culprits. For him, the chase is now personal and he is not afraid to go up against powerful and ruthless enemies to get to the bottom of it all. The Envelope by Ron McManus is the third book in the Jake Palmer series and a worthy addition. From the very start, the story pulls you into a thrilling plot filled with suspense and intrigue as Jake races against the clock to save countless innocent lives. Just like with the other Jake Palmer novels, Ron McManus keeps the plot fresh with twists round every corner and an intense thrill that will have you reading the book in one go. The Envelope is a gripping detective story that blends medical science and criminal fiction with captivating depth, without letting the details take over the thrill of the story. Once you pick it up, you will not put it down.
Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite Breathtaking suspense and international intrigue describe the Ron McManus fictional work, The Envelope: A Jake Palmer Novel. Jake Palmer, who had been a Navy SEAL, now works as an investigative consultant for Pennsylvania’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Jake heads to New York City to attend the wedding of his father and much younger famous model. Accompanying Jake to the wedding is his girlfriend from London, Fiona Collins. Allowing her quiet time to get settled into their room, Jake heads to the hotel bar for a quick drink. Dennis Goodman, a Special Agent from Homeland Security Investigations, shows up, trying to recruit Jake to join him on a case. The action begins immediately. Soon, Jake and Fiona are entangled in a complicated scheme of counterfeit medicine and money laundering. The quest to find the perpetrators of this illegal and complicated organization leads to many terrifying situations across two continents. While author Ron McManus involves many agencies, corporations and characters in The Envelope, it is easy to follow this complex plot. Mr. McManus demonstrates a working knowledge of these agencies. Likewise, he competently develops realistic characters, and the dialogue is crisp and believable. He writes in a clear, straightforward manner, moving quickly from one situation to another. Added to this adventurous mix is Jake’s romantic relationship with Fiona and the tenuous relationship with his father. The book is a true page-turner, as the reader cannot wait to see how Jake extricates himself from impossible, against-all-odds circumstances. What a great adventure!