The chillingly prescient subject of New York Times
bestselling author John R. Maxim's remarkable new thriller -
- which anticipates the development of unstoppable viral
weapons -- is reassuring in at least one regard: It has
threatened and angered Paul Bannerman.
The story begins not in Westport, Connecticut, where
Bannerman and a group of his deadliest operatives have been
trying to live otherwise normal lives, but in a fortified
estate outside Washington, D.C., where the billionaire
sociopath Artemus Bourne has taken delivery of a package.
It was supposed to contain samples of horrific bio-weapons
that one of his offshore firms created. Instead, the
package held three severed heads. One belonged to the
scientist who'd developed those weapons. The other two
belonged to men who'd tested the virus on humans.
Bourne knows who sent him the three heads and why; it is an
act of vengeance by a man long thought dead. He is out of
Bourne's reach, but Bourne knows that man's one weakness --
a woman who is the great love of his life. If Bourne can
find her, his problem might be nipped in the bud.
But Bourne's solution puts him at odds with Paul Bannerman,
himself a friend of this woman.And Bannerman has a number
of "ghosts" of his own, so-called because they, too, are
thought to be dead and beyond the reach of the living. But
none of them are beyond the reach of Artemus Bourne's
deadly viral weapons. If Bannerman does not agree to stand
down, anything in Westport that breathes will die.
This new Bannerman adventure, long awaited and much
requested, is a heart-stopping tale ripped from today's
headlines. It is also a tale of loyalty, of honor, and of a
love that transcends life and death.