Jenny Richmond's father created, through a freak set of
circumstances, a device called Merlin that when hooked up
with artificial intelligence would make drivers of
airplanes, cars, and boats obsolete. There was a small
glitch in replicating the device so Jenny's father took it
to the federal government who for a price was willing to
spend billions to make the device operational.
When her dad was killed, Jenny was placed into
protective custody but agents of the People's Republic of
China raided her safe house. She eluded them and contacted
private investigator Tim Carpenter. They retrieved her
father's notes and Merlin before going on the run. The
enemy agents were always one step behind them even tracking
them down on a cruise ship where the ultimate cat and mouse
game was being played out.
VORTEX ONE is the ultimate techno-thriller that clearly
delineates the good guys from the bad agents. This is a
very fast paced action packed novel so the
characterizations are not as developed as much as they
could be. Still, J.A. Layton has written escapist work
that is fun to read on a wintry night.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 3, 2001