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Aftershock: A Donovan Nash Novel    by Philip Donlay order for
by Philip Donlay
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Oceanview, 2015 (2015)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Aftershock by Philip Donlay is the fifth in his Donovan Nash series. All thrillers, as is Aftershock. Donovan and Stephanie Van Gelder are becoming very close when she is kidnapped in Guatemala. Donovan's estranged wife, Dr. Lauren McKenna, wants to join the search for Stephanie.

The two step into a world they never bargained for. Guatemala reeks of corruption and deception, and they must also battle the deadly gas and lava from an impending eruption of a close-by volcano which produces earthquakes. Could anything else go wrong?

I have to admit that I had some trouble reading the first few chapters just too much technical stuff that really didn't do it for me. But I stuck with it because I realized that the technical information probably had to do with the volcano and its horrific heat and gases and lava. I was right. The action picked up and got breathtaking. A helicopter plays an important role and I do like the fact that the author used a female character as its pilot. She proved to be very competent and daring.

The final scenes are breathtaking ... and not to be missed. But don't skip to the last few pages. Let the tension build. It's well worth it.

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