From the very first page of Evo, you’re hooked. One small paragraph, that as a reader you read over again to ensure you’ve absorbed it entirely. But that’s all it takes, the small paragraph has you turning through the pages at a rapid pace wanting, needing, and anticipating what will come next. With that anticipation comes predictions, which will most likely be wrong, with a character rich novel, your guess keeps proving to be false with each new chapter. Diane May delivers a heart thumping page turner with twists, suspense, action, betrayal, tension, and a gratifying conclusion that you will not see coming.
Starting with the first character we meet, John Blake. A CIA agent and a father who stumbles onto some information that force him to set into motion a chain of events that forever change their lives. Acting from passion, determination, and love, Blake begins a lifelong mission of keeping his family safe. His daughter Maya, one of the main characters is the driving factor for the good guys and the bad guys. The good guys, because they want to protect her. The bad guys, because they want to kill her. The kill, the bad guys just can’t accomplish, partly due to her “special abilities” and partly due to our next character description, Alex O’neal.
You can call him Alex O’Neal, Captain Victor Miller of Interpol, Herr Muller or even Olga Buratova. Not that he ever disguised himself as a woman, but he did, or should say the organization he works for, the Planetary Security Agency or PSA booked a hotel room under that name in order to facilitate an assassination of a Russian arms dealer. This particular scene occurs fairly early in the book and gives us a good understanding of who or what O’Neal is. A very skilled operative capable of neutralizing his target by any means necessary. A guy with a history in law enforcement, the secret service, and this unknown to most agency, the PSA. At which he’s been busy dealing with one bad guy after another. When he comes to Italy for what seems like another case quickly turns into something deeply personal for him, since Maya is involved, and those two have a rich history.
Captain Livio Marchiori is a veteran police detective for the Verona Police department, a no-nonsense type of guy who is married to his job. Alongside, Dr. Abby Jones, a newly transferred medical examiner for the police department. The two, along with their respective staff find themselves in uncharted waters with a new type of killer on the loose. A killer that leaves a recording of himself conducting the murder, but one which occurs in a way no one had ever seen before, a way that to all utilizing rational thinking seemed impossible, yet they were witnessing the act on a video recording. Which leads us to the killer. This particular killer possesses a set of skills perfected over a life time of determination and will to impose the maximum amount of pain to his victims. The killer able to roam free due to his skills of taking over the human brain and making it do and think anything he wanted. How you ask? Just read that first paragraph I mentioned at the beginning of the book.
Next comes Doc and the organization he works for, RegiPharma. Doc, as he prefers to be called is a brilliant geneticist. A type of doctor specializing in molecular genetics, cytogenetics, and biochemical engineering. Prior to working for Regipharma, Doc worked for the CIA attempting to make superhuman babies at the fertilization stage by implanting enhanced DNA into artificially inseminated sperm. A program that produced some very ‘special’ people and characters in this book. Regipharma, a pharmaceutical company run by Klaus Von Eckstein. He alongside a few wealthy investors hire Doc, who promises to develop a means to rid the world of a few billion people, and for those left, gain a life expectancy of a few hundred years, perfect health, and prolonged youth. Without giving away too much, but leave you wanting to read the book. I will tell you Doc is partially successful. At which promise exactly? ORDER the book and find out for yourself. You will not be disappointed.
Author: Diane May
Pages: 382 (Kindle)
Release Date: July 23, 2018
Follow Diane on Twitter: @DianeMayWriter
RATING – A BLAST RADIUS OF: A MOAB – Massive Ordnance Air Blast -AKA- Mother of all Bombs. Largely known as the most powerful non-nuclear weapon in the US Military inventory. It has a blast radius of one mile, meaning it demolishes everything within 1 square mile. (8/10 rating)
Diane May is a crime thriller writer and she lives in Verona, Italy, with her husband. When she’s not in her office writing, she can usually be found curled up on the sofa with a good book in her lap and a cup of green tea next to her.
The only daughter of an army colonel, she grew up on military bases where she learnt about weapons, discipline and the sacrifices of military life. She also worked for many years as a translator and interpreter for the Court of Law on mostly criminal cases.
EVO is her debut novel and she is currently working on her second crime thriller, Till Death Do Us Part, scheduled to be released in the summer of 2019.