I was floored by The Extinction Agenda by Michael Laurence, which is book one in his series of the same name. This is a thriller of the first order.
FBI Special Agent James Mason is sent to the to a scene of obvious carnage with lots of dead birds and evidence of humans but no bodies. Mason and his unit follow the clues to another scene that turns out to be a trap that ends in the death of over a dozen agents including Mason’s partner and mentor, Spencer Kane. One of the men Mason encounters at this scene later kills Mason’s wife, Angie, an IRS agent.
Agent Mason vows to find and kill the man he holds responsible for the deaths of his wife and partner. To this end he joins forces with his friends Ramses Donovan and Gunnar Backstrom to battle a coalition that has been in existence for over a hundred years and is bent on world domination through genocide using a deadly viral agent.
Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
—Ronald Reagan, address to the annual meeting of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (1961)
Michael Laurence is a master literary mind. His characterization is amazing. His use of scenery is masterful. The desert, burned buildings and bodies are so vividly described, I could taste the ash and soot and smell the burned flesh. The plot is literally breathtaking. I thought I knew what was going to happen, but I didn’t have a clue. The Extinction Agenda is a definite 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good thriller. There is some violence and gore that may be inappropriate for sensitive readers.
My thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
Publication Date: September 3, 2019