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“Aftershock” by Philip Donlay / Review by Jonathan Thurston

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Philip Donlay. Photo Credit Pamela Sue Martin
Philip Donlay. Credit: Pamela Martin

Donovan Nash is back!

Things have calmed down since “Deadly Echoes“, but Nash finds himself in yet another suspenseful adventure. Stephanie VanGelder, one of Nash’s closest friends, is conducting research on a volcano in Guatemala. Within seconds, the team of scientists is attacked, and Stephanie is kidnapped for a ransom of $3 million dollars.

Though Nash arrives at the volcano with fire in his eyes and a gun in hand, he begins to realize he will need the strategy and forethought of his friends and wife now. Strength and good aim alone are not going to be enough to save Stephanie.

While the novel certainly has riveting suspense in the conflict between the kidnappers and Nash, even more suspenseful is the volcano that is soon to erupt. Ash, lava, earthquakes, toxic gas…natural disasters plague the protagonists with every move. They will find themselves not just worried about Stephanie’s life, but their own as well.

Philip Donlay’s newest novel “Aftershock” brings back a wonderful character and pulls readers into a heated landscape that has us sweating from page one, and the thrilling suspense keeps us from ever cooling off. The plot is laced with twists and turns, including secrets about Nash’s own life and ghosts from his own past. The characters in Donlay’s novel are intricate and fascinating, a rare treat for a thriller novel.

After finishing the explosive ending, readers will find themselves begging for the next Donovan Nash novel. Once again, Donlay has done a splendid job creating a thriller that all fans of the genre will avidly enjoy.

Jonathan W. Thurston is a literary studies graduate student. Aside from his studies, he owns a small publishing house called Thurston Howl Publications and serves as its editor-in-chief. He has written several books on his own and always enjoys reading a good horror novel. When he’s not busy with grad school or his business, he is often found reading a good book with hot tea in one hand and his dog Temerita curled up at his feet (she often thinks she is a cat, you see).

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