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Jacob Underwood is a contract employee of the Special Services Section, a shadow department in the faceless multinational corporation DBG. Jacob is not a businessman...he is a hired assassin...and his job is to neutralize problems deemed unacceptable by the corporation. Jacob is not like other employees, nor is he like other people. Suffering from Cotard's syndrome - a real condition that causes people to believe they are dead - Jacob perceives himself as nothing but a Shell with no emotion and no sense of right or wrong. Emily Buchanan is a bright young second-year associate for DBG, and she has disappeared without a trace. Suspecting she may have stolen valuable information and a fortune from the company, Miss Holquist - Jacob's handler at DBG - assigns him the task of tracking her down and neutralizing her. Jacob's condition allows him to carry out assignments with ruthless, logical precision - devoid of guilt, fear, or dishonor. But as his new assignment draws him inside a labyrinthine network of dark dealings, Jacob finds himself up against something he is completely incapable of understanding. Spark is an ingenious and chilling vision of modern-day humanity under constant, invasive surveillance and a pulse-pounding game of cat and mouse.
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By Don Gilbert on 10-10-14
Scott Brick’s narration sets an eerie tone in this mystery thriller about a man, Jacob Underwood, who lives in a near-future dystopian world in which he makes a living as an assassin. After experiencing a near life ending motorcycle accident Underwood believes he is one of the living dead making him a cold, emotionless, systematic killer with only a “spark,” of humanity left in him. This detached life style, however, soon becomes tested when he is given the most challenging assignments of his career.
The mysterious writer, who goes by the pseudonym, John Twelve Hawks and is the author of “The Fourth Realm,” seems to intertwine his own personal mistrust of governments and corporations into his writing but the end result is a rich and engaging story.
17 of 19 people found this review helpful
By shelley on 10-19-14
Oddly entertaining thriller
What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?
This was kind of a bizarre book and if it weren't for Scott Brick's narration I probably wouldn't have stuck with it.
Any additional comments?
This book starts out really good but then takes a turn to the bizarre and does drag a bit about 1/2 way through. Stick with it though, it really picks up momentum in the second half and everything starts to make sense. The reason for the protagonist's disorder and why and how he became who he was, betrayal by the most unexpected and how Jake deals with them. But the ending makes this sad story so worth it and ends on a really great cliffhanger with unfinished relationships and personal revelations that makes me believe there will be a sequel. If you're looking for something a little different then this is it!
11 of 13 people found this review helpful