Vector: Tradecraft: Phase Zero by Michael Shusko
Publication Date: November 9th 2016
Blurb from Goodreads: When researcher Jawad Khattib gasps his last breath on the Massachusetts General Hospital floor, the Department of Homeland Security wants answers—especially after a preliminary autopsy suggests he died of radiation poisoning. What exactly was Khattib working on? And who was he working for? DHS Agent Lee Jansen is rushed to Boston and paired with expert toxicologist Dr. Emma Hess to crack the case. All evidence points to the creation of a dirty bomb, but the clues seem too clean, too obvious. During the course of their investigation, they discover the horrible truth. This new weapon is far more deadly than anyone had expected. It isn’t just capable of killing hundreds—it’s capable of killing hundreds of thousands. Can they stop what’s been set in motion by a madman with a dangerous secret before it’s too late?
Cover page: It is that kind of cover page which gives you a superhero or some like you know Resident Evil feeling. There’s no more to say. I liked it.:)
Plot: The plot was something unique, a blend of two genre- military and medical which were described beautifully. It had so many plot twists at every point. The mystery and thriller made me not to put the book down.
- Anger overtook his sadness as he thought about T-bone. Peering through the empty space where the windshield used to be, Lee noticed a crowd of people gathering. The men responsible for the death of his partner would not be among them. They had done their job.
- She would be objective and endeavor to pressure the truth whenever it led and she’d be damned if any federal agent was going to get in her way.
- The anxiety left her as she drifted away into a world of science, the world in which she felt most at ease.
Overall: This book is one of those book that I hardly touch. Being a fantasy lover I enjoy a fictional world of varied creature. Though I’m happy that author contacted me to read this book. As I said earlier this book a blend of military and medical science. The two main characters a DHS Agent and a MD scientist. Both had unique qualities. But I liked Emma the most. She had that passion towards her work. When she was placed to team up the agent to solve a case even though it was nothing like she did before she was determined and researched. Her thinking skills were marvellous.
Overall this book is a full package for a lover of well-paced and documented reader, a reader who loves mystery and thriller.It is great book for a debut novel. Though I would say beware of the end twist. 😛
*Received the e-copy through author. Thank you!*
About The Author:~
Michael Shusko, MD, MPH, FAAFP, FACOEM, was raised in Long Branch, NJ. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1985 after graduating high school.
Dr. Shusko cut his teeth in the military in the mid ’80s and early ’90s. As his first assignment, he attended the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, CA, where he studied Arabic. Upon completing his language training, he worked on intelligence and medical missions across the globe. He spent time in Liberia, served as a Marine in the first Gulf War, and worked for several years with the Defense Attaché’s office at the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait.
After returning to the States in 1995, Dr. Shusko focused his attention on earning his bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern studies from Rutgers University while studying Persian-Farsi at Princeton. He then transferred to the Navy Medical Corps and enrolled in medical school at Wake Forest University, obtaining his Medical Degree in 2002. He received his Masters of Public Health from Harvard University in 2013.
As a Navy physician, Dr. Shusko is board certified in family medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, and public healhealth and general preventive medicine. His Middle Eastern experience and language skills coupled with his background in special operations and intelligence keep him busy deploying around the world. He has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia, and has been awarded the Bronze Star twice for service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He currently lives in Japan with his wife and 16-year-old triplet boys.