Michael Laurence delivers The Elimination Threat, the next installment in a series described as “Jack Reacher falling into a plot written by Dan Brown.” —James Rollins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Crucible
For centuries, a mysterious syndicate known as the Thirteen has staged a silent coup, infiltrating governments and manipulating the course of world events. It’s more powerful than any nation, deadlier than any army, and only FBI Special Agent James Mason and his longtime friends stand in its way. After narrowly preventing the release of a toxic chemical weapon, they find themselves pitted against their most terrifying adversary yet: a mass murderer with a twisted signature and a true believer in the cause of the Thirteen known only as the Dragon.
With the fate of the nation’s capital hanging in the balance and the threat of nuclear destruction on the horizon, Mason’s team must unravel a conspiracy involving a greedy investment bank, a sadistic drug cartel, and a Russian energy company before it’s too late. And the secret to doing so lies buried in the past, in a dark union between the financial sector and an apocalyptic cult hellbent on remaking the world in its own image. Can Mason expose the lethal machinations of the cabal in time, or will the Thirteen finally make good on its elimination threat?
Laurence's frenetic third thriller pitting FBI agent James Mason against the cabal known as the Thirteen (after 2020's The Annihilation Protocol) finds Mason searching for one of the group's key figures, an expert in nuclear physics known as the Dragon, who's devoted to ending the world so that a chosen few can be transformed into a "modern pantheon of gods." The complex plot involves a conspiracy related to petrodollars, the U.S. national debt, and a Russian plan to destroy the economies of Western nations. Predictably, Mason's attempts to thwart disaster are compromised by the Thirteen's infiltration of the FBI. As in the previous books, the mega-high stakes don't get in the way of the banter, and characters respond to perilous situations in psychologically implausible ways. Realism is in short supply ("the monster drugged him, opened a flap of skin on his neck, and used the flow of blood in his arteries to power a hydroelectric remote device designed to trigger the release of Novichok from the subway trains departing Grand Central Station"). This one's for those already invested in the over-the-top scenario.