Evan Ryder is back in The Kobalt Dossier, the stunning follow-up to The Nemesis Manifesto from New York Times bestselling author Eric Van Lustbader.
Lone wolf Evan Ryder works for a clandestine, black-ops arm of the Department of Defence, dedicated to protecting America and its people. Or at least, she did. Having thwarted the international fascist syndicate known as Nemesis, Evan has returned to Washington D.C. to discover her division shut down, and her dead sister's children missing.
Among the supporters of Nemesis were a cabal of American billionaires, whose influence reaches to the highest office in the country: the President of the United States. If Evan is to take them on and hunt down her family's kidnappers, she will have to learn to work with her former boss Ben Butler, and navigate their tricky past.
The search will take them from the ports of Istanbul to an ancient church deep within the Carpathian Mountains of Romania. And all the while, an unimaginable enemy stalks in the shadows, an adversary whose secretive past will upend Evan's entire world – and might just annihilate her.
At the start of bestseller Lustbader's exciting sequel to 2020's The Nemesis Manifesto, Evan Ryder, a former field agent for a now dismantled intelligence unit funded by the Department of Defense, learns that her sister, Bobbi Fisher, who Evan thinks was murdered three years earlier, was a traitor working for Russian intelligence. Bobbi's children, nine-year-old Michael and 11-year-old Wendy, have gone missing, but before Evan and partner Ben Butler, who's her former boss, can begin looking for them, Evan is briefly abducted. Meanwhile in Russia, Bobbi, who works for an ultra-secret SVR group, is ordered to continue to try to infiltrate a religious cult, even though she previously failed to identify the cult's leader and the location of its home base. The narrative shifts between Bobbi and Evan, with interludes provided by various Russian politicians, spymasters, and Michael and Wendy. Lustbader does a fine job building suspense as he gradually reveals the complicated connections among the various players. This is a masterly performance by an author who's still fresh and original after a long career in a genre he helped define. \n