Synopsis from the back of the book:
"Inspired by her own near-death experiences, her psychological investigations, and her father's counterintelligence experience, author Dawn Clark delivers a tale of pulse-pounding suspense, astonishing insights into the human psyche, and heartwrenching family strength.
When one of her patients, an ordinary housewife, conducts a high-tech terrorist attack in a crowded mall near Washington, D.C., psychologist Dr. Katrina Walker is involuntaryily thrown into the forefront of a top-secret government investigation to expose a global terrorist plot of catastrophic proportions. Working alongside maverick innelligence officer Jim Clark, the grandson of a Native American shaman, Walker applies her skills in deciphering human energy fields to discover the ultimate threat to Western civilization. Together, Clark and Walker, give birth to a new kind of strategic intelligence --- but are they already too late?
Explorations of the human subconscious quickly turn to adrenaline-charged action as Clark and Walker track down a twisted genius intent on deploying the deadliest weapon --- unwitting agents of destruction programmed so that they cannot be stopped by conventional means. The ultimate secret and only hope of stopping Armageddon lies in the Forbidden Text."
I was intrigued. I love a good thriller and if you throw in a good psychological and possibly paranormal angle, you've got me.
The book begins in Soviet-occupied Eastern Europe, 1988, with James Clark rescuing Eliza from a secret lab where she was being kept prisoner. What he didn't expect, was that he would also be rescuing Eliza's infant, Alexia. Eliza refuses to leave until she can go to the lab and retrieve the Forbidden Text. As she returns to Alexia and Clark, without the Text, she is shot and killed. The first chapter is only a few pages but you are instantly launched into action and are rooting for Clark and the baby to survive.
Chapters 2 and 3 open in present-day Boston with psychologist Dr. Katrina Walker heading home on the subway and experiencing a feeling of tension and unrest. James Clark is in Washington D.C. entering a high-tech super-secret government installation in order to meet with the President of the United States (who just happens to be a woman).
Katrina's commute is interrupted by an explosion in Boston's Copley Square. Soon, all over the United States, disasters are happening. In New York, a priest blows up his own church. At a major-league ballpark, a business man almost detonates a dirty bomb. In a mall, a new mother, who happens to be a new patient of Katrina's, uses a high tech device to . . . . Now you didn't expect me to tell you everything, did you? Let's just say that Katrina gets way more involved in government espionage than she ever wanted to, but with her special talents, she is very successful.
Speaking of special talents, Katrina has the ability to read people auras or psychic fields. At the beginning of the book, I was kinda confused because Katrina is using her extra-sensory capabilities to help a patient, but Ms. Clark doesn't really explain what it all is. Don't worry, a little ways down the line you get a really good explanation of what Katrina can do and it blends in with the story nicely.
I found the book to be fast-paced and I loved the short chapters. Ms. Clark makes you care about the characters and what they are going through. She presents a unique and horrifying twist on "sleeper" terrorists. I love that the ending is open-ended and I hope she has part 2 out soon. I really have to know what happens.
I highly recommend The Forbidden Text by Dawn Clark and personally look forward to reading more of her books.
You can get the book from Amazon or order it from Ms. Clark's book website HERE.
*I was provided a copy of The Forbidden Text for review purposes. All opinions are my own.