BORROWED BONES: Brad Stout Adventure #4
Brad Stout is an expert in dealing with Unexplained Radiation Phenomenon and when a group of government scientists in Puerto Rico come across a mysterious beam of radiation displaying unprecedented behavior, he is called in to take command. But the catch is that he must agree to total secrecy before any type of briefing and as consequence must work in isolation along with the team of scientists to solve the issue. As if that wasn’t enough, Major Stout also has to keep on guard because a group of terrorists tied to political activism are looking to end his life. Borrowed Bones is a mysterious race against time to contain a disaster.
I think the novel has an interesting concept, and the pacing was kept so that it was an engaging read the whole way through. In addition, the plot was not centered on an impossible situation, and I felt that the approach the author had his characters take in trying to solve a radiation disaster like the one set up in Borrowed Bones was realistic and interesting.
The trouble I had was that it was hard for me to connect with Major Brad Stout because he didn’t seem to become emotionally invested or vulnerable about anything that was happening. He only briefly mentioned missing his wife and kids a few times. And in situations that I thought were supposed to be dire and should have been more charged, he didn’t really react emotionally. I also did not understand the connection between the terrorist group, Major Stout, and the problem he was called in to solve. It was an interesting plot component, but I was left being unsure of why it was important for this terrorist group to prevent Stout from completing his assignment. Because this book is the fourth Brad Stout Adventure novel, I felt that I was at a disadvantage not having read any other Brad Stout novels.
Borrowed Bones was my first introduction to the character and his personality, as well as the types of cases he solves, and, while it was interesting, I did not have a lot of context regarding past assignments or his personality. I think this novel would be enjoyable for readers of mysteries, but for readers who are new to Charles Salter novels and Brad Stout, I would recommend starting from the first adventure and working through the others.
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