A wild ride, I so expect from J.D. Barker in association with James Patterson.
There is a vibration coming to town which does become annoying, overbearing, and then continues to build becoming so intense that one finds themselves screaming. For two young girls, Tennant and Sophia Riggin, saved for a time by their father’s quick action, the noise becomes overpowering. Inside the storm cellar, they are petrified but Tennant has placed wax in her ears, while Sophia doesn’t have protection. The noise seems to sweep everything away, their home, their town in the isolated woods neat Mt. Hood. Worse of all though is that their parents are missing and the world they once knew is turned upside down.
The government becomes involved sending Dr Martha Chase and Lieutenant Colonel Fraser, and others to contain the catastrophe and find out what has caused this noise that is unbearable to most, but where some have seemed to escape.
What follows is a wild ride into the who, what, and where was the origin of this tragedy. Sophie is affected, yet she can also provide the clues needed to solve this supposed enigma. There is a plethora of questions, starting with the elevated temperatures of those affected. As Sophie seems to become further entrenched in the noise, she starts to utter things that make no sense. Tennant is out to protect Sophie from harm and any government probing. However, there is little she can do, when her sister exhibits “otherworldly” traits. Both Dr Chen and Colonel Fraser are baffled and dig into all possibilities including an attack by a foreign nation, an attack from an alien source, or even a fulfillment of a prophecy.
All of this adds up to a spine-chilling story where excitement mixes with possibilities and the nature of the human race seems to be at the beck and call of the noise. When the President is called to action, he does what would be considered unfathomable but will it stop the pervasive prevalence of the noise?
Definitely different, and definitely one that combines so many elements of science fiction, horror, and dystopian. It’s a dark read and one that can fill the reader with the sense of doom, and make one wonder could this ever be the ultimate end for humankind?
Thank you to James Patterson, J.D. Barker, and NetGalley for a copy of this eerie, intense, and mind blowing story that was published on August 16, 2021.
and here are the authors:
James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author and most trusted storyteller. He has created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today, with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series. He has sold over 380 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers. In addition to writing the thriller novels for which he is best known, among them The President Is Missing with President Bill Clinton, Patterson also writes fiction for young readers of all ages, including the Max Einstein series, produced in partnership with the Albert Einstein Estate. He is also the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on the New York Times adult and children’s bestseller lists.
J.D. Barker is the New York Times and international best-selling author of numerous novels, including DRACUL and THE FOURTH MONKEY. His latest, A CALLER’S GAME, released February 22. He is currently collaborating with James Patterson. His books have been translated into two dozen languages, sold in more than 150 countries, and optioned for both film and television. Barker resides in coastal New Hampshire with his wife, Dayna, and their daughter, Ember.