The lab where Nadia was built is no more. But when The Pinnacle strikes back at the government agencies trying to crack its secrets, a horrible truth emerges: The evil cabal of kingmakers is still building living weapons of mass destruction somewhere on the globe.
Jon Daniels and Nadia Velasquez must find the lab and stop it before a new wave of terror erupts across the world. In order to succeed, though, they must get through The Pinnacle’s most deadly weapon: Jenna Paine.
I had the privilege to read Unalive in its beta-stage! My good friend and fellow Critique Circle member Cyrus Keith has written a superb sequel to his sci-fi thriller Becoming Nadia, which I reviewed a few months ago.
Unalive can stand on its own, although I really liked reading the books in order. I enjoyed having all the background and emotional involvement with the characters!
I found Unalive to be just as good as its predecessor. In some ways, I think it was even better. The pacing couldn’t have been tighter and the romantic and thriller elements balanced each other out nicely.
The best part of a sequel is that you get to go back and spend time with “old friends”. Sometimes those friends seem to be stuck in a time warp: unchanging, cardboard people who never truly engage your interest because they already had their character arc in the previous book. However, Unalive delivered, giving me deeper insights into the characters I grew to love in the first book. Nadia, Jon, Bunny, and the rest are three-dimensional characters that grow through this series. In fact, some of the stars of the first book may just surprise you when they show up in this novel.
I don’t want to give much away about the plot other than to say that I enjoyed the changing relationships and the constant suspense. This is the real deal: a sci-fi thriller with heart.
(Full disclosure, and all that legal stuff: Cyrus Keith is a friend of mine, and I work as an editor at MuseItUp Publishing. I didn’t edit Unalive.)