Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
If Michael Crichton and Dan Brown had collaborated on a book MAZE MASTER would be the result. But, Katheleen O’Neal Gear beat them to it. She uses her adept storytelling skills combined with her archaeologist and scientific knowledge to create a superb apocalyptic thriller.
There was so much I liked about this MAZE RUNNER. Gear pulled me immediately into the book with her first chapter introducing Captain Anna Asher interrogated by the Russians. The words and images Gear used to show Anna’s almost fractured mind, her fears, and uncertainty was brilliant. She populates the books with other interesting characters such as Captain Micah Hazor and Dr. Martin Nadai who Anna pulls into her mission to find her former teacher and lover James Hakari, a brilliant but mad geneticist who may know a cure for the plaque that is ravaging the human population. I love how Gear shows Hakari’s brilliance and madness both balanced on a sharp edge. Gear also teaches while telling a good story about Neanderthals, DNA, viruses, with a smattering of human and biblical history. You can tell she did her research for this book. Also, her twist on Revelations and how she tied the end of humankind to it was genius.
MAZE MASTER is a thought-provoking thriller filled with mystery, action, and suspense. It’s chilling to think something like this could happen. I also found this article written by Kathleen O’Neal Gear explaining the history and her inspiration for MAZE MASTER: