E Book Spark I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway but that had no effect on my review Jacob Underwood works for the Special Services Section of a large NY investment bank His job is to take care
E-Book Spark I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway, but that had no effect on my review.Jacob Underwood works for the Special Services Section of a large NY investment bank. His job is to take care of problems unconventionally: he is a contract killer. Jacob was recruited by Ms. Holquist, following a near fatal motorcycle accident, in which he was transformed into an unfeeling, unemotional shell that thinks he’s dead (called Cotard's syndrome.) He lives in a society where "Big Brother" watches everyone to detect abnormal behavioral patterns. After a mundane job or two, he is asked to investigate the mysterious disappearance of a banking analyst, who was given some secret information by a guy from India she met at a conference and told to release it if she does not hear from him. As Jacob investigates, he begins to question his instructions, and draws the attention of a rival when he does not follow orders, starting with his refusal to (view spoiler)[ kill an innocent child. (hide spoiler)] I liked Hawk's creativity and the development of Jacob's character. Not quite 4 stars, but I rounded up.. Spark go inside Kindle Jacob Underwood is not like other people.He has Cotard s Syndrome He believes he is dead Which makes his job as a hired assassin neutralising problems for DBG, a massive multinational corporation, very simple He carries out the task and feels nothing.Now DBG has such a problem A key employee, Emily Buchanan, has disappeared, taking with her a fortune and pricelessJacob Underwood is not like other people.He has Cotard s Syndrome He believes he is dead Which makes his job as a hired assassin neutralising problems for DBG, a massive multinational corporation, very simple He carries out the task and feels nothing.Now DBG has such a problem A key employee, Emily Buchanan, has disappeared, taking with her a fortune and priceless information which could destroy the company Jacob must track her down In previous assignments, he had worked with cold logical precision, but this time he has to confront a threat that he first must understand before it destroys him. John Twelve Hawks aka J12H JXIIH.His real identity is unknown He communicates using the internet and an untraceable phone and has never met his editor.Several guesses have been made regarding his identity that he was Thomas Pynchon, Dan Brown, or Steve Hawking among others. Bestseller Book Spark This is a clever book, because it manages to be a fast paced action thriller, with dystopian themes, but right at the heart of it is a pure character piece.Jacob Underwood is definitely one of the more fascinating characters you will find in fiction – emotionless and unfeeling it is hard to judge him for the things he does, which are lets face it, pretty horrific, because despite his actions he is eminently likeable. He doesnt make excuses or justify, he simply is…but as the book progresses there is a spark of life somewhere in there just waiting to emerge…The flow of it is very intense…I dare you to put it down once you pick it up…but still, the characters are key all the way. Seen through Jacob’s eyes throughout, referred to by him as the “human units”, his outlook on life will often strike you as very sensible, sometimes funny but realistically speaking quite dangerous for those around him. As the story goes on and we find out how he got to be the way he is it is endlessly compelling and terribly addictive.The “backdrop” if you like, about his latest task, to find and neutralise upon instruction one Emily Buchanan, a young lady who has in her possession some very dangerous information, is the perfect plot within which Jacob can function, evolve and draw you into his world…and he will certainly do that. There is plenty of action, some dark themes explored well, and a strange kind of life affirming humanity to the whole thing considering you are travelling the road alongside a character who believes he is dead..The author has created a wonderful mythology here, using some standard dystopian themes, but then putting front and centre a character from which everything else flows…I absolutely loved it, certainly one of my reads of the year, and I can only hope that there will be more from Jacob. Whilst this particular adventure is satisfactorily complete it is obvious that as far as our main protagonist is concerned, the surface has barely been scratched…Highly Recommended: Most especially for fans of character driven genre novels with heart.Happy Reading Folks!