August 9, 2016
John Smith has a special gift that seems more like a curse: he can access other peoples thoughts. He hears the the songs stuck in their heads, their most private traumas and fears, the painful memories they can’t let go. The CIA honed his skills until he was one of their most powerful operatives, but Smith fled the Agency and now works as a private consultant, trying to keep the dark potentials of his gift in check—and himself out of trouble. But now Smith is unexpectedly plunged into dangerous waters when his latest client, billionaire software genius Everett Sloan, hires him to investigate a former employee—a tech whiz kid named Eli Preston—and search his thoughts for some very valuable intellectual property he’s stolen. Before John can probe Preston’s mind, his identity is compromised and he’s on [the] run for his life with Sloan’s young associate, Kelsey. Hunted by shadowy enemies with deep resources and unknown motives, John and Kelsey must go off the grid. John knows their only hope for survival is using his powers to their fullest—even if [it] means putting his own sanity at risk.
John Smith, Farnsworth’s new hero, has a familiar feel. In this case, that is a compliment. Like Farnsworth’s vampire, Nathaniel Cade, John Smith is a vulnerable hero with a very dark side. You would think being a psychic would make life easy. You would be wrong. Smith’s gift really is a curse – for him. He wrestles with his humanity or lack thereof and gives in as often as he resists. But he is so well-written, that you care about him.
The only reason I didn’t give it a 5 is because of the language. It seems that everyone swears in their thoughts. That is a personal preference of mine.
The action is wonderful. Farnsworth’s writing is becoming tighter and cleaner with every book.