Book 4 of the Sam Archer Thriller Series.
On a cold December morning in New York City, a man is found dead in Central Park. There are no knife or gunshot wounds and no signs of violence. But beside the body is a box containing a cracked vial. Suspecting he died from some sort of biological attack, a lab team screen the body.
What they find is terrifying.
Seven months after he left the ARU, Sam Archer is now a 3rd Grade Detective in the NYPD's Counter Terrorism Bureau. However, not everything has gone as expected. Most of his new squad have welcomed him. Others haven't. But when he and the rest of his team are called in urgently and told of the situation all personal differences need to be put aside. It's been confirmed the man in Central Park was killed by an unknown strain of a toxic pneumonic virus. Once inhaled, there is no chance of survival. The victim dies quickly, violently and in agonizing pain. There is no antidote. No one knows where it has come from, who planted it in the Park and why. No ransom demands or threats have been received. Archer and his team are ordered to find out who was responsible, and to locate and secure any other strains of the virus that may exist. However, they are already almost out of time. Someone is intending to release more of the virus into the city within the next ninety minutes.
As they desperately search for answers, Archer and the rest of his team quickly discover that the cracked vial in the Park was just the start. They are also not alone in wanting to get their hands on the virus. There are others, people with far more sinister motives who are desperate to acquire the virus and who will kill anyone who gets in their way. As people around him start going down, Archer must battle to stay one step ahead in the race to find the toxic weapon before it is used again. When he and his team finally realize the full horrifying extent of what they’re dealing with and the potentially devastating effects of its release, Archer must do everything he possibly can to stay alive and secure the lethal virus before many more people die. However, he is already too late.
“‘I’ve read a lot of books in the past two years since I owned a Kindle, but this was the most compulsive reading I have come across.”
“An impressive start to a great series. I've now read all 6 books, and it just gets better and better”
Born in Sydney, Australia and raised in England and Brunei, Tom Barber has always had a passion for writing and story-telling. It took him to Nottingham University, England, where he graduated in 2009 with a BA in English Studies. Post-graduation, Tom moved to New York City and completed the two-year Meisner Acting training programme at The William Esper Studio, furthering his love of acting and screen-writing. Upon his return to the UK in late 2011, Tom set to work on his debut novel, Nine Lives, which has since become a five-star rated Amazon UK Kindle hit. The following books in the series, The Getaway, Blackout, Silent Night, One Way, Return Fire, Green Light and Last Breath have been equally successful, garnering five-star reviews in the US, UK, France, Australia and Canada. The Sam Archer series has sold over 62,000 books worldwide.
In his late-twenties, Tom spends most of his time flying back and forth between the US and the UK. He loves movies and good thrillers and hates coffee and bad weather. Tom can be contacted at http://www.tom-barber.co.uk/
John Sackville began work as an actor after studying at St. Andrews University and the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Leading roles in regional theatre and the West End were followed by a period with the Royal Shakespeare Company. While there, John voiced an award-winning series of excerpts from plays and poetry—Lifespan—for the BBC World Service. Since then John has appeared in various film & TV productions, including the title role in Young John Paul II for BBC1. Recent projects include the BBC's The Secret of Crickley Hall and lead roles in the British feature film Fossil. John worked on a number of voice projects for corporate videos, awards ceremonies, museum guides and television documentaries before being taken in by Red 24 Voices and, subsequently, the London Voice Boutique. His experience has since extended to TV documentaries, audio books, language learning, computer games narration as well as numerous TV, radio and internet commercials. In 2011 john was accepted onto the reading panel for the RNIB Talking Books Service.