Trial Run by Thomas Locke

Fast Paced Drama

Thomas Locke’s use of language to paint a picture and emotional scene without wasting words engages readers in this speculative read. The strong development of character interaction lends a human dimension to the right-at-the-edge technological nature of the story.

The back cover of Trial Run has a descriptive sentence that is remarkably true. “Davis Bunn writing as Thomas Locke delivers a thrilling psychological journey that will leave you turning the pages and grasping for solid ground. The reader is never sure which people are good guys and which are bad guys until the end. I did indeed find myself grasping for solid ground. Once I found it, I enjoyed the story.

I had trouble keeping the characters straight for the first half of the book. Perhaps some kind of overview / simple chart would have been helpful, even just a list of who worked on the Swiss team and who did not. I agree, the story is mind-bending in scientific concepts, and it took some rereading for me to keep track of what was happening. I’d like to see more information (perhaps in future books?) about the psychological aspects, what happened to the people who were in comas, the prion that had deadly potential, etc.

Trial Run provides a different kind of escape for those who read for pleasure. It takes readers into the world of what if? in a new way and leaves the door open for human potential and creativity to take the next step. Even though I had to hang on to any threads I could find to make sense of it at times, I give Locke’s latest work 4 stars for the excellent writing and enjoyable read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest review.




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