Trial Run

Trial RunAuthor: Thomas Locke

Series: Fault Lines #1

Publisher: Revell

Release Date: August 2015

Rating: 5 Stars

Reviewer: Jessica Higgins

Thomas Locke’s new series kicks off with a bang in this new futuristic thriller!

Shane Shearer is an MBA student at UC Santa Barbara. She would rather have gone somewhere else, but with no money and a free ride to UCSB, she is stuck there.  Then one day another student she has never met named Trent Major walks up to her and says he needs her to set up a business meeting with a lawyer to discuss an algorithm that he developed.  It has to be her and it has to be this lawyer and he will accept to make the patent on a paid when paid basis.  Shane is a little freaked out but goes along with it.  When things start to happen just like Trent says they will, she begins the ride of a lifetime.

In Switzerland, a close knit team of scientists and doctors have been working on a new program of intermind teleportation. But when one of the subjects stays trapped in his teleportation, it’s up to two of the team members to figure out a way to get him back.  Elizabeth Sayer and Charlie Hazard travel to Los Angeles to follow a pattern that Elizabeth says she received from her future self.  She and Charlie must both confront their demons if they want this to be successful.  When they realize that their paths must cross and align with Shane and Trent, everything they thought they knew changes.

When I saw that Thomas Locke was coming out with a new series, I didn’t even bother to see what it was about, I just picked up the book. I enjoyed Emissary so much that I felt confident that I would enjoy this one as well.  Needless to say that Locke didn’t disappoint.  He quickly pulls the reader in with his opening and keeps the rapid pace going so that you almost never have time to set the book down.  The short chapters help to keep the pace for the book so that you want to read just one more chapter before you put it down each time.

The characters came to life quickly and were very believable. This is more of a futuristic/political spy thriller, so the world keep turning every couple of chapters.  There were several different viewpoints throughout the story, but it wasn’t difficult to keep up.  I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book!