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Protagonist Jake Penny is a veteran-turned-detective, fighting with his own demons. Having lost both his wife and daughter in a deadly car accident, he finds some peace in his alcohol addiction. Being a homicide detective, he’s one of the first people to arrive at a crime scene, but when he gets a call for a new case and agrees to take part in the investigation, he becomes part of the world’s biggest conspiracy. Before he knows it, law enforcement, NSA, and a secret organization called V.E.N.O.M are after him. V.E.N.O.M. is an acronym for the Veiled and Exclusive Nation of Organized Mercenaries. Ninety-nine percent of the people who work there are ordinary people, doctors, and government officials who push the organization’s agenda. The remaining one percent were the spies and mercenaries, and Jack has just crossed paths with them. His only allies are an NSA agent, Ethan Parker, who is too eager to help him, and an investigator specializing in politics and two-times Pulitzer winner journalist called Zasha, who has her own agenda. He knows that both of them are not to be trusted, but he has no other choice, since this is bigger, much bigger than he originally thought, and he will need all the help he can get, even if someone betrays him in the end.

Jack is an extremely complicated character. There are so many layers as far as his personality is concerned, and we’ve barely scratched the surface. He’s been through so many things that have shaped his character, so when readers find out something new about Jack, they will think that they know everything there is to know about him. However, the story then develops, and a different side of him suddenly becomes known that changes everything.

V.E.N.O.M. is a fast-paced thriller with a number of twists unraveling throughout the book that make the reader keep reading, until they find themselves reaching the end and realizing just how well-written the story is. The plot’s characters are well thought through. From the moment they are introduced, to the moment their intentions become apparent, each character evolves right in front of the reader’s eyes, demonstrating the amazing feat Ty Mitchell has accomplished with V.E.N.O.M. The book ends with a cliffhanger. Jack’s story is far from over, and I would love to find out how it continues. A great choice for adult fans of action-packed thrillers.

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Author Ty Mitchell
Star Count /5
Format eBook
Page Count 338 pages
Publisher Red Rope Press
Publish Date 2019-04-22
ISBN 0978173354360
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Issue July 2020
Category Mystery, Crime & Thriller


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