What would you do for wealth or power? Would you steal? Would you kill? Would you join a group of like minded people intent on amassing power, fame and fortune through the manipulation of events or the outright death of your business, political or familial rivals.
Jeff Abbott's new Sam Capra thriller "Downfall" http://www.amazon.com/Downfall-Sam-Capra-Jeff-Abbott/dp/1455528439is essentially about the lure of such a Faustian bargain. The people who have made the deal with the devil are, in many ways, just trying to get ahead, but they do not care who they hurt in the process. And they will do anything to succeed. The devil is named Belias, and his network of high powered lowlifes is very successful. Belias uses his network to hurt other people. They lose out in business. They are found guilty of crimes they did not commit. They die. If you stand in Belias' way he will cause your downfall.
But even Belias is not immune to people who want to take him down - in and out of his network, nor is he afraid to get rid of people in his network, if he thinks he can get more power and more money.
This is not a deep book. The people in Belias network act out of greed for money, fame, power. But the book has plenty of get up and go.
Diane Keene stumbles into Sam Capra's life because she has learned of her mother's Faustian bargain and is looking for help, and when Capra gets involved trying to save her, he comes to the attention of Belias.
Belias wants him dead, then wants him to join his network once he is fed Capra's secret CIA file, then feels threatened and wants him dead again. The action is continuous as Belias and Capra hunt for each other and Diane Keene. Who will find her first. Capra's friends and Belias's people all get involved. Can Capra stop Belias and his allies from their diabolical plan? Who else stands to gain if Belias falls? There are traitors and backstabbing. Murder and mayhem. Assassins and titans of industry.
Jeff Abbott continues to show that action packed thrillers do not have to involve foreign anti-terrorist missions in his exciting Sam Capra series.
"Downfall" has it all.