Flash Point by Thomas Locke

Fault Lines, book 2
Category:  action and adventure, crime fiction, mystery, thriller and suspense, technothriller
Publisher: Revell
Release Date:  August 2, 2016
Format: paperback review copy from Revell
My Rating:  5-stars


What If the Limits of Time and Space Were Breached?

Junior financial analyst Lena Fennan loves managing risk and making money. Yet when she gets a mysterious invitation to take a leap into the unknown, she does not hesitate. Soon a series of events takes her to the brink of destruction. But Lena refuses to give in, entranced by glimpses of a future that redefine everything.

Reese Clawson emerges from prison gripped by the slow burn of revenge. She will track everyone who hand a hand in destroying her--and take them out. First on the list is Charlie Hazard.

As time and space become jumbled, Lena and Reese are pulled into a collision course that could alter the parameters of human consciousness.


Wow wow wow and wow!  Flash Point definitely qualifies as a five-star technothriller. Brilliant!  It is filled with mind-blowing science combined with fast-paced action.  Flash Point is a book that you won’t want to put down.

Thomas Locke is a master at creating characters that are completely fleshed out.  He has a way of bringing out genuine emotions and responses towards his characters.  One of the primary characters named Reese Clawson is my favorite.  You will also find her in Trial Run, book one of the Fault Lines series.  Reese is most definitely not a good person but I can’t help myself.  I like her.  I want her to want to change and stop fighting that which is good and use her incredible mind and skills to help annihilate those that she has been basically forced to serve.  Maybe that will happen in book three.  I would love that!

The science that is Flash Point is neurobiology meets quantum physics.  Cranial mapping and deep-brain stimulation.  At its very best, the elimination of pain.  I'll take the migraine cure please (they are the bane of my existence).  The science is well presented and understandable.

Unfortunately, the incredible gains that can be achieved through scientific and medical advancement are often exploited.

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.
— Albert Einstein
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
— Isaac Asimov

Locke shares the gains but the tension and thrill of the story are based upon the exploitation of those breakthroughs.  In many ways, Locke is applying Newton’s Third Law to motivation as opposed to motion.

Why do I love Flash Point and why do I recommend that you read it and for that matter any and all of the books written by Davis Bunn under his own name or under his pseudonym Thomas Locke?  Because…

  1. His books are so very very good in so many many ways. He is brilliant, a master.  Not many authors can write authoritatively, with such tension, beautifully, (insert any positive adjective here) in so many different genres.  
  2. There is absolutely no moral compromise required.  

Hopefully, I have intrigued you and that you will be heading off to your nearest library or bookstore to pick up a copy.  If so, be sure and read the free prequel Double Edge and the first book in the series Trial Run before picking up Flash Point.  You could read Flash Point as a stand-alone but you would miss so much.  Things that shouldn’t be missed because they are just that good!  Enjoy!

As a member of the Thomas Locke advance team, I received a paperback review copy in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

I have compiled a list of all of the books that Thomas Locke (Davis Bunn) has written HERE.  The book series are listed in reading order.

the Fault Lines series

the Legends of the Realm series

the Recruits series