Back in January, I read an action movie taking place in the pages of a book, aka Pendulum, the book ended but the story was not over – enter the sequel, Freefall.
Eight months after confronting Pendulum, John Wallace is losing himself in a dangerous warzone in a misguided attempt at penance for what he has done. But an assassination attempt makes Wallace realise that he has once again been targeted for death. This time, Wallace is prepared and, tracking down his would-be assassin, he discovers a link to his nemesis, Pendulum.
The link is the missing piece of a puzzle that has tormented FBI Agent Christine Ash ever since they confronted Pendulum, but with no Bureau support she has been unable to progress her case. Wallace’s proof breaks it, but also exposes them both to terrible danger.
Confronted by a powerful, hidden enemy, Ash and Wallace must overcome impossible odds if they are to avert a dangerous challenge to the networked world that threatens to destroy our way of life.
Just like Pendulum, Freefall opens with a thrilling chapter – I’ve always loved when a book opens with a murder, it appears I also love when a book opens with a suicide! Hamdy, again, launches the reader straight into the action and grips you from the get go. While any book can be read as a standalone, I think in this instance, it’s absolutely paramount that you read Pendulum before starting this one, the plot is continuous and to skip book one, in my opinion, would be detrimental to your reading experience.
Like most sequels, the characters are returning, Wallace, Ash, and Bailey and each character plays a key role in weaving this complex plot together. Bar Wallace being in Afghanistan at the start of the novel, this novel takes place between England and America – Pendulum is worldwide! Ash, a federal agent, Bailey a detective inspector, in separate countries they have the same goal – to find Pendulum. Both agents carry the scars of their previous encounter with the mastermind killer and new scars are formed, Hamdy does an amazing job of showing just how affected these officers are by all that they’ve endured and still are enduring. At the centre of it all is Wallace, consumed by his own grief, but fuelled by his desire to have no one else he loves killed.
And, man, is there plenty of killing in Freefall! The events move at a fast pace and the action is non-stop, the events are exaggerated but in the way that you would find in an action movie, written to entertain and get the adrenaline pumping, rather than a misguided attempt to pass over-action off as the norm. Corruption, torture, betrayal – Freefall has it all.
Like its predecessor, you just cannot predict where this plot is going and just how complex this mystery is. Freefall is action-packed but it’s not without emotion, you really root for Wallace, Ash and Bailey, you’re sadden by the mental and physical scars they carry but fiercely faithful that they will be okay in the face of all that they encounter.
I, for sure, will be checking in to see how events unfold in book three. The mystery here is mostly solved but the plot runs so deep that I hope book three will reveal just how deep this conspiracy runs. If you enjoyed Pendulum, you absolutely must go on to read Freefall.