The thriller Albatross: Birds of Flight, by J.M. Erickson, begins when Anthony Maxwell, a senior field agent of the Department of Defense Foreign Intelligence’s Operation Center in Waltham, Massachusetts, is kidnapped and killed. At the same time this is happening, mayhem is occurring in the surrounding area. There are a series of coordinated attacks that threaten national security.
At first the authorities suspect domestic terrorism, but as the evidence points them in the direction of Alex Burns, it appears that there is a lot more involved. Alex Burns, former international spy, now fugitive, is suspected of setting off a string of events that has the country shaken up. After having suffered from serious injuries on a secret mission, Alex was left with Trauma Induced Amnesia. Seeking treatment from therapist David Caulfield, Alex started piecing events back together and gained an understanding of why there are those in higher positions who prefer that he does not regain his memory.
Caulfield becomes more involved with helping Alex when he suffers a personal loss at the hands of those who are after Alex. Working together with two women, both men are determined to make sure that they can accomplish what they need to so that their futures will be safe. As the suspense is building, Police Lieutenant Steve Anderson becomes involved. Being a former military interrogator, he quickly realizes that there is a lot more going on, yet he has to decide which side he can trust. As events play out, he is privy to more information and the truth is fascinating, yet it is also devastating for the country.
Albatross: Birds of Flight by J.M. Erickson is a novel readers who are fans of suspense will really enjoy. The characters are complex and multi-dimensional. They each have reasons for having personal issues, yet as they work together they also find healing, in spite of the extremely stressful circumstances they are placed in. In addition to a great political thriller, there are also underlying themes of romance and redemption. These factors all add up to a very compelling, fast-paced adventure.
(Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views)