Wow. I started writing this review after my first chapter of Third Transmission, and I was so gobsmacked, all I ended up writing was wow.
Several chapters later and now at the end of this breathtaking ride by young Canberra author, Jack Heath, I can pretty much utter the same word, but thrice wow, wow and wow.
Im not the most likely person to be reading Third Transmission. Sitting in a caf recently, eyes wide behind the front cover, gnawing through my bagel like a rat on steroids, it didnt dawn on me that this middle aged blonde housewife might look a right sight eyes burrowed deeply into the pages of this high-impact, young and blokey tome.
True, I may not be a teen, and Im certainly not male. And ok Im also not a super-adventure action hero wannabe. But this didnt stop me from thoroughly enjoying this lightning-paced and brilliantly written novel.
The third in the Agent Six of Hearts series (after The Lab and Remote Control), author Jack Heath has woven a thumping, pumping, tightly configured and deftly researched tale that takes his sixteen-year-old hero on a new series of missions; missions that link together like chain mail in an astonishing plot-weave that works so well, you could peel it off the pages and slap it on a movie screen.
Indeed, Third Transmission
is so aesthetically-driven, reading it is like watching an action blockbuster unfolding in your head. Heath writes with clear, detailed and dexterous descriptives, however, the plotline isnt sidetracked or bogged down in the process the author has a knack for combining a fast pace plotline and lots of action with a narrative that is colourful and totally immersing.
After hunting down dangerous canisters containing a deadly weaponised form of the SARS virus, the challenges facing Agent Six just keep coming as ChaoSonics plot to wipe out the city unfolds around him. Not only that, an old and very dangerous nemesis is on the hunt for Sixs brain and the acrimony from his sister Nai continues to haunt him. Brother Kyntak and father figure King are on his side, but something strange is happening with the Queen of Spades, and what will come of Sixs growing closeness to gorgeous agent Ace of Diamonds?
When The Deck sends Agent Six of Hearts on his latest mission to recover a dangerous nuclear warhead, Six infiltrates a launch party thrown by mad ChaoSonic scientist Chemal Allich, but when Six learns exactly what Allich has managed to create and the impact it will have on mankind, he has no choice but to throw his world upside down and risk the lives of all agents working in The Deck.
From this short synopsis, its clear theres enough packed into this clever novel to boggle the brain and on top of all that, the action just doesnt stop coming. Heaths ensuing story will literally take your breath away with its vigorous pace and extraordinary and highly intelligent plot twists. A warning: stay focused. Even this worldly brain was tested and skewed in every direction in an attempt to keep pace with the momentum and plot weaving of Third Transmission.
Read the rest of this review and interview with author Jack Heath at Australian Women Online