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Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
Gravity Games by John Matsui is an outstanding thriller. The nose knows, but in the case of Nathan Sherlock, his nose knows more than anyone on the planet. “Nate the Nose” has an extraordinary power of smell, he can detect every aroma-bearing molecule. What he smells, he remembers forever. His gift has made him a famous and wealthy man. Nathan is a legendary chef and wine connoisseur. But, more than that, his nose has become a secret asset to the police - he can smell murder. What Nathan didn’t know was that a special joint task force has been monitoring him. They convince Nate and his best friend, business partner and sidekick, Bonnie, to travel with them to a secret facility at Quantico, VA. Once there, they introduce him to others like him - an elite ESP team – Extraordinary Sensory Perception. The government agents encourage Nate to join the team by revealing a huge terrorism threat. A new technology of negative gravity has been developed, it is unstoppable, and it has endless possibilities! It could change the world as we know it! However, evil lurks and there is much more to this ESP team. Like a bloodhound, Nate sniffs out the truth.
John Matsui’s Gravity Games is an innovative novel, way out of the box - it’s not your run-of-the-mill thriller. The characterization is extraordinary. The supporting cast of characters – a mad scientist, evil psychopath, young do-gooders, and those with extreme sensory powers - bring depth and suspense to the unique storyline. The plot weaves in and out, up and down, backwards and forward, creating several riveting, spiraling illusive sub plots. The science of “negative gravity,” the hidden agendas, all the underlying lurid details portray a mind-boggling narrative. I appreciated that Matsui brought in elements from his first novel, Late Bite. Reintroducing the character Dragul Mangorian was a stroke of genius - subtle, but perfect. Matsui creates a tightly knotted tale, which gradually loosens, and then unravels throughout the denouement. Just when you think all is well with the world, the conclusion proves otherwise. John Matsui’s “no scent” mysterious ending is ideal; it leaves the reader sniffing the air for the aroma of a sequel.