Harold and the Angel of Death

Berserk Series Book 2

Fiction - Thriller - Espionage
261 Pages
Reviewed on 03/31/2021
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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite

Harold and the Angel of Death by Gary McPherson begins with Harold Brown having nightmares of the past that give clues to his future. The man responsible for driving his father to suicide, John, is now dead, but he is haunting Harold at night. He must keep Parabolic Defense Systems from closing its doors and completing John’s goal of destroying everything important to Harold’s father. CIA agent Garcia Hernandez gives Harold the means to keep PDS from closing, expedite the criminal investigation surrounding the company, and gain new contracts but it comes with a price. Harold must work with Garcia on a special assignment in the Caribbean. So many questions and doubts play on Harold’s mind; the biggest one is, will he ever make it back physically and mentally? 

If you read Joshua and the Shadow of Death, you will see Gary McPherson picks right up with Harold and the Angel of Death. This is the second novel in the Berserker series, which is just as captivating. The author combines the intrigue of Harold’s unique syndrome with the suspense of his mental stability to make this a complex thriller. It throws quickly Harold into a part Garcia is manipulating. It binds his lack of control to trigger his Berserker syndrome. Is that what Garcia is counting on? There is plenty of action to satisfy any lover of conspiracy thrillers. The author takes you to new places, scary places that roam on land and in the minds of men.

Pikasho Deka

Harold and the Angel of Death is the second installment of Gary McPherson's action-packed thriller series titled Berserk. After witnessing the suicide of his father, Harold Brown struggles to keep his weapons company, Parabolic Defense Systems, intact as it verges on the brink of bankruptcy. Plagued by visions of the ghost of his old nemesis John and his half-brother Bill, Harold agrees to his board's suggestion to make Tom Hudson the CEO of his company. Upon the insistence of CIA agent Garcia Hernandez, he plunges himself headlong into a sting operation to shed light on the corrupt practices of a weapons manufacturer named Chuck McGill and his associates. Garcia persuades Harold, Joshua, and Maria to move to an unmapped Caribbean island, which acts as the home base of their operation.

Fast-paced and filled with action and suspense, Harold and the Angel of Death is a thrilling ride from start to finish. Gary Mcpherson keeps a quick pace in an entertaining plot and sprinkles it with enough mysteries to keep you hooked throughout the pages. I found the characters compelling. All of them, especially Harold, Joshua, Garcia, Maria, and Darla, feel distinct and each of their personalities brings something different to enhance the story. I felt intrigued by Harold's past, and it made me eager to read the previous entry of the series to get a better grasp of his backstory. Harold's visions of the Viking village are yet another mystery that I hope to see explored further in future works. I would recommend Harold and the Angel of Death to fans of fast-paced thrillers.

Rabia Tanveer

Harold and the Angel of Death is the second novel in the Berserk Series by Gary McPherson. It's a psychological thriller at its best that follows Harold as he tries to protect his father's legacy while facing his demons. Harold has one job, and that is to save his late father's defense company. However, he has no idea how he can do it. He has no idea who he can trust and who is his enemy. Too much is going on, and Harold does not have the wits to keep hold of it all. From illegal arms dealers to keeping his mind in check, he has to stay on top of his condition if he wants to succeed. CIA Agent Garcia seems to have his best interests at heart, but can Harold trust him? To make matters worse, his father's ghost seems to be haunting him. His father speaks to him, tortures Harold, and makes him question his sanity. What will Harold do? Or is he slowly going insane?

Wow, Harold and the Angel of Death is an unforgettable story. Harold is complex, hurting, and he is the perfect protagonist for a story like this. The narrative is intricate, complex and it leaves readers breathless. The descriptions are on point, the dialogues are perfect, and Harold's nightmares are terrifying. The mystery behind illegal arms dealings is handled well, along with Harold's journey to protect his mind and body. I have to admit, I didn't trust Garcia, but I think Gary McPherson handled his character well. The pace is perfect; it creates opportunities for Harold to grow and understand his mind more. His relationship with Darla reveals so much about Harold's character and who he is. He wants someone to trust him, to believe him, and make him feel normal. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys heart-racing stories that keep you up at night. This book is an absolute entertainer!