Reviewed by Saifunnissa Hassam for Readers' Favorite
David C Mason's Pandora's Gardener is a humorous, witty take on the thriller genre. The story is set in London and Smallmansea, a fictitious location on England's south coast. John Cranston is a gardener (Cranston Gardening Services). The Midas is a one-of-a-kind AI computer card that can decode encryption and encrypt information. Unknown to John, an old friend slips the Midas into his cell phone. Whoever controls the Midas can wield enormous power. The shadowy Dark League will stop at nothing to acquire the Midas. The Secret Society views the sinister Dark League as dangerous to democracy and will do everything to prevent the Midas from falling into the wrong hands. John is wanted dead or alive. The action is fast and furious; the suspense and tension incredibly taut.
I thoroughly enjoyed David C Mason's Pandora's Gardener thriller for its compelling characters, the Midas AI, and a well-crafted spoof of the thriller genre. I liked John Cranston's enigmatic character: his relentless pursuers discover he is no ordinary gardener. He has excellent martial arts skills; he's determined to survive the extreme challenges and deadly situations he finds himself in. Is he a spy? A double agent? I liked the interweaving of thriller movies into the thinking, planning, dialogues, and action of the other characters. The result is a very funny novel. Finally, I loved the "evolution" of the Midas AI throughout the novel, turning it into another major "character" in the novel. The twists and turns never stop, not even in the epilogue! Fantastic! An exciting thriller, crafted with great finesse, and an entertaining story!