Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
Breathtaking suspense and international intrigue describe the Ron McManus fictional work, The Envelope: A Jake Palmer Novel. Jake Palmer, who had been a Navy SEAL, now works as an investigative consultant for Pennsylvania’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Jake heads to New York City to attend the wedding of his father and much younger famous model. Accompanying Jake to the wedding is his girlfriend from London, Fiona Collins. Allowing her quiet time to get settled into their room, Jake heads to the hotel bar for a quick drink. Dennis Goodman, a Special Agent from Homeland Security Investigations, shows up, trying to recruit Jake to join him on a case. The action begins immediately. Soon, Jake and Fiona are entangled in a complicated scheme of counterfeit medicine and money laundering. The quest to find the perpetrators of this illegal and complicated organization leads to many terrifying situations across two continents.
While author Ron McManus involves many agencies, corporations and characters in The Envelope, it is easy to follow this complex plot. Mr. McManus demonstrates a working knowledge of these agencies. Likewise, he competently develops realistic characters, and the dialogue is crisp and believable. He writes in a clear, straightforward manner, moving quickly from one situation to another. Added to this adventurous mix is Jake’s romantic relationship with Fiona and the tenuous relationship with his father. The book is a true page-turner, as the reader cannot wait to see how Jake extricates himself from impossible, against-all-odds circumstances. What a great adventure!