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The Fornax Assassin by J.C. Gemmell is a captivating blend of dystopia, science fiction, crime fiction, and conspiracy thriller. For twenty years, the lethal Fornax virus has been raging in Britain. Desperate to contain the pandemic, the British Government isolates every person infected with the Fornax virus on Fornax Island. Hours after promising to close Fornax Island, the Prime Minister was assassinated. Solicitor Davy Malik travels to Fornax Island to defend Naval Nurse Sam Jueves, who was arrested for the murder of the Prime Minister. Meantime, Davy’s sister Rachael was diagnosed as a carrier and faces isolation on Fornax Island. Davy hopes to help Rachael using his military connections on Fornax Island. Before long, Davy and Rachael discover a mind-boggling political conspiracy.
The Fornax Assassin by J.C. Gemmell gripped me with the action-packed, suspenseful intrigue. J.C. Gemmell raises highly topical and relatable issues, such as the fusion of business and politics and the threats posed by pandemics, making this work of fiction a thought-provoking read. The prevailing dialogues make this story an easy and fast read. But most of all, I liked the character-driven intrigue full of duplicity and deceitful impersonations that created the story’s world full of surprising revelations and discoveries and the atmospheric portrayal of Fornax Island and the nearby forts interlaced with the thoughts and feelings of the characters. This intriguing page-turner caters to science fiction, dystopia, crime fiction, and political thriller fans who will surely enjoy its twists and turns.