by Mike Mullin
My rating: 5 stars
Publisher: Tanglewood (May 8, 2018)
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
Genre: YA Suspense
Print Length: 424 pages
After witnessing an act of domestic terrorism while training on his bike, Jake is found near death, with a serious head injury and unable to remember the plane crash or the aftermath that landed him in the hospital.
A terrorist leader’s teenage daughter, Betsy, is sent to kill Jake and eliminate him as a possible witness. When Jake’s mother blames his head injury for his tales of attempted murder, he has to rely on his girlfriend, Laurissa, to help him escape the killers and the law enforcement agents convinced that Jake himself had a role in the crash.
Mike Mullin, author of the Ashfall series, delivers a gripping story with memorable characters and all-too-real scenarios.
Surface Tension by Mike Mullin
If the spirit of young adults facing unbelievable odds is something that draws you in, Mike Mullin’s SURFACE TENSION is exactly what you need! Geared to a young adult audience, the main character, Jake and his girlfriend, Laurissa are average teens who become incredible survivors against all odds. Even the anti-heroine, Betsy is a great character, especially once her life is revealed.
Jake was in the wrong place at the wrong time and it could cost him his life as both terrorists and the government are hot on his tail. His one goal was to get on the USA cycling team, and that’s what put him on that deserted road, among semi-trucks when a commercial airliner was blown from the sky.
Captured by the terrorists and in a moment of daring, he escapes a moving truck. When he awakes days later in the hospital, his memory is almost non-existent, his dreams of cycling greatness are gone and someone is trying to kill him. When the FBI needs a confession for a crime he didn’t commit, he has nowhere to turn.
Only the quick thinking of his girlfriend, Laurissa and her family’s wealth and power give him any sense of hope in the legal arena, but first he must survive the further attempts on both his life and the lives of those he loves by the terrorists and an unscrupulous FBI agent.
Mike Mullin provides high velocity tension, giving readers a gut-clenching and wild ride from start to finish! With a cast of incredible characters that feel lifelike, a seemingly insurmountable stack of odds against them and some pretty contemporary events, Mr. Mullin has created a tale that is riveting from that first page until the very end.
Perfect pacing, action and crazy-scary events make for a perfect young adult read, (no matter how old your birth certificate says you are!)
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Tanglewood Publishing!