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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
In Everything To Lose by Gordon Bickerstaff, an amazing sport enhancing drug is about to be launched but the evidence of its safety points to corruption. When people involved in the research begin to disappear and athletes die, biochemist Dr. Gavin Shawlens of the Lambeth Group is sent to investigate. For Gavin's security, former SAS army captain Zoe Tampsin is sent on an undercover operation to protect him. Gavin must prevent the product launch of the drug and find a missing technician who may hold the answers. As Gavin believes he is coming close to finding the technician, he draws the attention of a brutal family and is kidnapped. Zoe must rescue him before he is the next to die. If Zoe's mission is not hard enough, she discovers that people with even more power have reasons to want Gavin dead.
In Everything To Lose by Gordon Bickerstaff, the author has cleverly blended a detailed scientific research plot with fast-paced action. I was wondering what the opening scene of Hitler's Germany had in connection with the main storyline but it all became clear later on in a very clever plot twist. I loved the character of Zoe, a hard exterior but with a softer side that only the closest people in her life have the pleasure of experiencing. Gavin was a tortured soul since losing his soulmate, Emma, but still has the most admirable values. The suspense, tension, and areas of conflict were spectacular. I also thought the scenes in the McVicken factory were brutal and realistic. The plight of modern-day slaves was also heartbreaking and gave the story yet another layer of interest. I am sure the McVickens have more horrors to unleash. I hope to find out in the next book, The Black Fox.