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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
In Radioactive by Lloyd Vancil, Detective Sergeant Mitchell Foster is running away from his past. Things are not looking up for him when the LAPD and law enforcement discover that a group of terrorists has ransacked a nuclear storage facility. Knee deep in the investigation of a terrorist plot to devastate his country, no one is safe, not even his family and neither is he. When his involvement leads to a devastating loss in his personal life, he is burning with revenge. The guilt is clawing his insides, but the threat is still there and possibly is greater than ever.
Mitchell Foster has two options: let the guilt consume him and let the terrorists wreck havoc on the country he loves, or get up, let go of the past and stop the terrorists before anyone else is hurt. What will he do when his options are limited and his emotions are bringing him down? Can he stop the terrorists before they destroy everything that gets in their way?
Yes, Radioactive is a thriller, but it is a thriller like no other. Since 9/11, many writers have tried to write about terrorists, but very few have succeeded in writing a good story on the topic. Lloyd Vancil has achieved what many of his peers have not been able to do. The storyline is good and engaging, the conflict was amazing, and the complexity of the plot was refreshing. It is not your straightforward thriller; there are dips and valleys that you will have to navigate to get to the end. And it will be worth it. A well-paced, well-timed thriller. Thumbs up!