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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite
When renowned Liverpool-based Japanese Professor Nakamura died, COVID-19 was fingered as the cause. His distant cousin, Haruto, a cyber-surveillance expert, stepped in to clean up. He discovered some inconsistencies about his uncle, from sexual assaults to the alleged creation of bio-weapons and espionage. Nakamura was a recluse with a battered image, but could all these accusations be true with such overwhelming evidence? Between Haruto and his private investigator girlfriend, Karen, they set out to find the truth. From Southampton to America and Beijing, the battle for survival and establishing the truth will be intense. It’s a bitter war between powerful countries; everyone has an agenda, and nobody is indispensable. Follow Haruto, Karen, and other supporting characters on the journey to redemption in The Secret War by Louise Burfitt-Dons.
The Secret War is an impressive page-turner suitable for lovers of action, conspiracy, and espionage-themed novels. It brought to mind the big question; is the COVID-19 truly man-made? The world is at war, a cold one, and we’re none the wiser. It shed light on the role of the media in information dissemination and its acceptance by the populace. The imbalance between politics, the media, and people was clear because of lies or sensationalism, as seen in today’s world. Louise Burfitt-Dons has written a riveting book with a strong plot, engaging storyline, and well-developed characters. The dialogue continuity was seamless, with a simple writing style and exceptional editing. Greed blinds one to death traps–a great lesson I took from the book. I hope to read more from Louise.