Blackout: David Rosenfelt
Memories are precious but what happens when yours no longer exist? Within the realm of his job Doug Brock often encounters many who would like to silence him for good. But, when he is about to adopt a young teen and get married to another cop, his whole world crumbles as someone aiming for him, misses and hits the teen. A life is over, his feelings in turmoil and Doug Brock is no longer the man he was before. Leaving his future wife to fend for herself and deal with her feelings, Doug ventures out to get the man responsible for this young boy’s death. Not everything goes according to plan and when he calls his partner Nate to tell him he thinks he has the man responsible, he too is silenced but in a different way. Blackout: David Rosenfelt: Will the light every shine again?
Nate Alvarez is his former partner and although they worked together for so long Doug has no clue about his life after 2005. Blanked out and having no recall at all even thinking that Bush is the President of the United States, Doug is determined to get back his life, work on the force and get the man responsible for what happened to him and the death of the young teen. Entering the barracks as they call where he works he is introduced to everyone but remembers no one. His instincts are sharp and his investigative skills on point but when he meets Jessie Allen, the woman he was supposed to marry, things spiral even further out of control as he realizes that he is going to need her if he is going to pull off what he has planned.
Ahmat Gharsi is dangerous and with Nicholas Bennett at the helm he would soon learn that there is no one to trust and this man is more than dangerous. With his second in command Luther Castle what these three have planned would make what has been happening in the news pale in comparison.
Dr. Carmody, Captain Bradley, Dan Congers, Nate and special agent Medcaff of the FBI are all enter his room. But, Doug has little or no memory and this team would convene, create a cover story and hopefully someone would come after Doug to finish the job and get caught. Retrograde amnesia is what he has and according to our author it is very “patient specific.” “ Patients have no recollection of events starting with the trauma and going back in time. Some can have all of their memory erased, but more often the loss goes back a specific number of weeks, months or years.” In this case 10.
Doug is persistent and manages to regain his physical strength but before he can move on and relate to his true situation he is determined to go after Bennett anyway he can as he and Nate team up again, get a tip and learn about a possible terrorist attack at a theater. What happens will reverse the roles between him and Nate as he is now the one in serious danger, hurt and the end result leaves him depending on Jessie and her hacking and computer skills to delve into the lives of not only Bennett but anyone connected to him and more.
Although told not to pursue the case and let Homeland, the police, FBI and other law enforcement agencies deal with Bennett, Doug managed to get information from a reliable source to go into Bennett’s place of business and hopefully get what they needed to arrest him. But, someone within their ranks must have tipped off this man because they came up empty and his credibility was gone and he was suspended. Every step of the way they seemed to be two steps ahead of him and this was very frustrating so Doug used other methods to handle those that needed to be convinced to find out what he needed to know to take down Bennett, Luther Castle and hopefully the mastermind Gharsi. A plan so diabolical, explosive and electrifying only author David Rosenfelt could take something so intricate yet simple to prove just what a terrorist can create and execute right in front of our eyes. What will happen if this plan comes to pass will make 9/11 pale in comparison and take down more than must one target.
With Jessie at his side and their relationship rekindled will they be able to get what they need in time or will more lives be lost and just how far will they go before one of them becomes a victim too?
The story is told in the first person in Doug’s voice as each chapter begins with a personal observation or thought that he has as he relates the events to follow. Investigating one of the managers, Tony Gibbons, at the pier he comes up clean but who is hiding the truth? Containers that were seen but what was in them and why did the head of the FBI signal the head of Homeland and what were they silently conveying to each other? Entering the showroom with Metcalf, Congers and Bradley his captain, what happens next will set Doug back and in a bad position.
The evidence points to Jerry Bettis as being a dirty cop but could someone make it look that way when everyone else disagrees? When Doug decides to go after him and learns more with his partner still in the hospital will he be able to stop what is already in place before someone close to him is next?
Trying to retrieve his memory and putting the pieces together Doug needs to find out what is really happening, head back to the barracks when they learn just what the weapons are, how they have been rigged and if there is a way to stop this catastrophic plan. While planting Jessie in a strategic position he does not realize the implications and what happens next is so fast that no one sees it coming including Jessie. Can Doug get to her before it’s too late? Will they be able to stop what Gharsi hopes succeeds? Power, money, greed and with the help of one teenage boy named TJ they might have a chance but you won’t believe how! Betrayals, lies, deceits and one man who decided to reverse the roles but will he win? An ending so explosive and a plot so heinous you won’t believe the motive behind it with a wild twist you won’t see coming ! Blackout: Memories are precious! What happens when yours are blacked out? Doug Brock: One character you want to see more of. One cop who knows how to get the job done and one guy you want on your side!
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ Magazine