Friday, October 21, 2011

What is Dean Crawford reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Dean Crawford, author of Covenant.

His entry begins:
Right now I’m reading The Blue Zone by Andrew Gross. It’s a great story concerning a young professional woman whose life implodes when it is learned by the FBI that her father’s gold business has connections to Colombian drug cartels. Forced into witness protection when her father agrees to testify against the cartels in return for a lenient sentence, a year goes by before the heroine and her family are located and hunted down by the cartels.

I love novels that twist and turn, keeping the reader guessing, and The Blue Zone is a fantastic example of this. It shows how you don’t need a...[read on]
About the book, from the publisher:

When archaeologist Lucy Morgan uncovers a seven-thousand-year-old tomb holding remains alien to our world, she realizes she has stumbled upon something important—something with the potential to rewrite history. But before Lucy can retrieve the remains, she's abducted.

A former war correspondent in Iraq and Afghanistan, Ethan Warner has seen much action in the line of fire. Now back home in Chicago, he's hoping to finally pick up the pieces of his broken life and begin to lead a more normal existence. But when called upon by Lucy's family to help find her, he knows he cannot let them down. Especially since he knows firsthand what it's like to have a loved one go missing.

Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., detectives Nicola Lopez and Lucas Tyrell are called to an abandoned building to check out a possible homicide. What at first glance appears to be the bodies of overdose victims in a crack den is instead something more sinister. How is it possible that these emaciated, naked bodies—rotting in the sweltering heat of August—show signs of hypothermia?

Working independently, Ethan and the detectives each discover that a shadowy corporation may have something to do with Lucy's disappearance and the mysterious bodies. And Ethan soon realizes that it's not just Lucy's life that's at stake but the fate of the world, and he must risk everything to stop those willing to alter the course of history, before it's too late.

In the tradition of books by Michael Crichton and James Rollins, Covenant combines science, suspense, and ingenious speculation to create an action-packed blockbuster not to be missed.
Learn more about the book and author at Dean Crawford's website and blog.

Writers Read: Dean Crawford.

--Marshal Zeringue