If you enjoy the work of David Baldacci, Tom Clancy, or Nelson B. DeMille, you will love Crisis: Black, by John A. Davis, picks up right where Crisis: Blue left off: with Trissy and Rex escaping from the terrorists who framed, then kidnapped them. In this, the second book of the series, nurse Prissy Bent and her husband, former Navy SEAL, Dr. Rex Bent, continue to run from the terrorist masterminds who abducted them after Rex reported a suspicious illness to the CDC. One of the real terrorists is Dr. Geehad, the administrator of the hospital who was contacted by CDC investigators.
On the other hand, Davis shares a recognition of the waste and corruption of FEMA, and the need to protect our planet, with characters who make multiple comments such as the “gaudy ego-laden rectangular contraption” (the Hummer) that Geehad drives. Another character comments on “rebuilding an economy decimated by the Republicans…” and refers to their wealth redistribution and denial of global warming. Through well-developed characters, both political sides are presented, but there is no denying the book as a whole has a right-leaning slant. There is serious food for thought in this story.
While I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure, drama, and suspense, I was also entertained by the comedy of Zeila, an elderly Cajun woman who inadvertently joined the Bents on their flight from both the terrorists and a crazed, narcissistic FBI agent with anger management issues. Zeila complains constantly about the corruption and lack of rebuilding poorer neighborhoods after Katrina.
This book had a much smoother ending that did the first book of the series, and that I appreciate. I’m already eagerly anticipating the third installment in the series Crisis Red.
- Verb tense disagreement within sentences and within paragraphs;
- Far too many split infinitives;
- Repeatedly spelling out the names of government agencies, when people actually in those jobs would use the acronyms.