I hope you’re all having an amazing week. The book I want to tell you about today is a 2017 debut thriller called Prometheus Man by Scott Reardon. When I first read the description of this book on NetGalley, I was amped because I love reading first novels by amazing authors that are just waiting to be discovered. So, before I get started, I want to say a big thank you to NetGalley and Mulholland Books for sending me a copy of the book for this review. I was really interested in this book because it looked like it had the potential to be friggin awesome. This book seemed to be a mixture of science fiction, suspense, and mystery. Also, I was super intrigued by the title because I have a weird, slightly morbid fascination with Prometheus – the Titan who gave fire to mankind and was damned for all eternity as punishment. The other gods were so not impressed with Prometheus and thought he went way too far by giving fire to the humans. So, obviously, they chained him to a cliff where birds ate his organs by day and they grew back every single night forever. Dude. That’s intense. Anyway! I’m clearly way too excited about this, so let’s get to the summary from NetGalley!
A man with no identity… hunting a man without limits.
When a pile of bodies is found in Paris, CIA Agent Tom Blake hustles his way onto a major case: tracking a man with enhanced abilities, the test subject of a secret government program. There’s just one problem: the man using Agent Blake’s identity is not Agent Blake. He’s Tom Reese, a man without a family or a home. Reese is searching for his brother’s killer. He stole Agent Blake’s identity two months ago and has bluffed his way onto the team investigating his only lead. But his time as a CIA agent is accelerating toward its expiration date. Soon the CIA will find out that Agent Blake is in two places at once. Soon the augmented man will come looking for him. And soon both will discover that Tom Reese carries a secret even he doesn’t know about. He is the last test subject of Project Prometheus.
I wanted to give myself a few days to think about how I really felt about this book before I posted this review. There was so much action-packed and suspenseful shenanigans, that I almost had to take a break to allow my head to stop spinning. I loved the bits about Project Prometheus and I thought that the concept of a scientifically-created super human was especially interesting. Honestly, I would have loved a work of science fiction that was more focused on this aspect of the story… but I digress. I also loved the imagery that the author wove into the story. His descriptions of the characters’ motivations as well as the fight scenes definitely made me feel like I was watching an action movie. I loved every suspenseful minute of this story and I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next. So, what did I not like so much about this book? I thought the descriptive language, as exciting as it was, could be a bit too graphic in some parts. Additionally, I would have liked more interesting names for the main characters. Names like Tom, Marty, Karl, and Ian are a little too conventional for my taste. Overall, I would recommend this book to fans of action and suspense thrillers, as well as people who love page-turners. I thought that this book was a rock-solid debut novel and I’m really psyched that I found it.