When Jake Dentâs dreams of baseball glory fell apart in a drunk-driving incident, his marriage did too. In those dark days, a popular survivalist blog helped to restore Jakeâs sense of control. Heâs become an avid Doomsday Prepper, raising his diabetic son, Andy, to be ready for any sudden catastrophe.
Andy, now a student at the prestigious Pepperell Academy where Jake works as a custodian, has a secretâheâs part of a computer club that redistributes money from the obscenely wealthy to the needy. Usually, their targets donât even realize theyâve been hacked. But this time, theyâve stolen from the wrong people: a vicious drug cartel that is coming to get its money backâ¦
Staging a chemical truck spill as a distraction, the cartel infiltrates the Academy, taking Andy and his friends hostage one by one. Jake, hidden inside the schoolâs abandoned tunnels, knows that soon the killing will start. With his training, and a stockpile of weapons and supplies, heâs the last, best hope these studentsâincluding his sonâhave of getting out alive. But survival is no longer an abstract concept. Itâs a violent, brutal struggle that will test Jake to the limit, where there are no rules and no second chancesâ¦
âThis breakneck edge-of-your-seat thrill ride from Palmer (Desperate) falls just short of perfect.â â Publishers Weekly
âExtraordinary character development and more than a few bombshell plot twists will keep readers turning the pages.â â Publishers Weekly
âPalmer (Desperate) sets out to tell a fast-paced, suspenseful story and doesn't fail.â â Library Journal, Starred Review
âThis nail-biting tale is sure to get hearts pumping and bound to be a winner with fans of Greg Iles and Iris Johansen.â â Library Journal, Starred Review
âReaders will care about everyone, and grimace and sweat with every tense scene. Palmerâs thrillers involving family dynamics are terrific, and this one is no exception.â â RT Book Reviews
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