8 June 2008

Duane Swierczynski – Severance Package

Posted by Dirk under: books .

You know how in space shows or movies, like Battlestar Galactica or Aliens, they will sometimes space somebody (or something, in the case of Aliens) by opening the outside hatch while somebody is in the airlock? Whoever the unfortunate person is in the airlock gets pulled out into space, screaming and unable to stop themselves.

This book is sorta like that. I fell into it from the first page. Finished it in an afternoon. Swierczynski’s last book was like that too, for me.

From the back of the book:

Jamie DeBroux’s boss has called a special meeting for all “key personnel” at 9:00 a.m. on a hot Saturday in August.

When Jamie arrives, the conference room is stocked with cookies and champagne. His boss smiles and tells his employees, “We’re a cover for a branch of the intelligence community. And we’re being shut down.” Jamie’s boss then tells everyone to drink some champagne, and in a few seconds they’ll fall asleep—for good. If they refuse, they’ll be shot in the head.

Escape is not an option. Jamie’s boss has shut down the elevators and rigged the fire towers with chemical bombs. Panic sets in, chaos erupts, and no one is sure whom to trust. Jamie quickly realizes that there’s only one way he’s ever going to see his family again: the hard way.

Best back of book blurb ever. When I read that while standing in Moe’s I knew I was spending the money to buy it.

Severance Package

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