I’m so excited to be sharing my review of Joshua Hood’s Treadstone Resurrection today. It is a cracking read which had me completely hooked from the first page. Bloomi’ brilliant!
First, here’s the blurb…
Head of Zeus (25 Feb. 2020)
The first novel in an explosive new series inspired by Robert Ludlum’s Bourne universe, perfect for those who binged Treadstone.
Operation Treadstone made Jason Bourne, but he’s not the only agent they trained.
Treadstone nearly destroyed Adam Hayes. The top-secret CIA Black Ops program trained him to be an all-but-invincible assassin, but it also cost him his family and any chance at a normal life. Which is why he was determined to get out. Working as a carpenter in rural Washington state, Adam thinks he has left Treadstone in the past, until he receives a mysterious email from a former colleague, and soon after is attacked by an unknown hit team at work.
Adam must regain the skills that Operation Treadstone taught him – lightning reflexes and a cold conscience – in order to discover who the would-be killers are and why they have come after him now. Are his pursuers enemies from a long-ago mission? Rival intelligence agents? Or, perhaps, forces inside Treadstone? His search will unearth secrets in the highest levels of government and pull him back into the shadowy world he worked so hard to forget.
The Treadstone Resurrection is the first novel in an explosive new series inspired by Robert Ludlum’s Bourne universe, introducing an unforgettable hero and the covert world that forged him.
So, the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum is wonderful and I’ve been a huge fan of both the books and the films for years.
I can’t deny being a little worried about the new author on the block, as it were… there was a small thought that Hood wouldn’t be able to maintain the quality Ludlum created but that wasn’t an issue at all.
From the first sentence I was hooked. Seriously.
I could not put this one down.
Hood throws us straight in at the deep end with a thrilling prologue steeped in a tension that doesn’t let up.
He has a wonderful way with words. Each one counts. Sometimes authors can fall into a trap of a plot trailing off in the middle, not Hood. Hood has this writing game perfected.
I adored his main character, Adam Hayes. Although he seems to be an emotionless android, we know why. And we know he want’s to change. And watching that happen, or not, is part of the amazing ride Hood takes us on.
Anyone who knows the story of Treadstone will know they aren’t all that nice sometimes, and Hayes knows this from personal experience. I really connected with him. From his first introduction I was on his side. He’s trying to leave that life behind him. He’s trying to make things right with his family. He’s trying to create some normality in his life. And he’s not having much luck.
As with most action-packed books there is a lot of belief to suspend and given the quality of the author, I was prepared to do that. I would like to see that toned down in future books, though.
Overall, I was blown away by the start of this new series and I cannot wait to see what Hood has in store for us with the next one.
Huge thanks to the team at Midas PR and Head of Zeus for my review copy and spot on the blog tour.
About the author…
Joshua Hood is the author of Warning Order and Clear by Fire. He graduated from the University of Memphis before joining the military and spending five years in the 82nd Airborne Division. He was a team leader in the 3-504 Parachute Infantry Regiment in Iraq from 2005 to 2006, conducting combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. From 2007 to 2008, Hood served as a squad leader with the 1-508th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Afghanistan for which he was decorated for valor in Operation Furious Pursuit. On his return to civilian life he became a sniper team leader on a full time SWAT team in Memphis, where he was awarded the lifesaving medal. Currently he works as the Director of Veteran Outreach for the American Warrior Initiative.
Robert Ludlum was the author of twenty-seven novels, each one a New York Times bestseller. There are more than 225 million of his books in print, and they have been translated into thirty-two languages. He is the author of The Scarlatti Inheritance, The Chancellor Manuscript, and the Jason Bourne series–The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum–among other novels. Mr. Ludlum passed away in March 2001.