Always Adam (ISBN: 9781999982638 price £8.99) by York-based author Mark Brumby is a Sci-Fi crime thriller, set in London and New York.
The novel pits a financial journalist against a biotech billionaire armed with a virus, a vaccine and a vendetta against society.
The synopsis reads:
London-based financial journalist Spencer Beck is obsessed with billionaire biotech prodigy, Adam Reid, orphaned in his mid-teens when his parents died in a tragic murder-suicide in New York City.
A shadowy informant with MI5 connections promises Beck unfettered access to the mysterious Reid and introduces him to Daniel Flanagan, a retired Big Apple detective who investigated the deaths of Adam’s mother and father.
Spencer’s initial scepticism, fed by the suspicions of the former police officer, turns to excitement when Reid reveals the truth about himself and his altruistic ambitions to protect society from a deadly virus with a powerful vaccine he’s developed.
But when Beck’s entire world starts to implode, he discovers Reid harbours a vendetta that, left unchecked, threatens not only his survival but that of an entire species.
A Cambridge economics graduate, Mark Brumby is a vastly experienced financial analyst and owner of Langton Capital, an FCA-regulated advisory company specialising in the hospitality and leisure sectors. He is a partner in the Imbiba Partnership, which invests in pub, bar and restaurant start-ups.
He wrote Always Adam (originally published as Payback) in 2013. Boomslang has reissued the book as it deserved to reach a wider audience during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Covid-19 brought home not just the fragility of human life but the power of vaccines. Now we have vaccines to protect us from the virus but what if a vaccine is misused?”
“As an author, Covid-19 has moved the goalposts. It has made the unbelievable a little more believable. A pandemic, until December of last year was, literally, a fiction,” said Mark, who is currently working on two further Adam books.
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