The Rhythm Section

The Rhythm Section

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"Stephanie Patrick's life is destroyed by the crash of flight NEO027. Her family was on board and there were no survivors. Devastated, she drops out of college and her life spins out of control as she enters a world of drugs and prostitution--until a journalist discovers that the crash wasn't an accident. There was a bomb planted on the plane. Filled with rage, and with nothing left to loose, she focuses on one goal: revenge. The opportunity to obtain it arrives quickly when Stephanie is approached and recruited by an extremely covert intelligence organization. She is young, smart, and beautiful--and has no family, making her the perfect candidate. The organization offers her a deal. She must undergo rigorous training; learn how to control her heart rate and breathing ("the rhythm section"); and learn how to efficiently use weapons. Then, she will assume a new identity and commit acts of terrorism on behalf of the organization. When she completes these assignments successfully--and proves her loyalty--she will be offered the opportunity to take out the terrorists who brought down flight NEO027. She has nothing to lose. As "Petra," a mercenary terrorist based out of Germany, and as "Marina," an international businesswoman based in London, she enters the brutal world of international espionage, and adapts quickly. She is able to numb her feelings and act on instinct alone. But as the stakes get higher, Stephanie begins to question what her value really is. Is the organization telling her the truth--do they know who caused flight NEO027 to explode? Or are they using her for some other agenda? More important: Is avenging her family worth the price she is paying? And if it isn't--will the organization that created her let her go?" --
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2018
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9781250210555
Branch Call Number: FIC BURNELL 2018
Characteristics: 418 pages, 19 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Stephanie Patrick thriller


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Jan 03, 2019

Extremely well written, had a hard time putting it down.

Mar 03, 2014

If you enjoyed La Femme Nikita, or the remake with Bridget Fonda (Point of No Return), you'll love this outstanding novel. Burnell takes a similar character, and does a much better job of it, with an extremely well crafted suspense novel. Ten stars. [The publication date is 1999: if only the CIA, or DIA, or NSA had read this, but given the quality of their personnel, it probably wouldn't have mattered.]


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