When I reviewed the Game sci-fi/tech thriller trilogy by bestselling author Anders de la Motte (review links at the end of this review), it was one of those hold on for dear life roller coaster rides through a tech induced nightmare. I enjoyed every heart-stopping moment of it but it was also mind wrenching. That’s a long story to explain why I was a bit hesitant when I saw that Anders had written Book #1 of a new thriller duology, MemoRandom. At the same time, I find his writing style to be really addictive so I couldn’t resist taking a peek. MemoRandom is pure conspiracy thriller – no sci fi needed. It still runs at warp speed but any mind wrenching aspects are, unfortunately, those due to the real world instead of a tech-gone-awry one. If you’re a thriller fan who’s into heart-racing reads, you’re going to want to check this one out.
David Sarac works in intelligence for the Stockholm Police Department and he’s damn good at his job. He’s responsible for finding, luring in, and managing snitches – um, information sources. Everybody knows police departments do this and probably have for centuries, but nobody much talks about it. David’s end goal is to stop organized crime in its tracks or at least slow it down to a crawl, a worthy cause by anyone’s estimation. He looks out for his contacts and takes his responsibility to keep them as safe and anonymous as possible very seriously. That doesn’t mean he won’t use any means at his disposal to get the information he needs. Some people might consider him ruthless but he does look out for his informants.
“’Your name is David Sarac,’ he mutters to himself.”
“His name is David Sarac. He is a police officer.
And he’s done something unforgivable.”
He’s been working on something really big and is just on the verge of breaking the case when he ends up in the hospital, unable to communicate and unable to recall how he got there. Being told that he had a stroke kind of makes sense, as much as anything makes sense, because nothing in his body is paying the least bit of attention to what he’s telling it to do. That must mean he’s had a stroke, right?
He’s told he had a stroke and a near-fatal auto accident. Did he? Damned if he knows. He does seem to recall blue flashing lights. He certainly looks like he’s been in an accident and nothing is working right – absolutely nothing.
At least he recalls his name most of the time but his mind keeps telling him there’s something really important he has to take care of. There’s a name, Janus, that keeps popping into his head. His mind also keeps telling him that he can’t trust anyone. Is all of this being caused by the stroke or is he warning himself? Sigh. A mind is a horrible thing to lose. And so is a body, since his seems to have no connection to what mind he has left right now.
“…the others felt all the more troubling. Their vigor frightens him, but he still can’t help looking at them more closely. It was from one of them that he heard the name.
‘Do we know anything more about – Janus…?’
The name floats in his consciousness, making it impossible for him to rest properly. But no matter how hard he tries to remember, the answer is beyond reach.
‘Need to get this fucking mess cleared up,’ a faceless figure whispered at one point, and, oddly enough, that particular memory had not faded…Things that need to be…cleared up?”
David knows he has to somehow regain use of his reluctant limbs and continue digging into his mushy mind to find out more about Janus. As he begins to unlock scattered puzzle pieces, he realizes that his informants are in horrible danger because of Janus and whatever case David had been working on.
Is Janus someone high up in the police force who’s corrupt? Is Janus an informant? Who the hell is Janus and why is he so important? David’s told he never disclosed his informants’ identities to anyone. Does that mean he can’t even trust his fellow intelligence unit officers and/or his boss to help him figure things out?
And the scariest part of all? What if David can’t even trust himself? The one thing he does know, if he makes the wrong decision then his career could be over but, more importantly, his life could be hanging in the balance and he might not even know it until it’s too late.
If you live in your head to any extent at all, which a lot of avid readers do, then you know how scary the thought is of not being able to trust your own mind. *shiver* All David is left with at first is gut instinct, which he can only hope will help him survive until the scattered pieces of his mind begin to reassemble themselves – a painfully slow process. Unfortunately, the safety of his informants, his career, and very likely his life can’t wait for that process to work itself out. Has his secrecy become his Achilles heel?
MemoRandom is the most appropriate title for this new thriller that I could imagine. Anders de la Motte’s police experience shows in his insider look at parts of police work we rarely see. Although at first glance the pacing doesn’t appear to have the breakneck speed of the Game trilogy, it has every bit as much urgency and suspense. The only difference is that this urgency is internally created. External pressures are still of paramount importance – possibly of even more importance because they involve so many unknowns that “should” be known. Once I began reading MemoRandom, I couldn’t put it down. I had to help David find his way back. Just as within the Game trilogy, there are so many crazy twists and turns that you’ll meet yourself on the turns. Needless to say, I’m recommending this one for thriller fans – enjoy!
Can’t wait to read it? MemoRandom is available from your favorite online bookseller below. Just click the link to get it now – but don’t start reading it late at night.
I’d love to get your comments on MemoRandom, Anders de la Motte, and/or his other work, and/or this review. Click here to read our review of Game. Click here to read our review of Buzz, Book #2 in the Game trilogy. Click here to read our review of Bubble, Book #3 in the Game trilogy.