Mysterious Book Report No 343 – Flight Of The Fox

Mysterious Book Report Flight Of The FoxFlight of the Fox by Gray Basnight

Down & Out Books, PB, $18.95, 381 pages, ISBN 978-1-946502-61-2

An electrifying, propulsive and timely thriller was just released that, by all rights, should shoot to the top of every bestseller list in the country.  If ever an author stepped up to the plate, took a swing, hit it right on the sweet spot and out of the park . . . this is it.

Flight of the Fox, by Gray Basnight is a tour de force of a government agency that’s so out of control it will do anything to protect itself and its secrets.  It’s a story that could have been ripped right out of yesterdays, todays, or tomorrows headlines . . . and no matter which side of the political divide you’re currently on . . . this gripping yarn about a black-ops unit within the Federal Bureau of Investigation will keep you enthralled to the very last page.

The novel begins in Bethel, New York.  It’s the fiftieth anniversary of Woodstock, and near the world-class Bethel Performing Arts Center—which is on the old Yasgur Farm where the now-legendary festival took place, Professor of Advanced Mathematics Samuel Teagarden, is resting his once-broken—and still mending—knees on the deck of his vacation home.  He’s in mourning over the death of his wife, who was killed in the same accident that damaged his legs.  As he watches the hummingbirds at their feeder and reminisces, a strange, baseball-sized mini-drone flies up and tries to kill him.  It’s followed by a cluster of three more, each one programmed for assassinating him.  All of this happens because a government archivist—the son of another math professor who’s a personal friend—sent Teagarden an old, handwritten file that’s in code, along with a notation explaining, This has been kicking around the archives, apparently lost and ignored, for decades.  Perhaps you could have some fun decoding it . . .

And so begins the innocent math professors terrifying run for his life, as teams of FBI hitmen try to stop any publication of the explosive file that their superiors have been hunting for more than fifty years.  From Bethel to New York City, Washington D.C. to the Florida Keys, the chase, the dead bodies, and the near-misses just keep on coming in this dark and realistic thriller that will keep you nailed to every word on every page from start to finish.  Simply put, if you like Robert Ludlum, you don’t want to miss this novel. Flight of the Fox  is  one for the ages and bound to become a cult classic!

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