Review: Resurrection Express by Stephen Romano
“Resurrection Express” opens with our erstwhile hero imprisoned and embroiled in a fight in the prison yard where he quickly puts down his opponent to secure his place in the pecking order but this picture of him is very different to the character that emerges through the rest of the novel. One thing’s for sure you don’t expect your typical hacker to be as comfortable with violence as Elroy Coffin is but then he has been brought up in the life by his father which is where he first came into contact with David Hartman – the man who Elroy wants to wreak vengeance on. He uses his contacts on the outside to ensure that none of the prison fights he has been involved in appear on his record as making parole at the first opportunity is very important to him. You see Elroy may be the supreme hacker who also happens to be adept at various martial arts but one thing he is missing is just a little piece of his brain from where he was shot in the head, courtesy of David Hartman who also happened to abduct Elroy’s wife. His priorities therefore lie in getting out of jail, getting his wife back and killing David Hartman, anything else is incidental.
The bullet in the head has led to a case of partial amnesia where he can’t remember what his wife looks like (remember that, it’ll be important later) and for a career criminal that has deliberately spent his whole life avoiding photographs that means there is no hard evidence that can help with his predicament. Presented with an offer he can’t refuse but he doesn’t fully understand either within weeks the right palms have been greased and he’s out on the streets on the promise of one last job that will help get his wife back and get his revenge on Hartman. With shootouts that reduce luxury hotels to near rubble and are littered with bodies like a scene out of The Matrix and more twists and turns than a certain famous street in San Francisco this is a strange amalgam of a novel, just when you think you’ve got a handle on it along comes another twist to send Elroy Coffin just a little deeper down the rabbit hole. Who do you trust when you can’t even trust your own memories? What if the people that you’re working for may just be even greater megalomaniacs than your target?
Interestingly the author’s website states that a sequel is “already in the works”. Buckle up for one hell of a ride, my rating is 9 out of 10.
Amazon Book Description:
There is no code Elroy Coffin can’t break, nothing he can’t hack, no safe he can’t get into. But for the past two years, he’s been incarcerated in a maximum-security hellhole after a job gone bad, driven to near-madness by the revelation of his beloved wife’s murder.
Now a powerful and mysterious visitor who calls herself a “concerned citizen” offers Elroy his freedom if he’ll do another job, and sweetens the deal with proof that his wife might still be alive. All Elroy has to do is hack into one of the most complicated and deadliest security grids in the world—clear and simple instructions for the best in the business. Or so he thinks.
Quickly drawn into the epicenter of a secret, brutal war between criminal masterminds, Elroy is forced to run for his life through a rapid-fire labyrinth of deception, betrayal, and intrigue— where no one is to be trusted and every fight could be his last . . . and the real truth hidden beneath the myriad levels of treachery may be too shocking to comprehend. . . .