REVIEW: The Manhattan Project by Paul McNeive

The Manhattan ProjectTitle: The Manhattan Project by Paul McNeive
Pages: 320
Published by: Black and White Publishing
Publication date: 16 May 2019
Genre: Crime Thriller
Format: Paperback
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New York City is under attack.

Tsan Yohoto is CEO of Yamoura Pharmaceuticals, a multinational drug company. The atomic bomb at Hiroshima wiped out his family and he’s waited his whole life for revenge. Now, at last, the time is right. The target is New York and his chosen weapon is bioterrorism – invisible, deadly, undetectable. If he succeeds, millions will die and the American Dream will become its ultimate nightmare.

New York copy John Wyse knows the city streets inside out. When he’s assigned a brutal murder case down by the river, something doesn’t add up. As he figures it out, he can scarcely believe what he’s discovered. New York, gripped with fear, is descending into chaos. Can Wyse unravel the plot and save millions from catastrophe? And will anyone believe him about what’s happening before it’s too late?

My review: 

A huge thank you to Black and White Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

The Manhattan Project is an incredibly intense and gripping story as it revolves around one man’s thirst for revenge after losing his family in a horrifying atomic bomb attack in 1945. It’s the first terrorism thriller I’ve read and it did not disappoint – it was a frightening read as it has the potential to become a reality and I certainly hope to never witness something like this happening!

The story jumps from country to country, past and present day, and is from the point of view of multiple characters but this is necessary to piece the story together. Though it is a bit slow going at times, we learn more about Tsan Yohoto’s character and when/how he first started piecing together his devastating plan for revenge – the opening chapter was so powerful it sent a chill down my spine; I could tell this was going to be a harrowing story.

One thought that stuck to me throughout was how much power pharmaceutical companies have and how much we rely on them to provide us with medication when we are sick. We put so much trust and faith in them, it’s genuinely frightening to think they could actually be killing us and we would be none the wiser. I know nothing about medicine and if a doctor or pharmaceutical company told me to take certain tablets because they’d make me feel better, I genuinely would take them because it’s just blind faith – I’m clueless. It was a truly terrifying and shocking read.

Despite the slow start, halfway through it really ramps up and I couldn’t put it down. I was desperate for these poor, innocent people to work out where the threat was coming from and start saving everyone before it was too late. McNeive’s focus on so many minor characters was devastating and, at times, heartbreaking to read about. There’s a lot of nail-biting scenes the closer you get to the ending and I could feel the tension pouring out of the pages.

I know I’ve said this a lot but I feel that I really need to reiterate how frightening this story was and what an incredible mind McNeive has. The plot had so much detail, down to even the smallest things and it must have took so much research and planning to write this book. It was an impressive read and will definitely stay with me for a long time. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a realistic and terrifying thriller on bioterrorism.

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