Blog Tour: The Manhattan Project by Paul McNeive

A fast-paced, present day biological terrorist thriller spanning Japan, the Middle East and New York, The Manhattan Project pits a Hiroshima survivor turned pharmaceutical mogul and criminal mastermind intent on avenging the deaths of his family by exacting revenge on the US through an ingeniously evil terrorist plot against heroic New York cop John Wyse in a battle to save the lives of millions of innocents. A love story wrapped in a breath-taking international thriller, The Manhattan Project provides much food for thought.

Release Date: 10th May 2018 (UK)

Disclaimer: Thank you Black and White Publishing who provided an early copy for this review. 

Anyone who has studied any form of history should be familiar with the nuclear bombing of Japan by the United States during the Second World War. What Paul McNeive has done is create characters who have been affected by these events and while masquerading as pharmaceutical big wigs, they have been plotting their revenge. 

The plot is disturbingly simple and ingenious, pulling on the post-modern phenomena of consumption which is seen in developed (predominantly Western) economies. By “market[ing] them to death” with the latest health fad, they will infiltrate the homes of millions and leave them susceptible to the next phase of their plan. The whole plan leaves a disturbing cast to thoughts about what we consume as a society, and where it ultimately comes from. While we may fear out-and-loud incidents such as bombs and gun-attacks, it could be beneficial to pause and look at the companies behind the projects we ingest to improve our lives. 

John Wyse is a NYPD Detective who meets Tsan Yohoto at a dinner part yin New York. As his girlfriend, Anna, works on the marketing campaign for the new pharmaceutical he has an uneasy feeling about Tsan but cannot detect why. John and Anna’s relationship is a pleasant romantic element woven through the narrative which helps to alleviate some of the tension which has been created, although their story isn’t as simple as it first appears. There are numerous other stories also used to illustrate the hardships of life and how easy it could potentially be to infiltrate these families. 

McNeive has created a nightmare scenario which draws on real threats that we see today. The growing ineffectiveness of antibiotics is a real threat in today’s society. All it takes is one virus which is resistant to antibiotics to have a devastating effect on society. This book has several thought provoking ideologies throughout, while having a tense atmosphere as the Detective looks for the answers. 

I really enjoyed this book; it is tense; and it draws on real-world concerns which should be thought about. The characters have real concerns, they aren’t dreamily written but are gritty. There are so many threads that are slowly pulled together as the book continues which creates a beautifully constructed story. Well worth a read over the summer.

About the Author*: 
Paul McNeive lost his legs in a fire aged 20 and this life-changing experience and what happened to him on his road to recovery inform his debut novel, The Manhattan Project. In a highly successful career, Paul was the managing director of Savills, Ireland, and is now a motivational speaker, a writer for the Irish Independent and was the world’s first double amputee helicopter pilot. Paul is an ambassador for the Douglas Bader Foundation and on the board of Ireland’s National Rehabilitation Hospital. He also enjoys another life as a singer-songwriter. 

*Provided by Black and White Publishing.

Follow him of Twitter: @PaulMcNeive

If you enjoyed my review you might want to visit the other stops on the tour. See below to find out where and when they will be published.

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