By Kyle Mills
Harper - May 2000
ISBN: 0060193336 - Hardcover
Political Thriller / FBI
Reviewed by: Pam Stone, MyShelf.Com
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This is the 3rd installment of Mark Beaman. “Rising Phoenix was the 1st and “Storming Heaven” was the 2nd.
Mark Beaman has been suspended by the FBI and is fighting a legal battle to keep himself out of jail. Beaman is hired by presidential candidate David Hallorin to find a file code named “Prodigy” that was found by Tristan Newberry hidden in a box in a warehouse where the Department of Agriculture had some old files. The “Prodigy” file was put in the wrong place to be lost forever. Before long, Tristan Newberry is found dead, and now the file is in the hands of his former lover Darby Moore. Beaman must find Darby and the missing file. What Beaman doesn’t know is that the “Prodigy” file has been hidden in that warehouse since J. Edgar Hoover created it to use against Politicians. Beaman eventually changes sides and joins Draby in an effort to help the American public and to put himself back in the good graces of the FBI.
With unforgettable action sequences that transport the reader everywhere from the run down prisons of Thailand to the icy covered snowfields of Wyoming, Free Fall has some of the same great characters as the previous two books, Rising Phoenix and Storming Heaven. There was too much rock-climbing for my taste even though I learned something on the subject. I really liked the character of Darby; She is energetic and a superhuman woman of admirable exploits who overcomes incredible obstacles in the book. Free Fall is a mix of suspense, carnage, and even a little humor thrown in. Mr. Mills keeps the reader transfixed and turning pages to the very spectacular conclusion.