The first in the 'O' series trilogy. Jim Johnson is not your usual government agent. In fact he’s not your usual anything. A Vietnam veteran, rancher and astrobiologist with a PhD. A helicopter pilot, with a fondness for doing things his way, Jim is attached to a biological counter-terrorist unit. takes him all over the world but his favorite place is a ranch near the Pasayten Wilderness, close to the Canadian border, which he shares with some horses and llamas and his botanist girlfriend, . After a difficult mission, Jim and his long time partner and friend are headed to Wolf Canyon Ranch. Jim is is hoping for some rest and quality time with Heather, however she has plans for a llama packing trip to the Pasayten Wilderness. Jim and Brush sense something is wrong in the wilderness when they pass a horse packers camp and find it neat and tidy. On they trail they find teenage Ben who is on his own, running from the atrocities that happened to his friends. The plot thickens when a friend of Heather's; tries to plant an untreatable bacteria at the University of Washington in revenge for being dumped by his girlfriend, Dr Pinski, of the University of Washington's Microbiology Department. , the head of the Biological Warfare Center gets involved and along with the FBI move an operations center to the University of Washington. The dark auburn headed soon captures the General's eye as more competent than her boss. The story quickly expands beyond the chase for Nusmen as connections to Ben's friends murders unfold. Seattle becomes the target of terrorists who are intent on crippling the famous icon, the Seattle Center. Eventually the story ends where is begins, in the wilderness with Jim's long term partner and love of his life becomes threatened. Off The Edge is an exciting adventure story with terrorists and intrigue, but blended with romance and mystery.
Jeanne Rex wrote:
Intoxicating!!! Randall Perry captivates your immediate attention from the get go. That fatal day of September 11 clearly demonstrated to America that terrorists can extend their reach well beyond their borders but Dr. Perry reminds us all that terrorism can also be generated from within. The twisting plots and dual story lines are intriguing and action packed and constantly keep you guessing. The suspense in Off The Edge keeps you “on the edge”…
Doug Dunlap wrote:
Wow! Just finished reading Off the Edge. Once engaged in reading (without interruptions) I really got into the complexities of plot and simply couldn’t put it down. Read well into the very early morning. It’s an edge of your seat suspense thriller with a complex plot that unfolds with seemingly unrelated events in multiple locations that unfold in unexpected twists and turns and present unique challenges for the cast of heroes to discover and solve in order to rescue and save innocent lives that are in mortal danger. The ending appeals to even the romantic female reader which is unusual for most plots in the thriller genre. Enjoyed your brief comments (as the scientist you are) regarding mysticism and undefined premonitions needing the future before the hindsight could be validated. I thought you used descriptions of changing weather along with premonitions as a literary device to foreshadow dangerous events that would follow. Then, I read a beautiful passage about no amount of worry being able to change one’s fate.
Gayle Comeau wrote:
I’ve just finished reading Off the Edge and I have to tell you I enjoyed it very much. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I stayed up till three in the morning to finish it and that’s rare for an editor and proofreader! I particularly liked the construction, the way all the strands are introduced and gradually come together to the very exciting climax. Very filmic. I also like the unusual blending of accurate science information with a fast paced adventure story, beautiful descriptions of the countryside and an idyllic love relationship. Add some animals, philosophy and techie details of hardware—this book’s got the lot! But it is also well written and the well-researched details rarely get in the way of the plot.
Linda Lees wrote:
So tense. Really alive characters whom you can imagine, and vivid descriptions so you can really visualize the landscape. WOW!!! I have just finished OTE. What a story. Could hardly bear to read the final chapter.
To be very honest I started off the read thinking ‘am I going to get into this?’ but as each page went on the story got more intriguing and for me it was as good as many I have read, because if I don’t like a book I just don’t finish it. This has to be published.