Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Book Review: 'Chasing Fire (Chase Wen #2)' by Brandt Legg

Chasing Fire by Brandt Legg

‘I’ve been an American and a soldier since before I was born’

One of the reasons Pacific Northwest author Brandt Legg has been so successful in his writing and publishing and selling his books is his magisterial management of his website. From his biographical data we learn that he is ‘a former child prodigy who turned a hobby into a multi-million dollar empire. At eight, Brandt's father died suddenly, plunging his family into poverty. Two years later, while suffering from crippling migraines, he started in business. National media dubbed him the Teen Tycoon; but by the time he reached his twenties, the high-flying Legg became ensnarled in the financial whirlwind of the junk bond eighties, lost his entire fortune . . . and ended up serving time in federal prison for financial improprieties.’ Or as Brandt shares, ‘Twenty-five years ago, sitting in a hot, humid federal prison cell in Virginia, I first dreamed of being not just a writer, but a writer who could earn a living, support a family and keep writing. But I had dropped out of high school, having only completed tenth grade English. As I sat on that metal cot, penniless and heavily in debt, with almost a year left on my sentence, it seemed an impossible dream. Still, for more than two decades, while doing everything but writing, I somehow kept the dream alive. Amazon's KDP changed everything.’ One year later he began anew in retail and real estate. In the more than two decades since, his life adventures have led him through magazine publishing, a newspaper column, photography, FM radio, CD production and concert promotion.’ He is also a gifted landscape photographer.

CHASING FIRE is one of the episodes of the Chase Wen Thrillers, a series that follows Brandt’s chosen genre of Techno thrillers. The potency of his skillful writing is evident from the first page of this fine novel: ‘Proud of the massive destruction he was about to unleash, Power took a moment to honor the Founding Fathers as Fourth of July fireworks filled the air across the Potomac River in Washington, DC. The revelry reminded him of the Star Spangled Banner. As millions celebrated the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, few could have guessed that a second American revolution had just begun…’ And with that trigger the story begins.

The plot – ‘Chase Malone, a brilliant billionaire, and Wen Sung, a Chinese defector and trained killer, are on the hunt for the Fire Bomber, a terrorist seemingly attempting to destroy the US tech industry. The terrorists, and at least two other groups, have targeted Chase and Wen. They must stay alive, expose the meaning behind codename horUS, and uncover the truth, before it’s too late.’

This is yet another fine thriller series by Brandt Legg, fast becoming one of the more important writers in the thriller genre. Recommended.

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Grady Harp. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.