Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Book Review: 'Chasing Life (CHASE WEN THRILLER)' by Brandt Legg

Chasing Life by Brandt Legg
‘Never break the blind, maintain the zone’

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 LIFE is another fine episode 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: ‘In five days she hadn’t killed anyone, hadn’t even thought about guns. Five days wasn’t the longest she’d ever gone, but in recent months, it counted as a record. Wen Sung, a former top Chinese spy, had been trained and employed by the Ministry of State Security, China’s CIA equivalent...” With this nod to one of the main characters the new novel spins on.

The plot – ‘Chase and Wen take on the challenge of their lives, after a reclusive scientist successfully transforms human DNA in a living subject, and then goes beyond, to do something far more dangerous. After his accomplishments are uncovered by the
This is yet another fine thriller novel 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.