Zac Miller is on a flight from London to Singapore, sitting next to a lovely British woman, with whom he has a lovely conversation. The plane has engine trouble and makes an emergency landing in Iran, where there has been a devastating earthquake a few days prior. When Zac, who took some photographs of the mountains with his cell phone, gets up to use the restroom, he is escorted to an interrogation room. As he’s leaving the room, all goes black. He wakes up in a cell and is promptly
“interrogated” by the Iranians. This is a summary of the first 50 pages of Warning Light by David Ricciardi.
The book then becomes a question of whether Zac, an analyst, can (1) escape, (2) survive, and (3) get back to London so he can share the intel he gathered. This book is a roller coaster ride. Zac is like MacGuyver. He isn’t an agent. He had some training, but he doesn’t have the James Bond skills of Mitch Rapp or Pike Logan, or Courtland Gray. What Zac does have is determination. And a survival instinct. He is good at listening to his gut and acting on it.
I never thought that someone being trapped in the mountains without food or water or on a boat in really rough seas could be exciting, but Ricciardi has a gift for description and making suspense out of mother nature. This book is so well-written, in fact, that I read about 100 pages without realizing I’d read that much. I didn’t want to put it down and I didn’t even check the page numbers as they flew by.
I hope that this is the beginning of a long career for David Ricciardi, because he is a true talent and I look forward to see what he does next.