Pandora’s Succession (Ridley Fox/Nita Parris Spy Series #1) by Russell Brooks

Pandora's Succession

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.


Book Description: The deadliest weapon against mankind has been unleashed!

CIA operative, Ridley Fox, never stopped hunting his fiancĂ©e’s killers–a weapons consortium called The Arms Of Ares. When Fox follows a lead to one of their top-secret bioweapons facilities in Chechnya, he barely escapes alive. However, he’s learned that Ares has weaponized a hyper-deadly microbe called Pandora. The trail leads Fox to Tokyo, where he teams up with an old flame and fellow operative, Nita Parris. Aside from Ares, they must contend with rogue agents who’ll stop at nothing to get Pandora. This throws Fox and Parris into a deadly game of spy vs spy, as they must rely on each other to locate Pandora. For if it’s unleashed, it could mean the end of humanity.


The book starts on a darkish note. Ridley Fox is a captive and he knows that his captors are the ones that killed his fiancee, Jessica. Two years beforehand, he has proposed to her and a mere couple hours later, she was killed. He is/was an agent for Joint Task Force Two which is Canada’s equal to the USA’s SEALS. After her death, he began a downward spiral and ended up in prison and that’s where he began his CIA career when he met his new CIA supervisor. From the supervisor, he learned of the men who had killed his wife, The Arms of Ares.

When he’s left alone in a concrete room, a female sneaks into the room and cautiously locks the door. She ends up shooting Ridley with adrenaline and then undoes him. He questions her before he asks what their code was since she tells him that she’s been contacting him under her late husbands name. Turns out, she is a microbiologist and is working with a new weapon for the Arms of Ares. She never wanted anything to do with it but they offered a large sum of money and her husband was easily corrupted, which got him killed in an accident with the bioagent they are working with.

Sveta, the woman, decides to rescue Ridley from where they are. She freezes in horror when he takes out two guards, even after she knows it must be done. Ridley learns there is no cure for the bioagent called Pandora and that there is supposed to be a demonstration of it within twelve hours. This pushes him to the point of no return and wanting to save innocent lives. While he’s trying to set up an explosive in the chamber that Pandora’s in, Sveta gets caught. Ridley ends up giving himself up in order to save her since she had saved his life once already.


All that happened in the first few pages of the first chapter! There is so much going on in this book. This is a great mystery/thriller/suspense with a spy twist to it. I started reading it after I put my daughter to bed and I just couldn’t quit reading it. It was that good. I’ve read Russell Brooks before and thought he was okay but this book changed my mind from okay to awesome. I will definitely be keeping Pandora’s Succession in my library and reading it often! Now to read more Russell Brooks books!


283 pages

$1.99 on Kindle

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