First there was ThePharm House, Finalist in the Medical Thriller category of the 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards, where readers met Nicholas Harding and his daughter, Andrea. Now comes the second Harding Family story. In the exciting new thriller, The Torch is Passed, Andrea has just graduated college and her world is turned upside down when her father, Nicholas, and her uncle, Michael, are shot in a surprising and puzzling attack. As the only family other than her paternal grandmother, it falls to Andrea to not only investigate who would want to kill her father and uncle, but also to oversee Harding Industries.
The youngest Harding soon finds herself surrounded by a bevy of intriguing new friends and helpers after she is also violently attacked. Suspicion is cast on a short list of family friends and colleagues, including Don Marshall, with a shady past including an incident that also involved Andrea’s father. Then there is Marcus Ricci, widely believed to have ties to the New Jersey mob. Also on the suspect list are the Oakes brothers, Carlton and Jefferson, who run Oakes Industries along with their silent partner and cousin, New Jersey state senator Schuyler Colfax. They recently made a seemingly irrational attempt to purchase Harding Industries and were rebuffed by Nicholas.
Along with her new allies, including an abrasive, but loyal,attorney and an eccentric southerner with more money than God and an intriguing background in international espionage, Andrea urgently seeks answers why anyone would want to kill her entire family– grows up along the way and seeks her revenge.
I have not read The Pharm House and think that the reading experience of this book would benefit if it is read first.
This, the second, of Bill Powers trilogy of the Harding family is an exciting and suspenseful thriller.
I love it when I fall in love with an author and their work who, to me at least. is unheard of.
The Torch is Passed is a riveting and intriguing novel. I was totally gripped and with a character driven plot, all of whom are relevant and a family who are the most interesting and complex of people, this is a book that I think will appeal to most readers.
The plot flows like a TV show and the Pharmaceutical angle makes it quite a classy tale.
I think Mr Powers can run and run with the tales that could be derived from the various individuals he has written about, and I for one would read them all.