Wednesday 28 May 2014

No Harm Can Come To A Good Man by James Smythe

No Harm Can Come to a Good Man How far would you go to save your family from an invisible threat?

A terrifyingly original thriller from the author of The Machine.

ClearVista is used by everyone and can predict anything. It's a daily lifesaver, predicting weather to traffic to who you should befriend.

Laurence Walker wants to be the next President of the United States.

ClearVista will predict his chances.

It will predict whether he's the right man for the job. It will predict that his son can only survive for 102 seconds underwater. It will predict that Laurence's life is about to collapse in the most unimaginable way


Family man Laurence Walker is on the brink of becoming the Democratic Presidential candidate; in fact in many eyes is certain to become the future President of the US, when a personal tragedy strikes. As part of his campaign, he is required to answer 1000 questions from ClearVista, which is computer software that can predict and give you the answer to almost anything. When he receives the results, he is shocked to find that it gives him a 0% chance of succeeding in his Presidential ambitions. Everything for the Walker family then goes scarily wrong when the video ClearVista has produced for Laurence predicts that his wife and children are in danger from him.

The novel is set in the not-too-distant future and you can easily believe that the events it portrays are capable of happening. I really cared about Laurence, his wife Deanna and their children, Lane, Alyx and Sean, thinking about them even when I wasn't reading and just going about my day to day tasks. I found that work got in the way when all I wanted to do was stay at home so I could finish the book and find out what would happen in the end; surely this should be a valid excuse to give your employer? (Not that I dared try to!)


It's a book that can't be pigeonholed into one specific genre. Yes, it's a thriller which touches on Science Fiction but there's so much more to it than that. Whatever you like to read, you'll find that this is an excellent story that will keep you hooked well into the night. I love all the books by this relatively new young author and he is getting better with each one he publishes. I hope No Harm Can Come To A Good Man is the success it no doubt deserves to be.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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