Top positive review
First novel in a new promising two part series by F.P. Wilson
Reviewed in the United States on July 23, 2021
DOUBLE THREAT by sci-fi/horror maestro F.P Wilson is a full length novel, the first of an announced two-book series. With the notable exception of 2020's SIGNALZ that I reviewed in July 2020, FP hasn't lost a step since "officially" shutting down his most famous character, Repairman Jack after a 3 book prequel coda to the RJ series. " The Secret History of the World", which runs through virtually all of Wilson's published works since, well, forever, is alive and well, although well-concealed in DOUBLE THREAT.
Part rewrite of HEALER, a short novel published by Wilson in 1976, and part oblique sequel to the outstanding novella, WARDENCLYFFE, DOUBLE THREAT tells the story of Daley, a young grifter on the lam after her last scam blows up. She flees San Diego for the Eastern Desert and hides in a small cave up in the hills. She feels something land on her head and passes out. When she awakens she pries a smallish, flat, something or other from her head and tosses it in disgust. She soon meets Juana, a Native American, who seems to know something about what landed on her and knocked her out, but everything she says is pretty cryptic. Especially when Daley starts hearing a voice in her head, one that talks back to her. Moreover, Daley starts to show some rather startling new abilities.
There's a very wealthy and isolated cult-like family, the Pendrys, that is playing around with a replica of Tesla's energy broadcasting tower from WARDENCLYFFE (you really should read that before DOUBLE THREAT or you won't understand some of the (probably very important) behind the scenes and so far not elaborated) problems with the tower. And some weird critters that Daley think she sees one night in the desert. There is a huge cliffhanger of an ending, but that's OK since we know from the get-go that this js the first part of a two part series.
The Secret History of the World is never mentioned as such (that's usually the way it works in all the novels and stories outside of the RJ novels), but its fingerprints are all over what happened to Daley, Juana, the Pendry's and the Tesla Tower. I'm assuming that the connections will be made clear in the second part to this series.
I'm giving this one 4 stars for now but that could change depending on how good the second part is.
Recommended and an absolute must-read for long time fans.