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Cargo by J.C. Macek III
Synopsis:

Over the years Anthony Peterson has amassed a fortune, numerous properties, a trophy wife and a reputation for ruthless business dealings. He is a man who is used to getting his own way.

But when Peterson wakes to find himself locked in a metal shipping container, with only a cell phone and twenty-four hours of air left, he begins to unravel.

Desperate to escape Peterson soon learns that there is more to the container than he first realised. And when the kidnappers call and demand ten million dollars, while threatening to murder and rape his beautiful wife if he doesn’t comply, Peterson must fight to meet their impossible terms or face being left to die alone in the darkness.

Why has Peterson been targeted?
Who are those responsible for his kidnap?
And will Peterson make out of the container alive?

Cargo is an edge of your seat thriller about the choices we make.

My review:

This novel has so many twists and turns, for a novel surrounding a man locked in a cargo shipping container! In reminded me of the movie Saw, but with a greater emphasise on the crime fiction angle and the personality of Anthony Peterson.
I can see exactly why, it would make a brilliant film!

The novel opens with Anthony awakening within the box. The chapter is titled: The Box 1am – 24hrs to deadline. He has no recollection of how he ended up in box. The last thing he recalls is a night out drinking. He comes to the conclusion; his drink must have been spiked and this is a prank!
His opinion is formed heavily, on his reputation. No one would dare attempt to kidnap Anthony Peterson!!!
However, things are about to get a lot worse for Anthony in the coming hours…….

The kidnappers provide him with a cheap phone, with no GPS, internet and limited access help. They warn him that they are watching his every move. Any attempt to signal for help, his wife will be gang raped and murdered in a live snuff stream. They demand ten million dollars and Anthony has 24hrs to have it available.

Anthony’s back story is explored, and we learn about his first wife and children Evan and Elena. His second wife Susan is the stereotypical ‘trophy wife’. But it becomes evident that Anthony does care for her deeply. With no real friends, his wife held hostage and his strained relationships with his family. He turns to his employee Tom Pocase. But who can you trust when there’s ten million dollars at stake?
How much loyalty, does money buy?

The kidnappers reference an event, in Anthony’s past. They claim his involvement is the reasoning for this kidnapping. They reel off devious and underhand business tactics that Anthony has devised over the years. It is clear that in his strive to make it to the top in the world of business. Anthony was willing and able to ‘ruin’ anyone and everyone, to win!

“You honestly believe you’re a good man?” – Kidnapper

“I never burned anybody this bad” – Anthony

The ensuing time in the box, does give Anthony much time for reflection. He has for the first time, in a long time. The time to address all the wrongs he has done! He shifts back and forth between acknowledgment and denial. We the reader, are watching Anthony slowly unravel. In an attempt to salvage his relationship with his family. He calls his son Evan, but he is unprepared for Evan’s response.

I found the novel to be very gripping and the secrets that are revealed shocking!
This ultimately is a story of revenge and Anthony is at the mercy of more than just the kidnappers….

There is plenty of action, scheming and background storylines to keep the reader guessing. I love the theme of ‘people must pay for their misdeeds’. It did make me wonder, how much easier life would be, if powerful people feared the karma of their actions. 5*

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