Mosaic is the fifth book in Michael C Grumley’s fabulous Breakthrough series, a tale that keeps getting wilder, more intense and utterly immersive with each book. Grumley’s imagination, grounded in science, both knows no bounds but also respects them as his tale of a group of ex-Navy seals, scientists, ethical politicians (yes, they exist in Grumley’s world) as well as dolphins, primates and an assortment of others both “good” and “bad”, all working to understand or subvert and control a mysterious and powerful substance, gets taken to the next level.
Having rescued the young Chinese woman, Li Na Wei, John Clay and Steve Cesare as well as Alison and Neely cannot rest on their laurels. While international interest in not only the bacterium they’ve discovered and it’s implications for Earth’s future but where it’s come from intensifies, it’s the attention they’ve attracted from their own that poses the greatest threat to their mission.
Once again, the wide cast of characters are expanded upon revealing their strengths and vulnerabilities. Readers who have invested in this series need to be prepared to lose a few favorites as well for surprises. Just when you think you know where the narrative might be heading, it explodes in a different direction.
Some old faces and new also make appearances and then, of course, there’s the endearing mammals – Dirk, Sally, the dolphin Elders, the gorgeous primates – all of whom have secrets to tell and wonders to share with their human companions. It’s evident Grumley’s cares about his story and the characters that populate it and, as a consequence, the reader does as well.
I was describing this series to a friend
and while I don’t think this does it justice, it’s sort of Avatar meets Indiana
Jones, meets James Bond meets Dr Doolittle. I am just astonished that a major
publisher or production company hasn’t picked them up. James Cameron? Where are
you? Grumley’s series is waiting for you.
only disappointment is that I have to wait so long for the next book.