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  • Judith D Collins

Don't Get Close


By: Matt Miksa

ASIN: B09S1ZWW9Y

Publisher: Dreamscape Media

Publication Date: 03/08/2022

Narrator: Kristin Price

Format: Audiobook

My Rating: 3.5 Stars


Special Agent Vera Taggart walked away from a promising career as an artist to join the FBI, and she impresses her new colleagues with her eerie ability to divine conclusions from the grisliest crime scenes. Taggart’s first assignment is a decades-old cold case centered on a cult of suicide bombers known as the Sons of Elijah who believe they’ve been reborn hundreds of times. It seems like a low-risk assignment until a bomb tears apart a crowded restaurant.


The Sons of Elijah have returned - and now it’s up to Taggart to stop their modern-day reign of terror. Taggart’s investigation begins with Dr. Seth Jacobson, a renowned psychiatrist who claims to help people remember past lives through hypnotherapy. Jacobson had treated two of the Sons of Elijah’s founders before they’d gone on to commit a series of horrific murders. Desperate to understand how these ordinary patients could have taken such a violent path, Taggart agrees to undergo similar treatment with Jacobson. Through her hypnosis sessions, Taggart comes to suspect the Sons of Elijah are targeting a high-tech government laboratory that could expose the group’s greatest secret with a controversial experiment. To save millions of innocent lives, she must come to grips with the shocking truth about the cult and her own puzzling role in its timeless mission.


The fate of humanity rests on her ability to determine which threats are real and which exist only in her mind - and to decide whose side she’s really fighting for.


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Praise


“[A] tense thriller . . . Readers will be eager to see what Miksa comes up with next.”

Publishers Weekly


“A wildly ambitious thriller that reaches for the skies.”

—Kirkus






My Review


An infamous reincarnation cult resurfaces in the wake of a deadly bombing, and it's up to an FBI novice to learn its true aim—and uncover its dark past before it consumes her. Title: Don't Get Close Author: Matt Miksa About the Author: Matt Miksa is a bestselling author and former FBI intelligence analyst who helped prevent foreign spies from stealing America's secrets. Today, he writes espionage thrillers that blend history, politics, and science. Matt holds a graduate degree in China Studies from Columbia University and has spent time living in Beijing. He currently resides in Chicago with his wife and two young daughters. Setting: Chicago Heroine: An experienced Vera Taggart, FBI special agent (former artist) Skills: An eerie ability to divine conclusions from the grisliest crime scenes. About: A bomb goes off in a Chicago restaurant. Suspect: Sons of Elijah, suicide bombers Cold Case: Decades 30-year-old cold case Cult belief: They have been reincarnated multiple times over centuries Psychologist: Psychiatrist Dr. Seth Jacobson (hypnosis) Genre: #TerrorismThrillers #PoliticalThrillers #Action #CrimeThriller #Cults #Reincarnation #EspionageThrillers FBI Vera Taggart decides to track down the famous psychiatrist, Dr. Seth Jacobson, who one of his former patients, Sophie, was once a group member. Vera undergoes hypnosis; however, can she trust him? She thinks she remembers a past life in 13th century France which she shared with Sophie. Dr. Johnson is creepy, strange, devious, and manipulative with his own agenda. Will Vera find the answers she is looking for before the Sons of Elijah strike again? Vera and partner Joe are in a race against time for the potential next target, a Department of Energy research lab that could result in the loss of millions of lives. Taggart is immersed in the investigation as we see past and present with the big twisted reveal which ventures into psychological, supernatural, and scientific territory. Mind-blowing, the author keeps you in suspense, holding your breath. This is definitely a fast-paced action thriller and the author knows his way around this genre. Miksa is a new author for me and the first book I have read by him. As you can see by his background it is quite impressive as a former FBI intelligence analyst. An author to follow. TRUE REINCARNATION FILES: Also, I would recommend checking out the author's website and blog. He has many interesting True Reincarnation Files and cases. They are spine-tingling. His first book, 13 Days to Die received rave reviews and a #1 AMAZON BESTSELLING MEDICAL THRILLER. I usually read more crime thrillers, psychological thrillers, domestic, legal, and cop procedurals; not terrorism; however, I was intrigued by the cover and the female FBI agent. For those who enjoy this genre, I would recommend it. I listened to the audiobook narrated by Kristin Price for an engaging suspenseful experience. A special thank you to #DreamscapeMedia and #NetGalley for an ARC audiobook. @JudithDCollins | #JDCMustReadBooks My Rating: 3.5 Stars Pub Date: 08 March 2022 Audiobook narrator: Kristin Price Publisher: Crooked Lane Books





About the Author


Matt Miksa is a bestselling author and former FBI intelligence analyst who helped prevent foreign spies from stealing America’s secrets. Today, he writes espionage thrillers that blend history, politics, and science. Matt holds a graduate degree in China Studies from Columbia University and has spent time living in Beijing. He currently resides in Chicago with his wife and two young daughters. WEBSITE

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