Excerpt from The Chemist

I hope you enjoyed my Canada Day post. And if you live in Canada or the US, I hope you enjoyed Canada Day and/or Independence Day. Things are different this year. We live in challenging times.

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This isn’t my first time reading The Chemist, by Stephanie Meyer, but I don’t remember a lot of it from the first time, and I am enjoying it quite a bit. I didn’t remember there were so many great tongue-in-cheek comments and dry humour. Alex is a great character and there is a lot of… chemistry… between her and Kevin.

A fun read, lots of action and excitement, and unique new characters. I didn’t remember that there was a plot about a virus — a weaponized flu virus that is expected to kill 1.0 million people in the US. That brought things close to home!

A person who will sell out his partner always sees the partner as plotting in exactly the same way. Dishonest people don’t believe honest people exist.

― Stephenie Meyer, The Chemist

In this gripping page-turner, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life. She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name.

And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.

Now, she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon. When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers.

To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous. Resolving to meet the threat head on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life, but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of. In this tautly plotted novel, Meyer creates a fierce and fascinating new heroine with a very specialized skill set. And she shows once again why she’s one of the world’s bestselling authors.

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