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A series of deadly explosions rock the city of New York and with too many victims and no known motive, the FBI turns once again to Dr. Lucas Page in Robert Pobi's Under Pressure. On a beautiful October evening, New York City's iconic Guggenheim Museum is closed for a tech company's private gala. Until an explosion rocks the night, instantly killing 702 people, including eve A series of deadly explosions rock the city of New York and with too many victims and no known motive, the FBI turns once again to Dr. Lucas Page in Robert Pobi's Under Pressure. On a beautiful October evening, New York City's iconic Guggenheim Museum is closed for a tech company's private gala. Until an explosion rocks the night, instantly killing 702 people, including every single attendee—yet the damage to the building itself was minimal. An explosion of that precision was no accident and, in response, the FBI mobilizes its entire team -- but the sheer number of victims strains their resources. Were all 702 victims in the wrong place at the wrong time, or was there only one target and 701 unlucky bystanders? That many victim files is a staggering amount of data to sort through and Brett Kehoe, Special Agent in Charge of Manhattan, decides that he can't do this without more computational power. Dr. Lucas Page, astrophysicist, university professor, and former FBI agent, is uniquely gifted for the task at hand—he can visualize a crime scene as if he was a bystander and can break down any set of data at a glance. Even though Page wants nothing to do with the FBI, with his city under attack and his family at risk, he steps in to find a killer in a haystack before they strike again.


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A series of deadly explosions rock the city of New York and with too many victims and no known motive, the FBI turns once again to Dr. Lucas Page in Robert Pobi's Under Pressure. On a beautiful October evening, New York City's iconic Guggenheim Museum is closed for a tech company's private gala. Until an explosion rocks the night, instantly killing 702 people, including eve A series of deadly explosions rock the city of New York and with too many victims and no known motive, the FBI turns once again to Dr. Lucas Page in Robert Pobi's Under Pressure. On a beautiful October evening, New York City's iconic Guggenheim Museum is closed for a tech company's private gala. Until an explosion rocks the night, instantly killing 702 people, including every single attendee—yet the damage to the building itself was minimal. An explosion of that precision was no accident and, in response, the FBI mobilizes its entire team -- but the sheer number of victims strains their resources. Were all 702 victims in the wrong place at the wrong time, or was there only one target and 701 unlucky bystanders? That many victim files is a staggering amount of data to sort through and Brett Kehoe, Special Agent in Charge of Manhattan, decides that he can't do this without more computational power. Dr. Lucas Page, astrophysicist, university professor, and former FBI agent, is uniquely gifted for the task at hand—he can visualize a crime scene as if he was a bystander and can break down any set of data at a glance. Even though Page wants nothing to do with the FBI, with his city under attack and his family at risk, he steps in to find a killer in a haystack before they strike again.

30 review for Under Pressure

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    *4.5 stars * Second in the ‘Lucas Page’ series, the story begins with the mother of all explosions at the Guggenheim museum in New York. There are no survivors, over 700 killed, tragically burnt to ashes, but the odd thing is, the building itself had barely any damage. In charge of the investigation is Special Agent Brett Kehoe. The FBI haven’t seen anything like this bomb before, and Kehoe knows of only one man who has the genius to sort out the immense amount of data and victim files - astrophys *4.5 stars * Second in the ‘Lucas Page’ series, the story begins with the mother of all explosions at the Guggenheim museum in New York. There are no survivors, over 700 killed, tragically burnt to ashes, but the odd thing is, the building itself had barely any damage. In charge of the investigation is Special Agent Brett Kehoe. The FBI haven’t seen anything like this bomb before, and Kehoe knows of only one man who has the genius to sort out the immense amount of data and victim files - astrophysicist and university professor, Lucas Page. Page is a former agent - and wants nothing to do with the FBI, but neither can he stand by and allow more innocent people to be killed. He’s honest to the point of rudeness, but nobody can question his genius, he has a unique ability using computations and other methods that others can barely understand but it means he can read a crime scene like no other, making him indispensable, when cases can’t be solved by the normal methods. He’s going to need all of his skills though, to solve this one, because the bomb at the Guggenheim was just the beginning! This is a page turning, breathtaking roller coaster ride, where many - and yet none, seem to fit the true profile of the bomber. In Lucas Page, author Robert Pobi has created a central character that fascinates and frustrates in equal measure. A gifted misanthrope who is at the same time, a committed family man, yes I know, a contradiction in terms. After reading the first in the series, ‘City of Windows ‘ I believe this is a series that has all the ingredients to run and run, with much praise to author Robert Pobi for his ability to hold the reader’s attention, with his grasp of the psychology of a ruthless and twisted killer’s mind. Highly recommended. *Thank you to Netgalley and Hodder and Stoughton for an ARC in exchange for an honest unbiased review*

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paromjit

    If you love your thrillers, then Robert Pobi's Dr Lucas Page series should be on your must read list, it has everything you would expect to see from great thrillers, fast paced, adrenaline fuelled, great characters and breathtakingly action packed. Here, the FBI led by Brett Kehoe, and his team in a race against time to stop a sadistic and intelligent 'machine bomber' with the kind of ability to wreak terror and mass killing that strikes fear in the heart of New York which tests its powers of re If you love your thrillers, then Robert Pobi's Dr Lucas Page series should be on your must read list, it has everything you would expect to see from great thrillers, fast paced, adrenaline fuelled, great characters and breathtakingly action packed. Here, the FBI led by Brett Kehoe, and his team in a race against time to stop a sadistic and intelligent 'machine bomber' with the kind of ability to wreak terror and mass killing that strikes fear in the heart of New York which tests its powers of resilience. This follow up to the City of Windows is just as twisted, if not more so, and it will test the limits of the unforgettable and unique central protagonist, the anti-social Lucas Page, astrophysicist professor and ex-FBI agent, to his limits, despite his remarkable, unmatched gifts when it comes to numbers, pattern recognition, physics, mathematics and chemistry. It all kicks off in spectacular fashion when over 700 people, including many of the wealthiest and most powerful New Yorkers, are wiped out by a thermobaric explosion at a event hosted by Horizon Dynamics at the iconic Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan, although astonishingly the building is left intact. With the FBI and all law enforcement overwhelmed with the level of work and data crunching that is required, Kehoe brings in Page, and a claim, attributed to the 'machine bomber', is made that this terrible act was carried out to draw attention to the damage done to society by technology in all its forms, including social media. Page, once again partnered with FBI agent, Whitaker, believes in none of it, looking instead for who gains financially and may benefit in other ways. As the bombing spree continues, Page and Whitaker finds themselves in grave danger, risking life and limb to track down a killer who seems to be several steps ahead of them at every turn, whilst every crazy, idiotic conspiracy theorists and digilantes runs rampant in the city. It is the original character of Lucas Page that holds centre stage in this outstanding series, half man and half machine, with his traumatic history, an extraordinary reputation in his field, an author, marked by his rudeness and inability to tolerate fools, with wide ranging networks, and utilises his most gifted students that can outperform the FBI's best in the investigation. Given this type of profile, it comes as a surprise to see that the man is happily married to the grounded Erin, and that they are fostering 5 kids, with the help of Lemmy, the dog. This is a fantastic thriller, entertaining, totally compulsive and riveting reading, witty and humorous, but leaves me wondering where the heck Robert Pobi is going to take Lucas Page next. Many thanks to Hodder and Stoughton for an ARC.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    So here’s the deal. I need to write this fast because once again, this author has run me ragged & I’m in desperate need of a nap. This is book #2 of the Lucas Page series & as with “City of Windows” you’re in for a wild ride full of mystery, suspense & black humour. The story begins with a literal bang after a massive explosion at NYC’s iconic Guggenheim Museum. The casualty list reads like a who’s who of millionaires & every level of law enforcement is left pondering the same question. What kind So here’s the deal. I need to write this fast because once again, this author has run me ragged & I’m in desperate need of a nap. This is book #2 of the Lucas Page series & as with “City of Windows” you’re in for a wild ride full of mystery, suspense & black humour. The story begins with a literal bang after a massive explosion at NYC’s iconic Guggenheim Museum. The casualty list reads like a who’s who of millionaires & every level of law enforcement is left pondering the same question. What kind of bomb reduces 702 bodies to ash but leaves the building upright? One of those scratching his head is Brett Kehoe, the FBI’s special agent in charge of Manhattan. His first thought is who was the target….one of the victims or all of them? The logistics of investigating over 700 lives is overwhelming & Kehoe quickly realizes he needs someone who can absorb a million facts & spit out an answer. He needs a human computer. Good thing he knows one. Meanwhile, Dr. Lucas Page has just learned a hard lesson. Never let your daughter experiment with hair dye. On you. He, wife Erin & their herd of kids are enjoying a break at the cottage. Or they were until Kehoe landed a chopper on the lawn. He knows getting Lucas to join the investigation will be a tough sell but has 2 secret weapons. An irresistibly intricate puzzle to solve & special agent Angela Whitaker. She’s the one colleague Lucas can tolerate & the only one who finds his antisocial behaviour amusing. It’s supposed to be a quick 2 day assignment. But then another bomb goes off. And another. Grab a comfie chair, peeps, because you’re not going to be moving for a few hours. Pobi knows how to tell a story that grips you from the start. The plot is complex & perfect for readers who love to ride shotgun with an investigation. What elevates it above your garden variety thriller are the characters. Lucas is an original & complicated MC. His unique brain took him from foster kid to astrophysicist. Then an horrific accident left him with 2 prosthetic limbs. But his sunny personality…..just kidding. He pretty much hates everyone. Blunt sarcasm is his preferred style of communication but it’s also the source of much of the black humour found throughout. Matching him shot for shot is Whitaker, an intelligent young woman with little time for fools. Their relationship is such an enjoyable part of this series & provides comic relief when we need a breather from the hair-raising action. The dialogue in general is economical but conversations between these two have a dry, edgy humour that adds to the story. But as much as I enjoy the returning characters I must confess I have a new favourite. That would be Binky. He’s the strong, silent type who never loses his cool. Sure, he’s a bit hairier than his partner but he gets the job done. All he asks is you throw a few olives his way. Total scene-stealer. The author also takes shots at our increasing dependence on & addiction to smart phones & social media. I don’t want to give too much away as it’s integral to the plot but there’s a hilarious irony to several scenes featuring public demonstrations. And (sadly) they are completely believable. It’s not long before we identify the target but figuring out the “who” in who-dun-it might take you until the last few pages. At a time when we’re all looking for a little escapism, this book provides a smart, entertaining remedy for the stay at home blahs. I’d love to tag along with these characters again so hopefully book #3 is in the works. Fingers crossed it includes Binky.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    This was really good and my only problem was finding out it was book two in a series and I had not read book one. I can easily fix that though and I will. Lucas Page is one of those really high functioning, gifted people - an astrophysicist and university lecturer who has remarkable abilities in scanning, classifying and recalling data. His brain works a bit like a computer and he is very useful to the FBI in solving serious crime. He has also suffered somewhat physically which I guess happened i This was really good and my only problem was finding out it was book two in a series and I had not read book one. I can easily fix that though and I will. Lucas Page is one of those really high functioning, gifted people - an astrophysicist and university lecturer who has remarkable abilities in scanning, classifying and recalling data. His brain works a bit like a computer and he is very useful to the FBI in solving serious crime. He has also suffered somewhat physically which I guess happened in book one. The book is action packed, fast paced and well written. I enjoyed all of the characters and their frequently witty dialogue. Lucas has a very entertaining family and I would have liked to hear more about them. I thought it was a great read and will pick up book one as soon as I can. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    PattyMacDotComma

    4.5★ “No system—and that includes a series of crimes—is intrinsically random; the observer just has an imperfect understanding of how said system operates. If you see something that appears to be random, you’re missing data.” Lucas Page is a different sort of observer – “very few people can guess the number of jelly beans in a jar like you can.” This starts off with a bang, an exceptionally big one, followed by seemingly random ones, so random that Lucas Page, retired, war-weary, one-eyed, prosthet 4.5★ “No system—and that includes a series of crimes—is intrinsically random; the observer just has an imperfect understanding of how said system operates. If you see something that appears to be random, you’re missing data.” Lucas Page is a different sort of observer – “very few people can guess the number of jelly beans in a jar like you can.” This starts off with a bang, an exceptionally big one, followed by seemingly random ones, so random that Lucas Page, retired, war-weary, one-eyed, prosthetic-arm-and-leg-wearing father of five adopted kids is called back into action with the FBI. Got all that? Retired! But again, he can’t resist a puzzle. He is an astrophysicist with a gift, which seems a little more extraordinary in this book than the first. He’s not like those people who stand at the scene of a crime and intuitively (magically) sense what took place. No, his unique understanding is more like a person unravelling something to see how it was constructed – including a crime scene. It’s math, chemistry, physics. Patterns. “So he closed his eyes, forced himself to forget where he was, and flipped the switch. Then he opened his eyes. He no longer saw color. Or texture. Or a room where too many people had died. What he saw was a space reduced to numerical values. It was an automatic process and it hit him in the brain like a fist of ice. Everything morphed into numbers, numerical representations generated by some hidden mental algorithm that only he recognized as having quantitative values.” I must say quickly that his missing eye and limbs are nothing to do with his brain power, although it certainly adds to his mystique when he starts asking questions. He looks for what's missing in the data, the details that have been left out. It occurs to me that that's also what we notice about Lucas - what isn't there - his missing pieces (and his replacement parts). Bombs, billionaires, and backlash against technology. The “Machine Bomber” seems to be attacking technology, and in typical American style, “online digilantes” start agitating on Facebook, causing more trouble. This is full of ironic humour, which I always enjoy. The Luddites railing against technology set up Facebook groups, and Instagram and Twitter accounts to garner support. Meanwhile, see if you notice this small throwaway line in the FBI boss’s office. “When they got to Kehoe’s office, he was on the phone. He waved them in, cut his conversation short with a curt ‘Okay’, then scribbled some notes on a yellow legal pad with a fountain pen the size of a wrench. “Page, Whitaker,” he said as he capped the pen and placed it on the desktop.” I am sure that the author added this for his own amusement, as he eschews most technology himself and has too many fountain pens, according to his website. https://www.robertpobi.com/about But I noticed it and enjoyed it. Imagine the digilantes with only notepads. There are many digs, some less subtle than others, about the current state of affairs in the U.S., but it isn’t a political novel – just a place he can air a few grievances publicly. Mostly it’s a complex, convoluted thriller that kept me reading. Pobi has an easy, articulate style with good pace and no cringe-worthy moments that I can think of. By that, I mean “grammatical” moments – the descriptions of the action and aftermath will make you cringe. I have to admit I wasn’t as interested in the whys and hows in this as I was in the first Lucas Page, City of Windows, but perhaps that’s because a rifle is easier for me to understand than bombs. How Lucas makes it to the end is as much of a mystery as anything, but I’m glad he will be back to fight another day. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the preview copy from which I’ve quoted. Link to my City of Windows review

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marialyce

    4.5 riveting rousing stars! What an exciting fun book! This story will keep you turning those pages and enjoying every minute of the book two of the Lucas Page saga! There's been a huge explosion at the Guggenheim museum and many are dead, a business venture destroyed and although hoping that this might be the only bombing, the authorities and the stalwart, Lucas Page, know that this is not the end, but certainly the beginning. Many of the glitterati are dead, the titans of business are gone, and 4.5 riveting rousing stars! What an exciting fun book! This story will keep you turning those pages and enjoying every minute of the book two of the Lucas Page saga! There's been a huge explosion at the Guggenheim museum and many are dead, a business venture destroyed and although hoping that this might be the only bombing, the authorities and the stalwart, Lucas Page, know that this is not the end, but certainly the beginning. Many of the glitterati are dead, the titans of business are gone, and yet with all the bloodshed, the Guggenheim museum still stands. This bomber knows his/her trade and the hunt is on to find the mastermind before he or she wrecks more havoc. Lucas is back in part two, and he is indeed a fascinating character and although I have not read book one, (an item I will definitely remedy), being disabled added a extra layer onto his persona. He is a mastermind, a genius astrophysicist, who can read a crime scene with such precision and aplomb. He sees patterns in occurrences and numbers, things that escape the sight of most, Lucas can see and fathom. Indeed, he is in danger to what remains of his life and limb, on the trail of this malicious killer who seems to have planned everything to a minute detail. As Lucas is recruited by Brett Kehoe, the FBI’s special agent in charge of Manhattan, the task seems massive as they try to fathom why over seven hundred people have been murdered in the Guggenheim, ultimately followed by a slew of others. What could be the motive, the possible reason why so many have lost their lives to what seems to be a true mastermind of the macabre. Is is terrorism with its cast of possible groups responsible or could it be a vendetta against some very wealthy billionaires? How Lucas balances this tragedy, his family's safety, and the many who just might be involved is the gist if this action packed book. I definitely recommend this book as a quick engrossing read that possess all the elements that keeps the reader on their toes and brings us to a conclusion that is both satisfying and realistic. Can't wait to read what Lucas Page will be up to next. Thank you to Robert Pobi, Minotaur Books and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this electrifying book due out August 4, 2020.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    This is the second book in the Lucas Page series. It can be read as a standalone since this is a new case involving the former FBI agent who is now an astrophysicist at Columbia University, and this book repeats everything you need to know about Page’s background. As in the first book, Page is brought back to work with the FBI because of his preternatural talent to analyze crime scenes and data. It starts with a bombing at a gala at the Guggenheim Museum at which over 700 people are killed. Many This is the second book in the Lucas Page series. It can be read as a standalone since this is a new case involving the former FBI agent who is now an astrophysicist at Columbia University, and this book repeats everything you need to know about Page’s background. As in the first book, Page is brought back to work with the FBI because of his preternatural talent to analyze crime scenes and data. It starts with a bombing at a gala at the Guggenheim Museum at which over 700 people are killed. Many more bombings follow. As Page and his partner Special Agent Angela Whitaker follow the clues, they ask themselves “who does this profit?” This book is definitely plot, rather than character, driven. It reminded me a little of the old TV series Six Feet Under in the way that characters were introduced and then suddenly SPLAT they’re dead. However, the plot was complex enough to keep me interested. And there was certainly a lot of action. I would read the next book in the series. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karen R

    I am excited to have just discovered author Robert Pobi. He has written a heck of a story here with snappy dialogue and pretty nifty high tech tools. I was glued to the pages from the start after a thermobaric explosion annihilates the Guggenheim museum and 700+ people inside. I loved each one of Pobi’s main characters, especially the gifted Dr. Lucas Page, a bad-ass and brilliant protagonist who’s specialty is numbers and patterns. The way his brain works is mind-blowing. Pobi weaves in interest I am excited to have just discovered author Robert Pobi. He has written a heck of a story here with snappy dialogue and pretty nifty high tech tools. I was glued to the pages from the start after a thermobaric explosion annihilates the Guggenheim museum and 700+ people inside. I loved each one of Pobi’s main characters, especially the gifted Dr. Lucas Page, a bad-ass and brilliant protagonist who’s specialty is numbers and patterns. The way his brain works is mind-blowing. Pobi weaves in interesting touches connected to his characters. He does not shy away when it comes to thoughts on our decaying fabric of cities and citizens, meddling media, conspiracy nutcases makings noise on social media and putting our protectors in danger while finding entertainment in unrest. This is the second book in a series and although it does perfectly well as a standalone, I am eager to go back and read the first in the series to answer my questions regarding his family and the situation surrounding his life-changing injury.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    Dr. Lucas Page is an astrophysicist, mathematician, and former FBI agent who is called back into the FBI when his assistance is needed in a mass bombing in Manhattan. Dr. Page has a unique ability to translate spacial relationships into mathematical equations in his head and recreate crime scenes. Page is a bomb survivor himself. He's a brilliant curmudgeon, yet very much a family man, having adopted five children with his wife. I loved Page's dark humor and attitude. This book was a barn burner Dr. Lucas Page is an astrophysicist, mathematician, and former FBI agent who is called back into the FBI when his assistance is needed in a mass bombing in Manhattan. Dr. Page has a unique ability to translate spacial relationships into mathematical equations in his head and recreate crime scenes. Page is a bomb survivor himself. He's a brilliant curmudgeon, yet very much a family man, having adopted five children with his wife. I loved Page's dark humor and attitude. This book was a barn burner. I flew through it. I did read this without reading the first book in the series and this worked well as a stand alone. However, I did like this enough that I will be going back to read the first book. Received a review copy from St. Martins and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own and in no way influenced by the aforementioned.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    It's very cool when the second book in a series is even better than the first. Pobi has pulled it off with "Under Pressure" which is his follow-up to "City of Windows," both featuring FBI asset Lucas Page, a survivor if there's ever been any with a prosthetic eye, arm, leg, and who knows what else that they're not telling us. In this novel, those things take a backseat to Page's innate ability to see patterns in events like an accountant looking at balance sheets. This is a thriller from cover t It's very cool when the second book in a series is even better than the first. Pobi has pulled it off with "Under Pressure" which is his follow-up to "City of Windows," both featuring FBI asset Lucas Page, a survivor if there's ever been any with a prosthetic eye, arm, leg, and who knows what else that they're not telling us. In this novel, those things take a backseat to Page's innate ability to see patterns in events like an accountant looking at balance sheets. This is a thriller from cover to cover with no let up in the action as a series of impossible bombs wreak havoc on Wall Street tycoons, hedge fund dummies, and technology. The body count from almost the beginning passes 700 and counting. But, nothing about these perfect crimes makes sense, at least not until Page puts it together when it's almost too late. What really makes this thriller roar though is the precise pacing with the violence, the investigation, and Page's home life all balanced against each other. Sometimes a book is just fun to read and this one fits that bill.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Smith

    I really enjoyed City of Windows, Pobi’s first book featuring the gifted Doctor Lucas Page. And I mean gifted in a very unusual way: he is able to instantly absorb, recall and compute information. More specifically, he’s a numbers man and uses his gift to unlock mysteries unfathomable to normal beings. In his first outing he first demonstrated this ability by instantly calculating angles, heights and directions of rifle shots. As implausible as this sounds, it was so well executed that I found I really enjoyed City of Windows, Pobi’s first book featuring the gifted Doctor Lucas Page. And I mean gifted in a very unusual way: he is able to instantly absorb, recall and compute information. More specifically, he’s a numbers man and uses his gift to unlock mysteries unfathomable to normal beings. In his first outing he first demonstrated this ability by instantly calculating angles, heights and directions of rifle shots. As implausible as this sounds, it was so well executed that I found the whole thing totally compelling. This time around Pobi is reluctantly persuaded to help an old FBI colleague (a carry-over character from the last book) in an investigation into what turns out to be a series of bombings. As the body count rises Page tries to use his skills to unpick the scant clues available. But this is where this book starts to feel slightly less convincing than the last, because the superpower skills he has just don’t quite fit this scenario. What numbers and data that can be extracted fail to provide anything of value, so instead he’s impelled to rely on insight provided from those around him. Don’t get me wrong, the story rattles along and in its own way is engrossing enough, but it just lacks the surprise and punch of the first book. On the upside I enjoyed the re-introduction of a number of characters I enjoyed in book one and the story itself is inventive enough and comes with a decent twist. In addition Page – who I forgot to mention lacks an arm and a leg, or at least limbs that bleed – remains an engaging front man. The downside is that it lacks the novelty of our first meeting with this highly unusual crime fighter and I just don’t think it makes best use of his skills. My mind wondered somewhat as I worked my way through this one, something that never happened during book one. It’s a semi-satisfactory follow up but I sense there is better to come from this series. It’s a series I intend to stick with though because the writing is good and I really like Page’s terse, in-your-face attitude. My thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Another absolute gem from Robert Pobi in his Lucas Page series. City of Windows was *that* book for me last year. You know, the one you bring up at parties, tout endlessly on social media, and recommend to everyone you know. In other words, it was a tough act to follow. Yet Pobi’s series followup doesn’t miss a beat, returning us to the world of Dr. Lucas Page, his delightfully misanthropic protagonist, as well as the rest of the series’ wonderful recurring cast. I had no doubt the book would be Another absolute gem from Robert Pobi in his Lucas Page series. City of Windows was *that* book for me last year. You know, the one you bring up at parties, tout endlessly on social media, and recommend to everyone you know. In other words, it was a tough act to follow. Yet Pobi’s series followup doesn’t miss a beat, returning us to the world of Dr. Lucas Page, his delightfully misanthropic protagonist, as well as the rest of the series’ wonderful recurring cast. I had no doubt the book would be good. But I was skeptical as to whether it could match its predecessor. In addition to the fact that City of Windows was simply so excellent that it seemed near impossible to match, I fretted a bit about the villain and the nature of the crimes. Snipers tend to make far more interesting bad guys than bombers do, in my opinion. But Pobi, master of the cerebral thriller that he is, managed to subvert that notion here, giving us a complex and fascinating series of crimes and an elusive and compelling villain committing them. He also gives us one of the most terrifyingly thrilling, emotionally harrowing scenes that I’ve had the pleasure of encountering. The last one I can recall that felt comparable was in—you guessed it—City of Windows. Like its predecessor, this book is a top-of-genre offering, and one that I would emphatically recommend to just about any reader. *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Burnett

    Lucas Page returns in a stellar, page-turning follow up to City of Windows. As the book opens, the Guggenheim Museum is attacked during a private event, and everyone there perishes. Page, who has vowed to stay retired, is drawn in by the uniqueness of the attack and the subsequent related murders that follow. Pobi’s writing is outstanding and intelligent, and he includes so many great literary and pop culture references. The pace of the book never lets up until the highly satisfying and clever e Lucas Page returns in a stellar, page-turning follow up to City of Windows. As the book opens, the Guggenheim Museum is attacked during a private event, and everyone there perishes. Page, who has vowed to stay retired, is drawn in by the uniqueness of the attack and the subsequent related murders that follow. Pobi’s writing is outstanding and intelligent, and he includes so many great literary and pop culture references. The pace of the book never lets up until the highly satisfying and clever ending. I highly recommend this one - this is a fabulous series with an entertaining and highly unique protagonist. For more reviews, check out my Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/thoughtsfro... and my newsletter: https://www.cfapage.net/subscribe.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Menezes

    A series of deadly explosions rock the city of New York and with too many victims and no known motive, the F.B.I. turns once again to Dr. Lucas Page. This book was like a roller coaster ride filled with tension and explosions, which was super thrilling! I was hooked on to this right from the start and actually did finish reading this in record time. It was so well written and the main character Dr Lucas Page is simply someone at a different level itself. Overall an amazing book and eagerly looking A series of deadly explosions rock the city of New York and with too many victims and no known motive, the F.B.I. turns once again to Dr. Lucas Page. This book was like a roller coaster ride filled with tension and explosions, which was super thrilling! I was hooked on to this right from the start and actually did finish reading this in record time. It was so well written and the main character Dr Lucas Page is simply someone at a different level itself. Overall an amazing book and eagerly looking forward hopefully to the next book in this series! Thank You to NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for this ARC!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Under Pressure by Author Robert Pobi Is the second book in the Lucas Page Series First of all I would recommend reading the first book in the series - City of Windows, to get a sound start with the characters, and overall tone to the books. This story begins with an explosion at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, and the pace does not let up throughout the entire book The main character Dr. Lucas Page, Is almost super hero like with the amount of personal danger and life threatening incidents Under Pressure by Author Robert Pobi Is the second book in the Lucas Page Series First of all I would recommend reading the first book in the series - City of Windows, to get a sound start with the characters, and overall tone to the books. This story begins with an explosion at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, and the pace does not let up throughout the entire book The main character Dr. Lucas Page, Is almost super hero like with the amount of personal danger and life threatening incidents that he is exposed to, especially since he has several existing handicaps I did like the book, but at times I felt like the story really pushed the button in regards to believability and non stop destruction and massive explosions that occur. Thank you to Robert Pobi, St. Martin's Press | Minotaur Books and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book to read and review with my honest opinions. #UnderPressure #NetGalley

  16. 5 out of 5

    Adrian Dooley

    So I havent read the first in this series so went in somewhat blind. I liked the sound of the spiel. A private function for a tech company in New Yorks Guggenheim museum is where we start. All is going well until a huge explosion kills all inside, the death toll over 700! The FBI are called straight in led by Brett Kehoe and with such a huge volume of data to work through he decides to call on ex FBI agent, astrophysicist and University professor Lucas Page(our main protagonist). He has a gift whe So I havent read the first in this series so went in somewhat blind. I liked the sound of the spiel. A private function for a tech company in New Yorks Guggenheim museum is where we start. All is going well until a huge explosion kills all inside, the death toll over 700! The FBI are called straight in led by Brett Kehoe and with such a huge volume of data to work through he decides to call on ex FBI agent, astrophysicist and University professor Lucas Page(our main protagonist). He has a gift where he can visualize what happened at crime scene like this and immediately process the data. Page wants nothing to do with it but as his City is under attack he feels obliged to help. Thats the main gist of it. It was an intriguing start and I was really sucked in by the opening chapters, from the scene set in the Guggenheim, to the helicopter arriving with Kehoe at Pages holiday home where he is with his family, to sifting through the remains at the Guggenheim. It was all going swimmingly. Enthralling, a huge mystery, learning a bit about Page and his disability(a multiple amputee). It was all being set up nicely. Unfortunately after that, for me at least, it was much more miss than hit. What follows for a large chunk of the book is a series of more explosions and Page going to investigate without anything really happening. Its just rinse and repeat. Another explosion, go to the scene, spend a few pages describing the scene, try to figure out whats going on etc etc. It was all a little tedious. Like a bad action movie that has little story and just fills it with explosions and action scenes. Page is also some sort of superhero it seems. Managing to escape death on numerous occasions in the most ludicrous of circumstances. You really have to suspend your disbelief to go with this one and it was a step too far for me. There is a host of characters nearly all based around the financial world and I found it hard to keep track of them all. The story itself I found pretty ridiculous I have to say and I found the book way too long for what it was. Its been getting nearly universal praise going by other reviews but I just didnt get it at all and despite lots of things happening, I found it a bit of a chore to read and a bit of a bore. Special mention though to the dog called Lemmy. What a name! Many thanks to Netgalley, Hodder & Stoughton and Robert Pobi for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kelsie Maxwell

    Under Pressure by Robert Pobi is book two in his Lucas Page series. Dr. Lucas Page is an astrophysicist, professor at Columbia University and a former FBI agent. Page is physically and socially flawed, but he has the unique ability to quickly analyze and process data well beyond the obvious. He’s been called in to consult for the FBI on a bombing at the Guggenheim Museum that killed 702 people. This is the second FBI case Page has consulted on since leaving the bureau, and he’s literally put his Under Pressure by Robert Pobi is book two in his Lucas Page series. Dr. Lucas Page is an astrophysicist, professor at Columbia University and a former FBI agent. Page is physically and socially flawed, but he has the unique ability to quickly analyze and process data well beyond the obvious. He’s been called in to consult for the FBI on a bombing at the Guggenheim Museum that killed 702 people. This is the second FBI case Page has consulted on since leaving the bureau, and he’s literally put his all into solving both cases. I haven’t read the first book in this series, and though I would have liked more detail on the past incident that injured Page, that didn’t stop this from being a successful standalone novel with sufficient background in all other aspects. Under Pressure is very descriptive with a complex, yet compelling plot. There is plenty of explosive action, literally. The dialogue is vibrant and has humorous touches that provide tension relief for both the characters and the reader. The ending is shocking. I give this novel 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to everyone who enjoys a good thriller. My thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

  18. 4 out of 5

    The Cats’ Mother

    Under Pressure (and just like that Freddy Mercury is back in my head! 🎶) is the second book in the Lucas Page series about an emotionally and physically damaged former FBI special agent from New York who brought back in to solve hideous crimes using his unique cerebral gifts. Unusually for me, I actually think you could fully enjoy this without having read the first instalment, City of Mirrors - although it’s a great book so you should buy it anyway, and kudos to the author for not spoiling that Under Pressure (and just like that Freddy Mercury is back in my head! 🎶) is the second book in the Lucas Page series about an emotionally and physically damaged former FBI special agent from New York who brought back in to solve hideous crimes using his unique cerebral gifts. Unusually for me, I actually think you could fully enjoy this without having read the first instalment, City of Mirrors - although it’s a great book so you should buy it anyway, and kudos to the author for not spoiling that one here (apart from knowing who survives of course.) This is another intelligent electrifying if far-fetched action thriller with great characters but I’m going for four stars this time because it needs better editing. Nearly a year after the events of City of Mirrors, Lucas is at the beach with his family, happily anticipating Halloween, when FBI Director Brett Kehoe arrives once more to drag him into a shocking new case - someone has detonated a bomb during a gala at the Guggenheim Museum, incinerating over 700 people. Torn between his home life and the thrill of the chase, Lucas agrees to have a look for just a few days, and is once more paired with bolshy agent Angela Whitaker (I’m sure she said her name was Alice in the previous book, the first of several continuity errors.) When further blasts point them towards an upscale investment firm, while telling the gullible media that they have an anti-technology agenda, Page must use his special abilities to stop the carnage - but how long before he himself becomes a target once more? The more I review, the clearer it becomes that there are writers, and there are storytellers, and some lucky authors can do both - but they still need editors! This follows a very similar plot structure to the first book, while dealing with a very different type of crime, and that’s fine - I use the same structure for nearly all my reviews - but if he uses it again for a third book it will start to become predictable. There were some narrative errors, usually missing words, in my review copy but I assume these would’ve been fixed for publication. The biggest issue here was unnecessary repetition of information, such as descriptions of people and places, of metaphors, and of narrative devices - particularly the introduction of minor characters about whom we are given just enough information to feel sympathy (or less commonly antipathy) then “boom” they’re red mist. This is done over and over and became tiresome. Apart from these minor quibbles, this was another excellent read - I’m really just explaining why I rounded down from 4.5 this time. Page is brilliant but obnoxious - even more so than in the first book, but you can understand why. I love his sibling-squabble-like relationship with Whitaker, and his petulant teen-like approach to the nearly unflappable Kehoe. Fascinating minor characters like Dingo, Otto and Nadeel return - I often think it’s the minor recurring actors that really make a series. Some of the animal characters were awesome too. As in the first book, there are lots of pop culture references, I didn’t get all of them, so got to feel clever when I did. There’s more black-humour this time round, but less politics - although the completely deserved digs at digital culture and cellphone addiction were well placed. I very much enjoyed this, didn’t predict the outcome, or the culprit, and especially liked the ending which answered a very important question for an animal-lover like me. My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC which allowed me to give an honest review. Under Pressure is available now.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    What a fantastic read! UNDER PRESSURE never stopped delivering! The brilliant Doctor Lucas Page has been recalled by the FBI. Someone seems to be blowing up people and things in New York, and Dr. Page is trying to figure out who or what is behind it. Get ready for an intriguing read you will never figure out. This novel will be loved by all!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristie

    I am sorry to say that I am giving up on this one. DNF @ 37%. I feel like I've been reading this book forever and I need to keep forcing myself to pick it up. It is just not for me. I have found myself skimming and I don't think it's a book that should be skimmed. I'm quite sure I'd get to the end and not know what was going on. I don't know if I missed something by not reading book one. Maybe I would have cared more about our MC, Lucas Page, if I had read that one? He admits to not being a peop I am sorry to say that I am giving up on this one. DNF @ 37%. I feel like I've been reading this book forever and I need to keep forcing myself to pick it up. It is just not for me. I have found myself skimming and I don't think it's a book that should be skimmed. I'm quite sure I'd get to the end and not know what was going on. I don't know if I missed something by not reading book one. Maybe I would have cared more about our MC, Lucas Page, if I had read that one? He admits to not being a people-person and not playing well with others, but he feels somewhat standoffish as a character that it’s hard to care about him. He certainly is intelligent and has some interesting talents though. I also like the witty banter, but there's just not enough to make me want to continue. This book is too detail heavy for my taste and that made it feel impersonal as well. It lacked emotion for me and dragged. Basically, there is an explosion and a lot of FBI talk (info dump), which was repeated several times. I'm not really interested in finding out the connection between the explosions if it means reading multiple FBI info heavy discussions and talk about the super wealthy and their decorations, etc, plus discussions about political extremists and media. I am clearly the outlier when it comes to this book as most people seem to love it. It certainly has intelligent writing. I just don't want to have to think so much and the political climate being what it is these days, I really need a break from it. If you are someone that enjoys political intrigue and has an interest in Wall Street and finances and corruption, this may be a great story for you. It just didn't engage me. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press / Minotaur Books for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Original review: I was offered a widget of this book because I enjoyed the Orphan X series. Who can say no to a book that is compared to Orphan X?

  21. 4 out of 5

    Val

    Outlier time! Well, I was disappointed in Under Pressure. I loved the first book; City of Windows! Quirky characters always intrigue me and Dr. Lucas Page is definitely quirky. (And cranky!) He has a unique brain that took him from foster kid to astrophysicist, which enables him to see patterns no one else sees. Luke previously worked for the FBI but left after "the event" where he lost a leg, an arm, and an eye. (This took place prior to the first book.) Are you thinking "Give this guy a break! Outlier time! Well, I was disappointed in Under Pressure. I loved the first book; City of Windows! Quirky characters always intrigue me and Dr. Lucas Page is definitely quirky. (And cranky!) He has a unique brain that took him from foster kid to astrophysicist, which enables him to see patterns no one else sees. Luke previously worked for the FBI but left after "the event" where he lost a leg, an arm, and an eye. (This took place prior to the first book.) Are you thinking "Give this guy a break! He's been through enough!!" Yeah, that's what I was thinking, as well. I loved this book up until the last quarter of it. (view spoiler)[Actually, I was more angry than disappointed with this book. Apparently, he HADN'T been through enough because Lucas was unlucky enough to go through two more accidents in this book. The first one was a vehicular accident where he smashed his car into a bad guy standing that was in front of a big rig. Lucas went through the windshield, broke ribs, and the side of his face was torn nearly completely away, including his EAR. I kid you not. His prosthetics were destroyed but that was okay. He had an extra arm and leg at home. So, he's in the hospital after the side of his face and ear are reattached, and what does he do next? He tears his IV out and staggers out of the hospital. He HAS to see this through until the end. NEXT, he goes to see one of the bad guys, where he ends up being tricked into stepping onto an IED-type of device. Lucas grabbed his handcuffs, snapped one on his wrist, and the other on the wrist of the bad guy. Somehow he managed to fall back, thereby saving himself and blowing up the bad guy. He wakes up in the hospital unable to remember exactly what happened, but he's told he had the arm (just the arm) of someone handcuffed to him when he arrived at the hospital. Oh, his extra arm and leg were destroyed, and this time his prosthetic eye, as well. I honestly don't know whether this was supposed to be serious or funny. (hide spoiler)] It wasn't all bad, though. It was great to see Whitaker again. I also LOVE all of Luke and Erin's adopted children! And I learned that there are bomb-sniffing rats! Who knew? I loved Binky, the rat.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This is the second in the Lucas Page series, following on from, “City of Windows.” If you enjoy fast paced thrillers, with more – and better – characters than usual, then you will enjoy this. However, I must say that I am concerned about Dr Page; already missing an eye, one leg and one arm, I cringe every time he comes into danger, which, frankly, is often… The novel begins with a huge explosion at a corporate event and more than seven hundred people killed. Before long, the FBI again come knocki This is the second in the Lucas Page series, following on from, “City of Windows.” If you enjoy fast paced thrillers, with more – and better – characters than usual, then you will enjoy this. However, I must say that I am concerned about Dr Page; already missing an eye, one leg and one arm, I cringe every time he comes into danger, which, frankly, is often… The novel begins with a huge explosion at a corporate event and more than seven hundred people killed. Before long, the FBI again come knocking at Page’s door and he is back, with Whittaker, chasing the bad guys. There are more explosions throughout the city and the bombings are claimed by someone dubbed, “The Machine Bomber,” who wishes to reject technology. Pobi has a lot to say about society in this novel and his dry humour is interspersed with commentary which does make you think – unusual in an adrenalin rushed thriller. Unfortunately, I could believe that many people would support the bomber’s efforts, and that a group of protesters would kill a man in an electronic wheelchair. Still, Page, and his nerdy group of students, are looking beyond the obvious suspect of the bomber. Before long we have bankers, and billionaires, flying drones, shoot outs and explosions. It is Page, though, who makes the novel work. He is rapidly becoming one of my favourite, fictional characters. I am delighted that Robert Pobi has finally had a breakthrough sucess – he has had some excellent books before this, but let’s hope this becomes a long running series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bam cooks the books ;-)

    *4-4.5 stars! I love when thriller writers lead me astray and in Under Pressure, Robert Pobi did just that in spades! Lucas Page is a sort of 'bionic man,' having lived through 'the Event' some ten years before that left him with an artificial eye, arm and leg and a smile that scares most people, but still with intelligence that is off the charts. He is an author, a professor and an astrophysicist, and has been recruited by the FBI to help them in their investigations because of his remarkable sk *4-4.5 stars! I love when thriller writers lead me astray and in Under Pressure, Robert Pobi did just that in spades! Lucas Page is a sort of 'bionic man,' having lived through 'the Event' some ten years before that left him with an artificial eye, arm and leg and a smile that scares most people, but still with intelligence that is off the charts. He is an author, a professor and an astrophysicist, and has been recruited by the FBI to help them in their investigations because of his remarkable skills. (See book one in the series: City of Windows) They come to him for the second time following a horrific explosion at the Guggenheim that kills over 700 people during a private event. A letter claims the bombers want a revolution: they want people to reject technology and reclaim their humanity. Burn your cell phones! Dump social media! But Lucas sees through all that and believes something else is behind the booming. Who benefits? Lucas is NOT a people person. Looking at the crowds of onlookers with their crazy signs and outfits, he despairs for the future of our society. As another character says, 'It is the twenty-first century and we still have to deal with flat-earthers and anti-vaxxers and moon landing truthers. This is what you get when guns are more important than books--a nation of sociocultural primitives.' I really enjoyed his snarky sense of humor throughout the book. Need some attitude adjustment about aging? 'If getting old is the price I have to pay for not dying young, I'll take it.' Where does the title for the book come from? At one point, Lucas says, 'I was under pressure, so I rolled the dice.' Ha! Lucas is nothing if not the master of understatement. I ask you, how can you read the title of this book without having the Queen/Bowie song stuck in your head for the rest of the day?? Earworm! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoDh_... I received an arc of this new thriller from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks. Robert Pobi is joining my list of favorite thriller writers.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    "The prince wants to be king." Seven hundred and two bodies reduced to ash yet the buildings are fine? Wait-What? Expertise is seriously needed and luckily we have just the man-Enter -Dr. Lucas- Former FBI on this case. The Guggenheim bombing was not just about the where but the who as many wealthy elites were present-could this be a motive? There's very little to go on but one thing is certain Brett Kehoe (FBI Special Agent-Manhattan) needs a human computer. Someone who is able to retain informatio "The prince wants to be king." Seven hundred and two bodies reduced to ash yet the buildings are fine? Wait-What? Expertise is seriously needed and luckily we have just the man-Enter -Dr. Lucas- Former FBI on this case. The Guggenheim bombing was not just about the where but the who as many wealthy elites were present-could this be a motive? There's very little to go on but one thing is certain Brett Kehoe (FBI Special Agent-Manhattan) needs a human computer. Someone who is able to retain information, follow up quickly on interviewing over 700 victims, and report back quickly with the findings. Could this be revenge? Could the bomber have meant to single one out or is this a "all for one and one for all case"? Could this be a terrorist plot revolving around radicalization of Muslim men? What is this crazy talk surrounding a 'machine bomber'? So many motives are for profit but what if this one is different, what if it's more about winning and or losing? By the way, during this bomb reconstruction the evaluation may address whether the bomber is left or right handed and this too will help the case progress forward. Their are many lives on the line and may be even more if this isn't solved quickly. The clock is ticking with a vicious killing that now has taken over the spotlight and perhaps that was the 'plan' all along?... Robert has a way with words and he always leaves the reader completely satisfied! Thank you to Robert, the pub, NetGalley, and Amazon Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rach

    I haven’t read the first book in the series (i was planning to read it). A tech company is having at gala at New York City's iconic Guggenheim Museum. A explosion happens at the gala and kills the 702 people. The damage to the building is minimal. Brett Kehoe, Special Agent in Charge of Manhattan decides to ask Dr. Lucas Page, astrophysicist, university professor, and former FBI agent to help solve the case. Dr Page doesn’t want anything do with the FBI but decides to help to stop the bomber as I haven’t read the first book in the series (i was planning to read it). A tech company is having at gala at New York City's iconic Guggenheim Museum. A explosion happens at the gala and kills the 702 people. The damage to the building is minimal. Brett Kehoe, Special Agent in Charge of Manhattan decides to ask Dr. Lucas Page, astrophysicist, university professor, and former FBI agent to help solve the case. Dr Page doesn’t want anything do with the FBI but decides to help to stop the bomber as they plan more. Lucas is highly intelligent and can visualise a crime scene and breakdown into data. He is borderline rude at times to people and people don’t always get his personality. I do love the tension between him and Kehoe at times. They both are intelligent people but totally opposites and have a history with each other. Whittaker and Lucas have a great partnership when working together. The actually case keeps you on edge on as the bomber plans the next explosion and they all try to figure out what ties the bombing’s together and who is committing them. Overall a high tension with a excellent story, interesting characters and case you try to solve with Lucas. I definitely will be reading the first book and hoping the author will write a third book about the interesting Lucas Page. I received a ARC from Netgalley and Hodder & Stoughton for an objection review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jannelies

    If there was ever a book I was dying for to read, it was this one. I was very disappointed when Edelweiss declined me, but strangely enough I got a message from them that I should request for it at Netgalley. Which I did and yes, Netgalley made my day! Once again, Lucas Page is drawn in active service for the FBI and once again, he can only solve the case due to his unique way of thinking. On the other hand, he keeps saying this time that it is all simple mathematics and chemistry. And as the sto If there was ever a book I was dying for to read, it was this one. I was very disappointed when Edelweiss declined me, but strangely enough I got a message from them that I should request for it at Netgalley. Which I did and yes, Netgalley made my day! Once again, Lucas Page is drawn in active service for the FBI and once again, he can only solve the case due to his unique way of thinking. On the other hand, he keeps saying this time that it is all simple mathematics and chemistry. And as the story unravels, you cannot but understand why. That is one thing that is so good about this book: Page is not a superhero. He is just a man who's brain works a little different, and given enough time and resources other people could have solved this case too. But the way Page does is is unforgettable and even though he is quite damaged at the end of the book, he only comes out stronger. One little note: at the start of the book there is someone who thinks about the lock down period due to the Corona virus. And further on in the book there is also a reference to that. I didn't like this. First of all, we are still in the middle of the pandemic and in the book it looks like it never happened. Second of all, those two references have no purpose at all in the story. So for me, this is not working. I hope the author decides to skip them in the final book. Thanks to Netgalley for this digital review copy.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    For full review please visit my blog Carry A Big Book: Series Saturday - Lucas Page This series was brought to my attention by Joseph Bresnan from Minotaur books. I enjoyed both books in this series and would recommend them to fans of Gregg Hurwitz’s Orphan X series. I appreciated Pobi’s representation of a disabled character and how he showed readers his challenges but also allowed us to see his talents. Throughout the books there were several extremely clever plot twists and as a woman in STEM I For full review please visit my blog Carry A Big Book: Series Saturday - Lucas Page This series was brought to my attention by Joseph Bresnan from Minotaur books. I enjoyed both books in this series and would recommend them to fans of Gregg Hurwitz’s Orphan X series. I appreciated Pobi’s representation of a disabled character and how he showed readers his challenges but also allowed us to see his talents. Throughout the books there were several extremely clever plot twists and as a woman in STEM I liked how he incorporated the science and technology.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    6 out of 5! Dr. Lucas Page is a character I can't get enough of. The action-packed novel unfolds at break-neck speed. Brett Kehoe of FBI hooks Lucas Page into returning to assist in solving the bombing of the NYC Guggenheim Museum that killed 702 people, including the top personnel of Horizon Dynamics, a world financing investment firm. When bombs with the same C-4 signature keep going off, Page and his team are hard pressed to find the links and unravel the mastermind. Characters are well writt 6 out of 5! Dr. Lucas Page is a character I can't get enough of. The action-packed novel unfolds at break-neck speed. Brett Kehoe of FBI hooks Lucas Page into returning to assist in solving the bombing of the NYC Guggenheim Museum that killed 702 people, including the top personnel of Horizon Dynamics, a world financing investment firm. When bombs with the same C-4 signature keep going off, Page and his team are hard pressed to find the links and unravel the mastermind. Characters are well written and work together to create an interesting team. I thought City of Windows was excellent, Under Pressure is twice as excellent! I volunteered to read an ARC through Net Galley Release date Aug 4, 2020 Waiting for a PB edition so my book group and get started on this one!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ed

    Complex thriller about a series of devastating bombings with an apparent anti-computer motive. The NY FBI challenges Dr. Lucas Page to find the true planner behind the bombings. Page is one of those unique characters that takes crime fiction to another level of entertainment.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lou Jacobs

    Who would ever cast an astrophysicist as the hero of a story? Dr Lucas Page is the most unique protagonist to grace the pages of a crime thriller. An irascible, somewhat anti-social curmudgeon that somehow remains almost lovable. By training Lucas is a mathematician, astrophysicist, and university professor, who also is a best selling author and former FBI agent. He was severely injured in an accident many years ago ... which he terms the Event. As a result, he was left with a prosthetic arm , l Who would ever cast an astrophysicist as the hero of a story? Dr Lucas Page is the most unique protagonist to grace the pages of a crime thriller. An irascible, somewhat anti-social curmudgeon that somehow remains almost lovable. By training Lucas is a mathematician, astrophysicist, and university professor, who also is a best selling author and former FBI agent. He was severely injured in an accident many years ago ... which he terms the Event. As a result, he was left with a prosthetic arm , leg and one eye. He has a unique skill set ... unlike any other ... he can scan a crime scene and his brain engages and puts everything into a geometry of numbers and patterns while perceiving connections and meaning amongst the data that no one else can. In his mind he can see dozens of relevant patterns, while most would only see chaos. He is coaxed back into the fray by FBI leadership. A thrermobarbic bomb explosion has essentially obliterated or melted more that 700 people attending a gala event at Manhattan's Guggenheim Museum... while leaving the building relatively intact. Horizon Dynamics was the company throwing the bash in celebration of the next mornings IPO offering ... estimated to be traded for a half a billion dollars. This private company specialized in environmental risk assessment and the rejuvenation of ecosystems damaged by industry .... hardly expected to be the target of terrorism! Lucas arrives at the scene and sets in motion his unique skills of investigation. Shortly after the explosion a local TV anchor receives an email that is a virtual duplicate of the manifesto issued by the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski .... a rant against the evils of technology .... hardly an original thought. As the bombings escalate and the body count soars, Dr Lucas Page is charged with making some sense of the apparent random attacks. In his unique way, he attempts to find meaning and connections with which at first appear to be random bombings. Is there a spider at the center of this web? What could possibly be the motive? Robert Pobi skillfully unravels a complex multi-faceted and twisted narrative that is laced with humor ... both understated and at time sarcastic. Special Agent Agela Whitaker proves to be an excellent and complimentary partner in this most unusual investigative duo. To say this is a page turner is both cliche and inaccurate ... I found myself hydroplaning through Pobi's humorous and suspenseful prose. Excuse me while I go download "City Of Windows" ... the first Dr Lucas Page thriller. Robert Pobi is now firmly entrenched in my Writers To Follow List. Thanks to NetGalley and St. Marin's Press for providing an Uncorrected Proof in exchange for an honest review .... This gem is definitely a 5 Star read. ( at readers remains.com )

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