From the publisher:

The first novel in an explosive new series inspired by Robert Ludlum’s Bourne universe, The Treadstone Resurrection introduces an unforgettable hero and the shadowy world that forged him…

Treadstone made Jason Bourne an unstoppable force, but he’s not the only one.

Operation Treadstone has nearly ruined Adam Hayes. The top-secret CIA Black Ops program trained him to be an all but invincible assassin, but it also cost him his family and any chance at a normal life. Which is why he was determined to get out. Working as a carpenter in rural Washington state, Adam thinks he has left Treadstone in the past, until he receives a mysterious email from a former colleague, and soon after is attacked by an unknown hit team at his job site.

Adam must regain the skills that Treadstone taught him–lightning reflexes and a cold conscience–in order to discover who the would-be killers are and why they have come after him now. Are his pursuers enemies from a long-ago mission? Rival intelligence agents? Or, perhaps, forces inside Treadstone? His search will unearth secrets in the highest levels of government and pull him back into the shadowy world he worked so hard to forget.

Joshua Hood is the author of several previous novels involving men and women at war. His books were action-packed with a great knowledge of weaponry and methods used in armed combat. He takes up a theme developed by the late Robert Ludlum and creates a scenario revolving around the actions of a group working for the CIA. They purportedly developed a method of creating a super warrior, naming that project Treadstone.

The soldiers created by the Treadstone group have superior reflexes, superb analytical skills and a personality that incorporates a no prisoners taken attitude towards any enemy they face. The character used by Hood is Adam Hayes and the Jason Bourne of Ludlum’s novels does not appear in the story.

Hayes has resigned from the CIA and is working as a carpenter in the state of Washington. He is married and has one son and while not satisfied with the tedium of everyday life has no plans to return to the active lifestyle of a CIA assassin. With no warning, Hayes is attacked by a hit squad at his job site but finds that he still has the skills to kill the would-be killers and escape with his life. His plan then becomes finding the people that attacked him, and in so doing, is pulled into a Venezuela that is completely destitute due to their government robbing the country blind with one man in particular singled out and destined for elimination. From Venezuela Hayes then travels into Colombia attempting to find and kill the members of the group that is after him.

Ludlum’s characters were always cast as regular people that could get hurt or even killed in the action they were subjected to in his novels. Adam Hayes, on the other hand, is presented as a superman moving at the speed of light from one dangerous situation to another. He gets beat up, almost killed and just keeps on trucking. The ending of the book has Hayes already looking for the next assignment and ready to jump into whatever awaits him. For those that like their novels action-packed and moving like an express train, Joshua Hood’s creation of Adam Hayes will be very satisfying.

3/2020 Paul Lane

ROBERT LUDLUM’S THE TREADSTONE RESURRECTION by Joshua Hood. G.P. Putnam’s Sons (February 25, 2020). ISBN: 978-0525542551. 384p.



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