A review of Primitive by Mark Nykanen
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A middle-aged model is kidnapped by a community of environmental activists so passionately convinced of the imminence of climate chaos that they’ve established a Stone Age community in a snow-bound Northern wilderness. Filled with righteousness and possessing a terrifying, top-secret CIA report about global warming, they begin using her as the centerpiece of an elaborately complicated campaign to manipulate the news media in hopes of bringing the world to its senses. Which, of course, they do, but not before a U.S. Army anti-terrorist squad, the Animal Liberation Front, a crazed contract killer, a young rape survivor, a Seymour Hersh clone, two man-eating cougars, several adorable children, and the Canadian Army all become wrapped up in the tale.
So, now you know the beginning, the middle, and the end of this Mark Nykanen thriller. But, knowing even this, you have no sense of the experience of reading this nail-biting story of suspense. Improbable though the story may be, flawed though it undoubtedly is, Primitive is a skillfully written book. There’s no getting around it: Mark Nykanen knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat.