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‘The Treadstone Resurrection’
by Joshua Hood
Book Beginnings / First Lines

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For all you ‘First Page Browsers’

Cover image of the book 'The Treadstone Resurrection' by author Joshua Hood




Nick Ford sat in the back of the filthy pickup, his body racked with fever, pain radiating from the bullet hole in his leg. He was exhausted, and his body screamed for sleep. But every time he closed his eyes, he found himself back in the jungle.

Caught in the kill zone. machine guns chattering from the shadows, the caustic fog of fresh gunpowder, and the screams of his dying teammates.

Dead. All of them.


Cover image of the book 'The Treadstone Resurrection' by author Joshua Hood


Adam Hayes was lying in the center of the bed when the nightmare came. The tremor started at the edge of his lips, a ripple that twisted into a feral snarl. He started to sweat, hands tearing at the sheets, eyes pinballing behind closed lids, mind trapped in the horrors of the past.

He waited in the shadows, eyes closed, ears straining for the sound of his approaching prey. Kill them all – that was the order. He was just the instrument – a man conditioned to kill without hesitation. His hand closed around the hilt of the knife at the small of his back. The metal felt cold through the latex gloves. The blade came free with the hiss of steel on leather and Hayes opened his eyes; the sentry’s face was green in the night vision.

Nowthe voice told him, and he struck.

Hayes hand snaked under the pillow and his fingers closed around the reassuring steel of the Springfield 9-millimeter EMP. He rolled off the bed and dropped into a crouch, the hardwood cold as a corpse on his bare knees. Muscle memory had taken over, and his hands worked independently of thought. The snap of the pistol onto the target and the flick of the thumb disengaging the safety came unbidden.

It was only when his index finger curled around the trigger, compressing the spring until all it would take was a whisper of pressure for the gun to fire, that Hayes became conscious of the moment.

Then the nightmare evaporated.

Cover image of the book 'The Treadstone Resurrection' by author Joshua Hood

So you have taken a look, will you read the book?

Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Just to give you an extra helping hand, here is the book’s premise …

Robert Ludlum’s – THE TREADSTONE RESURRECTION – (Treadstone #1)

Cover image of the book 'The Treadstone Resurrection' by author Joshua HoodOperation Treadstone has nearly ruined Adam Hayes. The top-secret CIA Black Ops program trained him to be a nearly 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 cabinet-maker in rural Oregon, 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, someone 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.

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  • I read the original Bourne book by Ludlum many years ago. I might have read a second one, as well. This is really more my husband’s type of book than mine, so I’ll have to share this with him. Once again…. I like the cover. You’ve had some eye-catchers here lately, Yvonne.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I haven’t read any of the Ludlum original Bourne books, however we have watched the films more times than I care to remember, so I hope that I am not pushing my reading beyond the limits of the genre. I am definitely not pushing my viewing beyond its limits, when it comes to any film with Matt Damon in it!! 🙂

      I am also quite averse to either a new author coming along and rewriting a book, or one who carries on with a series in that author’s name and memory. However I did find the cover art, premise and these opening lines, quite intriguing and ‘moorish’. I am going to be involved with the upcoming Blog Tour for the book and I implicitly trust the publishing team, who have never recommended a book to me which has been too far from my comfort zone.

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have a good weekend 🙂

    • Hi Naida,

      I don’t know if you have ever watched the ‘Bourne’ series of films, but these lines very much reflect the intense dialogue and action, used by the film’s script writers and directors.

      As this book was offered for promotion by a company working closely with one of my regular publishers, I am hoping that their usual attention to detail, about which genres their bloggers prefer to work with, will prevail.

      Thanks for taking time out of your Sunday rest day to stop by and I hope that all is well with you 🙂

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