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When a mysterious and devastating bioweapon causes its victims to develop Red Hands, the touch of death, weird science expert Ben Walker is called to investigate. A car plows through the crowd at a July 4th parade. The driver climbs out, sick and stumbling, reaching out…and everyone he touches drops dead within seconds. Maeve Sinclair watches in horror as people she loves b When a mysterious and devastating bioweapon causes its victims to develop Red Hands, the touch of death, weird science expert Ben Walker is called to investigate. A car plows through the crowd at a July 4th parade. The driver climbs out, sick and stumbling, reaching out…and everyone he touches drops dead within seconds. Maeve Sinclair watches in horror as people she loves begin to die and she knows she must take action. But in the aftermath of this terror, it’s Maeve who possesses that killing touch. Fleeing into the mountains, struggling with her own grief and confusion, Maeve faces the dawning realization that she will never be able to touch another human being again. "Weird s**t expert” Ben Walker is surprised to get a call from Alena Boudreau, director of the newly restructured Global Science Research Coalition. There’s an upheaval in the organization and she needs to send someone she can trust to Jericho Falls. Whoever finds Maeve Sinclair first will unravel the mystery of her death touch, and many are willing to kill her for that secret. Walker’s assignment is to get her off the mountain alive. But as Maeve searches for a hiding place, hunted and growing sicker by the moment, she begins to hear an insidious voice in her head, and the yearning, the need… the hunger to touch another human being continues to grow. When Walker and Maeve meet at last, they will unravel a stunning legacy of death and betrayal, and a malignant secret as old as history.


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When a mysterious and devastating bioweapon causes its victims to develop Red Hands, the touch of death, weird science expert Ben Walker is called to investigate. A car plows through the crowd at a July 4th parade. The driver climbs out, sick and stumbling, reaching out…and everyone he touches drops dead within seconds. Maeve Sinclair watches in horror as people she loves b When a mysterious and devastating bioweapon causes its victims to develop Red Hands, the touch of death, weird science expert Ben Walker is called to investigate. A car plows through the crowd at a July 4th parade. The driver climbs out, sick and stumbling, reaching out…and everyone he touches drops dead within seconds. Maeve Sinclair watches in horror as people she loves begin to die and she knows she must take action. But in the aftermath of this terror, it’s Maeve who possesses that killing touch. Fleeing into the mountains, struggling with her own grief and confusion, Maeve faces the dawning realization that she will never be able to touch another human being again. "Weird s**t expert” Ben Walker is surprised to get a call from Alena Boudreau, director of the newly restructured Global Science Research Coalition. There’s an upheaval in the organization and she needs to send someone she can trust to Jericho Falls. Whoever finds Maeve Sinclair first will unravel the mystery of her death touch, and many are willing to kill her for that secret. Walker’s assignment is to get her off the mountain alive. But as Maeve searches for a hiding place, hunted and growing sicker by the moment, she begins to hear an insidious voice in her head, and the yearning, the need… the hunger to touch another human being continues to grow. When Walker and Maeve meet at last, they will unravel a stunning legacy of death and betrayal, and a malignant secret as old as history.

30 review for Red Hands

  1. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    A lovely little family is enjoying the local Fourth of July Parade when the unthinkable happens. A crazed man goes on a murder spree and what's even crazier is that everyone he touches - dies. Like literally drops to the ground and dies. Maeve watches her father get run down by the crazed man's car and when he doesn't stop, she takes a metal bat and takes him out. Only, in that brief moment he hovered between life and death, she quickly becomes infected with whatever he had. The bioweapon know A lovely little family is enjoying the local Fourth of July Parade when the unthinkable happens. A crazed man goes on a murder spree and what's even crazier is that everyone he touches - dies. Like literally drops to the ground and dies. Maeve watches her father get run down by the crazed man's car and when he doesn't stop, she takes a metal bat and takes him out. Only, in that brief moment he hovered between life and death, she quickly becomes infected with whatever he had. The bioweapon known as the "Red Hands" has escaped the laboratory and is currently attached to Maeve. At first she's horrified by accidently causing death...but now she craves it. This was an interesting take on the "zombie" apocalypse. I really enjoyed getting Maeve's perspective for this one. The slow descent, the gentle rationings and the ultimate betrayal made it a compelling read. I was a bit annoyed that no one seemed to get the importance of basic biosafety protocols but I am a bit biased (I work in a lab...so these things are second nature to me). The plot itself felt a bit meandering but came together quite well in the end. With thanks to Christopher Golden, Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fran

    "Most people seemed to think beautiful little hamlets like Jericho Falls were too remote, too idyllic, for an epidemic to take root". The residents of Jericho Falls, New Hampshire gathered for their yearly Fourth of July Parade replete with floats traveling down Main Street. A roaring engine...screams of panic...a BMW careens into the crowd. The driver of the car emerges, is shot multiple times but moves through the crowd touching all those in his path. It's a "death touch", bodies seize, cough "Most people seemed to think beautiful little hamlets like Jericho Falls were too remote, too idyllic, for an epidemic to take root". The residents of Jericho Falls, New Hampshire gathered for their yearly Fourth of July Parade replete with floats traveling down Main Street. A roaring engine...screams of panic...a BMW careens into the crowd. The driver of the car emerges, is shot multiple times but moves through the crowd touching all those in his path. It's a "death touch", bodies seize, cough and gasp, dying in seconds. Twenty nine year old Maeve Sinclair, swinging an aluminum softball bat, makes contact with the driver then grabs and twists his wrist. He finally convulses and dies. "Was there a look of relief- a look of gratitude in his eyes?" Amid the chaos, cell phones are recording the carnage. Blackcoats arrive. Helicopters fly overhead. Hazmat teams are present. The town is quarantined. Fear of contamination...contagion. Maeve stares at her hands. "A terrible knowledge stabs at her-she can never touch anyone again. Not ever." She runs from Main Street, past the river and into the woods. Maeve's escape turns from a run to a climb, up the "steep incline and inhospitable terrain...". "It felt as if there were two voices in her head, deeply at odds...Her hands itched with heat, fingers clenching with a need she refused to understand". The BMW driver was an employee at Garland Mountain Labs. He was infected by something passed by skin contact. Death was imminent. Maeve Sinclair was now a carrier of this infection and must be found. Different factions comb the mountainous terrain in search for her. Dr. Ben Walker, a self described "weird shit expert" is summoned. Walker is "curious and buzzing with anticipation". Besides Walker, a security team of Blackcoats, foreign operatives and police hunt for Maeve. Walker wants to save her, others are weaponized and have a different agenda. "Red Hands" by Christopher Golden is a top notch thriller. The implications of contamination and spread of this bacterial infection are "edge of the seat" horrifying, the writing compelling and the tome unputdownable! The characters both principal and secondary are well developed. Some were admirable, loving and caring, while others were despicable. The ending of the tome was unexpected, jaw dropping. Christopher Golden's novel could be an awesome cinematic adventure. I would certainly welcome it! Highly recommended! I received a free ARC of "Red Hands" by Christopher Golden from Macmillan in an exchange for an honest review. Thank you Net Galley.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    My thanks to St Martin's Press, Christopher Golden and Netgalley. I loved this story! I loved the first Ben Walker book. Not a huge fan of the second, but this? This story was nearly as good as the first! Nobody can ever beat the first of a truly awesome series! But, the author can come close! This is just one of those books that I dreamed about! Fall asleep 😴😴dream! For 2 night's. I'm not lying when I say that Golden is very good at what he does! He almost always gets high marks from me. What I My thanks to St Martin's Press, Christopher Golden and Netgalley. I loved this story! I loved the first Ben Walker book. Not a huge fan of the second, but this? This story was nearly as good as the first! Nobody can ever beat the first of a truly awesome series! But, the author can come close! This is just one of those books that I dreamed about! Fall asleep 😴😴dream! For 2 night's. I'm not lying when I say that Golden is very good at what he does! He almost always gets high marks from me. What I like most about this series is that Walker is a good man who has his priorities bassackward! He could be a Joe Ledger, except his DARPA are scrooges! Yeah, I love Golden and Walker! Anyone who loved the the first book in this series is in for a treat. This is what book 2 should have been.

  4. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    **3.5-stars rounded up** In Jericho Falls, New Hampshire, Maeve Sinclair is enjoying soaking up the warm atmosphere of the local 4th of July parade, when the unthinkable happens. A rogue car plows through the crowd, crashing into several people, her father included. As if that wasn't bad enough, when the car finally stops and the driver stumbles out, he continues killing people with his hands! Not by strangling, or stabbing, he simply touches them and they fall dead. Maeve has to do something, she a **3.5-stars rounded up** In Jericho Falls, New Hampshire, Maeve Sinclair is enjoying soaking up the warm atmosphere of the local 4th of July parade, when the unthinkable happens. A rogue car plows through the crowd, crashing into several people, her father included. As if that wasn't bad enough, when the car finally stops and the driver stumbles out, he continues killing people with his hands! Not by strangling, or stabbing, he simply touches them and they fall dead. Maeve has to do something, she attacks the man, but unfortunately through some form of contact with him, she gets what he has: Red Hands, the touch of death. Maeve can immediately tell something is wrong. She can feel it. She has been contaminated. Before she can come into contact with anyone, and potentially harm them, Maeve flees into the mountains bordering town. Confused and desperate, she tries to figure out what to do next. Hundreds of miles away, Ben Walker, weird science expert, is preparing to enjoy the 4th of July holiday with his son. Unfortunately, before they can set off on their camping trip, Ben receives a call for help from Alena Boudreau, head of the Global Science Research Coalition. She tells him that a devastating bio-weapon has just been released from a New Hampshire Laboratory, killing patient zero, and leaving one infected woman on the loose. Ben's assignment is to go to New Hampshire and get Maeve Sinclair off the mountain and into custody before anyone else does. Meanwhile, Maeve's family is anxious to get her back home. They don't understand completely what has happened to her, but as witnesses to the parade massacre, they know that she's in trouble. Ted, Maeve's father, injured and struggling with his addiction, is having a hard time coping with all that has happened. In spite of this, he does assist local authorities in their hunt for Maeve. Maeve's sister, Rose, along with her girlfriend, Priya, also head out to search the mountain. Rose feels she knows her sister well enough to guess where she would go to hide. Ted's best friend, Rue, a biologist, also gets involved, by heading to the Laboratory to find some answers. Once Ben Walker hits town, he joins up with the family and the hunt begins in earnest. I had a lot of fun reading this book, but it is not the type of book that I would generally pick up. However, with this being said, I'm really glad that I did. This action-packed novel grabbed me right from the very start. It is interesting as heck. The entire idea behind it had me enthralled. I enjoyed all of the characters and although it started to go a little off the rails towards the end, it was no less compelling. With shadow organizations, corrupt corporations and questionable government officials, this story certainly had a lot of baddies. All out to get our intrepid hero, Ben Walker, as he struggles to save the little guy. Along the way, the mystery of the death touch begins to reveal itself. It was hella strange, but I was into it, nonetheless. I really liked this. I am thinking about picking up the other two earlier books in this series. The cases Ben worked on in those books were alluded to here, not in a spoilery way, but definitely in a way that made me want to go back and check them out. Thank you so much to the publisher, St. Martin's Press, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review. I certainly appreciate it!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Char

    Right out of the gate, RED HANDS rockets and careens all over the place, until BAM! It's all over before you even know what hit you! It's July 4th and in a small New Hampshire town, people are celebrating by putting on a parade. Everything's hunky dory, until a car drives right into the crowd and takes out several people. During the ensuing panic, many witness the car's driver getting out of the vehicle and start touching people. Unfortunately, he appears to have some kind of sickness, because e Right out of the gate, RED HANDS rockets and careens all over the place, until BAM! It's all over before you even know what hit you! It's July 4th and in a small New Hampshire town, people are celebrating by putting on a parade. Everything's hunky dory, until a car drives right into the crowd and takes out several people. During the ensuing panic, many witness the car's driver getting out of the vehicle and start touching people. Unfortunately, he appears to have some kind of sickness, because everyone he touches drops dead. One parade attendee, Maeve, takes a baseball bat to the guy and takes him out, but not before he touches her. She seems to be fine and immediately goes to check on her family, but when she touches them, they die too. Will Maeve survive this contagion? What IS the contagion? What the heck is going on? You'll have to read this to find out! RED HANDS is the third book in a series that started with ARARAT. Ben Walker is the connecting thread between all three books, but each book does stand alone, so one could read this and not be lost. Ben Walker is a likable man; he's brave, he's smart, he's adventurous. As a character, he's really unforgettable. He's not perfect, but even his flaws, (and the fact that he recognizes his flaws), make him someone the reader can really root for. Golden writes strong women. Some are powerful, wise and evil, others are spunky, wholesome and brave. Some are heterosexual, some are not...either way, women are represented in clear and realistic ways; I admire that and enjoy it in my fiction. (We don't usually see women in his books head down to the basement in their nightgowns, investigating noises, you know what I'm saying?) I don't want to spoil anything by getting into the plot but I can say this was a tension-filled story, that turned my weekend reading plans into....well, just this book. I rarely say this, but RED HANDS was un-put-downable! Highly recommended! Available on December 8th, but you can pre-order here: https://amzn.to/3pQXTzT *Thanks to St. Martin's Press, NetGalley and the author for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tammie

    Red Hands, an action thriller book, was a solid 4 stars. Ben Walker is back on the job after a 4th of July parade ends up in disaster- a worker from the Garland Mountain Labs not only plows through the crowd at the parade but ends up killing people by his touch alone. Local woman Maeve stops the killings but by coming into contact with this man (and survives), she fears the repercussions and flees. Ben Walker has his work cut out for him-he must not only find Maeve (as others are searching for h Red Hands, an action thriller book, was a solid 4 stars. Ben Walker is back on the job after a 4th of July parade ends up in disaster- a worker from the Garland Mountain Labs not only plows through the crowd at the parade but ends up killing people by his touch alone. Local woman Maeve stops the killings but by coming into contact with this man (and survives), she fears the repercussions and flees. Ben Walker has his work cut out for him-he must not only find Maeve (as others are searching for her also) but find out exactly what the Garland Mountain Labs has unleashed. Red Hands was an entertaining and fast-paced book. Well developed characters and a entertaining plot makes it a must read. This is the third book in the series and I’ve honestly enjoyed all of them. Highly recommend to fans of fiction, action and thriller books. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    Red Hands by Christopher Golden is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. This book grabs you up in the first couple of pages and continues to hold you suspended until the last page! It's part supernatural, part science fiction, and all thrills and suspense! Unpredictable and creepy! It starts with a 4th of July parade but the author gives you the sense of foreboding. Then, IT happens! A stranger that can kill with a touch! That is only the start! Action packed and ready Red Hands by Christopher Golden is a book I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. This book grabs you up in the first couple of pages and continues to hold you suspended until the last page! It's part supernatural, part science fiction, and all thrills and suspense! Unpredictable and creepy! It starts with a 4th of July parade but the author gives you the sense of foreboding. Then, IT happens! A stranger that can kill with a touch! That is only the start! Action packed and ready to rumble! Very intriguing and exciting book!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kammy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thank you to the publisher for an advance copy of this book via netgalley! This books keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish! The author has a way with words...descriptions feel so real you think you are smack in the middle of it running along with Maeve as she manoeuvres Her next moves following a horrific event. She keeps questioning and battling her human nature versus her red hands nature. A battle of evil versus nice internally. What would you do if your touch killed others?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kammy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thank you to the publisher for an advance copy of this book via netgalley! This books keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish! The author has a way with words...descriptions feel so real you think you are smack in the middle of it running along with Maeve as she manoeuvres Her next moves following a horrific event. She keeps questioning and battling her human nature versus her red hands nature. A battle of evil versus nice internally. What would you do if your touch killed others?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sadie Hartmann

    RED HANDS is book 3 in a series of books featuring "weird science expert" Ben Walker. The first book is titled ARARAT and the second book is THE PANDORA ROOM. The good thing is: These are standalone novels. I didn't feel like I was missing out on too much by jumping into book 3 other than just that built-in love for re-occurring characters. Golden wastes zero time building up to the action as chapter one explodes with chaos. I was reminded of the first chapter of CELL by Stephen King where the re RED HANDS is book 3 in a series of books featuring "weird science expert" Ben Walker. The first book is titled ARARAT and the second book is THE PANDORA ROOM. The good thing is: These are standalone novels. I didn't feel like I was missing out on too much by jumping into book 3 other than just that built-in love for re-occurring characters. Golden wastes zero time building up to the action as chapter one explodes with chaos. I was reminded of the first chapter of CELL by Stephen King where the reader is an observer to a series of catastrophic events and tragedy right on page one. We meet Maeve Sinclair who is enjoying a small town 4th of July parade with her family when suddenly, a car comes out of nowhere and drives into the crowd at random. As she watches friends and family suffer under the wheels of a homicidal maniac, a fire burns within her and she risks everything to confront the driver as he emerges from his car. Everyone this man touches dies. Maeve hits the murderer with a baseball bat and when he dies, something happens to Maeve. In an unexpected turn of events, she flees the scene to hide out in the nearby woods. All of this compelling and shocking action happens in the first scene! "Weird shit" expert Ben Walker is called in to investigate a strange phenomenon known as the "Death Touch". He works for an organization that pursues scientific abnormalities and occurrences before the "wrong people" catch wind of them in order to militarize or weaponize them. Walker is tasked with locating Maeve before the voices in her head provoke her to touch another human being. I cannot stress to readers enough how utterly compulsive this book feels while you're reading it. The energy is masterfully held in tension throughout the entire development of the story. Golden never relaxes that sense of urgency he manufactures right in the beginning. It might sound contradictory, but I'm actually thankful that book 3 served as my introduction to Ben Walker because it is abundantly clear right away, Golden has developed this character thoroughly over the span of the previous two books. Walker literally comes alive on the page as a fully fleshed out human being that I immediately fell in love with. He's whip-crack smart, both intellectually and in wit/sarcasm. I also fell in love with Maeve and felt genuine concern and heartache for her safety. Of course, balancing out these two likable characters are the people hunting Maeve to exploit her and her new ability--making this one of the best supernatural thrillers I've had the pleasure of reading in a long, long time. I hope Golden is successful in adapting this for film or television. This was a very cinematic reading experience for me. I will definitely go back and get the first two books in this series with all the hope and anticipation for more. All the praise and stars for RED HANDS. RED HANDS (Ben Walker #3) is available from St. Martin's Press in December 2020

  11. 5 out of 5

    OutlawPoet

    Holy Crap, this is intense. Red Hands doesn’t hesitate before throwing you into a read that manages to be action-packed, terrifying and heartbreaking! I loved every page of this. I made the mistake of starting this before bed and ended up sleeping way too late – I had to get up for work the next morning. But hey, no worries, right? Except that the book was still on my mind and I ended up reading and was LATE to work. But see…I didn’t care. I had to read this one. It was that good. And I simply lov Holy Crap, this is intense. Red Hands doesn’t hesitate before throwing you into a read that manages to be action-packed, terrifying and heartbreaking! I loved every page of this. I made the mistake of starting this before bed and ended up sleeping way too late – I had to get up for work the next morning. But hey, no worries, right? Except that the book was still on my mind and I ended up reading and was LATE to work. But see…I didn’t care. I had to read this one. It was that good. And I simply loved the reason behind everything. No spoilers here. I’ll just say that the author gave a wonderful little gift to horror readers with exactly what was happening here. This is simply a fantastic read. And I’m hanging onto it because I’m going to want to read it again! Five very well deserved stars! *ARC Provided via Net Galley

  12. 5 out of 5

    A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

    4.5 Book source ~ NetGalley A Fourth of July parade in Jericho Falls is interrupted by something horrifying and the Sinclair family is in the middle of it. People are dying and weird shit expert Ben Walker is called in to contain the situation. But this…thing is already out of hand and it’s only going to get worse. Ben really has his work cut out for him this time. This story starts out with a bang and doesn’t let up until the end. It’s the stuff of nightmares with horror, science, bioterrorism, su 4.5 Book source ~ NetGalley A Fourth of July parade in Jericho Falls is interrupted by something horrifying and the Sinclair family is in the middle of it. People are dying and weird shit expert Ben Walker is called in to contain the situation. But this…thing is already out of hand and it’s only going to get worse. Ben really has his work cut out for him this time. This story starts out with a bang and doesn’t let up until the end. It’s the stuff of nightmares with horror, science, bioterrorism, suspense and thriller all rolled up into an awful scenario. After the Pandora incident in the last book, Ben has been sidelined by his higher ups and he’s been left out of all things DARPA for nine months. But then as he’s going camping with his son he gets a call, but not from his old boss. From his new one. Or is she? Ben’s not sure, but there’s shit happening in the US and he needs to get there and get it under control. He needs to intercept Maeve Sinclair before anyone else does and bring her in where they can contain her before anyone else dies. Quite a tall order even for Ben, but he tackles it as best he can. When he runs into Maeve he feels like he may already be too late to save her. However, there is more than a biochemical reaction going on with her. Something else is there, inside her, and it’s getting stronger. What. The. Hell?! Having read Ararat and The Pandora Room, I had an inkling of what Ben would be up against - weird shit that is extremely dangerous. The story is super-fast paced and the characters are well-fleshed out. The tension is palpable, the suspense is the edge-of-your-seat, fingernail-biting kind, and the horror, well, it’s nightmare inducing. Eeeeeee! Seriously, this story is all kinds of fucked up. I highly recommend it!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Philip Fracassi

    RED HANDS is the 3rd book in the loose trilogy of Ben Walker novels, the previous being ARARAT and THE PANDORA ROOM. All of these novels are a blast to read. Full-throated adventure with a hero that deftly combines old-school Indiana Jones machismo and modern-day sensibilities. He's deadly, but he also cares. Sometimes. RED HANDS, like all the Walker books, is chock-full of horror and thrills and violence, supernatural and otherwise, but Golden does a wonderful job of establishing all the characte RED HANDS is the 3rd book in the loose trilogy of Ben Walker novels, the previous being ARARAT and THE PANDORA ROOM. All of these novels are a blast to read. Full-throated adventure with a hero that deftly combines old-school Indiana Jones machismo and modern-day sensibilities. He's deadly, but he also cares. Sometimes. RED HANDS, like all the Walker books, is chock-full of horror and thrills and violence, supernatural and otherwise, but Golden does a wonderful job of establishing all the characters in these books with humanity, so as a reader you empathize with them and feel their pain when things--as they're wont to do--go poorly. I highly recommend all three books if you're a fan of horror-infused thrillers, but don't feel like you need to read them in order. Each story stands on its own. Note: I received RED HANDS from the publisher as part of a review and upcoming interview with the author, which will go live on Dec 8 at Book and Film Globe (http://www.bookandfilmglobe.com).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michael Hicks

    Scientist and DARPA adventurer Dr. Ben Walker returns for his third go-round in Red Hands, a tightly wound horror thriller that just might be my favorite of this series so far. A car, driven by a man carrying a supremely lethal infection, plows into a July 4th parade before the insane driver starts attacking those at the festivities by hand. His touch is instantly lethal, save for one, a young woman named Maeve, who he infects in his final moments. Panicked, and afraid of coming into contact with Scientist and DARPA adventurer Dr. Ben Walker returns for his third go-round in Red Hands, a tightly wound horror thriller that just might be my favorite of this series so far. A car, driven by a man carrying a supremely lethal infection, plows into a July 4th parade before the insane driver starts attacking those at the festivities by hand. His touch is instantly lethal, save for one, a young woman named Maeve, who he infects in his final moments. Panicked, and afraid of coming into contact with anyone else after all that she has just witnessed, Maeve flees for the isolating safety of the woods. After cell phone videos of the attack goes viral, Walker is tasked with recovering Maeve and keeping her safe, with the caveat, of course, that he won’t be the only one looking for her. Christopher Golden has crafted a timely and supremely compelling read with Red Hands! Reading this in the midst of a pandemic helps, perhaps, if only to remind one that while COVID-19 is, of course, bad, it could also be a hell of a lot worse. The contagion at the heart of this book is absolutely vicious, and Golden describes its fast-acting effects in nicely gory detail as the infected are gruesomely killed off in only a matter of minutes. Being touched by a carrier of the Red Hands virus is a guaranteed death sentence, a conceit that keeps the tension high even as the story builds up a bullet train’s momentum. While the killer virus angle is well handled, Golden doesn’t rest on his laurels, story-wise. As dangerous as it is, the Red Hands virus would make one hell of a bio-weapon, which means Walker has his work cut out for him in the race to find Maeve. There’s a bevy of Blackcoat operators and foreign intelligence agents gunning for her, and by extension Walker, too, making our central series protagonist a man against the world, almost literally. And, hey, speaking of the world — our past two encounters have seen Walker off in some far-flung locales, like Turkey and the Iraqi desert, so it’s a welcome change of pace to see him operating on home turf. The forests and mountains of New Hampshire present a vibrant terrain, one that’s dissimilar enough to draw comparisons to the previous two books, but given all the action happening in those woods one best not get too comfortable with that home team advantage. Red Hands excels as a bio-terror thriller, but it’s most definitely a horror novel through and through. Beyond the extreme lethality of this unusual bug, Golden injects plenty of additional weirdness to the proceedings, along with a few very welcome “HOLY SHIT!” moments, some that welcomingly recall his comic book pedigree, but which also remind you of just how well-earned that Bram Stoker Award win was for Ararat. The climax is an outstanding, high-octane action romp that also puts the emotional and physical horrors of it all front and center, along with some terrifically gooey, pulpy grossness that kept me glued to my Kindle. Golden injects enough freshness into this third outing, along with expected chills and thrills, to prove there’s still plenty of life left in this series. It feels like a safe bet to say we haven’t seen the last of Ben Walker, but unless Book 4 comes out tomorrow I don’t think his next adventure can come fast enough.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Robinson

    Christopher Golden sure knows how to grab a reader and pull them through an anxiety-laden, must-know-what-happens-next journey. Whew! There is something to be said for a book that can make me forget about the world, play a movie in my head while I read, and simply tell a darn good story. Golden has a knack for storytelling. His character development, clean prose, and a great sense of pacing makes RED HANDS an enjoyable read. There are hints that this book connects to two previous novels with his Christopher Golden sure knows how to grab a reader and pull them through an anxiety-laden, must-know-what-happens-next journey. Whew! There is something to be said for a book that can make me forget about the world, play a movie in my head while I read, and simply tell a darn good story. Golden has a knack for storytelling. His character development, clean prose, and a great sense of pacing makes RED HANDS an enjoyable read. There are hints that this book connects to two previous novels with his character Walker, but readers will have no trouble reading this as a standalone; that was the case with me as well. It's clear that Golden has spent time on research. There wasn't anything that pulled me out of the story or caused me to be unable to suspend disbelief. As someone who really enjoys horror, I think other readers of the macabre will appreciate the darkness in this book. There are some truly anxiety-riddled and gory scenes; by the last 1/4 of the book I was simultaneously revulsed and having a blast. I think a good variety of readers will enjoy this fun read. I recommend it for fans of suspense, horror, thrillers, and quick/engaging books.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Becky Spratford

    STAR review in October 1, 2020 issue of Booklist Magazine and on the blog: https://raforall.blogspot.com/2020/09... [link live 9/30 at 7am] Three Words That Describe This Book: fast paced, terrifyingly realistic, intriguing frame Series pivot, but not so much that it is not true to what came before. Will make fans happy and attract new ones. One of the best examples I can remember from this horror-thriller subgenre. STAR review in October 1, 2020 issue of Booklist Magazine and on the blog: https://raforall.blogspot.com/2020/09... [link live 9/30 at 7am] Three Words That Describe This Book: fast paced, terrifyingly realistic, intriguing frame Series pivot, but not so much that it is not true to what came before. Will make fans happy and attract new ones. One of the best examples I can remember from this horror-thriller subgenre.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mommacat

    Review Copy *4.5 stars* RED HANDS book 3 of the Ben Walker saga which began with ARARAT, followed by PANDORA ROOM. As much as I loved the first two books RED HANDS didn't strike me quite the same way as the first two. Don't get me wrong - Golden's words fl0wed like water, just like always; no problem there! I think what bothered me was reading a 'bioweapon thriller horror story' during a pandemic. I can count the number of times I've left my house since January 2020 on one hand. Reading about a b Review Copy *4.5 stars* RED HANDS book 3 of the Ben Walker saga which began with ARARAT, followed by PANDORA ROOM. As much as I loved the first two books RED HANDS didn't strike me quite the same way as the first two. Don't get me wrong - Golden's words fl0wed like water, just like always; no problem there! I think what bothered me was reading a 'bioweapon thriller horror story' during a pandemic. I can count the number of times I've left my house since January 2020 on one hand. Reading about a bioweapon, for me, is for when times are great. RED HANDS is a stand alone novel that will interfere with any other books you planned to read or tv you planned to watch whether you like it or not. As much as it bothered me to read, I found myself compulsively reading it until finally, finally I reached the last page. Now I can move on to some light serial killer reading or somesuch. From St. Martins Press. Check it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews

    *3.5 Stars I find myself in a bit of a catch 22 with this book. This is book three in the Ben Walker series. If you don’t know Ben Walker, he is a government agent / scientist / special forces type. The adventures I’ve shared with him include unearthing Noah’s Ark on the side of Mount Ararat in Turkey and opening Pandora’s Box in a buried city in Iraq. I think that it is important for an author to keep a series fresh so that the new adventure doesn’t feel like the last. Christopher Golden certainl *3.5 Stars I find myself in a bit of a catch 22 with this book. This is book three in the Ben Walker series. If you don’t know Ben Walker, he is a government agent / scientist / special forces type. The adventures I’ve shared with him include unearthing Noah’s Ark on the side of Mount Ararat in Turkey and opening Pandora’s Box in a buried city in Iraq. I think that it is important for an author to keep a series fresh so that the new adventure doesn’t feel like the last. Christopher Golden certainly accomplished this with Red Hands. But I found Red Hands lacking, it was missing that myth or archaeological overtone that was so predominant with the first two books in the series; it felt like Walker’s expertise was not used to its fullest potential. I guess you have to be careful what you wish for. Red Hands was an advancement of the Ben Walker series. I can’t really say that I learned anything new about Walker; will he or won’t he make any changes with his relationship with his son? Who knows. I would have to say that Red Hands stepped outside the rest of the series or what I would have expected for the character. It was kind of like if James Bond had gone after some drug cartel instead of saving the world from a mastermind criminal or protecting state secrets. It was good, just not what I expected. Personally, I think that there are plenty of great myths and legends out there that could use Walker’s expertise and I would love to see the series get back to that. *I received a copy of the book from the publisher (via NetGalley).

  19. 4 out of 5

    D.K. Hundt

    ‘When a mysterious and devastating bioweapon causes its victims to develop Red Hands, the touch of death, weird science expert Ben Walker is called to investigate.’ The opening scene in RED HANDS gave me a deliciously dark King Of Horror vibe, for more reasons than one, that had me gripping my Kindle and uttering into the darkness that filled the room around me, ‘Yes, Christopher Golden, you have my Attention!’ And by the end, my heart. RED HANDS is Book Three in the Ben Walker Series, though I ca ‘When a mysterious and devastating bioweapon causes its victims to develop Red Hands, the touch of death, weird science expert Ben Walker is called to investigate.’ The opening scene in RED HANDS gave me a deliciously dark King Of Horror vibe, for more reasons than one, that had me gripping my Kindle and uttering into the darkness that filled the room around me, ‘Yes, Christopher Golden, you have my Attention!’ And by the end, my heart. RED HANDS is Book Three in the Ben Walker Series, though I can’t wait to read what I’m hoping will be a book four, I look forward to reading ARARAT Book One and THE PANDORA ROOM, Book Two. Thank you, NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press, for loaning me an eGalley of RED HANDS in exchange for an honest review. Release Date: December 8, 2020

  20. 4 out of 5

    Horror Bookworm Reviews

    https://horrorbookwormreviews.com/ When a contamination descends on the community of Jericho Falls, an infiltration of mysterious coalitions appear not only to quarantine the town but to capture the cause of a potential epidemic. Maive Sinclair finds herself and her family the center of an investigation of unusual proportions known as Project: Red Hands. Christopher Golden focuses his creative intellect towards a living infection that drives the mind to madness, instills a merciless desire withi https://horrorbookwormreviews.com/ When a contamination descends on the community of Jericho Falls, an infiltration of mysterious coalitions appear not only to quarantine the town but to capture the cause of a potential epidemic. Maive Sinclair finds herself and her family the center of an investigation of unusual proportions known as Project: Red Hands. Christopher Golden focuses his creative intellect towards a living infection that drives the mind to madness, instills a merciless desire within and refuses to accept consequences to horrifying actions. The novels fine line whereby reality and fiction straddle is only a filtration mask and a hazmat suite away from the real world. For these reasons Red Hands adorns an all too familiar global face of bio-engineered bacteria, leaving the population and its victims desperate for answers and explanations. Having the backdrop to the story take place on a scenic mountainside terrain truly brings forth the savagery of escape and survival for the consumed and infected. With the race to obtain “the claim” and unlock ancient mysteries, Christopher Golden creates a haunting hunting ground where voices can be heard yearning for life, and lusting for death. The structure of cliffhanger chapters, subtle momentum of storyline development and relentless unguarded suspenseful shocks make this book a five star home run that you won’t be able to put down. The underlying messages significantly correlating to the mortality of love, comfort and simple joys is an enjoyable theme and life lesson. Red Hands is published by St. Martin’s Press and is available in all formats.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Maxine

    The Sinclair family is enjoying the 4th of July parade when tragedy strikes. A car plows through the crowd killing several and wounding more. When the driver finally emerges from the vehicle, it is clear that he is ill. But, worse, he begins to touch people who immediately die horribly. Maeve Sinclair tries to stop him but, when she does, instead of killing her, somehow the illness is transferred to her. Ben Walker is called in to deal with the situation before it all completely hits the fan but The Sinclair family is enjoying the 4th of July parade when tragedy strikes. A car plows through the crowd killing several and wounding more. When the driver finally emerges from the vehicle, it is clear that he is ill. But, worse, he begins to touch people who immediately die horribly. Maeve Sinclair tries to stop him but, when she does, instead of killing her, somehow the illness is transferred to her. Ben Walker is called in to deal with the situation before it all completely hits the fan but he is too late and things just keep going from horrendous to downright nightmarish. Red Hands by Christopher Golden is the third book with protagonist Ben Walker but the first I've read and I've got to say it's a real page-turner. It starts out with a bang and rarely lets up until the end. It's fast-paced with characters you can easily sympathize with. I would recommend not reading it at night, though, if you are trying to get some sleep because if this book doesn't keep you awake, nothing will! Thanks to Netgalley & St Martin's press for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Henderson-Farr

    Thank You to St Martin's Press and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for honest review. If you like Dean Koontz, you are going to love this one! A car plows through a 4th of July Parade, killing and maiming many of the parade watchers. When the car comes to a stop, the driver emerges from the car covered in blood, looking close to death. This is where you think that the horror has stopped but it is only the beginning. Some of the townspeople approach this monster when the horr Thank You to St Martin's Press and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for honest review. If you like Dean Koontz, you are going to love this one! A car plows through a 4th of July Parade, killing and maiming many of the parade watchers. When the car comes to a stop, the driver emerges from the car covered in blood, looking close to death. This is where you think that the horror has stopped but it is only the beginning. Some of the townspeople approach this monster when the horror starts anew. Each person touched by this blood drenched man convulses and dies in seconds. This story combines the Supernatural with Government secret research for a fast paced horror ride sure to leave you breathless!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Brianna

    Why am I compelled to read books centered on contagious diseases during a global pandemic? I have no idea - BUT - Red Hands is where it's at. Right out of the gates we're hit with chaos. A shot man plows his vehicle into a 4th of July parade, leaves his vehicle and stumble into the crowd where everyone he touches dies within seconds. That is, until he gets to Maeve. Suddenly, the torch is passed and Maeve is infected by the Red Death and grapples with the grief of knowing she can never touch a h Why am I compelled to read books centered on contagious diseases during a global pandemic? I have no idea - BUT - Red Hands is where it's at. Right out of the gates we're hit with chaos. A shot man plows his vehicle into a 4th of July parade, leaves his vehicle and stumble into the crowd where everyone he touches dies within seconds. That is, until he gets to Maeve. Suddenly, the torch is passed and Maeve is infected by the Red Death and grapples with the grief of knowing she can never touch a human again and the fear of imminent death. My major critique is on the pacing and clutter - some parts lulled for me and I felt like I was rushing through them and their excess of chara cters to get to the goods. Thank you to St Martin's and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Janelle Janson

    Review to come

  25. 5 out of 5

    Reading Reindeer 2021 On Proxima Centauri

    From an explosively tragic beginning. RED HANDS erupts with boiling intensity in a way that seems impossible, yet is totally apropos to the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic and Quarantining, as a secret created in a highly-funded clandestine laboratory in secluded rural New Hampshire escapes the lab and wreaks havoc in tiny, peaceful, Jericho Falls. Black-ops mercenaries, covert Federal agencies, billions invested in scary science projects, conspiracy theories, and assassins appearing "out of the woodw From an explosively tragic beginning. RED HANDS erupts with boiling intensity in a way that seems impossible, yet is totally apropos to the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic and Quarantining, as a secret created in a highly-funded clandestine laboratory in secluded rural New Hampshire escapes the lab and wreaks havoc in tiny, peaceful, Jericho Falls. Black-ops mercenaries, covert Federal agencies, billions invested in scary science projects, conspiracy theories, and assassins appearing "out of the woodwork" task Ben Walker, long-term DARPA agent and hero of ARARAT and THE PANDORA ROOM, as he races to stop or save an innocent carrier who makes Typhoid Mary seem as safe as Mary Poppins.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Bourque

    3 Stars I received a copy of "Red Hands" from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review and I am excited I had the opportunity to read it before publication. "Red Hands" is a fantastic book that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. This particular book is number three in the Ben Walker series and this is the first book of the series I have actually read. Hopefully I didn't miss to much of the storyline. I feel as though the story carried itself and I maybe missed out on some of the characte 3 Stars I received a copy of "Red Hands" from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review and I am excited I had the opportunity to read it before publication. "Red Hands" is a fantastic book that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. This particular book is number three in the Ben Walker series and this is the first book of the series I have actually read. Hopefully I didn't miss to much of the storyline. I feel as though the story carried itself and I maybe missed out on some of the character development in relation to Ben Walker and a few references to some of the plotlines from the past books; but overall I really enjoyed "Red Hands" even if I missed some of the back story. I definitely now want to read the first two books of the series titled "Ararat", and "The Pandora Room". At the beginning of this story we are introduced to Maeve who has returned to her hometown of Jericho Falls. She quickly learns that everything is about to change. When a madman goes on a killing rampage in his car the town residents begin to die. After crashing his car his killing is not complete as he then starts to kill more town residents by simply touching them. They become infected with a virus and die within minutes of being touched. Maeve becomes infected but she survives and learns she is now the carrier of the virus and infects those who she touches. Maeve makes a run for the woods and starts the fight of her life. She must now fight against the virus trying to overtake her while being preyed upon by police, soldiers, and government officials. She has to decide who she is going to trust and how she is going to make it back home. Enter Ben Smith, the star of the story. He races against the clock to rescue Maeve before she is found by the enemy. One thing for sure, is that no one is safe. "Red Hands" is a fun, captivating book that kept me intrigued from start to finish. I love books that keep building on the story as it progresses and this one does not disappoint. I really enjoy stories that focus on infections and diseases and "Red Hands" takes this genre to a whole new level. I definitely recommend this book for those readers who like this type of story as well. The story offers an imaginative world for readers who enjoy the unexpected, gruesome horrific descriptions, and an excellent plotline.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dale Russell

    Evil never dies! Ben Walker has seen so many of its terrible faces and knows it can never be destroyed. The annual 4th of July celebration in Jericho Falls had always been a time to bring the small community together to remember the past and those who fought to establish and preserve the freedom that everyone cherishes. But the world turns upside down in a few heartbeats as terror is unleashed. What was a day to celebrate instantly becomes a day that could be the first day of the end...of everyon Evil never dies! Ben Walker has seen so many of its terrible faces and knows it can never be destroyed. The annual 4th of July celebration in Jericho Falls had always been a time to bring the small community together to remember the past and those who fought to establish and preserve the freedom that everyone cherishes. But the world turns upside down in a few heartbeats as terror is unleashed. What was a day to celebrate instantly becomes a day that could be the first day of the end...of everyone. Once more, Walker is sent into a hell on earth...a hell that it's his duty to walk and retrieve what can only be looked on as death personified. And...he may not be the only one. Because evil WILL do whatever it needs done to survive. Author Christopher Golden continues his journey as one of the leading horror writers with this, the 3rd entry in what I refer to as the WALKER CHRONICLES...for readily apparent reasons. Golden places his protagonist into those legends that have darkened and enthralled the history of humanity. A creature seemingly from hell itself found on a forgotten mountain side...horrors unleashed from the place it had been buried away from the world...and now evil that has walked the world for seemingly time untold. An evil that has been so pervasive in its reach that its predations have been documented by many...but only as fiction...for humanity may not be able to face the reality of its terror. Golden takes those ancient shadows that exist in the corner of the readers eye and pulls them out into the light of day and onto the pages before you. The author has given his fans a main character in Ben Walker who is cynical and perhaps fatalistic but one who puts everything... including self and family...behind his duty. Christopher never lets his characters stagnate, giving them a life of their own. No word if this is the last of this series (though the story would suggest otherwise) ... I would hope, and I think his many readers would as well... that is not. But, if it were to be, Ben Walker went out with a bang. Here's hoping for more...because... Evil Never Dies!!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bobby

    Apocalyptic science fiction horror that doesn't seem to know where it wants its plot to go. It has its moments: a gripping beginning, eventual hints of ancient horror, some excitingly gruesome moments in the last act. But unfortunately the hints aren't elaborated on, and the reader hoping for an explanation of it all is left disappointed. It seems to want to be a "Hot Zone" for 2020-era fears, but what could have been an opportunity for a Crichton-esque hard science thriller gave way instead to Apocalyptic science fiction horror that doesn't seem to know where it wants its plot to go. It has its moments: a gripping beginning, eventual hints of ancient horror, some excitingly gruesome moments in the last act. But unfortunately the hints aren't elaborated on, and the reader hoping for an explanation of it all is left disappointed. It seems to want to be a "Hot Zone" for 2020-era fears, but what could have been an opportunity for a Crichton-esque hard science thriller gave way instead to (view spoiler)[supernatural/vampiric (or was it?) possession (hide spoiler)] . Until then way too much time was spent in the middle three-fifths of the book on a unimaginative fugitive chase through the woods, including spycraft that felt out of place with Bond villain types and plenty of repetitive casual violence. And so much profanity that, as is usually the case, serves as substitution for decent dialogue. Characters, including the "hero", were not well conceived and I had trouble keeping them distinct in my head through to the end. Maybe it would have made more sense to be read as part of the overall Ben Walker series. I didn't know about the series until after I started this book, which I came to after seeing a mention in the Washington Post (perhaps that should have been my warning). But as a stand-alone story too many elements from other genres are unsuccessfully shoehorned in that shouldn't be here.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sherri

    *** I received an advanced e-copy of the book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review Let me set the stage: small town during their annual Fourth of July parade, a car comes revving into the crowd of people, hitting several spectators. The driver staggers out of the car, and everyone he touches dies almost instantly. Sounds creepy, right? It did start out that way, but then it seems like the vast majority of the book was spent chasing someone who had contracted the contagion through the *** I received an advanced e-copy of the book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review Let me set the stage: small town during their annual Fourth of July parade, a car comes revving into the crowd of people, hitting several spectators. The driver staggers out of the car, and everyone he touches dies almost instantly. Sounds creepy, right? It did start out that way, but then it seems like the vast majority of the book was spent chasing someone who had contracted the contagion through the woods, as they tried to elude various government agencies and contract killers/hunters. I had really hoped for more of the "creep factor" and less of the action & suspense category but that is just me. It seems to have glowing reviews, so this is just my personal preference.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Matt (TeamRedmon)

    Full review to come

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