Reviews by Lesley Thomson
The fifth in a series with ex-SAS veteran heroes John Bald and John Porter, Chris Ryan has yet again written a fast-paced page-turner. Sent by the British MI6 on a highly secretive mission to rescue a captured female researcher imprisoned in the interior of Venezuela, Bald and Porter discover a terrifying plot.
From the City of London to the dense jungles of South America, Bald and Porter battle with suspicion of their ex-US Navy SEAL colleagues, with indecisive instructions, personality clashes, well-trained forces and the tightest of military security – they have to rescue this British academic before she caves in to her interrogators.
This is a dangerous mission – and an exciting book.
British born Chris Ryan had served with distinction in the SAS. During his decade in the regiment he was involved in dangerous operations and was Sniper team commander of the anti-terrorist group. Thus his descriptions in this action-packed novel are realistic.
**ISBN 978 1 529 32489 1 – Published by Coronet/Hodder & Stoughton
Firewatching by Russ Thomas
Author of many nail-biting thrillers himself, Lee Child endorsed Firewatching as follows: “A pitch-perfect blend of the best of the old and the best of the new – all the traditional strengths and charms are here, with a fresh and relevant 21st-century edge. I loved it.”
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Russ Thomas’s characterisations were good, especially of Lilian, suffering from dementia.
Hoping to keep his possible conflict-of-interest under wraps, and as the sole representative of South Yorkshire’s Cold Case Review Unit, Detective Sergeant Adam Tyler is not expected to get results. Working alongside Amina Rabbani, an ambitious young constable, and old-hand Jim Doggett, with help from Paul Enfield of the Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, they solve a rather complicated case.
There were enough surprises to create a sense of wanting to know what would happen next, with no frills and unnecessary padding, building up to an unexpected and tense ending.
Hopefully we will read more of DS Adam Tyler in the future.
** ISBN 978 1 4711 8093 4 – Published by Simon & Schuster UK/Jonathan Ball