The Names of the Dead Paperback – 1 February 2020
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- Publisher : Amazon Publishing (1 February 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 252 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542000009
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542000000
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.54 x 19.81 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 265,936 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"...One of the spy genre's most able modern proponents..." --Maxim Jakubowski, reviewer for Crimetime
About the Author
Kevin Wignall is a British writer, born in Brussels in 1967. He spent many years as an army child in different parts of Europe and went on to study politics and international relations at Lancaster University. He became a full-time writer after the publication of his first book, People Die (2001). His other novels are Among the Dead (2002); Who is Conrad Hirst? (2007), shortlisted for the Edgar Award and the Barry Award; Dark Flag (2010); The Hunter's Prayer (2015, originally titled For the Dogs in the USA), which was made into a film directed by Jonathan Mostow and starring Sam Worthington and Odeya Rush; A Death in Sweden (2016); The Traitor's Story (2016); and A Fragile Thing (2017); and To Die in Vienna (2018).
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I throughly enjoyed The Names of the Dead and was expecting a crescendo finish, but things all seemed a bit too easy in the end for our hero, Wes.
And what a great hero he is - cool, stoic and hard. And I enjoyed his relationship with the quirky and dark, Mia. Together they are quite formidable.
I hope there is a second James Wesley novel - I will definitely pick it up. But I would hope it would include a few more twists and turns than this entertaining yet straight-forward effort.
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This is a complex and exciting book. It can be read as a straightforward thriller and is totally enjoyable as such.
However Kevin Wignall has added bible quotes throughout, supplied by my favourite two characters, Patrice and Mia. To me the bible is a collection of random texts, authorised by a Catholic saint centuries ago and often used to control people. Many of these texts contradict each other, and different faiths pick on different parts of the bible to back up their beliefs. However it is interesting to read these lines of ancient philosophy mixed in with the vengeance taken by Wes. Patrice's back story highlights Wes's actions. Lots to think about if you are so inclined. What should Wes have done?
I totally loved and sympathised with Mia. I hope that Kevin Wignall intends to write about Wes, Mia and Patrice again. And I have always loved the final bible quote in 'The Names of the Dead' which is magical to me. 'Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares'.
The story proceeds at a fairly fast pace with Wes, a dishonoured CIA agent seeking revenge against the man who set him up and engineered the murder of his wife. I particularly liked Mia, the strange lady who becomes seriously involved in Wes' s quest for revenge. Not the usual type of female accomplice one finds in this role, but overall, a refreshing and interesting change.
I would recommend it as a well written good read.
Based on this, I expect to read more from the author.