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Trojan Paperback – 12 January 2017
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- Publisher : Amazon Publishing (12 January 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 299 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1503942120
- ISBN-13 : 978-1503942127
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.54 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 891,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Where this story shines is in the writing and in the steps taken to ensure the plot does not happen (or does it?). You don’t usually read about these steps which sit just (and sometimes WAY) outside the laws of the land. We all sit and postulate about how these people and times SHOULD be dealt with and so this book comes as a breath of fresh air.
Good if not great read and I WILL be doing more reading of this series because it is that good.
We start in desert where a village is boring attacked. Intervention alerts the terrorists to an informant. This has to be dealt with as they are planning an attack on Britain. An elaborate scheme is put in place to out the informant who comes to a grossly end.
The terrorist steal some superior nerve gas and use women as mules. They are soon discovered but something seems off. There are levels of duplicity and hence the title of the book. Is everything in plain sight?
Throw in Minister Maynard who wants to get rid of DG Ellis and their Department and interferes and you have a time bomb. The team keep working to identify who has the nerve gas and what is the target. The tension builds and there is an epic conclusion.
Meanwhile Andrew and Sarah seem to have struck a glitch in their relationship. Will that survive. As the body count increases and not all within the Geneva Convention.
A pretty exciting and well written book. Perhaps a bit gory or is it realistic.
I couldn’t put this book down, each chapter drawing me to read on, right to the end.
Anyone who loves to read thrilling plots; with sharp and believable dialogue, and relatable characters; will enjoy this book.
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That's why I've dropped a star but I did find that I'd be reading for a lot longer than I thought I had and didn't want to stop when I realised how long it had been.
If you are familiar with the Tom Gray series by the same author then some of the characters will be like old friends to you, but reading them is not a prerequisite as this is the beginning (hopefully) of a new series and can be read alone.
Managing to give us bad guys that have actual character and genuine motivation is what Alan McDermott does really well......no one dimensional baddies here.
As Andrew and the team follow every lead and twist and turn they realise they are up against a tactician that may well just be their match!
Alan gives you a real feel for the obstacles that a secret service must encounter. ... (First and foremost being secret can be a handicap) that their problems and restrictions feel true to life is a testament to the authors research. ... not that this is a boring procedural or information dump, far from it, it starts with a bang takes in two continents, several countries and gathers pace as it goes....With an ending that was genuinely tense. Hopefully Andrew, Sarah and the team will live to fight another day. A great read from an author at the top of his game.
I have had the immense pleasure of reading, in chronological sequence, all of Alan`s six books featuring Tom Grey and I can`t wait for the next one, BUT this departure, featuring two characters previously met in the Grey series, Andrew Harvey and Sarah Thompson, both of MI5, gives Tom Grey a "rest" (he is living in Italy) and puts these two `up front` in one of the most thrilling (and I mean that word) books I have ever read. `Trojan` is a totally realistic, un-exaggerated piece of writing which takes the reader right into the action and into the mind-sets of both the criminal protagonists and those whose job it is to stop them.
Alan McDermott is an author who maintains excellent top-of-the-table consistency and in my view he is up there with the best of them - and deservedly so! One reviewer has stated that he is Alan`s self-appointed number one fan but I hope he will not mind if I join the number one slot with him.
I think the research was good and all the plots were very realistic. It took me a while to realise how the X3 was transported but I am happy that I guessed (for once) before it was revealed.
I loved the side story with Harvey and Sarah. It balanced the fast pace of the book.
It is violent at times but never gory.
I am surprised Alan McDermott needed to make a disclaimer for the fear of being labelled racist. The fact is, the story is derived from actual events and it could happen.
What I have appreciated is that all along the book, he inserted subtle reminders that there is a difference between muslims and fanatic islamists. I think it was very sensibly done.
I have loved the Tom Gray's series. It was nice to see familiar names but it would have love to see Tom Gray himself.
Well, bottom line, a book that all action readers will love....