Release Date: December 1st 2012
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Momentum
Series: Intrepid (#2)
From the book jacket:
His orders are simple: ‘The safety catch is off. Return that girl to her family and drag those bastards back to justice. Dead or alive. It makes no difference to me.’
Alex Morgan – policeman, soldier and spy for Intrepid, the black ops division of Interpol – is on the hunt for Serbian war criminals. But these guys were never going to let it be that simple. An assassination attempt is made on the presiding judge of the international tribunal. Days later, the judge’s daughter, the famous and beautiful classical pianist Charlotte Rose, vanishes in mysterious circumstances.
The girl is not just a pretty face and the daughter of a judge, however. She’s also the goddaughter of Intrepid’s veteran commander, General Davenport. It’s up to Morgan and the Intrepid team to track the kidnappers and the missing woman before the very fabric of international justice is picked apart at its fraying edges.
Part James Bond and part Jason Bourne, Alex Morgan must walk the line between doing the right thing and getting the job done. And this time he’s got permission to make it personal.
Alex Morgan is the type of agent that is called on to complete missions that the regular force can’t. Serbian war criminals turned gangster have started targeting the families of judges in an attempt to avoid prosecution. Morgan must track down and stop the Serbians, in order to save the judge’s daughter and ensure the criminals are brought to justice.
I didn’t love this book, though I couldn’t really tell you exactly why. There wasn’t anything particularly wrong with it; it just ended up not being my kind of book. I like a good thriller as much as the next person, but for some reason this one just couldn’t hold my interest. However, those who consider action thrillers a favorite genre will probably like this book. There are some great features to it. It has some interesting characters, the plot is complicated, and there is plenty of action.
The character of Alex Morgan is where Allen’s military knowledge really shines. Morgan is tough and unafraid to kill if needed, but he isn’t just a gun toting cowboy of a character. Unlike many other characters in this genre, he’s an intelligent strategist who completes his mission within the parameters of the law and the organization he works for.
Using the Serbian conflict and the resulting fallout as the setting for this book was a good choice. It provided the story with a sense of realism and an already tense and brutal backdrop. The story jumps from location to location, however, which contributes to an intricate plot and fast pace.
Allen’s writing is very tight and precise, but still descriptive. His actions scenes are particularly well-written; the reader is able to really see what is happening. One of the more interesting stylistic choices is the sheer number and varying length of his chapters. There are 100 chapters in this book that bounce from character to character and sequence to sequence. The quick and ever-changing nature of these chapters helps amp up the tense action.
The level of detail provided by Allen’s military past and his knowledge is what really makes this book.
Her history could be traced for millennia and, for those who elected to pay no heed to the centuries of bloodshed or even the discovery of the Neanderthal remains at Pair-non-Pair, it was a history written exclusively in commerce, culture, and the arts.
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review. I did not receive any compensation for this review. All opinions here are my own.