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The Kompromat Kill by Michael Jenkins

July 22, 2019 - 5:03 am No Comments

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The Kompromat Kill

They were preparing for decades – now it’s time to take them down.

When a British Diplomat is kidnapped in the heart of London, followed by a brutal double-assassination in Chelsea, MI5 braces for the threat of deep sleeper cells coming alive.

Hiding overseas with a price on his head, Sean Richardson is tasked to lead a deniable operation to hunt down and recruit an international model and spy. Moving across Asia Minor and Europe, Sean embarks on a dangerous journey tracking an Iranian spy ring who hold the keys to a set of consequences the British Intelligence Services would rather not entertain.

As Sean investigates deeper, he uncovers dark secrets from his past and a complex web of espionage spun from the hand of a global master spy. As he inches closer to the truth, the rules of the game change – and the nerve-wracking fate of many lives sits in his hands…….……..

Tense, absorbing, and insightful, The Kompromat Kill is a gripping thriller leaving
you breathless at the pace of intrigue, cleverly unravelled in a dramatic finale.

The Kompromat Kill by Michael Jenkins

Published by Failsafe Thriller on 19th June 2019

407 pages

I went into this story a bit apprehensive as I didn’t realise that this was the 2nd series, but there was no reason for my worries. The story was easy to follow and everything that was important in the 1st book was explained in detail, without spoiling the flow of the story.

As I had no idea what Sean Richardson was like, I was pleasantly surprised that he was not a “James Bond” stereotypical spy. I liked him straight away, he was good at what he did, even when he was by himself and up against it.  

Whilst there were quite a few characters, each one was important to the story. The dialogue involving Sean and his colleagues were believable and also helped explain parts of the story. 

Written from a 3rd person POV enables the switching between characters to flow with ease and helps you follow the story as it unfolds. The story was well researched and spookily current in today’s society. The descriptive and well-explained writing had you clearly visualising what was happening and you could imagine it playing on a big screen. As this is a spy thriller, there is a lot of tech involved, but you have a clear understanding of what each bit of tech did. The kills were true assignation style and I enjoyed how inventive some of them were. One of my favourites was a hit from Nadege. 

This was a fast read as lives were in danger and I found it difficult to put down, there was even an OHHH!!!!! moment as another twist to the story was revealed. This story is perfect for spy thriller lovers and can be read as a standalone, although I am curious what went on in The Failsafe Query.   

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Author Bio –

I started climbing at 13, survived being lost in Snowdonia at 14, nearly drowned at 15, and then joined the Army at 16. Risk and adventure was built into my DNA and I feel very fortunate to have served the majority of my working career as an intelligence officer within Defence Intelligence, and as an explosive ordnance disposal officer and military surveyor within the Corps of Royal Engineers. 

I was privileged to serve for twenty-eight years in the British Army as a soldier and officer, rising through the ranks to complete my service as a major. I served across the globe on numerous military operations as well as extensive travel and adventure on many major mountaineering and exploration expeditions that I led or was involved in.

I was awarded the Geographic Medal by the Royal Geographical Society for mountain exploration in 2003 and served on the screening committee of the Mount Everest Foundation charity for many years. It was humbling after so many years of service when I was awarded the MBE for services to counter-terrorism in 2007.

The Failsafe Query is my debut novel, with The Kompromat Kill, my second.  

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The Exphoria Code by Antony Johnston

April 4, 2018 - 9:16 pm No Comments

The Exphoria Code by Antony Johnston
Published by Lightning Books by 16th November 2017
448 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

I have not read a techno thriller in awhile, mainly because nothing has taken my fancy. However when I read the blurb, this grabbed my attention.
Brigitte Sharp works for MI6, an ex hacker who had lost all confidence after her last mission went fatally wrong. Spending most of her time in chat rooms, chatting with like-minded people she felt more a home behind a screen. After coming across some strange posts, that looked like artwork, her and closest friend Ten get embroiled in what they think is a bit of fun, but not long after Brigitte comes to realise how serious the posts are.
Brigitte was likeable from the start, she wasn’t one of those cocky spies that you usually read about. It was hard for her as she could not tell anyone about her job and her relationship with her sister was a bit strained. Her love of goth style and music made her an unlikely spy, but that is what I liked about her, as she was easily overlooked as non threatening. She was happy to have a desk job and spent a lot of her time trying to stop them sending her back in the field. But after losing her friend she knew that she had no choice and become the spy she was. As the story progressed you also get to know about Brigitte’s fatal mission which is written as a number of flashbacks, but it is not near the end that we get to know the full story.
The author has a way of leading you down the wrong path and there was many a time that I thought I knew where the story was going and who the mole was. However, when the mole was revealed, I got it completely wrong, but that was only the beginning. The story gets more intense and you get to see just how good Brigitte’s skills are, but she does not do it alone. Like all good spies she has a good team working with her and as a threat becomes more imminent she gets help from MI5 and GCHQ. This book is full of action, fast paced and I was hooked from the beginning. This is a standalone story and I hope there will be more Brigitte Sharp.