“The Theseus Paradox is a gripping thriller that throws new perspective on the anti-terrorist operations deployed in 7/7 bombings in London. David Videcette is a uniquely gifted story-teller who can successfully weave both elements of fact and fiction into a powerful hybrid novel.”
Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan, the main protagonist, works for The Metropolitan Police Service – Anti-Terrorist Branch. The story starts sixteen months earlier to the 7/7 bombings where Jake uses an old woman’s house for cover to spy on a group of al-Qaeda operatives in West Yorkshire (Operation Crevice). Sixteen months later he follows the same group back to Leeds, convinced these men are planning something big, unaware his unofficial investigation results in injury and a rollicking from his bosses. Jake soon learns while he is in hospital that there are four separate explosions, three tube trains and a bus in London and he is asked to set up ´Operation Theseus´ in West Yorkshire to find out who helped the bombers commit the crimes. ´Operation Theseus´ forces Jake and his team into a number of covert missions, arrests, examining phone data, the discovery of peroxide-based explosives, kidnap and a bomb factory. Still, Jake is under immense pressure for results in a case that provides more questions than answers and that all the work Jake and his team have conducted over the weeks and months will not prepare them for the most shocking deception of all time.
The Theseus Paradox is a stunning début novel, intelligent and fluently written with an exciting plot. I simply couldn’t put it down in fear I would miss something crucial. I was pretty much blown away with the highly unpredictable ending and I am still trying to absorb it, as it’s the last thing I expected. Well done, Mr Videcette for giving us a life-like hero, who has flaws in his personal life that most readers will be able to connect and identify with. I sincerely hope this is not the last we have heard of DI Jake Flannagan.
My Rating: 5 Stars
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Thomas Senlin and his new bride, Marya, set off on a honeymoon to the tower of Babel. Senlin had saved and planned for this journey his entire career as a headmaster, drawn to the tower through the promises of an infamous guidebook. Climbing the tower of Babel would be his greatest ambition. However, when Marya suddenly goes missing it triggers of a number of unlikely events where Senlin’s world turns into turmoil. His quest to find his wife begins by searching the many streets, tents and restaurants, where he meets several men who may be able to help him, only to find out these people are not as honest as they seem and he must make the journey alone. After several days of searching for Marya, he must start from the bottom of the tower and work his way up. He meets many friends and enemies along the way in a new world where the rules are different and he must survive a number of fatalities to survive.
I found the writing to be beautifully crafted with many remarkable, imaginative and breathtaking scenes. Bancroft combines a gripping story with strong characterizations while maintaining an adventurous plot with outlandishly secondary characters ‘and a mild-mannered hero who is forced to step up his game. I look forward to the second instalment.
My Ranking: 4.5 Stars
“Matt Abraham has written a unique suspense thriller that’s filled with superheroes, super villains, murder and deceit and follows an unlikely hero who will do his best to save the day, no matter if it costs him his life!”
The story starts when Dane Curse (A former black cape, turned PI) is asked to help find and undercover the mysterious death of Gold Coast City’s protector and the world’s mightiest hero, Pinnacle. Dane is hired by a firm called, The Sindicate (black cape mafia) who offers ten million dollars to the first investigator who finds the killer. With the odds stacked against him and fierce competition from three of the top investigators, Dane must fight against the clock to bring the perpetrator, or perpetrators to justice in a game where the stakes are high and several corrupt organizations, who want to rule Gold Coast, as well as the white and black capes fighting each other across the planet to eliminate one another. But as the body count rises, and a number of red herrings cause Dane to become implicated and framed as a suspect, he must fight to save his salvation, as well as serve the justice that’s needed to save a city that’s on the brink of civil war. The biggest question is will Danes invulnerability and super strength be enough to conquer three most powerful people in the world?
Dane Curse is a wonderfully crafted story, with colorful characters, an action packed plot that’s loaded with many unpredictable twists-and-turns. I was pretty much hooked from the start and look forward to reading more books in this planned series. I expect an exciting epic to be awaiting this credible hero.
My Ranking: 5 Stars
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