Author: J. D. Fennell
Genre: Action Thriller
Format: Paperback 288 pages
Release Date: 25 September 2018
Publisher: The Dome Press
I would like to thank the Publisher and the author for the advance review copy they provided me for review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
I would also like to say happy paperback publication day! This book has already received some rave reviews and for very good reasons.
1943. Sleeper spy, Will Starling, has been drafted into the SOE, joining forces with the French Resistance in the fight against the Nazis; but Will’s memory is fractured and only occasional flashbacks reveal fragments of his past. Despite this, he has not forgotten his pledge to find and rescue his sister, Rose – if she is still alive. When his mission in France is compromised, Will suspects he’s been betrayed.
Back in London he hears that VIPER are developing a new and deadly weapon. As he and MI5 agent Anna Wilder set out to destroy it, their every move is anticipated by their enemies. Who is the mole in the British Secret Service? As they close in on VIPER’s Swiss headquarters it seems no one can be trusted. Are Will and Anna able to prevent the unleashing of the Red Storm that will bring mass destruction on a scale even the Nazis haven’t dreamt of?
While Will tries to save the world, Rose has become the key to VIPER’s future plans and is drugged to dull her kinetic powers. But Rose faces danger from an unexpected enemy and her time is running out.
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We start this story in London in the 1940’s with a meeting between two agents in the London underground which does not end well for one of them. We then move on to France in the same time period the following evening where we are introduced to Will Starling our main protagonist who is carrying out a mission with members of the Special Operations Executive and the French Resistance.
Will meets a spy code-named ‘Marie-Antionette’ in a cathedral and is given plans for a powerful weapon VIPER are developing and is tasked with taking the information to London without letting it fall in to the wrong hands. On the floor of the cathedral Will finds a tin toy soldier with his initials on the bottom which is the same toy he used to play with at Chitlock’s house after the death of his parents. But how did it get there?
This is the second book in the Sleeper series so I imagine a lot more information was given on Will’s background in the first book which I unfortunately had not read prior to this one. However, reading this as a standalone I learned that Will’s parents had been murdered by a corrupt and criminal organisation known as VIPER. This same organisation had kidnapped Will’s sister Rose who is reportedly locked up in a hidden fortress known only as the ‘Red Tower’.
As in all good action movies they usually start with a fast paced action scene and the same can be said for all good action books and this one does not disappoint. This book is packed with action, from car chases, to explosions, to hand to hand combat, this book has it all and it’s thrown at the reader in a fast paced manner. You could imagine that if this book were a film then it would be one of those big Hollywood blockbusters with a lot of special effects and big budget explosions.
As mentioned, this is the second book in the Sleeper series and there are some mentions throughout this book to things that happened two years ago, however, this book in its own right is completely capable of being read as a standalone in my opinion. I would be very interested to see where the author takes Will Starling on his next adventure.
This book is definitely left on a cliff hanger and I am eagerly awaiting the next Will Starling instalment to see what happens! This book really has it all going on: action, war, enemies, friendships, romance, spies, conspiracies, betrayal and so much more. If you like a book that grips you straight away, throws you into the story and keeps up the pace throughout, then give this book a go.
About the Author
J.D. was born in Belfast at the start of the Troubles, and began writing stories at a young age to help understand the madness unfolding around him. A lover of reading, he devoured a diverse range of books – his early influences include Fleming, Tolkien, Shakespeare and the Brontës.
He left Belfast at the age of nineteen and worked as a chef, bartender, waiter and later began a career in writing for the software industry.
These days he divides his time between Brighton and London, where he lives with his partner and their two dogs.
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