Samuel Beasley has been placed in a unique position. His employer has been assassinated whilst on a business trip. The only trouble is, the 'product' for sale is extremely sensitive and not particularly legal.
This inexperienced agent must now rely on a combination of natural guile, HUMINT training and the strange, but beneficial side effects of a recent surgical procedure, to ensure the safe return of the stolen technology.
As if things weren't complicated enough, war is brewing in Europe and Beasley must stay one step ahead of a high-ranking Nazi officer, whilst investigating the disappearance of a long-term love interest.
Could the two incidents be somehow related? Will the hunter become the hunted?
Only one thing is certain. Life during war is never black and white... It is concrete grey as far as the eye can see.
In a stunning reimagining of history, debut author Adam Watts weaves an incredible story of secrets and honour in a world experiencing the ravages of the Second World War.
Narrated in a non-linear order, the story follows protagonist Samuel Errington Beasley, known as Seb to his friends, journey of vengeance. It’s a story told in two different time periods, and flows back and forth between the 1940's to 1960’s seamlessly. We are first introduced to Seb as he is approached by a mysterious old man with a proposition that will change his life. We learn of Seb and his life as a publicist for a newspaper which he has reluctantly inherited from the family, we also experience Seb’s time working with Ed, a detective and long-time friend, on a series of grissly murders. Intelligent and intriguing, Seb is an individual with a troubled past. Adam Watts expertly constructs dialogue between Seb and characters within the book well and conversation isn’t forced. Added to this is Seb’s clever and at times hilarious personality and wit.
This book is a remarkable blend of deeply researched fact and fiction, making it hard to put down. This suspenseful novel takes Seb on a harrowing journey of revenge and retribution. His journey takes him on a hunt across the globe including Africa and Russia in the midst of World War two.
In this action-packed, heart-stopping novel the characterization is well drawn out, each character feels realistic and each is as enthralling as the last. I especially liked the introduction of Seb’s accomplice Max and enjoyed the way the relationship between them evolves throughout the adventure. The ending is brilliantly crafted and includes a revelation that caught me completely off-guard.
Great first book by Adam J. Watts and I look forward to reading more of Seb’s adventures.