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Crisis

Crisis

This book by Frank Gardner was enjoyed by everyone present.  It begins with the hero Luke, an ex commando in the Special Boat Squadron, being sent to Colombia by MI6 to investigate the unexplained death of a member of the British Intelligence Service.  The action, which also takes place in London, involves violence, terrorism and kidnapping.  It was considered to be well written and fast paced with a plot that was exciting and easy to follow, but some of us found the frequent use of acronyms hard to follow and distracting.  We discussed one or two flaws in the plot, particularly in relation to Luke's girlfriend, but overall felt it was a book we would thoroughly recommend.

The author is the BBC's security correspondent and was a former journalist and an army reservist, who has considerable experience in the world's trouble spots.  He was himself badly injured by terrorists in Saudi Arabia.  We felt the combination of his knowledge of the subject matter and the fact that he must have many contacts to aid his research, gave considerable authenticity to the book.  It was thought by several people to have similarities to the novel I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes.

Review by Barbara Marsh