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Nigel Lampard was a Lieutenant-Colonel in the British Army when he retired from active service in 1999. Trained as an ammunition and explosives expert, he travelled all over the world and was appointed an Order of the British Empire for services to his country. As a second career, and with a post-graduate diploma in Organisational Psychology, he helped British Forces personnel transition to civilian life. During a tour in Berlin in the early 1980s he fell in love with the city, its people and its isolation. When he left the city in late 1983 he needed to continue the affair and the only way he could do this was to write about it, so he began writing his first novel. He then fell in love with writing and to date Nigel has written a further thirteen novels. The novels available on Amazon so far have not been published in the order in which they were written.
This is the 4th novel by Nigel Lampard which I have read and if you are getting withdrawal symptoms from no more Stieg Larsson, then this is for you.
Nigel Lampard is adept at conveying pure evil through his brilliant characterisation, themes of love v hate and the depths people can plummet to in their quest to uphold extreme ideals. He also has this ability to lure his reader into a false sense of thinking we have solved the mystery, which results in a storyline full of surprises.
I was immediately hooked by the mystery of the murders and the unusual inclusion of the love theme between adopted brother and sister.
From the discovery of his murdered family, Adam the principal character, takes his reader on a personal journey to initially escape his grief. Nigel lampard, makes us realise that the people we meet along the way can steer our life and in Adam's case, plunge him into a pendulum of love v evil.
My only criticism and this is " tongue in cheek" is could the females not always be so drop dead gorgeous and the males a little less flawless.
If you enjoy psychological thrillers with an infusion of romance - download now as this is also for you. The ending must surely indicate a sequel Mr Lampard?
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One of the best books I have ever read. Full of suspense, great descriptions of some very beautiful areas of the world. I felt like I could see what Hong Kong looked like, due to the excellent way it was written. I loved this book and being on vacation and getting to read a book like this was well worth it. Now on to buy what ever else was written by this brilliant author!
Nigel Lampard continues to hit us with psychological thrillers that leave all emotions in tatters. The need for revenge, the requirement for someone to console. The need for unbreakable family bonds, the sheer desperation of being totally alone. All angles are covered in this time bending book. Every author has their own style, and Nigel's is now apparent following on from Pooh Bridge and Obsession - he allows his life experiences to mix with his imagination and these blend seamlessly as the story twists and turns. The fact that all women need to be out of this world gorgeous would irk if his character portrayals were not so absorbing.
Another superb effort.
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