If you enjoy well-paced adventures, tales of amateur sleuths making good and have a soft spot for British characters and humor, then `The Abigail Affair' by British author, Timothy Frost, is sure to appeal.
`The Abigail Affair', Frost's second novel since ditching a successful career as an advertising copywriter, has a lot going for it.
Its plot has been well structured, with an exciting prologue and an adventure-genre suitable ending. Frost uses appropriate descriptive detail and tension-creating foreshadowing to keep readers interested from chapter to chapter.
Protagonist, Toby Robinson, becomes involved with high-seas espionage after he applies for a job as a deckhand on a Russian oligarch's luxury yacht. Through the use of internal dialogue, colloquial language and humor, Frost has created a likeable and everyday-casual anti-hero, who deals with all sorts of calamities with wit, charm and admirable gumption.
As you'd expect from an adventure/thriller, particularly those featuring amateur sleuths, spies or heroes, there are times in this novel when it is necessary to suspend belief. However, there are no major loose ends or details that Frost does not return to.
It's an oft-used phrase `I could see this book as a movie', but it's a statement I don't make flippantly. This novel is visual and exciting and I would like to see it transferred to the Big Screen, preferably by a British director, or one sensitive to the charm-value of irony, used so well in British literature and film.
Does Toby save the day and the world from disaster?? Does he win the beautiful girl?? Read `The Abigail Affair' to find out. It will be time well spent.