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Maybe it's me and British mysteries. They're so convoluted, with so many characters, I started having a hard time keeping everyone straight. Also, it takes too long to get going. The Ares file is lost in the plot.
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I like to boast that I'll read anything. And it's true. But I don't enjoy all genres equally. Spy stories and westerns are rough going for me. I have to make a commitment and dig in. The Ares File had me enthralled from page one. This is the second of the Michael Prentiss Stories by Andrew French. The action takes place about four years after the events in Assassin's Run--another great read.
Without spoiling the plot, the conflict concerns a minor character from the first book who has now come up in the world and wants to make sure his involvement in the earlier scandal doesn't become public knowledge. As usual French works magic with character development. We see this rather weak, unsure individual slowly develop into an arrogant monster willing to destroy anything and anyone, including what he once loved most, for personal glory.
Michael Prentiss is one of several individuals dragged into a deadly game of cat an mouse with a hired killer--a fabulously psychopathic creation by the way. Can the good guys stay alive long enough to neutralize the threat and root out the person pulling the strings? The plot twists and coils, taking the reader across the United Kingdom, to France, the U.S. and beyond, all at breakneck pacing.
As good as Assassin's Run was, I liked The Ares File even more. When I read the first book, it was falling in love with young Michael Prentiss--following his coming of age and loss of innocence--that grabbed and held me. This time around, Michael Prentiss (as sympathetic and "human" as ever) doesn't appear until the story has already begun unfolding. This says something about the growth and development of the author. His main character is not holding up the entire fictional universe.Read more ›
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Andrew French was born in Derby in 1964. Raised in Grantham, Lincolnshire he spent most of his career in the Funeral Service. Qualifying as a Funeral Director in 1988, Andrew went on to become the Managing Director of a large independent funeral group. Andrew is married to Alison - they have five children and live in rural Leicestershire.
Following a period at home to care for his youngest son he wrote his first spy novel, Assassin's Run, in 2011 - the first of the Michael Prentiss stories which chronicles how a young man about to join the British Army is reluctantly drawn into the shadowy world of espionage and assassination.
All 5 novels in the Michael Prentiss series, Assassin's Run, The Ares File, Personal Retributions, Rules of the Game and At All Costs are also available in both Kindle edition and paperback.