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The Detriment: A compelling detective thriller based on true events (Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan Series) (Volume 2) Paperback – June 26, 2017
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What people are saying about author, David Videcette and The Detriment
"Videcette has all the hallmarks of being a dangerous storyteller." - Crimesquad.com
"Combines police experience with an audacious stroke of imagination." - Crime Fiction Lover
"David Videcette has managed to make my jaw drop yet again. Another amazing, unputdownable instalment in the DI Jake Flannagan series. Do not miss this!" - The Book Magnet
"A fast paced and thrilling read... Had me gripped throughout. Goodreads rating: 5/5 stars!" - By The Letter Book Reviews
"David Videcette grabs you by the throat and drags you along in a frighteningly topical story. One of those 'just one more chapter' books..." - Compulsive Readers
"A heart in mouth, jaw dropping, unexpected read, which had me transfixed the entire way through. Absolutely fantastic and full of shockers, I would read The Detriment all over again in a flash. Five stars easily deserved." - The Writing Garnet
"Nobody blends truth and fiction quite like David Videcette. Another triumph!" - Alan McDermott, bestselling author of The Gray Series
"An utterly absorbing read. A brilliant piece of writing." - Baatty About Books
About the Author
DAVID VIDECETTE: CRIME FIGHTER TURNED CRIME WRITER Author - Media Commentator - Detective As a Scotland Yard detective, David Videcette has worked on a wealth of infamous cases. He's placed bugs on scores of vehicles, searched hundreds of properties, chased numerous dangerous criminals and interviewed thousands of witnesses. With twenty years' policing experience, including counter-terror operations and organised crime, David was a key investigator on the 7th July 2005 London bombings: "I went out to work one day and came home two weeks later wearing the same clothes and with 56 people dead." He is the holder of many police commendations including one for tracking down a 7/7 bomb factory. David is a regular commentator for international news and media outlets such as the BBC, ITV, Sky, The Wall Street Journal, Telegraph newspapers, Newsweek, The Guardian & The Daily Mail. He also blogs about crime, policing and terrorism, writing and publishing. His television credits include, ITV's 'The Bill', BBC's 'Burgled', 'One World' and 'Crimewatch'. David is the author of 'The Theseus Paradox' and 'The Detriment' - The bestselling Detective Jake Flannagan series of crime thrillers based on true events. The truth behind the story of The Theseus Paradox was investigated by one of the UK's leading investigative journalists, Andrew Gilligan, in the Sunday Telegraph, and featured on ITV News. Sales and downloads of David's books are supporting a charity called the Police Dependants' Trust, which helps officers and their families following tragic events on duty. For the chance to win a copy of David's next thriller, visit: http: //www.davidvidecette.com/title-reveal David lives in London. He currently consults on security operations for high-net-worth individuals. You can find out more about him by visiting his website at: www.DavidVidecette.com/about-david Chat to him on Twitter @DavidVidecette http: //www.twitter.com/DavidVidecette or Facebook: www.facebook.com/DavidVidecette For the chance to win a copy of David's next thriller, visit: http: //www.davidvidecette.com/title-reveal
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The first few pages instantly grab your attention with a police high speed race to attend a possible car/nail bomb about to explode outside a London nIghtclub. Meanwhile at a similar time a spy is found dead in his garden having fallen from his flat and a blazing Jeep is driven into a Glasgow Airport terminal. All events bound by a secret that should have remained buried forever.
I loved the way the author - David Videcette - included real life events into the story, ones which I was fully aware of happening and therefore gave you the feeling of familiarity and instantly allowed you to form a connection with the story. It was also intriguing how there were a few side stories written into the main plot, which constantly kept you entertained and it was extremely clever how they all came together seamlessly in an exciting nail biting end.
All the characters were just brilliant, I particularly liked the main protagonist Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan, I was quite taken with him, his relationship with his work partner Lenny was just perfect - the way Lenny looked out for Jake, trying to reign him in when his actions went into overdrive and I also liked Jake's boss Helen who was fair and professional.
It really was quite an eye opener reading about the world of politics, government departments and terrorism - the secrets, lies, betrayals, bribes and bungs is truly frightening but also sadly very believable. I found how the author included many various facts throughout and the 'Appendix : Facts" at the end suitably informative, enabling anyone unaware of the largest arms deal ever done in history, to follow the timeline of events as they happened.
David Videcette is an excellent and professional writer who pays attention to detail, is very talented and obviously has a wealth of intelligence, using his knowledge of twenty years policing and expertise in terrorism and organised crime and then mixing it with a tremendous imagination to create a fabulous and dangerous story which is both thrilling and compelling.
"The Detriment" is the second in the series with "The Theseus Paradox" being the first, which I do own and shamefully admit to not reading yet. That is soon going to be rectified and I intend reading that as soon as possible. Some readers would say to read them in order but I slightly disagree, there's enough in the story to bring you up to date, so although probably entertaining to read first, it's certainly not imperative and without doubt can be enjoyed as a standalone novel.
I can't recommend this fast paced, highly entertaining novel enough, truly worth a read and I fully intend to seek out the next in the series that's hopefully out soon.
A well deserved 5 stars for a superb book!!
In the exciting second instalment in the Detective Jake Flannagan Series, we find Jake more vulnerable than ever. He has to work under a man who still bears a grudge against Jake for sleeping with his girlfriend (now his wife). Jake’s ex-wife is charged with reckless driving but there is something fishy about it all and on top of that, Jake’s on/off girlfriend Claire drags him with her into illegal actions with far-reaching consequences. Add to this the temptation of alcohol and attractive women and it is no wonder Jake has a hard time concentrating. Could it be that this time, Jake is in over his head?
Wow! What an engrossing thriller! After reading ‘The Theseus Paradox,’ I looked forward to the next book featuring Jake Flannagan as I loved to read more about the stubborn and confrontational, sometimes reckless but always loyal, London Detective. Can I say that this second book felt like a step up? I LOVE the composition of the book – just like ‘The Theseus Paradox’, with plotlines cunningly woven around facts (chronologically stated in the Appendix). In my opinion, David Videcette’s protagonist has grown in character, even if he occasionally falls ‘off the wagon’ by indulging his addictions to alcohol and one-night-stands.
The strength of this book lies in the perfect combination of protagonist Jake (with all his weaknesses), at his most vulnerable when addressing his unresolved issues, placed in a fast-paced action-packed intricate story. It is difficult to say much more if I want to avoid spoilers, but no way did I see what was coming! I loved ‘The Detriment’ which can be read as a stand-alone but I recommend reading ‘The Theseus Paradox’ first as it helps understand where Jake is coming from. I read this thriller in one sitting – you simply cannot put the book down until you know what happens next. Find out for yourself, I can highly recommend the Jake Flannagan series!
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