- File Size: 463 KB
- Print Length: 94 pages
- Publisher: Sharpe Books (February 24, 2018)
- Publication Date: February 24, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07B2MF9B3
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #673,080 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Nothing To Lose Kindle Edition
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Nothing to Lose is a shortish outing for Devlin at 94 pages long and it was a blast.
Devlin is ex-army and gets his jobs through former comrade and friend, Oliver Porter. Porter, the fixer has Devlin clip a Tory MP. The MP had gambling debts and was threatening to expose his creditors to the authorities unless they wrote his debt off. The Parker brothers – the gangsters that he owed the money to - have a better idea and have ordered a hit.
Mission accomplished but it might come back to bite the brothers on the bum. The victim’s merry widow is creating a song and dance in the media and the Parker brothers want to avoid scrutiny of their dealings with the MP. Porter and his gunman will have to go.
The Parker’s are capable, but Porter and Devlin might be a little bit more difficult to remove than the twosome imagine.
High-brow literature this isn’t but with a fast pace, an interesting main character and a fair bit of action, it’s just the kind of book I could happily read until the cows come home.
Waugh gives us plenty of back story for the widowed Devlin. He’s still grieving for his wife, I don’t think it’s specified how many years previously she passed but he is obsessively faithful to her memory – to the extent of refusing to countenance any future romantic entanglement with a new woman. Emma, the attractive Irish florist and his casual drinks partner may put that vow to the test. Our ice-man may just be thawing.
Decent mix of the personal in with the plot, enough of both to make this a series I’ll be keen to continue with. Fortunately for me, Thomas Waugh has already penned a further two books with Michael Devlin as a lead – Darkness Visible and Ready for Anything. Good reading times ahead!
4.5 from 5
According to publisher, Endeavour Press - Thomas Waugh is the pseudonym of a bestselling historical novelist.
A Google search has Fantastic Fiction suggesting Waugh might be Damien Lewis “a war correspondent and thriller writer.”
I'd quite like for it to be Lewis, as I like the idea of him hat-tipping his own books. Beat your own drum man, because there's plenty to be proud of.
Read in October, 2017
Published – 2016
Page count – 94
Source – purchased copy
Format - Kindle
British combat veteran Michael Devlin lost it all when he lost his wife five years ago. Making a promise to himself not to seek another love, he has condemned himself to a solitary existence, alone in his room.
Yet he likes florist Emma, from whom he buys flowers for his wife’s grave each week, and she likes him. Could this be a first spark of love?
But Michael Devlin also is an assassin; his combat buddy, now a ‘fixer’, occasionally hires him to kill crooked politicians or criminals.
And now is the time for Devlin’s last assassination. He is almost willing to die himself this time.
This was an enjoyable little novella. The main character is well developed and interesting. I liked all of the side characters as well. The plot was intriguing and the story was written nicely. I recommend it to anyone looking for a short redemption story/thriller to read.