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- File Size : 691 KB
- Publication Date : November 12, 2013
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B00AB1ZGX4
- Print Length : 269 pages
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
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- Language: : English
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
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The rest of the book is more sophisticated than a 007 film and only Brian De Palma can present on the screen this remarkable novel.
The essence of the story is that there is a deniable assassin working for SIS who has been coerced into killing enemies of the State.He is at the end of his tether and wants to quit.He is not allowed to do so and instead is sent to Prague to assassinate a retired English Diplomat who is alleged to work for,the other side. There are some other agencies after the same Diplomat and some great thrilling scenes are played in the streets of Prague ,described with gusto and panache.
I will not continue with the plot, this is the readers privilege and pleasure.In spite of the violence ,with the occasional sprinkling of horror,it is a very atmospheric spy thriller that reminds us of the good old KGB days in the Cold War,the Russians being as violent ,bleak and charmless as in the halcyon days of USSR.Some extremely violent criminal people are there too,their leader being the personification of furious evil.All those characters mix and interact with enough reversals and surprises to keep the reader in tension until the last page.
As always Stevens produces an intelligent and fascinating plot with lots of interesting characters.The main hero is outstanding in the misery of his predicament and his loneliness ,fighting against the odds with his survival as his reward.
Deus ex machina is used often but the novel has value because it shows spy work for what it is,ugly,bloody,painful,and full of deceit.I am a John Purkiss fan myself but I enjoyed this novel a lot,first class escapism!
"Calvary tossed the most low-tech of improvised weapons, an old-fashioned battery-operated transistor radio, into the bath."
Sorry, but the author needed some technical help with this. A battery-operated radio in the bath won't do anything but (probably) kill the radio. Tossing a line-operated radio in the bath - especially in an area where the AC line voltage is 220 volts - could electrocute the victim.but that's not guaranteed.
Up until this point in the story, there have been a number of minor annoyances - spelling, missing words and the like - but nothing plot-breaking. This error destroys the character's image as a skilled assassin. If an author does the proofreading,.it requires great attention to detail to find the errors. I'm one of a group of beta readers for an experienced author - even with multiple books published, he's aware he can't find all the mistakes. He knows what he was thinking and that's what he sees. Tim Stevens could use some thorough and broadly-knowledged proofreaders.
I was also comparing this novel with the one I had read earlier, The Ratcatcher, by the same author. I really enjoyed that book but ended up disappointed with this one, would rate it a 2.5 if I could...
It tells the story of a British assassin who wants out. His boss insists he do one last job.
It is a pretty confusing and convoluted plot. Too convoluted in my opinion. It went past barely plausible into the highly implausible area for me and that takes away a lot from a thriller for me.
The guy is just too perfect in every way and the amateurs he recruits to help him are not believable either.
This is a another story that had a lot of potential but the author just took it way too far into la-la land.
Our man gets himself in a jam by trying to quit his hit-man career. Predictably, that doesn't make him any friends and his last assignment quickly turns into a nightmare of double agents, Soviet agents, Czech agents, resistance groupies, and organized crime nuts. The scenarios are pretty believable and do hold you to the story right to its wild end.
I liked it a lot!!!
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But he clearly knows nothing at all about the Browning Hi-Power because for some reason he believes it's essentially a single action semiautomatic pistol – a weapon that as far as I know does not exist. He states that the Browning has to be cocked every time before it's fired, whereas the Glock automatically chambers a new round each time the trigger is pulled. This is complete nonsense. The Browning is now an old design, but it functions in exactly the same way as the Glock. Both of them are semiautomatic pistols, which means that when you pull the trigger, the round in the chamber is fired and when the slide is blown back by the recoil it ejects the spent cartridge case, cocks the hammer and moves another round from the top of the magazine into the chamber.
And in another passage, he ‘recocks’ the Browning. I think what he means by this is that he releases the hammer manually, and then pulls it back again. I have no idea why anyone would want to do that, especially one-handed because at the time he’s holding a bad guy with his left hand and facing other men carrying weapons. This is bloody dangerous, because to release the hammer you have to pull the trigger while lowering the hammer gently to prevent the pistol firing, and nobody competent would ever even try it – there’s far too much danger of your thumb slipping off the hammer.
And then he makes the schoolboy error made by so many authors who’ve never fired a pistol: the hero fires a SiG and then pulls the trigger twice more, the hammer falling on an ‘empty chamber’. Nonsense, again. When the last round is fired from a semiautomatic pistol, the slide locks back, the entire action freezes and the trigger locks. The only way to fire it again is to eject the magazine, insert a full one and then release the slide. As the slide moves forward, it will chamber a new round and then the weapon is ready to fire again. I’ve lost count of the number of authors whose heroes somehow manage to pull back the locked trigger with a clicking sound, sometimes repeatedly.
If he doesn't believe me, he's welcome to come and see me and I'll show him exactly how my Browning Hi-Power works.
Calvary works for the chapel, a branch of British intelligence that identifies enemies of the state who are beyond the reach of the law, and eliminates them. Permanently.
Absolutely fantastic read.
Devoured in less than 24 hours.
What a plot.
With twists and turns all the way through the book.
Martin was my favourite character.
What a gem.
Can't wait to read next part.
Definitely worth more than 5*.
Thanks to tbc on fb for the arc.
Delta Ghost and highly recommend them both, as I do this one. The book was fast paced
throughout. The action mostly takes place in Prague where Martin is trying to kill ex-SIS
agent, Gaines, on the instructions of Llewellyn from the mysterious Chapel. I really wanted
to kill Llewellyn instead! What an obnoxious little ........!
Martin has to deal not only with Russian KGB-types, but with the local Czech "mafia". There
was a lot of violence and some torture, but no sex. Martin had help from an unlikely source and
he must have had the 9 lives of a cat, as he managed to recover from several attempts on his life.
There were a few twists towards the end and lots of car chases. A clever plot and I give the book
4.5 stars and look forward to reading more by this author.
Strangely, I wasn't gripped by the first chapter, but definitely become more and more involved as I continued to read. The author certainly knows the location well (or has at least researched) enough to satisfy the test of anyone who has been there (least ways I didn't notice anything that wasn't correct). The book flows along at a nice pace, with some twist and turns to a (mostly) convincing conclusion.
I did notice two and only two errors in the whole book, which in fairness to the author there was an update made available after I had started reading, so it could well be error free now. I mention this because although I have been fairly lucky in this respect, I understand (from reviews) that it can be a problem with some books.
It might just be worth giving it a go if you like this type of book.