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THE THESEUS PARADOX: The stunning breakthrough thriller based on real events, from the Scotland Yard detective turned author. (DETECTIVE INSPECTOR JAKE FLANNAGAN SERIES Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"Astoundingly accomplished and pacey. Real-life police experience and know-how shine through on every page without it ever slowing the pace of the drama. The scenario he paints is a vivid and realistic one. Possibly too realistic!"Editor at Hodder & Stoughton
"A very exciting proposition indeed. The concept behind this book will make headlines."Editor at Hachette
"Subtle conspiracy, professionally written, credible and above all - intriguing. The desire to find out the truth will drive interest alone. Incredibly strong stuff."Editor at Harper Collins
"I adored the lead character, DI Jake Flannagan. He is one of a kind. I would class this novel in the same arena as the blockbusting best seller 'Bravo Two Zero' by Andy McNab - but for the fact that 'The Theseus Paradox' is far better written!"Editor at Penguin
"We're into the action immediately and there's a great sense of authenticity and control in David's storytelling. The plot revelations in this book are all too possible. The whole tale is just far too chillingly credible!"Agent at one of the UK's big five literary agencies
"Finished this at 6.00am this morning having thoroughly enjoyed it! Eloquent and adeptly argued, with an utterly thrilling conclusion. It leaves the reader hungry to research whether they believe this version of events!"Former Mail-on-Sunday journalist
"An explosive finale with dialogue that has that rare ring of authenticity to it. Brilliant stuff that smacks you in the face!"News editor at one of the world's top three international news agencies
From the Author
- ASIN : B015UDFYQ6
- Publisher : DNA Books (November 12, 2015)
- Publication date : November 12, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2639 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 440 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #648,421 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Even understanding that the story, based on fact, isn’t entirely true, it made for a good read.
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David says that he can't tell the truth, but he can tell a story. It is sometimes difficult to believe where the story starts, however. This must be so near to the truth or at least, the reader is certainly made to feel that way. It is so realistic, so authentic that it has to have happened that way It is certainly an eye opener.
We are taken through the lead up and the day of the tragic events of 7/7, how the bus bomber became a bus bomber and not another train bomber and how the investigation panned out as a result of that day. It is a fast paced, can not put it down type of book. It only took me a week as I had no time to read, but I am sure it would have taken me far less in other circumstances.
The book was made more real to me as I had worked in the Scotland Yard Special Branch during the time of the Irish bombings and had worked closely with the then Bomb Squad as they were known. The area that David describes, Ilford, is where I grew up and so I could picture the type of people he describes and the areas he talks about.
It is a great book, one that if you have not got yet, make sure you order it. It is different, exciting and will definitely be a bestseller.
I thoroughly enjoyed this. From the dramatic intro to the dull and dragging investigation, the reader is perched on the shoulder of a realistic and generally unpredictable protagonist. DI Jake Flannagan is frustratingly changeable, as stressed and conflicted people usually are. His attitudes and actions are swayed by drink, frustration, despondency and determination in turn. Although he desires frequent female company, it is anything but the 007 stereotype portrayed in most male-oriented crime fiction. He's a drifting character, cemented in the real world only by his work.
The story arrives in fits and bursts of activity and sudden action, reflecting the nature of a complex investigation. The outcome is also sudden and equally unpredictable. Videcette's writing is terse and urgent, fitting both the mood of the story and the main character; it is also peppered with some really deft touches in description and atmosphere. Not what I expected, and a cut above the usual fare. Good stuff!
Judging by the epilogue/appendices, this is a fact-based drama and makes for a satisfying and relatively swift read.
There are 418 pages split over 129 chapters.
This is the first book in a series based around DI Jake Flanagan and I always like to start at the beginning where I can.
Before the story starts there is a Foreword by the author. He aims to use his experience from being involved with high profile terrorist incidents and turn it into exciting fictional stories. That is quite an ambition and the author is very careful not to cross any lines of confidentiality, although I suspect that only a few readers would know anyway.
Short chapters always work well to give a novel pace and they do here. However, David Videcette's chapters are often too short and I found that stopping a chapter mid way through a conversation interrupted the flow far too often.
The story is amazing. The 7/7 bombings are recent history and familiar to many, however the investigation is much more unclear. How much of this story is factual is impossible for most readers but it is exciting to read.
Plenty about Jake is stereotypical for a fictional detective but his maverick qualities make his story enjoyable.
Reading the book gave me some understanding of the reporting layers in the police. Jake has a level of authority that entitles him to approve some actions but many more basic tasks need to be passed up the line before they can be tackled. He finds this very frustrating and it limits the investigation. The focus on the practicalities make this novel stand out from the usual crime novels where the main investigator is able to do much more of what they want.
The tiny details are fascinating along with the huge manpower that is thrown as such random items (crisp packets in the flat?) when major suspects seem to be managed by so few people (maybe this is dramatic licence?). Some of the story is true though and I was shocked at the slow pace of the investigation. The book is definitely more honest to the facts than most crime novels and I enjoyed that.
Of course, the excitement levels do ramp up, Jake goes off on his own, the plot becomes more like a regular crime thriller and it starts to lose its plausibility. The pace increases further as the story heads to some sort of conclusion.
I’m of those people who wants to like, or at least respect, a story’s hero. However, DI Jake Flanagan is not just unlikable. He is a a complete jerk and not a nice person at all. One can only hope that the real life DI investigating the bombings in London was better than than this guy. Another annoying point is that the story remains unfinished with strands left “hanging” which I guess means you have to read the next book to see what happens!!!