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The Theseus Paradox: The stunning breakthrough thriller based on real events, from the Scotland Yard detective turned author (The Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan series) Paperback – November 19, 2015
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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!" Editor at one of the world's top three news agencies--Editor reviews
The Theseus Paradox is an expertly written crime novel. Videcette has done justice to a very sensitive subject...The Theseus Paradox is a wonderfully written story. I was not expecting what Jake uncovered during his investigation and this is what made me love the book even more! I gave The Theseus Paradox 5 Stars on Goodreads as it was a unique read for me and they don't come around very often! --Bibliophile Book Club
From the Author
I went out to work on 7 July 2005, and came home two weeks later wearing the same clothes and with fifty-six people dead.
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This story made me reflect on the current situation in the world, on the horrible news we're used to hear almost every day now. It also made me aware of how vulnerable to acts of terrorism we actually are. We can never be 100 percent safe, anywhere. We can never know when a terrorist attack is planned to strike. Who knows who will be caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"They're calling it the largest criminal investigation ever undertaken."
Crafted around real-life horrific events occurring in London in 2005, this story is so believable that it made me wonder whether what I was reading was fiction or not. I'm still not sure. What I know is that my heart was in my mouth throughout.
The main character is DI Jake Flannagan of the Metropolitan Police, Anti-terrorist Branch. He's a brilliant, fearless detective, however his personal life is in shambles. He's riddled by guilt and anger. His Achilles heel - women and alcohol - he can't stay away from them.
"He was a toy. This was a game... None of it made any sense."
As you might imagine, this book is jam-packed with action, and twists and turns from start to finish, as we follow Jake on his dangerous quest to find the truth behind the bombings. Ignoring internal politics and conflicts within the Met and Security Service, he follows his instinct and does not always follow procedures or his superiors' orders, and he worries very little about the consequences. Investigating these horrific suicide bombings, he's determined to dig deep for the truth. Why have these attacks taken place and by whom? Who is behind them? Who pushed these suicide bombers to do what they did?
Having been directly involved in the original bombings' investigation, it shows that the author knows too well what he's writing about. And it's evident that a lot of research has been undertaken. The prose is excellent with realistic dialogues. The plot is believable, intricate, detailed and well planned to keep the reader's interest high. Short chapters, all headed with day, time and location make reading a so much more interesting and enjoyable experience. I found myself reading at night with my eyes half closed just to find out what happens in the next chapter.
This is a gripping, fast-paced read that I really enjoyed. Contrary to some other readers I really like the book's cover. I think it's ideal. The chequered scarf looming over the London skyline is symbolic of this book.
With thanks to the author for sending me a copy of this fab book to read and review.
This part, written by the author in the forward of the book drew me in and I knew I had to read this book. "I went out to work on 7 July 2005, and two weeks later I came home wearing the same clothes and with fifty-six people dead. The quest for the truth about the London bombings took years to unravel"
Given the background of the author David Videcette, a former Scotland Yard investigator within the Metropolitan Police, and who was a detective in the Anti-Terrorist Branch during the 7/7 London bombings in July 2005, the reader has to decide what is real and what isn't. A real brain teasing conundrum that leaves you wondering throughout the whole of the book. Some of the evidence from the actual investigation into the 7/7 bombings was publicly aired at the inquest into the bombings in 2010, but little reported at the time. The book is very cleverly written and it must have been a difficult book to write, given the constraints of the Official Secrets Act. As he writes on his website " "I can't tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story".
The author conveys the atmosphere of that time period during the terrible aftermath of the 7/7 atrocity " This wasn’t London any more. This was a place he didn’t recognise".
The leading character in the book DI Jake Flanagan, expresses his frustration about the lack of manpower to complete the tasks that he and his team were given.
At times, I had to get into the mindset of an adrenaline fuelled red blooded male, not usually easy for this old granny, but I can understand why some of the warts and all, off duty behaviour of the fictional character of DI Jake Flanagan was included. Nobody, I suspect, could be in this line of work day after day, without letting off a bit of steam on the very rare occasion that they were off duty during this intense investigation.
Reminds me in parts of one of my favourite TV series, Homeland - although that was fiction and this was - well you just don't know!
As a renowned older lady we all know and love, is alleged to have said to a former butler of some repute, "There are powers at work in this country of which we have no knowledge".
I sincerely hope that there is a continuing series of books about DI Jake Flanagan. I'll have to read them with my head under a cushion though, and have long breaks admiring fluffy bunnies and flowery things!