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The Summer of 75

The Summer of 75

Author: Dan Wheatcroft Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/04/2021

It’s nearly a decade after the events of ‘Summer of ‘66’ when we re-join John ‘Gally’ Gallagher as he is tasked to help an East German foreign intelligence operative defect. Against a backdrop of an uncertain future for the British Home Office Statistical Unit, Gallagher faces friendly fire as well as Stasi security while he works to get the operative out. You’re thrown right into the middle of the action in this book so I would recommend starting with the first book in the series ‘Summer of ‘66’ to get to know the characters, the context and to get the most enjoyment out of this book. Although Gally has left his philandering ways behind (mostly), his usual flippancy and sense of humour appears throughout as he finds his way into, and out of trouble. The split narrative in ‘Summer of ‘75’ creates tension, as you follow Gallagher but also read as the opposing teams close in. Dan Wheatcroft’s ‘Summer of ‘75’ is a fast paced espionage story that resolves quickly and without too much jeopardy. This would be a quick read for fans of spy novels. Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador

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The Summer of 66

The Summer of 66

Author: Dan Wheatcroft Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/07/2020

A 60’s Spy novel set in the shadows of England’s historic World Cup win. ‘Summer of 66’ by Dan Wheatcroft has everything you would expect from a spy novel set in the 60s, a flippant and womanising male lead in Gally, cold war tensions and espionage. After his philandering ways lands Special Branch Detective Constable John Gallagher in hot water with his division, he is sent out of the way to join the British Home Office Statistical Unit. But this is more than a punishment placement, and soon Gally is embroiled in the investigation of the apparent suicides of government cryptologists. Also described as a prequel to the ‘Leveller’ series, I think that ‘Summer of 66’ is a good jumping off point. I didn’t feel I was missing out because I hadn’t read any of the ‘Leveller’ books. The main character is dynamic and quickly becomes an integral part of the Room 3 team. His consistent self-assurance lets the reader know that the events in the plot will be swiftly resolved. The football tournament, although not integral to the plot, creates some context and fleshes out the setting of the story, while also providing cover for the Room 3 team while the nation’s mind is elsewhere. ‘Summer of 66’ is a succinct and easy to read mystery, a story that can be read while enjoying a cup of tea and Jammie Dodgers with the rest of the team. Fans of the book will have more ‘John Gallagher’ books to look forward to, as well as the ‘Leveller’ series to enjoy. 

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