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The Englishman

"An outstanding spy action thriller - first in a series and an absolute reading feast, meet former Foreign Legion Commando Dan Raglan!"

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Klaxon alert! Discover full-on heart-pounding action, plus smart, sharp writing in this absolute reading feast of a book. Travelling from Africa to the UK and ending in Russia, former Foreign Legion Commando Dan Raglan is on a hunt that guarantees death. This is the first in what promises to be a smash-hit spy thriller series and I already can’t wait for the next book. The prologue throws you straight into October 2019 with a man running through a frozen Russian forest while bullets whip towards him. Chapter one turns to 2013 and from here we get to know Dan Raglan. As an introduction, it’s spot on, within pages I was on board and by his side. Author David Gilman is a former firefighter, paratrooper, and photographer and now writes full time. His words build a vivid picture, this world feels authentic and I read with full confidence. I was so involved in the unfolding story that my thoughts didn’t skim backwards or forwards, I purely existed in each moment as it hit. And boy, each moment lands with ferocious intensity. Shockwaves of action expanded and the storyline tripped me with unexpected developments. Even though I had read the prologue, the ending still came with a whammy. LoveReading Book of the Month - tick, LoveReading Star Book - tick, one of my personal Picks of the Month - tick! The Englishman comes with a tremendous thumbs up from me, more please!

Liz Robinson

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A unique story that is a hugely descriptive and atmospheric thriller. Fast paced with characters you come to care about and identify with. One of the best books I have read this year.

I have never tried this author before, but I absolutely loved this story. In fact it's probably one of the best books I have read this year. So descriptive and fast paced - I actually found myself holding my breath on more than one occasion whilst racing through the pages. I learnt a lot too as I imagine the research was meticulous.

I really identified with the characters too - always a test of a good book to get drawn in and really care about what happens, good and bad. It would make a great film!

Stephanie Blakey

A gripping read, well researched and with great characters. Who could ask for more?!

Although David Gilman is an award winning author this was the first of his books that I had tried. For the first couple of chapters I must admit I didn’t know if I would stay the course. It was all very informative in terms of organisations, protocols etc. but too much description seemed at first to blunt the action. I needn’t have worried, by the time I was a couple more chapters in I had difficulty putting it down! "The Englishman", one Dan Raglan, moves from the desert border of Algeria with The French Legionnaires, to a kidnap in West London and then on to a Russian penal colony in the middle of nowhere with consummate ease - and Gilman makes the character so believable that there is no question in one’s mind that this could happen!

Gill Wilmott

Thoroughly enjoyed this gripping novel from start to finish.

Simply brilliant!
A really great read, with a true grit.
The action rolls from each page, keeping you coming back for more.

Susan Mooney