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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!
Penal Colony No. 74, AKA White Eagle, lies some 600 kilometres north of Yekaterinburg in Russia's Sverdlovskaya Oblast. Imprisoning the country's most brutal criminals, it is a winter-ravaged hellhole of death and retribution.
And that's exactly why the Englishman is there.
Six years ago, Raglan was a soldier in the French Foreign Legion engaged in a hard-fought war on the desert border of Mali and Algeria. Amid black ops teams and competing intelligence agencies, his strike squad was compromised and Raglan himself severely injured.
His war was over, but the deadly aftermath of that day has echoed around the world ever since: the assassination of four Moscow CID officers; kidnap and murder on the suburban streets of West London; the fatal compromise of a long-running MI6 operation.
Raglan can't avoid the shockwaves. This is personal. It is up to him to finish it – and it ends in Russia's most notorious penal colony.
But how do you break into a high security prison in the middle of nowhere?
More importantly, how do you get out?
'The narrative goes at breakneck speed but between the action Gilman slowly and deftly unveils Raglan's back-story' Financial Times.
'The action is furiously paced ... I thoroughly enjoyed this well written and absolute page turner. It cries out for a sequel. Wholly recommended' Woman's Way.
'Discover full-on heart-pounding action, plus smart, sharp writing in this absolute reading feast of a book ... 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 ... 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.
'This non-stop cat and mouse thriller circumnavigates the globe and a cornucopia of action ... The Englishman is very good on detail and credible background, the novel has an enigmatic and intriguing hero and excites from page one to a very satisfying end' Crime Time.
'A tightly plotted, very well told tale of clandestine campaigns, violent revenge and murky dealings at all levels' SciFi Bulletin.
'This spy thriller will get your heart racing ... [An] action-packed thriller!' My Weekly.
'A pulse-pounding thriller in the mould of the Terry Hayes bestseller, I Am Pilgrim' Scottish Field.
'Verve, pace, shocks and intrigue, this is spy thriller writing by an author at the zenith of his powers' Peter James.
'A sweat-inducing tour de force' The Times.
'The pulse-pounding pace just never lets up' Peter May, bestsellling author of Lockdown.
'Full of thrills' Literary Review.
'Fight scenes, car chases, sex romps, lots of foreign locations and dead goons, and even a Bondesque escape by snowmobile ... Vivid and inventive' Sunday Times.
'The Englishman is electrifying proof that high-tension international thrillers are back - and with an absolute vengeance' William Shaw, author of Deadland.
'The pace is relentless, the action and fight scenes superbly choreographed and Raglan is nicely complex: an action man with inner depths ... A cracking, finely crafted thriller' Financial Times.
Publication date: 04/02/2021
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication date: 09/07/2020
Publisher: Head of Zeus
|Publication date:||4th February 2021|
|Publisher:||Head of Zeus|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, Star Books, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Adventure, Thriller / suspense,|
David Gilman had a varied career including firefighter, soldier and marketing manager, before turning to writing full time. He is an award-winning author and screenwriter.More About David Gilman