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Paris, 1937. Luke Hamilton - a junior air intelligence officer at the British Embassy - finds himself the target of an assassination attempt. A clear case of mistaken identity, or so it first appears. As Luke is hunted across a continent sliding towards war, he comes to learn that the answers lie deep in a past that predates his abandonment as a baby on the steps of an orphanage twenty-five years ago.

From the author of the bestselling THE SAVAGE GARDEN, and set against a terrific backdrop of Europe on the cusp of the Second World War, this is a compelling novel, rich in adventure, espionage, secrets and lies.

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5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars5.0 Stars  by Anne

A Good Read

This is a thriller of a rather old fashioned type and it is all the better for that. It seemed to me to be reminiscent of "The Thirty Nine Steps" and similar novels. It is set in 1937 in Europe where Luke Hamilton becomes involved in a murder. He hasn't committed the crime but he finds himself on the run from the authorities and more shady characters. As with all good thrillers he ends up on the run, doesn't know who to trust and has to fall back on his own inner resources. As is also necessary for this type of novel he ends up being more capable than you would have thought although he is bewildered most of the time and always in danger of betrayal.

This is an undemanding but excellent read designed to be sheer entertainment. It well conveys the Europe of the time and concentrates on political and criminal activity as well as the shady world of intelligence. Luke makes an excellent, clean cut hero who has to face a series of challenges and does so with his integrity intact and his enthusiasm undaunted. The female interest is suitably enigmatic and there is a twist or two to keep you engaged.

I received a free copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley

4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars4.0 Stars  by Debra Found

A Good Action Story

It is the eve of World War Two when someone attempts to kill Luke Hamilton in Paris. This comes as a great surprise to the lowly clerk in the British Embassy, especially when a stranger saves his life and tells him he must run to save it again. What follows is a trail of action throughout Europe, rather reminiscent of a good John Buchan novel, as Luke attempts to discover why someone wants to kill him.

When I compare this novel to John Buchan it is because I am reminded of that style of early spy/thriller book. Luke Hamilton is an upright (we won't mention the affair with the army officer's wife in the past) englishman of the old school. He seems to always want to do the right thing and save those who are dear to him. He isn't a scandalous rouge, just a nice guy. The characters he meets fall quite nicely into the goodies & the baddies. The frenchman who saves his life is seen to waiver for a while but his true nature shines through!

The book is well written with a plot that stands up well. The action doesn't really stop so there is plenty to keep the reader coming back for more. I did work out most things as the book went along so the twist at the end was of no suprise to me. However, that didn't stop my enjoyment of the book.

A really good read which was entertaining and well written.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

 
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