The only way to hunt down a killer is to become one…
Imprisoned by MI6 for two long years in solitary, Nadia suddenly finds herself free again. But there is a price to pay for her release. Another dangerous and near impossible mission – retrieve the Russian nuclear warhead stolen by her old nemesis, the deadliest of terrorists.
But he is always one step ahead, and soon Nadia finds herself at the front line of preventing London from disappearing into a cloud of ash. Only this time, she is ready to pull the trigger at any cost.
And with the clock counting down from 37 hours, time is running out…
I liked this novel of international intrigue. Having read the first in the series, I was familiar with the characters. Nadia is a tough woman and a different kind of heroine, an assassin. The suspense is nearly continuous as Nadia is determined to find the nefarious Salamander and kill him before he does the same to her.
The plot is a good one, with a nuclear war head being stolen. Salamander is a clever man and manages to be one step ahead of the Russians and MI6. The suspense increases as it becomes apparent Salamander has big plans for the weapon. The plot is complex, with many characters and locations. There is a great deal of revenge going on for past deeds and the death toll is pretty impressive. There is plenty of under water action too, Kirwan's area of expertise.
A strong female lead character and lots of international intrigue and suspense made for a good story. The adventure is not over yet so I will be looking for the sequel.
You can read my review of the first novel in this series, 66 Metres, here.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book Details:Genre: Thriller
Published by: Harper Collins
Publication Date: March 2017
Number of Pages: 315
ID: B01N3KP711 (ASIN) 9780008226978 (BN)
Series: Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller Series, Book 2 | 37 Hours is a Stand Alone Novel (You're welcome to read/review 66 Metres if you'd like)
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Author Bio:After school J.F. Kirwan studied psychology, then worked in heavy industries, including offshore oil rigs in the North Sea, and nuclear power plants in the UK, US and Japan. Lately he’s been working with airplane safety, which enables him to travel to some far-flung places.
His job is about trying to prevent large-scale accidents. Having studied them for years gives him a sense of how catastrophic events start off slow, simmer awhile, then gather speed and accelerate towards the final event. He uses this experience when writing, and calls it tourniquet plotting. He also spent years as a martial artist, training in Hong Kong, and knows a thing or two about writing fight scenes. But his main passion is diving. He used to be an instructor, and has dived all over the world, and so all three books have an underwater element. Readers – whether divers or not – often say that the books are most vivid in the underwater scenes.
After a scuba-diving injury, and surgery on his back, he couldn’t dive for eighteen months. He missed it so much he started a novel about a young woman, Nadia, who was coerced into working for the Mafia. A fan of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, as well as other thriller writers such as David Baldacci, Stieg Larsson and Andy McNab, he wanted to create a female protagonist who could mete out justice when required. What started out as a bit of fun gathered momentum as a couple of agents got interested, and then HarperCollins snapped it up with a three-book deal.
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