Adam Colclough lives and works in the West Midlands, he writes regularly for a number of websites, one day he will get round to writing a book for someone else to review.
When several mutilated bodies are found in a
Paris apartment CIA agent Tom Blake hustles his way onto a murder hunt like no
other. The chief suspect is no ordinary criminal; he’s an ‘asset’ created as
part of a secret government project gone rogue.
Blake himself is no ordinary
operative; in fact he isn’t an operative at all. Working under a stolen
identity he has infiltrated the CIA to pursue an investigation of his own, one
that will pit him against an assassin with unlimited capabilities and an
organization within an organization that will do anything to secure its secrets
from the general populace.
The benchmark for a good
thriller is whether or not it does more “than it says on the tin”. Reardon
easily aces the ‘tin test’.
This assured debut novel is
a high class chase thriller that plays skilfully on familiar themes about
government ‘black’ projects and the lengths those in the know will go to keep
them secret. That alone would be enough to win it an appreciative audience;
though Reardon’s ability to go further, should win him a thoughtful one too.
He asks all the expected
questions about the limits of power and just how far, is too far for the
protection of society from harm. Then he touches on the somewhat deeper
question of just what it means to be human; particularly in an age when ethics
tries to keep pace with the breakneck pace of scientific progress.
Reardon shows admirable
skill at keeping his readers on the edge of their seats and making them think
too; this suggests he has the makings of being one of the future big names in
the intelligent thriller-writing world.