The Prometheus Man

Written by Scott Reardon

Review written by Adam Colclough

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.


The Prometheus Man
Mulholland Books
RRP: £14.99
Released: January 26 2017
HBK

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.

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