The Asset

Written by Shane Kuhn

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 Asset
Sphere
RRP: £8.99
Released: February 23 2017
PBK

The world changed for Kennedy on 9/11, the day the plane on which his sister was a passenger hit the north tower of the World Trade Centre. Wounded by this personal tragedy amidst a national one he dedicated the next fourteen years to becoming an expert on airport security, something that has not escaped the notice of the CIA.

 Just as he begins to question the validity of his career, Kennedy is recruited into Red Carpet, an agency programme to counter terrorist threats. In the company of a team of maverick agents, he must try to foil a plot that could make the horrors of that awful September day pale into insignificance.

This is a book that will make you feel profoundly nervous as you go through airport security if it is part of you beach reading this summer. Kuhn writes scarily convincingly not just about the threats the people who keep our skies safe have to look for, but how bad they can be at seeing them. Things aren't helped, in the US anyway, by the alphabet soup of agencies arguing over how the job should be done.

He handles with the skill of a ringmaster the epic sweep of action as the characters criss-cross the globe forever one-step behind an implacable adversary. What he does equally well is show the impact his experiences past and present have had on Kennedy, giving him a unique focus on his area of expertise, but hollowing him out as a person.

This is a thriller in the best sense of the word; Kuhn is a master at catching his readers on the hop. Along the way to a genuinely nail biting conclusion he also manages to humanize his characters.



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