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THE TROJAN BOY [Kindle Edition]

Ken McClure
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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The mysterious letter invited him to an interview for a job he'd never applied for. But at 37, his family life and medical career in ruins, Dr Mark Avedissian wasn't feeling like asking too many questions.

Nor, it turned out, were British Intelligence, Avedissian's new employers, prepared to give many answers about his new role in their battle against terrorism. With minimal information they despatched him to America in the company of Kathleen, the sister of an IRA man Martin O'Neill, their brief to rescue a small boy, a child with a terrible destiny.

But in the turbulent events that followed, in the transatlantic struggle for the freedom of Ireland, British Intelligence proved to be every bit as ruthless as the IRA, and Avedissian and Kathleen dispensible pawns in a game that veered rapidly out of control . . .

Ken McClure is the internationally bestselling author of over twenty medical thrillers such as The Lazarus Strain, The Gulf Conspiracy, White Death and Dust to Dust. His books have been translated into twenty-three languages and he has earned a reputation for the accuracy of his predicitions. McClure's work is informed by his background as an award-winning research scientist with the UK's Medical Research Council.

Author's Note : -

The Trojan Boy is one of my early titles, originally published by Collins/Fontana in the UK in 1988 under the author name Ken Begg.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 661 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Saltoun (25 Jan. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KZOX3G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #160,499 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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KEN McCLURE is an award-winning medical scientist as well as a global selling author. He was born and brought up in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he studied medical sciences and cultivated a career that has seen him become a prize-winning researcher in his field. Using this strong background to base his thrillers in the world of science and medicine, he is currently the author of twenty-four novels and his work is available across the globe in over twenty languages. He has visited and stayed in many countries in the course of his research but now lives in the county of East Lothian, just outside Edinburgh.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Trojan Boy 23 April 2012
By Whisks
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I came across this book, purely by accident, as i had never heard of this author.
The story has many twist and tales to keep you turning the pages, and takes you to different locations.
I enjoyed the book so much i have now read three other books by Ken McClure, which have all been very good reads. I would recommend this author to anyone who enjoys a good Thriller.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IRA, British Intelligence, Treachery and Betrayal 26 Feb. 2012
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I have read and really enjoyed other books by Mr McClure, but hadn't read any of his much earlier works (this one from 1988 under the name of Begg I understand).

This is a tale of the time. It brought back to me the dreadful period from the early 1970's where the war in Northern Ireland was a daily news item. This is a story of duplicity, betrayal, double cross and a touch of redemption. It's a fast paced thriller, with a complex plot involving deals and double deals, leaving the reader unsure as to who they should be rooting for. The main protagonist is an unusual character for whom I had some empathy. He's had a troubled past and ends up working for the security services, but nothing is straightforward. Mr McClure's prose keeps the story moving along well. There are some nailbiting scenes involving chase and a really fast paced race against time to the final denoument.

I have only one slight reservation and that was the speed at which a relationship developed between two of the characters. I won't say more as I don't want to ruin the story and it certinly didn't spoil my enjoyment overall. Just made the difference between 4 or 5 star. All in all, a great and gripping read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I'll not say too much amount the plot as I don't want to spoil the story. In many ways the book is typical of the author - moderately slow start as he introduces the characters but then as the plot starts to thicken and twists and turns occur you are compelled to read on, together with some romantic interest between two of the characters. The background to the plot is the 1970s when the IRA was regularly in the news with bombings and other activities. The scene moves between Ireland, England and the US. One of the main characters is a struck off doctor and this is really the only medical component to the thriller, so I would regard it as a thriller that features a doctor rather than a medical thriller. Although most of this author's books I have read the outcome was obvious sometime before you reach the end, this wasn't the case hers. Some other reviewers have mentioned problems with transfer to kindle or formatting arrors - I can't say I really noticed that many and certainly not enough to spoil the enjoyment of a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant as usual. 8 Jun. 2013
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Very nearly a tear-jerker. A complete change from the usual medical thriller, but nontheless a facinating read, as always, difficult to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as usual 2 April 2013
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Another brilliant tale from Ken McClure - I just wish he could write novels faster!!! I love his work - have to keep reading until the early hours of the morning because you can't put the book down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Page turner 12 Jun. 2012
By Suzanne
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I really enjoyed the book and appreciated all the twists, although the ending is a bit bleak. This is the first book I've read by this author and looking forward to reading more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A page turner 24 May 2012
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I got this book for a steal on a Kindle promotion (and may have enjoyed it more because of this!). I thought it was enjoyable, easy holiday reading with an interesting plot. Characterisation is a little limited but enough for you to empathise with the main character Avedissian. It is a little flawed in plot and sometimes clunky in passages, I cringed a few times. I feel a bit of judicious editing could have sorted that out.

It's not great writing but it's definitely compelling, and there are lots of twists and turns to keep you reading right to the end.

The promotional price did the trick and after this "taster" I'll certainly be buying a few more McClure book for my holidays.

[Incidentally, the kindle edition has a quite a few minor errors in it (missing quote marks, line breaks gone wrong, spaces missing between words etc) nothing serious, but the publisher might try to fix it for a new edition.]
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