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The Last Olympiad [Paperback]

John Goodwin
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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20 Sep 2010
Even before the British Olympic Committee won the right to stage the 2012 games they confidently displayed a "Countdown to London" banner on their website. Little did they know that it was also a simultaneous countdown to events that could make London 2012: The Last Olympiad When Gavinder, a disaffected British born Moslem helped install an explosive device in the concrete undercroft of London's new Olympic Stadium he thought it was set to destroy the structure and cause the cancellation of the games. But other forces are at work and the consequences are far more than his conscience can reconcile. Menaced by Shakir, a murderous munitions expert, he is torn between revenge, his innate humanity and his duty to the Jihad. He is involved in love, hate, murder, rape and retribution. Can he keep his faith? If he tells the authorities will they believe him? Can he recover the computerized key that is the only way of disarming the device? Aided in London by a young Islamic student and complicated by a team of mercenaries with dubious loyalties his adventures take him across Europe, into North Africa and back to London in time for the doomed opening ceremony. Fate, right wing extremists and Anglo-American confusion all play a vital part in the outcome.

Product details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Raider Publishing International (20 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616671475
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616671471
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,725,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By JuliaD
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This was one of the books I took away with me on a two week break and I have to say it was the perfect book for a holiday read. It is easy to read and once I started the first page I couldn't put it down.

The plot revolves around Gavinder, a young disaffected British born Moslem. He becomes involved in a plot to plant an explosive device into part of the concrete structure of London's new Olympic Stadium. He believes it will destroy the stadium and cause the cancellation of the 2012 Olympic Games before it begins. However, Gavinder is only a pawn in the grander designs of his superiors and his naivety allows them to use him. He soon becomes embroiled with a vicious and brutal munitions expert, and that is only the start of his problems.

The fast moving narrative takes him across Europe, North Africa and back to London where he becomes involved in murder, rape, and has to keep his wits about him in order to keep himself alive in a race against time, adversaries and the ticking clock of the `Countdown to London' Olympic banner. Amazingly, along the way he manages to find love and friendship, but also disillusionment.

The author has made Gavinder very plausible as the gullible young protagonist and you find yourself understanding how his ingenuousness has led him to the path he believes he is following.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great holiday read! 21 Jan 2014
By L. Sage
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Fab story line! Had me hooked from the minute I picked it up! Couldn't put it down and made me great company whilst on holiday :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars One you need to read 10 Feb 2013
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Having read the very topical storyline I plunged into this book with anticipation that did not let me down throughout the read. John Goodwin manages to shift easily between writing in this book a thriller, a love story and a crime novel, interwoven with cultural issues and a good dash of sex and violence. The books fast pace keeps the reader gripped from first to last page and I can recommend it to everyone - just make sure you have enough time and space to remain undisturbed as you won't want to put it down!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A REAL PAGE TURNER 3 May 2011
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This is a very exciting novel, fast-paced and easy to read from the very first page. The protagonist, Gav, and his friend Raz are both very believable characters, very easy to empathise with. Because of Gav's vulnerability and innate goodness as a human being one really cares about what will happen to him. The baddies are suitably cold, tough and evil and up there with the best of Bond villains. It is a real page turner and perfect to take with you on holiday. AND, by the way, with the Olympic Games getting ever closer NOW is the time to read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A timely explosive tale 26 Dec 2010
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I have watched this publication grow from a discussion with the author in Cyprus two years ago, and was proud to have aided him in the early drafts. It is a powerful story with an unusual viewpoint, and cunning plotting. The author used his own experiences to provid expert knowledge in the premise. Every security man should read this book. Every reader of thrillers will find pleasure in here too.
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