4.0 out of 5 stars
An excellent first novel., 1 Feb 2014
Anyone expecting to read a predictable, formulaic, testosterone-fuelled, thriller will be disappointed. This is a refreshingly, thoughtful and intelligent book, clearly written by someone with hands-on experience and a thorough knowledge of the real world of anti-terrorist operations and police work. There are no Hollywood heroics here, just an insight into how genuine, hard-working professionals obliged to deal with all kinds of horrors, can be brought to the edge of a mental breakdown and even suicide, by the incompetence, mismanagement, cowardice and even petty jealousy of their so-called superiors. This Englishman's real terror is the fear of failure and shame, but most importantly of letting his family down.