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Origins story for the Ice Man
on 6 November 2013
I was given an e-book copy from the author in return for an honest review.
This is an origins story for author James Houston Turner's no-nonsense action hero. Having read the contemporary set novels, where the tough and resourceful fifty something former KGB operative uses his wits as much as his fists, it was intriguing to see him as a twenty eight year old.
In November Echo, we meet a very different Talanov to the one we are used to. Brash, super-confident and living in the moment, he is a very different proposition to the cool, analytical chess player of the novels.
Teamed with the striking Sonia and on assignment in Spain, we join Talanov in a world with mullets, Ferrari's, the Cold War and 1980s excess. Turner effortlessly manages to capture the mood and era. He plays well on our fear of biological weapons, also pushing the reader's buttons to elicit moral outrage and moral indignation.
The usual stamps of a Talanov adventure are all here: twists, action and suspense. The young KGB Colonel demonstrates why he is the master of misdirection: Just when you think you understand what is going on, things rapidly change!
This outing has more insights into Talanov and what made him. Noya, the fourteen year old he encounters, clearly has a deep rooted and life changing effect on him. We understand what drives and guides him, and it's not just the outlandish action and rapid dialogue that takes centre stage, this also has a lot of heart and, at times, is quite poignant.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I felt that I understood Talanov more by the end. Once again James Houston Turner has demonstrated his unique talent as a premier thriller writer.