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Pace and bravado: a thriller that thrills!,
This review is from: Games Traitors Play (Paperback)Jon Stock is new to me, though this is his fourth book and the second featuring MI6 agent Daniel Marchant, a Bond or a Bourne for the era of SPOOKS. Here's a thriller that really does thrill.
Marchant has just saved the US president from assassination by a resolute al-Qa'eda terrorist called Salim Dhar who, by a mind-stretching coincidence, is the bastard son of Marchant's late father. Dad was a head of MI6 suspected of being a mole for the Russians. A similar cloud hangs over Daniel, but the current MI6 chief believes in him and knows he is the one person who may be able to prevent Salim Dhar's next outrage. Salim is learning to fly a Russian fighter plane, which gives a clue as to where the story may be heading. An Asian-babe CIA agent and some Russian and Morrocan heavies are hot on Daniel's heels.
With location scenes in Morocco, India and Sardinia, GAMES TRAITORS PLAY is as exotic as any Bond film. There's an early dental torture sequence far worse than the one Laurence Olivier worked on Dustin Hoffman - ouch! Stock writes in short sharp chapters which give the narrative tremendous momentum. Clouds of suspicion provide serious echoes of national treasure John Le Carre, but the sheer bravado of this nail-biter place Jon Stock in a front-running new class of his own.
(Reviewer is the author of SHAIKH-DOWN)