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Cold Black (Aidan Snow SAS Thrillers Book 2) Kindle Edition
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The story starts when the daughter of Prince Fouad Al Kabir, a member of the ruling family in Saudi Arabia, is kidnapped. James “Paddy” Fox, a former SAS colleague of Aidan’s, just happens to be in the vicinity and is able to rescue her. (They had both been deployed to Ireland during the conflict there between the IRA and the Unionists). Prince Fouad Al Kabir is so grateful that he offers Paddy a job as his security chief, and it is up to Aidan Snow to persuade Paddy to accept this offer and use it to be the eyes and ears for SIS.
In Kviv, Ukraine, Gennady Dudka meets up with his oldest friend and colleague, Leonid Sukhoi. (Their friendship dates back to when they had been together in the KGB). Dudka is shocked when Sukhoi tells him why he has arranged this meeting, not just to catch up on old times, but to seek asylum in the West. He has information about a terror attack that involves Belarus’ most infamous Spetsnaz operative; Voloshin Konstantin Andreyevich.
Alex Shaw has come of age in this the second book featuring Aidan Shaw. The story is complicated, very plausible and leaves you, the reader, thinking “This could actually happen!”. What I most enjoyed about the book was the fact that Alex Shaw has kept many of the main characters from the first book and once again they are actively involved as this story unfolds. I also enjoy the way he’s set the story to include countries and people who used to be part of the USSR. Now these fledgling countries are trying to break away and form their own identity, but still with some of the “perks” of Russia, namely their very strong secret service.
I am looking forward to the next book in this series and hope that the wait won’t be too long!
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Aidan Snow now works for MI6 and is sent into the Middle East to rescue Paddy and avert disaster.
This is a pacy, well written and exciting thriller with a strong international theme – and a post Cold War slant. The locations include the UK, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
Broadly Aidan Snow, an MI6 operative, is attempting to stop Russia destabilising Saudi Arabia and it's oil flow in order to capitalise itself. The author in his bio states a knowledge of the Ukraine, and this Eastern bloc (knowledge) shines through. It adds a real slant of realism and authenticity.
A second strength is the characters, in particular action men Snow and Fox as well as the head of the SBU in the Ukraine, Dudka. I really like him. Dudka appears in a previously reviewed novella, Kyiv Rules. He's a wily old fox, hates the politics that's developed within his country and his family have moved away – so Dudka has nothing to lose.
This novel will appeal to readers who enjoy international thrillers with a strong armed forces theme. There are plenty of references and acronyms, but not too many to be off putting, a good balance is struck.
The story itself is an ambitious one, with several strands in different locations running in parallel until drawn together in the conclusion. There's plenty of opportunity for the novel to lose itself, but the author manages to pull it off admirably. It's not all action, there's a seam of army based humour running through it too.
All in all a well written, engaging read.
**Originally reviewed for Books and Pals blog. May have received free review copy.**
I think this is just me as I have always struggled with Russian Characters, they just merge into one for me and I find myself forgetting who is who, are they from Belarus or Russia or the Ukraine? I ended up speed reading through the USSR modern history lesson as I had my fill from Hetman.
That said, still well worth reading.
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Hard to follow at times, but gives a credible plot.
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