“The Devil’sLuck” is a fast paced international drama, that spares no detail of the intricacies and constant maneuvering required in international terrorism investigations. I found “The Devil’sLuck,” strikingly similar to many of the Robert Ludlum novels I devoured in the 1990s. T.R. Croke’s personal experience in the arena of international police liaison, clearly shines through the narrative in the finite technical complexities and minute details of his exciting and complex tale. The spirit of law enforcement and intelligence services’ brotherhood, humor, bureaucratic struggles, and courage, surfaces repeatedly in the interactions of members of the Irish Garda, British MI-5, French DGSI and RAID, American CIA and FBI, Dutch AVID, and others. The novel’s story masterfully details the authentic tradecraft of both government services and of the splinter IRA and Islamic extremist villains; and relates the gritty experience of disenfranchised Muslim youth in France. Detective Kate Bowen, the story’s main character, is well defined, utterly human, hopelessly dedicated and driven in her mission, and has the character and complexity to grab your heart and sustain this series going forward. I’m very much looking forward to the chance to dive into Croke’s next Kate Bowen novel.
An excellent debut novel by T.R Croke. A multinational terror plot involving the IRA and jihadis makes for an interesting read. Set across Ireland, England and France you bare witness to a collaboration between their respective agencies, and their egos!
Unlike many other novels of this genre, 'The Devil'sLuck' plays particular attention to detail in the planning and excursion of covert operations. If you like technical detail, this book is for you.
The female lead, Kate Bowen, is a likeable character and T.R Croke finds the right balance of her working and social lives.
I look forward to his future work.
I was able to review The Devil'sLuck from a free review copy provided.
I really enjoyed the Devil'sLuck by Croke. It follows Detective Kate Bowen, an Irish Garda surveillance officer who despite the Machiavellian politics of global policing, a boyfriend who far is more than he seems and former IRA thugs, who have graduated to international terrorism, remains doggedly locked on to her quarry.
The DevilsLuck is fast paced, gritty, funny and at all times exudes realism. A real page turner!!!!
I approached The Devil’sLuck with caution as I was unfamiliar with the author. However this is a page turner, fast paced, and believable. Set in the murky world of international terrorism, it is a vivid portrayal of how disparate underground organisations find common cause in order to achieve their respective aims. Pitted against these forces are Kate Bowen and her motley and diverse crew in a gripping tale of counter-terrorism. Highly recommended. If you enjoy Lee Child or John Connolly you’ll enjoy T.R. Croke. I look forward to Kate Bowen’s next challenge.