To be honest, I seldom, if ever, read detective/crime/mystery novels, but this one was definitely worth the time and effort. I thought the whole IRA/Islamic axis was totally plausible and the plot kept me going to the end.
“The Devil’s Luck” 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’s Luck,” 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.
What is the terrorists plot and against whom ? This is the main thrust of T.R. Croke's debut novel in the Kate Bowen Mystery Thriller Series. Despite a relatively slow srart, establishing all the main characters, the book is fast paced and propels you straight into the world of international terrorism and crime detection.
The book is predominantly set in Ireland, France and the UK and closely follows the main character, Irish SIU operator Kate Bowen on her mission to prevent a major terrorist attack from the deadly combined forces of the Provisional IRA and Al Quaeda.
Overall I really enjoyed the book and was gripped from relatively early on. The author is obviosly very experienced in the field of crime detection and internsgional government co-operation, as a lot of the book is quite technical. However the book does lack the human interest side that I prefer in a thriller. I didn't find Kate's relationship with her boyfriend at all believable and events were swiftly wrapped up at the end of the book after the main 'event'.
That said I'm looking forward to reading the next instalment in the Kate Bowen series.
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's Luck' 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's Luck from a free review copy provided.
An excellent debut novel from T.R Croke. Its a plot that I have never read anything about before which interested me a great deal. This novel is very current to today's events for example Isis and all the terrorism that occurs all over the world. The characters are interesting and with a female protagonist, this was another aspect that pulled me in and kept me interested. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an exciting and thrilling read.