Top critical review
Fast and furious - if you like that kind of thing.
12 January 2016
The writing is strictly functional but who cares, this is an action thriller and the action comes thick and fast from first to last - in the form of bombings, ambushes, kidnaps and all the usual kinds of jihadist hanky-panky. We don’t have much time to care about the characters because the next terrorist outrage is just around the corner and it's anybody's guess who’ll step out alive. The protagonist is a flawed maverick of a journalist facing up to his demons in a fictitious Arab country but he doesn’t blog, tweet or post insights on facebook so the tradecraft of broadcast news evoked in 'The Mortal Maze' feels somewhat Twentieth Century. It’s a page turner alright, but some readers may be tempted to fast-forward once they’ve picked up the pace.