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The Prague Ultimatum (Prague thrillers) Paperback – 20 April 2017
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international relations become increasingly tense, and as the narrative races towards its nail-biting climax, Captain Lincoln Stone is caught in a vortex of deception and betrayal which strains his considerable survival skills to the limit. The Prague Ultimatum provides a salutary and timely reminder of the insidious threat that we all face from the creeping advance of far-right ideology and separatism, while being a gripping and enthralling political thriller which is very difficult to put down.
This is the second book I've read from this author, both set in the same reunified nation that is current Czech Republic. As a writer of Russian based thrillers myself, there was plenty in this one to keep me entertained. Plenty of twists, and an unexpected resolution. I rated it five stars because of the quality design of the paperback, the craft of the story telling and the fact James Silvester is an author I'm following and think you should too.
My one critical comment (and my rating is unaffected as this issue can be corrected) was the badly formatted eBook which stopped me reading initially, and the large number of errors that still seemed to make it through the edits. I'll reach out to he author to mention these. They might well have been corrected already. This in no way should stop you enjoying this well thought out story, even if at times it's a little extreme.
After all, we all need a little escapism and this post Brexit instalment hits the mark.
The story moves on in a Czechoslovakia reunited under a strong woman Prime Minister and an elderly heroic President, but the uneasy peace is threatened by Islamic terrorism, the rise of a charismatic fascist leader, and the knocking on the door of the Russians, following their trip into the Ukraine - and what of the Institute, a shady organisation manipulating EU politics, and to what end - are they the white knights?
Silvester builds this story in a masterly way, and the reader is drawn into various dark alleys, the hero, or is he an antihero, dumped into a maelstrom of chilling political manoeuvring, a traditional soldier having to adjust into the veiled and turgid world of MI6.
As a reader we are sent down paths, each equally believable and we get right behind it, but nothing is as it seems, and neither is the motivation of the political directors - this is, after all, politics - well, actually it is the lives of millions of innocent people, not just in Czechoslovakia, but across Europe, and the swerves and curves of intrigue I found gripping, and the end, barnstorming, a complete surprise.
I cannot reveal more of the plot as I would not want to spoil the roller coaster ride, but this is truly a masterly work, well thought out - a wonderful read.
5 Stars and a recommended read
But spoilt for me by far too many simple and careless spelling and punctuation errors. What happened to proof reading?
but then lm a stickler for authenticity and factuality, otherwise quite good.
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The plot line is so entwined in potential truths, it makes me nervous, but Stone's journey is one that will carry you to the very last page.
Awesome read, can't wait for the next one!