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"Distant, magnetic, determined and deadly - words to describe Adrian Magson's new lead Marc Portman. Insanely atmospheric... the kind of book you can't put down. I can't wait for his next adventure. Bravo!"
"Give this man a Bond film script to play with! Contains some of the most explosive opening chapters I've read in a long time. ...a nail-biting story... Magson knows how to play with his readers' emotions."
Crime Fiction Lover
"The action starts on page one and never lets up. Marc Portman is a sort of 21st century self-employed James Bond. Highly recommended."
David Bremner - Chairman - BMAA (Microlight Flying Magazine) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Adrian Magson was shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association's Debut Dagger Award in 2001. As well as the new Harry Tate and Lucas Rocco series, he has had five novels published in the Riley Gavin/Frank Palmer series, and has written a writers' help book based on his 'Beginners' column in Writing Magazine. He lives in Oxfordshire.
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I really like Adrian Magson’s books, they tend to be a little short (circa 250 pages) but they pack in a lot of action, pace and characterisation. Great author, great thrillers.
Whilst its easy to read and features both solid action and a plot that is both plausible and reasonably intelligent, its also incredibly bland. From its one-dimensional and bland lead character, Marc Portman, who proves that there's a fine line between being enigmatic and being uninteresting, to a supporting cast who are afforded almost no character development or clear personalities, nothing in The Watchman is given any depth or complexity. The plot remains resolutely linear and includes no twists or surprises. There's very little genuine jeopardy, with Portman striding through events with apparent ease and imperviousness, the bad-guys remain walking terrorist cliches about whom we know or care little, you're given no feel for the east African locations, and the whole things is wrapped up with a finale that is so low key and abrupt that it feels like the author simply lost interest.
So bravo to Adrian Magson for trying to create an action-thriller that isn't entirely implausible and doesn't insult the readers intelligence. However, maybe next in the next Marc Portman adventure he might find a way to insert some genuine excitement, atmosphere and character development amongst the gunfire and espionage. Not that The Watchman really demands you read the next Portman thriller.
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The Watchman is only suppose to be just a shadow protector for two British agents negotiating for some UN kidnapped workers. But the agents walked into a bigger plot and became hostages themselves..
So here you have a guy who has no other support but himself to try to do his job and keep the two agents safe, against pirates and extremists. A few good souls happen to be around to lend him a hand here and there. But the nail biting is non stop.
I wonder if his other character is as interesting. Must try another book by Adrian.
I enjoyed the setting and the plot with the Somalian pirates, this is something very real in the world today and a story that could actually happen. As tough as Portman is, he doesn't pretend to be ten feet tall and bullet proof. He is a believable character.
This book is well worth the money. Buy and enjoy.