From The Shadows, another absolutely brilliant book from author A. P. Bateman and once again a cannot put down until finished novel. The latest Alex King book is again a griping, action packed, classy and fast moving story with plausible characters realistically brought together, and so well described that you feel as if you have know them for ages. A.P.Bateman moves well between the story lines ensuring that the pages will not stop turning,and never fails to deliver a treat for his followers. Alex King keeps you guessing from the start to finish with unusual twists and turns that you can hardly believe what he is up to and how it will turn out. Breathtaking, mind blowing, fast and hard. He certainly deserves the five star reviews he has and he has also written three short stories which are well worth reading as well. One of the great things about his writing is the fact that he keeps you in touch with what has happened previously and shows you an insight of what is to come , so now you are awaiting the next novel and it cannot come too soon. ! A. P. Bateman is one of my favorite authors and having a comment from top author Stephen Leather on the cover is absolutely brilliant. Definitely a book to read.
All of the previous Alex King outings have been exceptional, but this one is on a different level, absorbing, current and very well researched. If you have not started the series yet then you have a huge treat in store. There is no question that these books will be turned into films.
Another page turner from AP Bateman in the Alex King series. Difficult to put the book down as the author keeps you intrigued as to what will happen next. A twist at the end that I certainly didn't see coming. Can't wait for the next book in the series!
I have loved the Alex King series. But this one was on a whole new level, and could not put it down. Most of these books you could read own there own, and enjoy then immensely. But this one follows the previous very closely, so would advise reading that one first.....though read them ALL they are excellent.
Breakout was the seventh in the Alex King series and, although not essential, it might add to the reader's enjoyment if it was read before this, the eighth in the series. A P Bateman has a talent for writing books in a series which complement each other while also being able to be read as stand-alone thrillers.
In Breakout, Alex and his team battled to recover an asset from the CIA for MI5. In this latest thriller, the CIA is out to get revenge, and members of his original team are being hunted. Except the twist is that this is a rogue mission set up and financed by someone who has a particular grudge against Alex King and is motivated to destroy him and his accomplices. The operatives chosen for the task are all CIA trained and usually highly effective. Alex, therefore, has to quickly round up his original team to neutralise the threat.
I read this new novel in two days while on holiday and lost track of time each day. A P Bateman's writing has that effect on me. The text is tight without being sparse. All the detail is presented to the reader without any waffle. Bateman manages to convey the action and atmosphere and paint a picture in a few words, which means that the tension is maintained and the reader is drawn further into the plot. The dialogue is always spot on and his knowledge of weaponry presented in an authoritative way without preaching or spending too much precious reading time on too much detail. It's always an excellent balance and one sadly lacking in so many other novels of this genre. I always look forward to the next in the series and then the next and so on. Hopefully, the author has many more outline stories to flesh out in new novels.
As an aside but as an indication of Bateman's wider appeal; I lent the book to a friend while on holiday. My friend usually devours non-fiction but had read a couple of thrillers from famous authors borrowed from the resort library to while away the hours sipping G&Ts by the pool. In comparison, he commented that From The Shadows was meaty and very enjoyable. Praise indeed and I wholeheartedly second his opinion.
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AP Bateman continues to write in a style I cannot resist! He cleverly brings us up to date with King's circumstances, whilst feeding us hints of what is to come and takes us along for the ride. Another brillliant plot; action, information and humanity delivered in a style that leaves me feeling that I have actually met King, Caroline and the rest of the key characters, to the point that I actively dislike the bad guy! If you are a previous King fan you cannot afford to miss out on this; and if you have not yet met the man, pick up this book - you'll soon be hooked.
This is about consequences from events in the previous book. It's action packed from start to finish. The level of ruthlessness, deceit and treachery is staggering. It also reveals that there's a bigger conspiracy going on and the ending is such that the next book can't come too soon.
What a shocker in every sense of the word. Man's cruelty to man and woman knows no bounds in this book. Alex King is left deeply marked after this and I hope there will be another episode to truly finish the story. Highly recommended reading for those who enjoy fiction at it's best.