I read this after reading the oktober projeckt by the same author. I did enjoy the book in the end, but found that I lost track in some of the conversation it was a bit confusing. Also for me to much scene descriptions in the middle of a conversation, which in turn left me lost to what the actual conversation was about.
But left some loose-ish ends which could have been made here and there. There are some rarely seen words and Mr Dillon's intricate descriptions which detracted from the pace but otherwise very enjoyable and great for all the armchair spy masters put there.....
This is one of 4 books that I think I bought in a hurry and gave up quite soon as it was exceedingly slow. I had just finished Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva and this book does not even get close to holding the readers attention the way a thriller from a class act like Silva does.
`The Fanatic' is the second instalment in R.J. Dillon's fast-paced trilogy starring the indomitable Nick Torr; leader of the Covert Operations Directorate, CO8, a dark and murky branch of the British Secret Intelligence service. Dillon creates a sense of doomsday urgency throughout the book - as Torr battles enemies on many different fronts and continents, as well as sparring his own personal demons.
The book opens with a terrorist attack on British soil; gripping the reader's attention from the outset as the protagonist peels back the many layers surrounding the perpetrators true identity. With all indicators pointing to collaborative involvement in the terrorist attack, we follow Nick Torr's on his heart stopping journey to find the absolute truth, through the ever-changing landscapes of Egypt, France, Kenya and the United States too name a few. Written through Nick Torr's eyes, there is no chance to catch your breath as the reader is launched into a dark and sinister world of espionage as Torr battles to piece together the fragments of a puzzle that consolidate into an exciting and divisive climax.
This book is a great read for anyone that enjoys spy novels or is intrigued by the inner workings of Britain's most subterfuge ant-terrorism organisation. Set against a contemporary global background of reticent tension between nations; the reader can immediately identify with Torr himself - an ageing security operative, who carries the baggage his chosen profession has bestowed upon him. At times Torr is portrayed as the quintessential `action man'; the hard hitting description and narrative give the `operations' chapters a real sense of gritty reality, comparable to the fight scenes portrayed in the Bourne films. However the brutal reality of Nick's job is bisect by periods of reflective contemplation as we have a chance to learn more about the man himself; former missions and operations as well as a nostalgic family life, which was long ago shattered by his professional duties.
An ideal gift for father's day, `The Fanatic' is a book that I couldn't put down and would recommend to both friends and family.