A page turner, really enjoyed this fast paced thriller. The story felt very realistic. The short chapters make it very easy to progress quickly to the exciting conclusion. A highly recommended read. I am looking forward to the next outing for Detective Kate Bowen
To be honest, I seldom, if ever, read detective/crime/mystery novels, but this one was definitely worth the time and effort. I thought the whole IRA/Islamic axis was totally plausible and the plot kept me going to the end.
Gripping, gritty, quick-witted detectives take on ex-IRA thugs who have teamed up with Al-Qaeda nasties.
This debut conspiracy (terrorism) thriller is a truly realistic read - the author is a former detective with the Irish secret services working to stop international terrorism, so he really knows his stuff and it's truly an "inside" look into this sort of world where detectives are pitted against merciless killers with an unknown target in a deadly race against the clock to stop the next attack.
The main character, Detective Kate Bowen is tough yet has her own Achilles heel of an inability to trust her boyfriends or see the signs when they aren't what they seem to be. Her surveillance team is a great cast of real "Irish" characters - some of the vernacular will puzzle readers but once you catch on to what they mean you quickly love them: Digger, Angie, Zoom and the rest of the crew never give up on their target and go to any lengths to hunt down their foe. The settings of Dublin, London, Paris and the coast of Brittany in France all feel utterly realistic.
Great read!! I highly recommend it. It looks like book 2 will be out soon and I can't wait.
“The Devil’s Luck” is a fast paced international drama, that spares no detail of the intricacies and constant maneuvering required in international terrorism investigations. I found “The Devil’s Luck,” strikingly similar to many of the Robert Ludlum novels I devoured in the 1990s. T.R. Croke’s personal experience in the arena of international police liaison, clearly shines through the narrative in the finite technical complexities and minute details of his exciting and complex tale. The spirit of law enforcement and intelligence services’ brotherhood, humor, bureaucratic struggles, and courage, surfaces repeatedly in the interactions of members of the Irish Garda, British MI-5, French DGSI and RAID, American CIA and FBI, Dutch AVID, and others. The novel’s story masterfully details the authentic tradecraft of both government services and of the splinter IRA and Islamic extremist villains; and relates the gritty experience of disenfranchised Muslim youth in France. Detective Kate Bowen, the story’s main character, is well defined, utterly human, hopelessly dedicated and driven in her mission, and has the character and complexity to grab your heart and sustain this series going forward. I’m very much looking forward to the chance to dive into Croke’s next Kate Bowen novel.
What is the terrorists plot and against whom ? This is the main thrust of T.R. Croke's debut novel in the Kate Bowen Mystery Thriller Series. Despite a relatively slow srart, establishing all the main characters, the book is fast paced and propels you straight into the world of international terrorism and crime detection.
The book is predominantly set in Ireland, France and the UK and closely follows the main character, Irish SIU operator Kate Bowen on her mission to prevent a major terrorist attack from the deadly combined forces of the Provisional IRA and Al Quaeda.
Overall I really enjoyed the book and was gripped from relatively early on. The author is obviosly very experienced in the field of crime detection and internsgional government co-operation, as a lot of the book is quite technical. However the book does lack the human interest side that I prefer in a thriller. I didn't find Kate's relationship with her boyfriend at all believable and events were swiftly wrapped up at the end of the book after the main 'event'.
That said I'm looking forward to reading the next instalment in the Kate Bowen series.
An excellent debut novel by T.R Croke. A multinational terror plot involving the IRA and jihadis makes for an interesting read. Set across Ireland, England and France you bare witness to a collaboration between their respective agencies, and their egos!
Unlike many other novels of this genre, 'The Devil's Luck' plays particular attention to detail in the planning and excursion of covert operations. If you like technical detail, this book is for you.
The female lead, Kate Bowen, is a likeable character and T.R Croke finds the right balance of her working and social lives.
I look forward to his future work.
I was able to review The Devil's Luck from a free review copy provided.
I really enjoyed the Devil's Luck by Croke. It follows Detective Kate Bowen, an Irish Garda surveillance officer who despite the Machiavellian politics of global policing, a boyfriend who far is more than he seems and former IRA thugs, who have graduated to international terrorism, remains doggedly locked on to her quarry.
The Devils Luck is fast paced, gritty, funny and at all times exudes realism. A real page turner!!!!
An excellent debut novel from T.R Croke. Its a plot that I have never read anything about before which interested me a great deal. This novel is very current to today's events for example Isis and all the terrorism that occurs all over the world. The characters are interesting and with a female protagonist, this was another aspect that pulled me in and kept me interested. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an exciting and thrilling read.
I approached The Devil’s Luck with caution as I was unfamiliar with the author. However this is a page turner, fast paced, and believable. Set in the murky world of international terrorism, it is a vivid portrayal of how disparate underground organisations find common cause in order to achieve their respective aims. Pitted against these forces are Kate Bowen and her motley and diverse crew in a gripping tale of counter-terrorism. Highly recommended. If you enjoy Lee Child or John Connolly you’ll enjoy T.R. Croke. I look forward to Kate Bowen’s next challenge.