Lambert Nagle was a new name to me in the world of thrillers, so I was happy to dive into the highly-detailed world that Revolution Earth describes, hoping to find a new author to proclaim.
Well, it transpires that Lambert Nagle is an entirely new name ... being the pen name of a married couple, Kiwi/Brit as they describe themselves, who have started a new series of books featuring their hero, Stephen Connor. Connor is a trainee detective who becomes involved in a case that crosses continents, beginning with the apparently-accidental running down of a cyclist in a London street.
Connor meets the cyclist's friend, Cara, and tracks her as she starts to investigate the driver of the hit-and-run car and, subsequently, the clients of his PR firm. How she joins an anti-capitalist protest group and how Stephen both uses and protects her form the spine of the story, leading to an explosive conclusion in Australia.
The breadth of knowledge and experience that have gone into the writing of this book is stunning. From how to maintain a professional bicycle to how to pilot a deep-sea fishing vessel, from drilling in Antarctica to running a courier firm in Bethnal Green ... there seems to be nothing that this writing duo don't know how to do. The pace is fast and the writing direct and to the point, giving us access to the thought processes of a wide variety of characters.
What works best is the structure of the book. It begins innovatively (no spoilers!) and then races off with lots of short chapters that whisk the reader from one location to another so that we never know what's coming next. We're involved in the lives not only of Stephen and Cara, but of Tariq, Cara's boss, Ginny, a PR woman to whom Stephen becomes romantically attached - and many more, from eco-warriors to security directors to PR gurus and oil company executives. As I said, wide-ranging and detailed.
So put aside a few hours of your time and prepare to be sucked into a maelstrom of plot and counter-plot, ethical dilemmas and sexual passions. You won't regret it.