In At The Kill (Jonas Merrick series)

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In At The Kill (Jonas Merrick series)

In At The Kill (Jonas Merrick series)

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My thanks to the Author publisher's and NetGalley for providing me with a Kindle version of this book to read and honestly review.

I found the first 100 pp fairly slow going but the pace picked up very quickly after that and the last quarter or so of this novel is as tense and exciting as any of Seymour’s previous works. Gerald Seymour never fails to engross and entertain me with his unique characters, finely crafted plot lines and gift of weaving tension and passion into his tales. It is never an easy read, as Seymour builds the fear and worry you feel for the characters as the climax approaches, but once you are a single chapter into a Seymour novel I would defy anyone to put it down and leave the rest unread.I have followed Seymour, and read all his books, since Harry's Game in the 1970's and like a fine wine he seems to get better and better as the years pass.

London: Jonas Merrick, grey and quiet, alone in a small office, seems an unlikely character to be tasked with bringing down an international drug network. Out of the Jonas Merrick novels, this person thought that 'The Foot Soldiers' was the best one so far. The amazingly boring gray civil servant Jonas Merrick turns out in an unbelievable fashion to be the real James Bond. As usual our hero to the possible detriment to his own health gets a little too close to the we can see Jonas adapting to new - and difficult - circumstances as a widower, whilst continuing his Eternal Flame duties. I found this initially offered an interesting perspective on the developing plot, although it gradually became rather irritating. Yet Seymour also endows him with two endearing character traits - his desire to be in on the action at the sharp end, despite his physical limitations that should restrict him to his behind the scenes role, and his angst at the impact his plans will inevitably have on the sometimes entirely innocent people who are caught up in the operations he plans.

This represents the third outing for Jonas Merrick, MI5’s querulous counter-intelligence data analyst.Character driven clever descriptive imaginative and intelligent, and totally engaging from first to last page, with the tension building with every turn of the page. He always sets out good plots but his writing style is starting to irritate with his insistence on using three or four similes when one will do and how he painfully tries to avoid clichés. All told, I left the book with a feeling of disappointment due to both the warm recommendation and the reputation of the author from his ITN reporting days. The players were well written and interesting, the plot intrigued and I should have loved it but I didn't.

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