The Kompromat Kill
When a British Diplomat is kidnapped in the heart of London, followed by a brutal double-assassination in Chelsea, MI5 braces for the threat of deep sleeper cells coming alive.
Hiding overseas with a price on his head, Sean Richardson is tasked to lead a deniable operation to hunt down and recruit an international model and spy. Moving across Asia Minor and Europe, Sean embarks on a dangerous journey tracking an Iranian spy ring who hold the keys to a set of consequences the British Intelligence Services would rather not entertain.
As Sean investigates deeper, he uncovers dark secrets from his past and a complex web of espionage spun from the hand of a global master spy. As he inches closer to the truth, the rules of the game change – and the nerve-wracking fate of many lives sits in his hands…….……..
Tense, absorbing, and insightful, The Kompromat Kill is a gripping thriller leaving
you breathless at the pace of intrigue, cleverly unravelled in a dramatic finale.
I started climbing at 13, survived being lost in Snowdonia at 14, nearly drowned at 15, and then joined the Army at 16. Risk and adventure was built into my DNA and I feel very fortunate to have served the majority of my working career as an intelligence officer within Defence Intelligence, and as an explosive ordnance disposal officer and military surveyor within the Corps of Royal Engineers.
I was privileged to serve for twenty-eight years in the British Army as a soldier and officer, rising through the ranks to complete my service as a major. I served across the globe on numerous military operations as well as extensive travel and adventure on many major mountaineering and exploration expeditions that I led or was involved in.
I was awarded the Geographic Medal by the Royal Geographical Society for mountain exploration in 2003 and served on the screening committee of the Mount Everest Foundation charity for many years. It was humbling after so many years of service when I was awarded the MBE for services to counter-terrorism in 2007.
The Failsafe Query is my debut novel, with The Kompromat Kill, my second.
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A thrilling read where you can really hear the clock ticking.
Having read The Failsafe Query, the book that introduced the world to Sean Richardson, there was no way I was going to miss out on this second book. As expected, The Kompromat Kill was another thrilling adventure, filled with spies, drama and danger at every turn.
I must admit to finding the story heavy on the technical detail in parts, much of which went over my head, and long episodes of backstory slowed the pace at times. However, that said, it soon became obvious that everything was there for a reason. I loved the link back to the 80s and Sean’s mother; that proved to be very clever plotting. In fact, despite so many twists and turns, the many subplots all came together really well.
Once I found myself in the thick of the story, it was fast-paced and tense, with unexpected twists and turns coming like rapid fire. The author’s own experience in this world, combined with the many timely modern-day references, made this all the more believable, all the more intriguing, and all the more scary.
As for the characters, well, that Jack fella had a finger in every pie going. I didn’t quite follow his tie-straightening obsession, but loved how he seemed to have an answer for everything – even when it didn’t seem possible. The relationship between Sean and Nadège was intense; two wounded souls looking for some justification to explain how they became the people they did. The team surrounding Sean made me think of The A Team, each was an expert in their field, and each had the others’ back. I guess I wanted it to end with: “I love it when a plan comes together”, instead I’ll settle for: “I love it when there’s another book to follow.” No pressure, Michael 😉
As a spy / political thriller, this was suspenseful and detailed, relevant and uncompromising. If you enjoy a nail-biting thrill ride with a cast of believable, clever, flawed and focused characters, then I’d recommend this in an instant.
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