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Blog Tour ‘n’ Book Review – The Failsafe Query with Giveaway

The Failsafe Query

by Michael Jenkins

The Failsafe Query

The Failsafe Query is a gripping thriller set in the contemporary world of modern British espionage.

Sean Richardson, a disgraced former intelligence agent, is tasked to lead a team to search for Alfie Chapman, an Intelligence officer on the cusp of exposing thousands of secrets to the media. This includes a long lost list of Russian moles embedded since the Cold War, one of whom remains a public favourite in the British parliamentary system.

The action moves with absorbing pace and intrigue across Central Asia and Europe as the puzzle begins to unfold through a deep hidden legacy.

Tense, fast paced, and insightful, The Failsafe Query twists and turns to a satisfyingly dramatic finale. 


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My Review

A must-read, fast-paced, energetic thriller spanning the Cold War to modern day. This was such a captivating and enthralling read, I didn’t want to put it down at any point.

It is so cleverly written, you can see the correlations with the events as they happened back then and how they unfurl for Sean Richardson. You will feel the tension and the danger, flinch at the brutality and be in awe of the extent of corruption. Because, these days, our politicians inspire in so many of us such little trust that the lines of fact and fiction is increasingly blurred.

The level of detail is impressive; this author knows his stuff.

Despite only having a layman’s knowledge myself of the Cold War and the WMD fiasco that led to the war in Iraq, I was not deterred. Jenkins’ writing kept me engaged, even when I knew how certain events would pan out. His characters are strong, yet flawed, humorous yet cautious and the sense of danger is never far away.

I was totally invested in Sean’s life; willing him to survive and get back to a more “sensible” career, yet also growing more and more curious at the mystery he was about to unearth. Jenkins drip feeds the mystery through a variety of intoxicating subplots, and ties them together with aplomb. The result is an explosive – literally – read that will have you reading into the night, and then some.

An absolute winner!

Delighted to see there will be another book out in Spring next year.

About the author

Michael Jenkins served for twenty-eight years in the British
Army, rising through the ranks to complete his service as a major. He
served across the globe on numerous military operations as an intelligence
officer within Defence Intelligence, and as an explosive ordnance
disposal officer and military surveyor within the Corps of Royal

His experiences within the services involved extensive travel and
adventure whilst on operations, and also on many major mountaineering
and exploration expeditions that he led or was involved in.
He was awarded the Geographic Medal by the Royal Geographical
Society for mountain exploration and served on the screening committee
of the Mount Everest Foundation charity. 

He was awarded the MBE on leaving the armed forces in 2007 for his services to counterterrorism.

The Failsafe Query is Michael’s first novel. He has started work on his second spy thriller, The Kompromat Kill, and hopes to publish it the spring of 2019.

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Giveaway – Win 5 x PB copies of The Failsafe Query & a spy linkage map (unframed) (Open Internationally)

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