Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Pages: 251
Date: 24/11/2008
Grade: 4.5
Details: no. 1 Jack Valentine Thriller

Jack Valentine has been working for an obscure and shady British intelligence service for years and probably for too long when he accepts an easy sounding mission. He's to go to Ireland, find a package left there by some Americans 25 years ago and bring it back to his boss.
Of course things aren't that simple and Valentine finds himself up against opposition and in danger from the start, while having no idea what the Americans were doing in Ireland 25 years ago or why it matters now.
At the same time Liam, a friend of Valentine who is high up in the IRA, has been accused of being a traitor and is being hunted.
It will take a complicated and violent conclusion to give Jack and Liam a chance to survive.
This was a good thriller. Especially the scenes describing a sea voyage during a violent storm are fascinating. My one objection is that a few things weren't explained sufficiently; the reader just had to accept them. But this really only bothered me in retrospect.
The story did remind me a bit of the series by Lee Child featuring Jack Reacher, which is a good thing.

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