Synopsis: 7 July 2005: in the midst of Operation Theseus, the largest police investigation that the UK has ever known, Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan begins to ask difficult questions that lead to the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend and his sudden suspension from the Metropolitan Police.
Who masterminded London’s summer of terror?
Why can’t Flannagan make headway in the sprawling investigation?
Is Jake’s absent girlfriend really who she claims to be?
While hunting for the answers to the most complex case in British history,
one man will uncover the greatest criminal deception of our time.
KAT’S RATING: 5/5
Author Information: A former Scotland Yard investigator with the Metropolitan Police, David has worked on a wealth of infamous cases. He’s chased numerous dangerous criminals, entered and searched hundreds of properties and interviewed thousands of witnesses.
With twenty years’ police experience, including counter-terror operations and organised crime, David was a detective on the Anti-Terrorist Branch during the 7/7 London bombings in July 2005.
Today he uses his police experience in his writing, as the author of a series of detective novels starring DI Jake Flannagan. The Theseus Paradox is the first novel in the series.
KAT’S REVIEW: It becomes apparent VERY quickly that the author knows what he is talking about. This isn’t a man who has researched to the best of his ability, but a man that has lived and breathed this kind of thing and it is very apparent as soon as you start reading. It took me a few chapters to warm up to the theme as potentially its sometimes a controversial subject. Terrorism is very much alive and kicking and is normally at the forefront of peoples minds whenever they switch on the news. Me personally, I work in London and as I sit and write my review I have experienced that very ‘fear’ that Videcette manages to portray. A seemingly innocent engine fire of a van that ended up looking very much like something very different tends to put you on edge…much like this book.
My ramblings aside, this really is an absolute corker of a book considering its a debut novel. Jake Flannagan is such a dedicated copper, and is so bright in some areas yet so dense in others it just makes him all the more likeable. The 7/7 bombings form the main focus of the story and as such two separate operations are running, one of them being Operation Theseus. This operation sees Jake and his team in situations that make you sweat, even as a reader. That’s the real beauty of this story, the fact that you don’t feel like you’re a reader, you feel like you’re on a hardcore work experience placement and actually working right alongside these people.
The story is well paced, full of energy and adrenaline and it literally doesn’t stop until the very end. I don’t want to linger too much on the actual plot lines as this is something that needs to be experienced as you read. Did I like it? A resounding yes. The book had me glued from start to finish, and there is still an element of me that is a little disbelieving that this really is the authors debut novel (even though I know it is, but you see what I mean?). This was so good, I can see it making the top 10 books for this year, although I know the year is young.
I remember around 5 years ago I read a book that made me feel the same, except this was for an author by the pseudonym Noah Boyd who sadly passed away. I recall my title for my review was ‘My week work experience with the FBI’, This book has that exact same feel to it, It was real, tense and at times scary as hell, a true example of how ‘authenticity’ should be done! A book I cannot recommend highly enough and an author I will be keeping a beady eye on in the future.
Lastly, was there anything I didn’t like? Actually yes. Okay I know this is irrelevant to the story but for some reason I just didn’t like the cover. It just didn’t correspond with how good the book was in my opinion. A minor issue I know (as well as a personal opinion) but hey, it’s my blog so I can write what I like I guess. The question is now, will Book 2 live up to expectations? I guess I will have to wait and see.