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by Head of Zeus, 10 Septenmber 2015. ISBN: 978-1-78185-151-7
In 1937, a Basque terrorist cell
is captured by Franco’s men... in 1954, head of the secret police Guzman is on
the trail of Basque leader El Lobo ... and in 2010, forensic scientist Galindez
is still determined to hunt Guzman down.
novel keeps you on your toes, guessing connections as you move from past to
present. The two protagonists are very different. Commandant Guzman, in the
1954 narrative, is a survivor. He’s violent, quick-thinking, and ruthless,
though his no-nonsense defiance of authority and his attraction to Magdalena
and Nieves make him more likeable. All the same, he’s not a character you want
to like, and the later softening revelations feel like the author’s letting him
off the hook. Galindez is an enjoyable heroine, feisty and determined to see
justice done, awkward around people, but willing to open up to those she
trusts, like journalist and radio star Isabel Calderon. The action is non-stop,
the body-count high and the excesses and corruption of the regime under Franco
vividly described. There is sympathy with the Basque cause and the Spanish
setting is vividly created, though I found the use of itallicised Spanish words
plotting, fast action and compelling characters in an unusual setting make this
PP/thriller very readable ... except that, although there’s no hint of this on
the jacket, blurb or title page, it’s actually the second book of a trilogy,
billed on Amazon as Vengeance of Memory 2,
and it ends on a seriously annoying cliff-hanger. It is very good, so if it
sounds your kind of book, I’d recommend waiting till all three are out, then
starting with The Sentinel.
Reviewer: Marsali Taylor
Mark Oldfieldhas worked in
criminological research for over 20 years. He has a PhD in Criminology from the
University of Kent and has carried out research in the areas of risk assessment
and prediction and as well as evaluative research on policing, prisons and probation.
He has also taught in various Universities on research, crime and criminal
justice. The Sentinel combines his
professional knowledge with his long-time love affair with Spain which began in
1976 when he first went to the Spain for the Fiesta of San Fermin in Pamplona.
Marsali Taylor grew up near Edinburgh, and came to Shetland as a
newly-qualified teacher. She is currently a part-time teacher on Shetland's
scenic west side, living with her husband and two Shetland ponies. Marsali is a
qualified STGA tourist-guide who is fascinated by history, and has published
plays in Shetland's distinctive dialect, as well as a history of women's
suffrage in Shetland. She's also a keen sailor who enjoys exploring in her own
8m yacht, and an active member of her local drama group.Marsali also does a regular monthly column
for the Mystery People e-zine.