27 March 2014.
The spy thriller's prologue is in an abandoned military barracks in 1995 Berlin where a very high level meeting between opponents takes place. The behaviour of the rats that inhabit the complex as they tear each other to pieces certainly warns of the events to follow. We continue to an operation to capture a defector in present day Gdansk which fails during a gun battle between Western and Russian secret agents as the defector is snatched by another group. This story crackles with violence.
The book shows a remarkable level of intelligence work over a wide canvas while building an explosive head of suspense. Although there are many characters the telling details make some of them come alive so that the reader cares about their progress. The protagonist is Will Cochrane, a British espionage agent of vast experience and skill whose life has been dedicated to his work. The search for a deadly secret covers many parts of Europe and reveals numerous enemies - sometimes enemies can cooperate and sometimes friends are revealed as traitors. The denouement leaves the reader with the possibility of further adventures for Will Cochrane.
A lengthy appendix explains technical terms used.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
Slingshot is the third story to feature Will Cochrane. Author Matthew Dunn is a former MI6 field officer.