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Published by Robert Hale,
28 August 2015. ISBN: 978-0-7198-1757-1
When young Annoushka witnesses a murder at a high society
party and records it on her mobile, she cannot imagine the danger she puts
herself in. The evidence she holds could bring down many of the aristocracy
and people in government.
On the instructions of the Prime Minister Special
Agent Samantha Quest is sent to protect Annoushka and retrieve the 'phone.
However, the mobile goes missing and so begins a frantic search by the two
women closely followed by men employed to destroy the
evidence and them.
Also unknown to Annoushka, her father, a wealthy Russian
oligarch has powerful enemies intent on tracking her down and disposing of her
and Samantha. The two have to keep one step ahead all the time and it becomes
imperative that they recover the mobile as it is the only thing they have to
bargain for their safety.
This was a great story of intrigue and corruption in
high places. The two women have to outwit pursuers from every direction and it
makes for exciting reading. They have many a close shave avoiding all the would
I found it refreshing to read the exploits of a female
Special Agent instead of the usual testosterone fuelled male!
I laughed out loud at a couple of remarks by H.R.H.
Prince Philip, Raymond Haigh certainly has a hidden sense of humour! For the main part though, this book is
full of “dark powers” that are easy to imagine actually do exist in high
places. It lends belief to probably most people's suspicions that there must be
many a cover-up in the government and among the super rich.
Apparently this is Haigh's seventh book involving
Samantha Quest, and I shall be looking out for the other six.
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell
Raymond Haighwas born in Doncaster where he went on to work in
local government design departments. He is married with four children and seven
grandchildren. Haigh's crime writing spree began in the 1980s with the
publication of the first of his five Paul Lomax novels. Dark Powers is his seventh Samantha Quest story.
I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I
play the occasional game of golf (when I am not reading). My great love
is cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for
plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots
of great new authors.