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Monday, 27 November 2017

’Incognito’ by Khaled Talib

Published by World Castle Publishing,
19 April 2017.
ISBN: 978-1-62989-695-3 (PB)

The Pope has been kidnapped by a group called Sword, but they’re putting the blame on Muslims, and there will be bloody retaliation if three secret agents, led by Ayden Tanner, can’t manage to rescue his Holiness before Sword take them out …

This short novel is told mostly from Tanner’s point of view, moving occasionally to the other members of his team, Isabelle and Guy. All three are now officially dead, and handled by the mysterious Mr Somebody. Their job is simply to try and make bad better. Tanner is an ex-soldier, and we heard about his training for this elite unit. He’s a voracious reader, given to quoting obscure texts, and the situation forces him to think about his beliefs, which adds depth to the story. Isabelle has a dark history, and wields a mean machine gun, though I was sorry that much of her conversation was implausibly girly. Guy has let himself become stable, with a girlfriend. The action is typical secret agent movie mould, but there’s an added level of reality to their actions when we see the police clearing up the bodies after one of their skirmishes – you never see police dealing with 007’s massacres! There’s non-stop action, as the trio move from country to country, with Sword close behind, or sometimes, due to information leaks, in front, and a high body count. There’s loads to enjoy for people who like guns and technology, and a twisty plot which leaves your head spinning as you try to keep track of which side the players are on.

A fast-moving thriller with ambushes, chases, helicopters, disguises, and lots of shooting – perfect for lovers of James Bond and Mission Impossible.
Reviewer: Marsali Taylor

Khaled Talib is the author of Smokescreen, Incognito and Gun Kiss, to be published in 2017 by Imajin Books. The author is a member of the Crime Writers Association and the International Thriller Writers. He resides in Singapore.

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.

A review of her recent book Ghosts of the Vikings can be read here.

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