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Elliott & Thompson, 16 April 2020. ISBN: 978-1-78396-491-8 (PB)
Tony Kent was a new name to me, but his pedigree was impressive: a day
job as a leading criminal barrister, first two books selected for high-profile
book clubs, interest from TV. He had a lot to live up to.
Reader, he succeeded. Power
Play is a hefty volume – 150,000 words, nearly 500 pages. But I was hooked
after ten pages and devoured the whole thing in three sittings. So how did he
achieve this attention-holding feat? The best thriller fiction comes down to
four elements: characters, locations, plot and narrative tension. Kent scores
high on all four counts.
The characters, and there are
plenty of them, are rounded and well-drawn where they need to be, sketched in
just enough detail if that's more appropriate. Joe Dempsey is the special agent
whose job is to save the world as we know it; he has a conscience and
vulnerabilities as well as instincts and reactions so sharply honed that taking
on half a dozen bad guys in a fire fight is all in a day's work. And he's just
one example out of a dozen or more.
The locations cover three
continents. A London Underground platform, a high-security prison cell, an
elegant apartment block, the Oval Office and the Afghan landscape on a freezing
winter night were just some of the scenes that played across my mind like a
live TV broadcast.
The plot is complex, twisty
and full of action; it opens with a plane crash and a high-octane hostage
situation, ends with a bloodbath and hardly stops for breath in between. And
the narrative tension comes partly from that breathless pace, partly from the
jump-cut structure which leaves characters hanging at key moments so you have
to read just one more chapter to get back to them, and partly from the way the
story keeps turning on a sixpence, so you're never sure what's coming next.
The scenario Kent lays out is
all too plausible, especially to those of us who wonder exactly who is in
charge and what really goes on in the corridors of power. Power Play is
a novel which will not only keep you on the edge of your seat well into the
small hours; it may also make you think, and maybe even ask the kind of
questions that the people who run the world would probably rather you didn't. And
for me, that's the best kind of thriller there is.
Reviewer: Lynne Patrick
Kentgrew up in a
close-knit Irish family in London and studied law in Scotland. He is a
top-ranking barrister and former champion boxer who brings a wealth of detail
and personal insight to this unputdownable thriller. A regular at London's Old
Bailey, Tony's case history includes prosecuting and defending many
high-profile, nationally reported trials. Before his legal career, Tony boxed
internationally as a heavyweight and won a host of national amateur titles. He
is based in London.
Lynne Patrick has been a
writer ever since she could pick up a pen, and has enjoyed success with short
stories, reviews and feature journalism, but never, alas, with a novel. She
crossed to the dark side to become a publisher for a few years and is proud to
have launched several careers which are now burgeoning. She lives in
Oxfordshire in a house groaning with books, about half of them crime fiction.