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by Matador, 28 January 2020. ISBN: 978-1-83859150-2 (PB)
It's September in the early 1990's
and Naval Lieutenant John McAdam comes across a cabin cruiser while he is out
birdwatching on the deserted Norfolk coast, a place well known for smuggling.
He is invited aboard and from then on disappears.
Meanwhile in London, ex Navel
Commander Tom Falconer and his partner Alice Silk meet up with Tom's friends
from the Navy and can't understand where McAdam can have got to. He was to have
been there with his wife Mary. When Mary rings them distraught at his apparent
disappearance, Tom and Alice go up to Norfolk to be with her. An Inspector
Lomax of the Ministry of Defence Police is in charge of finding the missing
Navy man and a helicopter searches the marshes and surrounding areas but there
is no sign of McAdam.
Tom having taken recent early
retirement has time on his hands and takes it upon himself to find out what
happened to his friend.In the course of
his enquiries he finds out that sea trials are planned for an Advanced Guided
Missile System aboard the ship H.M.S. Athena in the North Atlantic and all his
naval friends will be serving aboard.
We then learn that the Russians
have heard of the trials and have put a “sleeper” on board. The intention is to
steal the missile system and put it overboard with a tracking device attached
to be picked up later by divers, and then transferred to a submarine.The trials go well, but when Athena is
returning and is just off the Norfolk coast, both the system and its inventor
Peter Tolley, also aboard are missing.A
security alert goes out when submarine activity is picked up and Bikini State
Red is declared allowing military groups to react if necessary.
Meanwhile Tom becomes convinced
that it must be one of his friends on board H.M.S. Athena who is the “sleeper”.
Together with his partner Alice he is determined to discover who. This however
puts them both in grave danger and they have more than one narrow escape.
It then becomes apparent that there
must be another Russian agent, this time someone in a much higher position, but
Can Tom and Alice discover the
traitors before they themselves are silenced?
What a brilliant book, succinct, informative,
and straight to the point. The suspense is kept up throughout and builds nicely
to a few surprise revelations.A really good
read and one which I highly recommend.
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell
Paul Whitemanworked professionally as a medical doctor and
research scientist. His interests in maritime affairs started as a Sea Cadet in
the 1950s. He has skippered his own boat around the English coast. Now
Cambridge-based, his amateur interests also include the design and development
of autonomous robotic systems.
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.