July 2005: in the midst of Operation Theseus, the largest police investigation that the UK has ever known, Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan begins to ask difficult questions that lead to the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend and his sudden suspension from the Metropolitan Police.
Who masterminded London's summer of terror?
Why can't Flannagan make headway in the sprawling investigation?
Is Jake's absent girlfriend really who she claims to be?
While hunting for the answers to the most complex case in British history, one man will uncover the greatest criminal deception of our time.
Terror, extremism and fear of the unknown,
Sometimes the answer is much closer to home.
First of all I would like to express my sincere apologies to author David Videcette for taking so long to read his fabulous book. I've just finished reading it and all I can say is OMG! Through his book, the author didn't simply take me on a fast-paced journey, as other thrillers normally do. No, I feel as though he has strapped me to the outside fuselage of a plane travelling at twice the speed of sound!
This story made me reflect on the current situation in the world, on the horrible news we're used to hear almost every day now. It also made me aware of how vulnerable to acts of terrorism we actually are. We can never be 100 percent safe, anywhere. We can never know when a terrorist attack is planned to strike. Who knows who will be caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"They're calling it the largest criminal investigation ever undertaken."
Crafted around real-life horrific events occurring in London in 2005, this story is so believable that it made me wonder whether what I was reading was fiction or not. I'm still not sure. What I know is that my heart was in my mouth throughout.
The main character is DI Jake Flannagan of the Metropolitan Police, Anti-terrorist Branch. He's a brilliant, fearless detective, however his personal life is in shambles. He's riddled by guilt and anger. His Achilles heel - women and alcohol - he can't stay away from them.
"He was a toy. This was a game... None of it made any sense."
As you might imagine, this book is jam-packed with action, and twists and turns from start to finish, as we follow Jake on his dangerous quest to find the truth behind the bombings. Ignoring internal politics and conflicts within the Met and Security Service, he follows his instinct and does not always follow procedures or his superiors' orders, and he worries very little about the consequences. Investigating these horrific suicide bombings, he's determined to dig deep for the truth. Why have these attacks taken place and by whom? Who is behind them? Who pushed these suicide bombers to do what they did?
Having been directly involved in the original bombings' investigation, it shows that the author knows too well what he's writing about. And it's evident that a lot of research has been undertaken. The prose is excellent with realistic dialogues. The plot is believable, intricate, detailed and well planned to keep the reader's interest high. Short chapters, all headed with day, time and location make reading a so much more interesting and enjoyable experience. I found myself reading at night with my eyes half closed just to find out what happens in the next chapter.
This is a gripping, fast-paced read that I really enjoyed. Contrary to some other readers I really like the book's cover. I think it's ideal. The chequered scarf looming over the London skyline is symbolic of this book.
With thanks to the author for sending me a copy of this fab book to read and review.
I went out to work on 7 July 2005, and two weeks later I came home wearing the same clothes and with fifty-six people dead.
The quest for the truth about the London bombings took years to unravel. Thousands of men and women played their parts in helping to unravel that truth, some of which was presented to a public enquiry. Yet, despite years and years of painstaking work, I still feel that we only ever scratched the surface of what really went on.
I was not a victim of the bombings, but in many ways, my life was altered forever by that day too, along with a large proportion of the people whom I worked with on Operation Theseus. What started off as a normal day at work within the Anti-Terrorist Branch, turned into a nightmare that still haunts me and many others.
This is a fictional tale that looks at 'What if...'
I can't tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story. This is what happened to DI Jake Flannagan during London's summer of terror...'