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** My thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for my copy of this book **

 

Description:

The deadliest kind of assassin is one who is already dying…

As the radiation poisoning that Nadia Laksheva was exposed to in Chernobyl takes hold of her body, she knows she has mere weeks to live. But Salamander, the terrorist who murdered her father and sister has a deadly new plan to ‘make the sky bleed’. Nadia is determined to stop him again, even if it is the last thing she ever does.

The only clue she has are the coordinates 88˚ North, a ridge in the Arctic right above one of the largest oil fields in the world, three thousand metres below the ice. If Salamander takes hold of the oil field, he could change the climate of the whole planet for generations to come…

But can Nadia stop him before her own time runs out?

The gripping third and final novel in J.F. Kirwan’s brilliant spy thriller series. Perfect for fans of Charles Cumming, Mark Dawson and Adam Brookes.

 

My Thoughts & Review:

I think it’s fair to say that this has been a series that I’ve much enjoyed and when I realised that this was the final part of the series I was saddened.  How could the author end this series with one of my favourite characters?!   How would the plot move on from where it left off in book two and more importantly, how would this end?!

So, picking up from the previous book, we see Nadia Laksheva still on the tail of notorious terrorist Salamander and with nothing to lose she’s letting nothing stop her finding him, not even the radiation sickness.
Nadia is a character that many readers have taken a huge liking to, she’s a kick ass, takes no-nonsense lass that knows her way around guns and can fight her way out of most situations.  She’s the perfect mixture of cool, detached and calculating, but also impulsive, not averse to taking risks.  The way that Kirwan scripts his plot means that the tension winds tighter and tighter to the point you almost want to race through the book to find out what will happen next and what risks will be taken.

The research into this book feels quite extensive, even down to the detailed information presented in small throw away comments in dialogue are impressive.  Other details of things such as traditions of the Triad, the information about nuclear weapons etc are fantastic and make a reader feel like they are being presented with something so well thought out and put together.  It really adds an authenticity and feeling of completeness to the plot.

I do love the descriptiveness of the writing throughout this series, the settings are so vivid in my head whilst I read, it’s almost like watching a movie play out in my head.  And I will miss diving with Nadia and Jake, experiencing the underwater world through their dives has been one of the highlights of these books.

If you’ve not read either of the previous books I would recommend heading back to the beginning of the series to fully appreciate the development of the characters and their situations.   Highly recommended series that I am genuinely sad to see end.

You can buy a copy of 88° North via:

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37 hours

 

** My thanks to Noelle & Kate at Thick as Thieves Book Publicity and Promo for the opportunity to read and review this book, and for inviting me to take part in the blog tour **

 

Description:

The only way to hunt down a killer is to become one.
Imprisoned by MI6 for two long years in solitary, Nadia suddenly finds herself free again. But there is a price to pay for her release. Another dangerous and near impossible mission – retrieve the Russian nuclear warhead stolen by her old nemesis, the deadliest of terrorists.
But he is always one step ahead, and soon Nadia finds herself at the front line of preventing London from disappearing into a cloud of ash. Only this time, she is ready to pull the trigger at any cost.
And with the clock counting down from 37 hours, time is running out…
My Thoughts & Review:
You know that feeling when you finish a book and cannot wait to get started on the next one in the series?  Well that’s a tiny bit like the anticipation I had for this book, 37 Hours is the second in the Nadia Laksheva series and it begins with a bang that sets the pace throughout.
For readers new to this series, you can read 37 Hours straight away, there is more than enough information included in the narrative to explain who people are and the connections between them, but I would highly recommend reading 66 Metres first as the writing is fantastic and the small details you will pick up from that book will absolutely enhance your enjoyment of 37 Hours.
As always, I won’t say too much about the plot, there is a blurb above to give you some idea of what goes on in this book, and suffice to say Nadia seems to be back in the middle of a dangerous situation that will push her to the limits of her abilities and mental capacity.
When I read 66 Metres I was astounded by how strong a character Nadia is (you can read my review here) and this instalment has firmly cemented my liking of this character.  Her tenacity in the face of danger is almost chilling, she’s calculating and careful in some aspects, but at other times she will take risks which increase the tension and enjoyment of the book.  Her strong connection to her family makes her that little more relatable, often a female protagonist such as this ends up being portrayed in a less realistic way.
I am a big fan of Kirwan’s writing style, it’s easy to follow despite it covering some topics I have no knowledge about.  I don’t profess to know anything about diving and yet I was able to read this book and not feel that I was missing any details because of the care that the author has taken to ensure that all of his readers will be able to grasp the facts of what is happening.  The vivid images I could conjure of scenes were down to the wonderful descriptions included, and for me this makes a book more enjoyable as I feel that I can “see” everything as it plays out.
Now to wait patiently to see what happens next……….
You can buy a copy of 37 Hours via:
 
About the Author:

In his day job, J. F. Kirwan travels worldwide, working on aviation safety. He lives in Paris, where he first joined a fiction class – and became hooked! So when a back injury stopped him scuba diving for two years, he wrote a thriller about a young Russian woman, Nadia, where a lot of the action occurred in dangerously deep waters. It was the only way he could carry on diving! But as the story and characters grew, he realised it was not one book, but three…

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