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Published: 3 November 2016
Reviewed: 18 October 2016

4 out of 5 stars

Copy supplied by Headline in return for an honest review

 

Description:

You wake. Confused. Disorientated.
A noose is round your neck.
You are bound, standing on a chair.
All you can focus on is the man in the mask tightening the rope.
You are about to die.
John Wallace has no idea why he has been targeted. No idea who his attacker is. No idea how he will prevent the inevitable.
Then the pendulum of fate swings in his favour.
He has one chance to escape, find the truth and halt his destruction.
The momentum is in his favour for now.
But with a killer on his tail, everything can change with one swing of this deadly pendulum…

My Thoughts & Review:

Pendulum is the second book by Adam Hamdy to feature John Wallace, the first book Run is set whilst John is still in Afghanistan.  Pendulum does read well without having read Run, there is ample detail provided to explain links between the books.

John Wallace is about to be hanged in his own home by a masked assailant wearing serious body armour.  Wallace has no idea who this assailant is or why he has been targeted,  but he does know that he wished the wooden beams in the roof had woodworm.
When the hanging attempt fails Wallace makes a run for freedom but the would be killer isn’t going to give up his prize too easily.

What then follows is an adrenaline filled whirlwind of activity, Wallace trying to keep out of sight of his would be killer and desperately seeking answers to why someone is after him.  Travelling from the UK to America in search of clues, answers, help, Wallace walks a tightrope of danger and seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time too often.

As the first instalment in a trilogy, this book sets the bar high for the books to follow.  The levels of intrigue, mystery, action and danger are intense and utterly immersive.  Hamdy writes with an efficient style that lulls the reader in with short and snappy chapters.  Effortlessly he throws the reader straight into the action from the beginning of the book and continues in this way throughout with numerous high octane escapades.

The characters in this are interesting and although the protagonist wasn’t especially likeable I still wanted a good outcome for him and felt sympathy/empathy at times towards him.  The supporting characters all added depth to the story, indeed some were incredibly intriguing and the descriptiveness of Hamdy’s writing meant that it was possible to envision them all, especially the killer!

The concept of the story is captivating, the description has the right level of mystery in it to hook a reader’s interest and hold it till at least half way through the book, well this was  where I became a little less enthused,  when things seemed to take a turn towards being less credible, less realistic and a little too sensational.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good book and very well written, I just felt that it was a little far fetched in places and I wanted to skim read some bits as it felt a little too “wordy”.

I would definitely look out for the next book in the series to see how Wallace fared after this lethal game of cat and mouse and to see what Hamdy had planned next for him.

You can buy a copy of Pendulum here.

 

About the Author:

Adam Hamdy is the author of the forthcoming Pendulum trilogy, which will be published by Headline in November 2016. New York Times bestselling author, James Patterson, said: “I read Pendulum in one gloriously suspenseful weekend. Definitely one of the best thrillers of the year.”

As a screenwriter, Adam has worked with studios and production companies on both sides of the Atlantic, and is currently developing original TV dramas with networks in the UK and US.

In addition to his film and television work, Adam is building a reputation as an author. After garnering critical acclaim, Adam’s self-published second novel, Out of Reach, was republished by Endeavour Press in 2015.

Prior to embarking on his writing career, Adam was a strategy consultant and advised global businesses in the medical systems, robotics, technology and financial services sectors.

Adam has a degree in Law from Oxford University and a degree in Philosophy from the University of London. Adam is a seasoned skier, rock climber, CPSA marksman, and is a member of the International Thriller Writers Organisation, the Society of Authors, the Crime Writers Association, and the Writers Guild of Great Britain.

For more information about Adam Hamdy’s books check out his website http://www.adamhamdy.com or follow him on Twitter @adamhamdy

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