Published by: Head of Zeus
Firstly many thanks to the publisher for sending me an arc in return for an honest review, and for inviting me to be part of the blog tour.
The book opens 7 years in the past in Mali where an operation is in place against a terrorist group, we then flash forward to present day London where banker Jeremy Carter travelling with his son is abducted and his son vanished, however, Carter formally worked for MI6 and they are keen to find Carter and know just the man to help Dan Raglan The Englishman. No more spoilers.
David Gilman has weaved a wonderfully taut and slick thriller. The book has clearly been well researched and this makes for an extremely believable story.
The book is strong on characters and thanks to the writing you get a real feel for the way they act each brought superbly to life on the page, it is easy to find yourself invested and immersed in each, although you wouldn’t want to get to close to some. As for Raglan it would fair to say he is somewhat of a complex character, tough and uncompromising, however, there is defiantly a warmth and compassion to his character.
Landscape also plays a vital role in bringing the story to life, whether that be surburban London or Eastern Russia each is written in glorious detail.
As for the plotting and pace of the story, this is of the highest quality, rich, unrelenting, slick and fast paced, blended with plenty of complex and intricate tension, the action never relents giving little time to draw breath, at times you will have your heart in your mouth, there are scenes within the book where the writer cleverly uses less words to describe the action and lets the readers imagination take over.
As the action ratchets up and unfolds and you race to the end and what a finale the end scenes in Russia are a joy to read full of gritty realism in a race to survive in a place not built for survival.
There is a real depth to the book, with plenty of moments of pure tension, it also has plenty of emotion fair to say it certainly gets under your skin, be prepared to be hooked from the get go
The Englishman has all the ingredients that are required in a thriller, combined with a writing style guaranteed to entice the reader into his world.
Defiantly one of the reads of 2020 and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.