Eavesdrop: A Mossad Spy Thriller
by Ian Coates
Eavesdrop is a multi-threaded mystery thriller. Both threads finally come together in Helsinki, Finland. The main problem that I had with this book was that those threads were too close to straight lines. There weren’t enough surprises or twists. You knew from the beginning that Customs Investigator James Winter was going to be involved in both threads. Even though he was fired from his job, you knew that he would continue to investigate the smugglers. You didn’t know what connection there was between the smugglers and the terrorists, but you knew that there had to be one, and you knew that it would have to involve James Winter.
The book was well written, and James Winter was a realistically constructed character, but the plot was too simple. Some of the things that Winter does are quite hard to accept. You don’t think that he could do that or you say to yourself, “How can you be that stupid!” But you could accept those things in a book with more twists. Mr Coates give us some more unexpected twists in your next book. If that happens you could have a real winner.
I give Eavesdrop 3 1/2 Stars out of 5, because even though the book had a good measure of excitement, it didn’t keep me guessing.
I received a digital review copy from the author.
Diamond smugglers. A police conspiracy. High tech spies. Assassins intent on derailing Middle East peace talks. Customs Investigator James Winter must overcome them all if he is to save his career-and his life.
Winter, an ex-MI5 operative wrongly accused of colluding with a smuggling ring that has a suspicious knack of avoiding the traps set by his team, battles to clear his name. As his wife undergoes cancer treatment, he finds it hard to balance time at her bedside with action to vindicate himself. After his suspension, he sets out to find how the smugglers manage the ring. An email from a bothersome high tech supplier prompts Winter to spring into action, putting him on the trail of a Mossad spy whom he discovered is somehow involved, and placing him right in front of the Syrian hit squad.
Al-Jabib ran a gloved fingertip across the engraved skull and crossbones and felt a tingle of anticipation mix with his nerves. It was really happening; he, Bashar Al-Jabib, was about to initiate the most audacious operation in all Syrian history. He touched the locket that hung around his neck. “Mum and Dad, you’d be proud of me.”
In this fast-paced and suspenseful espionage thriller, Eavesdrop uncovers an even bigger catastrophe as James Winter stumbles into an international mystery involving Mossad, a Middle East terror plot to destabilize Israel and the global political climate. With the help of a dubious partner, Winter risks his life, but will he be able to stop an international conspiracy and clear his name?
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Bad Day Books (December 18, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
About the Author
Author Ian Coates graduated with honours in engineering. He worked in the high-tech electronics industry for over twenty-five years, where he specialised in the design of radio communication equipment. His intimate knowledge of that environment always triggered his imagination to think about the mysterious world of international spies.
A lifelong love of books led him into writing, but it was being named one of the winners in the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook centenary novel writing competition that spurred him on to complete his thriller, Eavesdrop. The novel was written largely on planes and in airport lounges as well as in snatched moments before starting work each morning.Eavesdrop is scheduled for release later this year by Bad Day Books, an imprint of Assent Publishing.
Ian lives and writes in Buckinghamshire, England, with his wife and two daughters.
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