#BlogTour #TheKompromatKill by Michael Jenkins @FailsafeQuery @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

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Title: The Kompromat Kill by Michael Jenkins

Date Published: 19th June 2019

Genre: Spy Thriller

Description:

‘They were preparing for decades – now it’s time to take them down……’

A DIPLOMAT VANISHES
A BOMB DISPOSAL EXPERT GOES ROGUE

Hiding overseas with a price on his head, Sean Richardson is tasked to lead a deniable operation to hunt down and recruit an international model and spy. Moving across Asia Minor and Europe, Sean embarks on a dangerous journey tracking an Iranian spy ring who hold the keys to a set of consequences the British Intelligence Services would rather not entertain.

As Sean investigates deeper, he uncovers dark secrets from his past and a complex web of espionage spun from the hand of a global master spy. As he inches closer to the truth, the rules of the game change – and the nerve-wracking fate of many lives sits in his hands…….……..

You can buy your copy here:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kompromat-Kill-Deadly-Hunt-Nizari-ebook/dp/B07QFSF44F/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+kompromat+kill&qid=1588446159&sr=8-1

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Kompromat-Kill-Deadly-Hunt-Nizari-ebook/dp/B07QFSF44F/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=the+kompromat+kill&qid=1588446502&sr=8-3

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Review:

I want to thank Emma at Damppebles blog tours for inviting me on this tour and providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second in the Sean Richardson series but it can be read as a standalone, something I can attest to having not read the first myself.

Spy thrillers are not something I read very often but I was intrigued by the blurb for The Kompromat Kill so I thought I’d take a chance on it.

The Kompromat Kill is an intriguing spy novel that is so realistic at times it’s a little scary.

The writing was wonderfully descriptive and at times intense with so much packed into the story. There’s deadly assassins, kidnapping, murder, international terror plots and even mentions of the Cold War.

Sean is how I’d imagine a real spy. He can blend in yet be charming and charismatic and of course be a ruthless killer when he needs to be. 

As the story is so realistic, there is a fair bit of technical jargon throughout the story which the author does try to explain but a lot of it went over my head. Also there’s a fair amount of politics which I found a little distracting, I just wanted to get back to the action.

The Kompromat Kill is a believable and intricately plotted novel and a must if you enjoy a spy thriller.

About Michael Jenkins MBE:

I started climbing at 13, survived being lost in Snowdonia at 14, nearly drowned at 15, michael jenkinsand then joined the Army at 16. Risk and adventure was built into my DNA and I feel very fortunate to have served the majority of my working career as an intelligence officer within Defence Intelligence, and as an explosive ordnance disposal officer and military surveyor within the Corps of Royal Engineers. 

I was privileged to serve for twenty-eight years in the British Army as a soldier and officer, rising through the ranks to complete my service as a major. I served across the globe on numerous military operations as well as extensive travel and adventure on many major mountaineering and exploration expeditions that I led or was involved in.

I was awarded the Geographic Medal by the Royal Geographical Society for mountain exploration in 2003 and served on the screening committee of the Mount Everest Foundation charity for many years. It was humbling after so many years of service when I was awarded the MBE for services to counter-terrorism in 2007.

The Failsafe Query is my debut novel, with The Kompromat Kill, my second.  

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Website: https://www.michaeljenkins.org/

#BlogTour #Review The Courier by Kjell Ola Dahl (translation by Don Bartlett) @ko_dahl @OrendaBooks #RandomThingsTours

Title: The Courier by Kjell Ola Dahl (translated by Don Bartlett)

Publisher: Orenda Books

Date Published: 21st January 2019

Genre: Thriller/Historical/Espionage

Description:

In Oslo in 1942, Jewish courier Ester is betrayed, narrowly avoiding arrest by the Gestapo. In great haste, she escapes to Sweden whilst the rest of her family is deported to Auschwitz. In Stockholm, Ester meets the resistance hero, Gerhard Falkum, who has left his little daughter and fled both the Germans and allegations that he murdered his wife, Åse, Ester’s childhood best friend. A relationship develops between them, but ends abruptly when Falkum dies in a fire.

And yet, twenty-five years later, Falkum shows up in Oslo. He wants to reconnect with his daughter Turid. But where has he been, and what is the real reason for his return? Ester stumbles across information that forces her to look closely at her past, and to revisit her war-time training to stay alive…

Written with Dahl’s trademark characterisation and clever plotting, The Courier sees one of Norway’s most critically- acclaimed authors at his best, as he takes on one of the most horrifying periods of modern history. With its sophisticated storytelling and elegant prose, this stunning and compelling wartime thriller is reminiscent of the writing of John Le Carré and William Boyd.

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Review:

I want to thank Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me on this blog tour and providing me with a copy of The Courier.

The Courier is told using multiple timelines, 1942, 1967 and finally 2015. We follow the story of Ester, a young Jewish woman who risks her life to be part of the resistance. After a near miss with the police, Ester flees to Sweden leaving her life behind. Later she finds out that her friend was murdered and blamed on her partner, Gerhard Falkum.

Twenty five years later Gerhard is back, to reconnect with his daughter Turid but is that really why?

The terror and uncertainty of WWII really oozes from the pages of The Courier. It’s packed with vivid descriptions and fascinating characters that will transport you back in time while sitting in the comfort of your own home.

As many of you know if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, I love a novel that teaches me something. I had no idea that the Nazi managed to infiltrate countries like Norway and started persecuting Jews too.

I liked the character of Ester, she’s so strong, having to face such danger and heartbreak, having to run from her own country leaving behind her family and friends, determined to survive.

This is a really intricately plot novel but sometimes I felt that I got a bit lost between the back and forth of the timeline.

I’d recommend The Courier to anyone who loves a good historical spy thriller, full of tension, terror and intrigue.

About The Author:

One of the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl was born in 1958 in Gjøvik. He madeKjell Ola Dahl-Rolf-M-Aagaard his debut in 1993, and has since published eleven novels, the most prominent of which is a series of police procedurals cum psychological thrillers featuring investigators Gunnarstranda and Frølich. In 2000 he won the Riverton Prize for The Last Fix and he won both the prestigious Brage and Riverton Prizes for The Courier in 2015. His work has been published in 14 countries, and he lives in Oslo.