Later on I'll review a police procedural.
By Adam Chase
This is a fast-paced, page turning tale of espionage and conspiracy. The main character, known colloquially as ‘Hex’, initially comes as a surpise, in that he is himself what could loosely be called a villain. Operating as a paid assassin, Hex has few qualms about his victims. However, like all well-drawn main characters, his conscience begins to assert itself as the plot develops.
The opening of the novel is dramatic and intriguing, but quite early on Hex commits a fatal error: he lets someone live. Someone who shouldn’t have been there. And who is going to cause problems.
Turning to his old mentor for advice he finds himself drawn into a nightmarish conspiracy to develop weapons for biological warfare. In the time-honoured tradition of the genre, Chase conjures up a world of espionage and counter espionage, where no-one does what’s expected of them, where trusted friends betray and allies come from unanticipated sources.
If there is a criticism it’s that, for a self-avowed professional hitman, Hex commits quite a few errors of judgement, including one early on that had me almost shouting at him! But then, he is under stress.
Available on Amazon as hardback or for Kindle: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Wicked-Game-Hex-Adam-Chase/dp/1908122609/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384177899&sr=8-1&keywords=adam+chase