Will Jordan, September 2014, 592 pages, Arrow, ISBN: 0099574489
Reviewed by Amanda Gillies.
(Read more of Amanda's reviews for Euro Crime here.)
This is the third book in the magnificent series by Will Jordan featuring his British CIA operative, Ryan Drake, and it rocks! This book, BETRAYAL, is the best in the series by far and a real page-turner. It is possible to follow it without reading the previous two first but I recommend that you start at the beginning and really enjoy the whole series. BETRAYAL is well written and by someone who is obviously well versed in the art of guns and using them. It is a pleasure to read something authentic but not so over-flowing with information that you are distracted from the story.
In this instalment Ryan is back in New York and on his way home from work when he receives a text from an old friend, asking to meet him for a chat. Upon reaching the rendezvous point, he finds himself witness to a sniper attack and the violent deaths of several people. These people are visiting Russian dignitaries and the violence causes a storm of international reaction. Ryan catches sight of the sniper and is horrified to see that it is his old friend Anya, whom he had rescued from Prison and thought he could trust. Convinced that there is more to this than meets the eye, and knowing Anya is a soldier not a cold-blooded killer, Ryan sets off in hot pursuit, to hunt down his friend and get some answers. His chase takes him to Russia and then Chechnya in search of the truth and he is shocked by what he sees his friend doing. As the pressure mounts it looks as if it could be the end of the line for both Ryan and Anya. You are left hanging, wondering what is going to happen next, and, above all, desperate to know just who is betraying who.
I love books written by this excellent Scottish author. I have been eagerly awaiting this, his latest book and, now that I have read it, am impatient to find out what happens next. If you like books full of action, that lead you a merry dance and don’t give the game away, then you are going to love this book.
Amanda Gillies, February 2015.