Today the focus of my Advent Book Blog is FLASHPOINT by Derek Thompson. This is book 5 in the gripping Thomas Bladen series. If you like British Spy Thrillers this is a must read series you will love
FLASHPOINT by Derek Thompson
Do you love gripping espionage thrillers full of great twists and plenty of action?
Meet Thomas Bladen. Smart, sardonic, and in mortal danger.
LONDON COMES UNDER ATTACK AND BLADEN’S LIFE IS FALLING APART.
As the security services scramble to deal with the aftermath of a coordinated terror attack, undercover operative Thomas Bladen is in deep trouble. His department is taken over by MI5, his girlfriend’s gone, and he’s “lost” a handgun during surveillance of a politician.
Then two of his senior colleagues disappear. Who’s taken them and why? Bladen’s search for answers is blocked at every turn. Is there a double agent in his team?
In a thrilling conclusion, Bladen must face his doubts and put his life at risk against forces whose allegiance is unclear. This is the reckoning.
THOMAS BLADEN SERIES
Book 1: STANDPOINT
Book 2: LINE OF SIGHT
Book 3: CAUSE & EFFECT
Book 4: SHADOW STATE
Book 5: FLASHPOINT
This is the first book I have read by Derek and is book 5 in the Thomas Bladen series. It works well as stand-alone but think it would be more enjoyable to have read the series from the beginning.
The book starts with a bang in the form of a terrorist attack and the suspense keeps building. When 2 of their bosses disappear Thomas and Karl are charged with finding them.
There are many twists and turns to the story as we are taken on a tour of the corrupt underworld of the security services.
With all the odds against success with Thomas survive and just what happened to Christine?
A fast moving story with characters that develop well I really enjoyed this book and will be reading the back list.
DEREK THOMPSON Author Bio
Derek Thompson grew up in London and started writing fiction in his teens. After spending a year in the US, he returned to London and subsequently moved to the West Country.
He wrote a commissioned piece for The Guardian in 2008 and entered the world of freelance writing in 2009. His short fiction has featured in both British and American anthologies, and can be found online. He has also written comedy material for live performance and radio.
His love of film noir and thrillers began with The Big Sleep, and has never left him. Much of his fiction involves death, loss or secrets. As the saying goes: write about what you know.
He writes about Thomas Bladen and his role in the Surveillance Support Unit.
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