Author: Rachel Amphlett
Published: January 2018 by Saxon Publishing
Category: Espionage, Spy, Mystery, Thriller, Book Review
Eva and her fractured team are on the run, desperate to find answers and uncover who has betrayed them from within the shadowy government organisation known only as the Section.
Evading assassination in Berlin and Prague, Eva has had time to regroup and try to solve the mystery behind the attempts on her life.
Continuing straight on from Assassins Hunted, Eva, Decker, Nathan and Alex are on the run, but they’re being outmanoeuvred by their enemies, who will stop at nothing – torturing and murdering anyone who stands in their way. Despite this, there’s still everything to play for as Eva and her friends become accountable for another addition to their little group.
As they learn more of what’s at stake, their mission becomes ever more dangerous and imperative. Eva is still unsure who is behind the attempts on her life but she needs to keep her focus, regardless of the toll exhaustion and mental strain are taking. Having Decker with them has been an enormous help in saving their lives so far.
They followed him through the undergrowth towards the hulk of a house that bobbed in and out of view through the trees, the wind rustling leaves above their heads.
Eva let the two men go ahead of her. The surrounding filled her with trepidation after the events of the past few days, and she strained her ears for the sound of other vehicles on the lane.
After a while, she began to relax, trusting that Decker’s uncanny knowledge of the area would mean another safe sanctuary.
More is revealed about Eva’s backstory in this episode, how she came to be with the Section, the reason Alex is with her, and also about the men pursuing them…what they’re after and why. Surprise revelations and twists pepper the narrative, increasing the tension. As much as Eva, Decker and Nathan speculate they can’t get a handle on who the traitor is, much less the reason behind it. But as they begin to realise the possible reason for the attempts on their lives, the implications are terrible to contemplate.
I like how the mutual trust and friendship is being built up, despite the gravity of the situation and the limited amount of time they have, without overshadowing the main theme of the story. It’s hard to review a series like this without giving too much away but suffice to say that Rachel Amphlett has delivered a tense and exciting story with believable characters, a great storyline and an unusual concept. Thank goodness I have book three ready to go.
Rachel Amphlett is the bestselling author of the Dan Taylor espionage novels and the popular new Detective Kay Hunter series, as well as a number of standalone crime thrillers. Originally from the UK and currently based in Brisbane, Australia, Rachel’s novels appeal to a worldwide audience, and have been compared to Lee Child, James Patterson, and Chris Chibnall. She is a member of International Thriller Writers and the Crime Writers Association, with the Italian foreign rights for her debut novel, White Gold, being sold to Fanucci Editore’s TIMECrime imprint in 2014, and the first four books in the Dan Taylor espionage series contracted to Germany’s Luzifer Verlag in 2017.
An advocate for knowledge within the publishing industry, Rachel is always happy to share her experiences to a wider audience through her blogging and speaking engagements.