Author: Rachel Amphlett
Published: January 2018 by Saxon Publishing
Category: Espionage, Spy, Mystery, Thriller, Book Review
The net is closing in on Eva and her team, now on the warpath and seeking revenge.
Old alliances are tested, new enemies are exposed, and somehow Eva has to stop a madman unleashing a weapon of terrifying consequences upon an unsuspecting population.
The clock is ticking…
This final instalment in The English Spy Mysteries is a race to the finish. Eva, Nathan and Decker have some unexpected help in their quest to stop a madman inflicting devastation upon the world. They know what they have to do, they just need to work out how to do it without getting themselves killed.
Needless to say, the suspense is pronounced, and whoever is working against Eva hasn’t finished with her yet. Suspicion and contradictory information make things that much more difficult as Eva and her team make their plans. But they can’t do it alone and have to make a judgement call. Have they put their trust in the right person?
She waited, unwilling to start the conversation, knowing her silence would unnerve him. If she spoke first, she would appear weak. And despite Decker’s comment that she was out of practice, she certainly wasn’t weak.
‘Thanks for coming.’
She acknowledged the comment with a snort. ‘I don’t think I had a lot of choice, did I?’
‘There’s a lot going on, Eva. I won’t lie to you – I think there’s a leak in the Section.’
The reader is in the dark as much as Eva’s team as to who can or can’t be trusted. The surprising truths are revealed as the story progresses, and all the uncertainty becomes clear. This novella is as tense and action packed as its predecessors, perhaps even more so. Rachel Amphlett has done a great job in keeping the momentum going through the novellas, creating expectation and uncertainty regarding the outcome and the events that set the whole thing in motion.
There’s been a great mix of characters and personalities, who really get on and work together well. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Eva, Nathan and Decker and their determination and commitment to see things through. Combined with a very well crafted and conceived storyline, it’s an excellent series. The circumstances in this instalment allowed for Nathan to become more proactive and confident, which was good to see. Assassins Retribution is a wonderful conclusion to this serialised story, with all the threads and questions resolved in a perfect ending. I’ve enjoyed this concept and the choice of either reading weekly or waiting (not too long) for all three episodes to read one after the other.
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.