I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for this exciting thriller today. So grab your passport and a bulletproof vest and join me for a ride across Central Asia and Eastern Europe.
The Failsafe Query is a gripping thriller set in the contemporary world of modern British espionage.
Sean Richardson, a disgraced former intelligence agent, is tasked to lead a team to search for Alfie Chapman, an Intelligence officer on the cusp of exposing thousands of secrets to the media. This includes a long lost list of Russian moles embedded since the Cold War, one of whom remains a public favourite in the British parliamentary system.
The action moves with absorbing pace and intrigue across Central Asia and Europe as the puzzle begins to unfold through a deep hidden legacy.
Tense, fast paced, and insightful, The Failsafe Query twists and turns to a satisfyingly dramatic finale.
With many thrillers, the emphasis is all the action which leaves us with cardboard cut-outs as characters, and rather bare writing. However, that’s not the case at all with this super thriller. Everyone we meet is a fully developed and convincing person, and some of the descriptive imagery in this book is searingly apt and, at times, beautiful.
Sean Richardson is a tough, scarred man but he’s still apprehensive when dealing with some of the ruthless people he has to. He’s not gung-ho. He’s doing what he’s doing because it’s the right thin to do but he’s aware how dangerous and probably foolhardy it all is.
Melissa Morgan, an investigative journalist who crosses paths with Sean due to their connections with the elusive Alfie Chapman, is another strong character, but she has her weaknesses too. When they combine forces they make quite a team.
Alfie, the would-be mole, is a complex person too. He’s going through mental torture, and isn’t at all the sort of selfish, arrogant person we might consider a whistle-blower to be.
The action is fast-paced, just as it should be, and the plot’s extremely clever, with twists and turns you definitely don’t see coming. Thoroughly absorbing.
There’s a handy glossary at the back so that you’re not puzzled as to what terms such as ‘Great Game’ and ‘Line N’ might mean.
In summary, this is a very accomplished novel. The political and physical background to the action has obviously painstakingly researched, and the author has created some fascinating characters and scenarios for us to relish.
Author Bio –
Michael Jenkins served for twenty-eight years in the British
Army, rising through the ranks to complete his service as a major. He
served across the globe on numerous military operations as an intelligence
officer within Defence Intelligence, and as an explosive ordnance
disposal officer and military surveyor within the Corps of Royal
His experiences within the services involved extensive travel and
adventure whilst on operations, and also on many major mountaineering
and exploration expeditions that he led or was involved in.
He was awarded the Geographic Medal by the Royal Geographical
Society for mountain exploration and served on the screening committee
of the Mount Everest Foundation charity.
He was awarded the MBE on leaving the armed forces in 2007 for his services to counterterrorism.
The Failsafe Query is Michael’s first novel. He has started work on
his second spy thriller, The Kompromat Kill, and hopes to publish it
the spring of 2019.
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