Following The Orange Moon Affair, this is the second book of an original series of military/spy thrillers featuring Thomas Gunn a former Special Forces operative trained in covert operations, assassination and international espionage and his partner Julie.
In this novel, Thomas Gunn’s desire to leave his Special Forces life behind him is once again severely challenged by a disturbing phone call from his old friend Morgan, who once saved his life. Her coded message means she's clearly in danger. But where? And why? Rushing to her ranch he finds it being torn apart by intruders, one of whom is a woman of East European descent with a mysterious butterfly tattoo on her neck.
Realising Morgan may have uncovered something even more explosive and far-reaching than the Orange Moon conspiracy, Thomas and his partner Julie race to follow her cryptic clues and are thrust into a convoluted minefield of shady financial dealings, political corruption, extortion, murder and a lust for power on a scale that both stuns and terrifies them. While tracking billions of dollars shipped through Afghanistan, Iran, Bolivia, Estonia, the UK and USA, they tangle with ruthless Mexican drug cartels, corrupt politicians, greedy Wall St brokers and even the CIA, FBI, and MI5. The stakes are high in this deadly game.
Outraged by the feeling of constantly being "played", Thomas decides to turn the tables by taking an action so bold, so dangerous, and so unexpected, that even his team fear he's lost his mind. Has he? Or can he expose the "vermin" at the top and finally eliminate them forever?
Book length: 331 pages
I have found very few books that I just can't put down, that is until I started reading AFN Clarke's Thomas Gunn series… I spent about three straight days on my Kindle app reading the new thriller … you won't be disappointed.
I found myself making promises to only read one more chapter, but then a cliffhanger would draw me to the next page, or a mysterious intruder with unknown intentions would seduce me into reading for just a few more minutes... this is a genuinely thrilling novel.
Clarke is an expert in his field, easily building suspense with an air of mystery, carefully allowing the reader to put certain pieces of the puzzle together but never disclosing the missing links before delivering a thrilling climactic finish…. classy, complex and cunningly compelling.
This is a hard-hitting, no-punches pulled, riveting thriller in the great tradition of Jason Bourne and James Bond… AFN Clarke knows precisely how to pace his story, choosing just the right moment to give the reader some breathing space before riling them up for the next adrenaline shot of action.
Edge of the seat stuff and hard to put down … One of the most unique things about these tales are that the women in them tend to rise to the occasion and are not cardboard cut-outs sitting around sobbing while our hero is doing all the work … they are part of the story's appeal … strong, versatile and key to our hero's success.
Clarke has a highly cinematic writing style that makes for easy reading, but just as important as the gunfights and helicopter crashes are the psychological experiences of the characters. Written from Thomas’s first-person perspective, providing excellent insight into the mind of a man who has been through things that most of us have not and will never experience.