I love to read thrillers. This was a book I chanced upon at my favourite bookstore and both my BookishTwin and I purchased a copy each.
Crisis, as the cover itself might give you an idea, is about a weapon targeting London. Intel from the investigation into the killing of a case handler reveals that much. And over the course of the novel, various agencies work to stop that weapon. Given the perpetrators are led by a ruthless Colombian drug baron, MI6 send Luke Carlton to Bogota.
Fast, taut, tense, accurate, says Forsyth about the novel. I agree with the last three but I think accuracy brought detailing and detailing stopped it from being fast. Also, there’s not much unpredictability. A future course of action is spoken of in the current conversation so when it actually happens, the reader isn’t necessarily shocked or surprised by it. Villains make mistakes under no pressure, maybe because of ego, but again, given the plot, it leads to the reader somewhat guessing the consequence of the mistake.
There are a lot of characters but other than Luke, Elise Angela and Jorge, the rest aren’t really memorable. I liked the narration but at one time, thought to shelve as DNF. Thankfully, didn’t. Because it was worth a read. I might pick up the next in the series.
Title: Crisis (Luke Carlton #1)
Author: Frank Gardner
No. of Pages: 576
Publisher: Bantam Books
Rating: 7 out of 10