MAX McLEAN #1. – A possible contender for thriller of the year, if you are hooked on an absolutely brutal tale.
It grips like a vice and doesn’t let go, but this thriller is not for the faint-hearted and also not for those of moral rectitude. The protagonist is a killer for Queen and Country, although the Queen would never condone him, and very few in the Country would have heard of Max McLean except those covert few who choose whom he kills.
When he is sent to a military research centre to visit the bravest man he ever knew, he finds a mad wreck who has seen something so horrific that it has sent him over the edge. Now it is Max’ turn to go to Africa to have a look.
He has to kill a white man photographed between two huts in a wild part of Sierra Leone. The violent twists of both the plot and his personal life do not deter him, but the cold methodical killer begins to see cracks in his own armour that just might jeopardise the mission. And, what he finds fully justifies any man’s mind to fry. If he lives.
Book a hospital bed with life support before you start reading; this is not only a heart-stopping cracker, it is infinitely readable and sleep is not an option. Just now and then the credibility slips a little to suit the new direction, and maybe the gore would be over the top for some. Otherwise, for me, this is a solid four star.
Thanks to Penguin Random House, SA for this ARC. Herewith an honest review, as usual.
Penguin/Michael Joseph ISBN – 978-1-405-92943-1