The Ottoman SecretIt has to be really clever thriller Sci-Fi and still fit into my reviews of the Crimefiction genre to appear on BOOK POSTMORTEM. Fantasy doesn’t cut it, so the above blurb had me shaking my head. Well, I sighed, might as well have a look… The Couldn’t put it down cliché applied, big time.

What an imagination! What research! Raymond Khoury, take a bow. I loved this time travel thriller of immense power and intricate what-if intrigue.

Paris, now, in an alternate time-line, sees Kamal Agha, special investigator for the Empire, find his own brother, an anaesthetist in a heart-valve replacement team, and his wife come into the crosshairs of the security services that Kamal serves with distinction.

The tattooed man who appeared naked on the banks of the Seine (and who murdered a passerby) is under the knife, needing a heart op to save his life. His muttered explanation for the meaning of the marks on his body reveals a secret to the anaesthetist that is so dangerous a threat to the Empire that he is forced to flee with his family.

Kamal then must choose between state or family loyalty, if he survives.

Raymond Khoury

Raymond Khoury – author

What a fabulous tale of how history unfolds, or doesn’t. It is thought provoking as well as tense and action packed. And plausible, once I came to accept the premise of time-travel, which, to begin with, was for me the main stumbling block. But that soon faded and I thoroughly enjoyed this unusual thriller.

Many thanks to Penguin Random House SA for this Michael Joseph imprint ARC.

About peterjearle

Writer of thriller novels. 6 Published: 'Purgatory Road', 'The Barros Pawns', and the Detective Dice Modise Series:'Hunter's Venom - #1' 'Medicinal Purposes Only - #2', and 'Children Apart - #3; and 'Tribes of Hillbrow'; all from Southern Africa.
This entry was posted in Adventure, Crime, thriller and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s