Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Black Bear (Peter Cotton) by Aly Monroe

We are going back in time today on Bookaholic, with a thriller which is gentle and yet immediately absorbing.

As thrillers this is not an example of non stop action or a roller coaster ride. What it is, is a compelling and absorbing read driven by excellent characterisation and dialogue. It presents a slice of life, from days long gone, just after the second World War. This is the fourth outing for Petter Cotton, Aly Monroe's engaging spy. He is in America assisting with the set up of the new United Nations. Whilst there he finds himself wakening up in a private clinic for veterans. He has no memory of what has happened or how he got there. It is fairly quickly apparent that he has been drugged and the book revolves around how this happened. Whilst recovering he meets an engaging cast of characters and this is where the book comes into it's own. There is a mystery running through the book and we are aware of this, however it takes second place to the characters.

Each character is expertly drawn and beautifully brought to life. I found myself quickly warming to them and wanting to know more about both them and there lives. It is through them that Peter pieces together what has happened to him. As I said at the beginning of this review this is a compelling book and I could not put it down. It is solid and entertaining read which I would highly recommend. This is not just a book for lovers of spy stories but for everyone. I can't quite put my finger on why this book held my attention so well but it did. That should sum up how good it was.

So there we are for another day. I can assure you this is a book that is worth downloading and reading straight away. You wont regret it. If you do, curl up, put plenty of time aside, and enjoy. Keep reading.

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