Today’s team review is from Terry, she blogs here https://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/
Terry has been reading Sentinel by Carl Rackman
This is the sequel to Rackman’s Voyager, which I haven’t read, but it totally works as a stand-alone; there is enough information about what happened before, without long, tedious explanations. Could actually be presented as a masterclass in how to do this!
Former pilot Matt Ramprakash is now an aviation expert for M15, and, along with many from other government agencies, etc, awaits assistance from anti-terrorism body Sentinel in taking action on a hijacked plane – but who are the hijackers? The discovery that his old enemy, the Triumvirate, are involved, leads him to Antarctica, along with Sentinel, his wife – and Mirage, a ‘supersoldier’ who has been genetically engineered – or has she?
As I was reading this, it occurred to me that Carl Rackman has invented his own genre – seemingly earthbound thrillers that end up being a bit paranormal, without it seeming weird. Works very well! The amount of research that has gone into this book is evident; it’s highly professional, extremely well-written, and should appeal to anyone who loves an intricate government thriller. With some alien stuff thrown in. I read at the end that a third book is planned – I would love to see some of it from the point of view of the Visitors. The ending was one of the best I have seen for this type of book—the sort that makes you want to open the next instalment immediately.
I felt it could have been edited down a little in places, with less factual detail and fewer conversational exchanges, to tighten up the pace, but that could be just personal preference; it’s a smart, intelligent novel of which the author should be most proud. And I know it’s a cliché, but it really would make a fabulous TV series!
The Voyager story continues…
Four years have passed since Voyager One sent back chilling photos of a spaceship from deep in interstellar space.
A shocked world prepared to meet the Visitors, but terrorism, pandemics, and global political turmoil have now consumed it. Discredited as a hoax, the Visitors have faded from public attention.
But the powerful global conspiracy known as the Triumvirate is behind much of the chaos. Creating a screen of subterfuge and misdirection, they prepare a clandestine welcome for the Visitors, whose origins may be more sinister than the aliens of popular fiction.
Standing in their way are the few brave men and women who foiled the Triumvirate’s last attempt to upset the world’s fragile balance of power:
Former FBI agent Brad Barnes leads Sentinel, a private intelligence and counter-terrorism operation founded in the wake of the Triumvirate’s last deadly plot.
Alex Ephraim – the former Triumvirate assassin known as Mirage – is Sentinel’s major weapon against terror.
Matt Ramprakash, former airline pilot and now an officer of the British intelligence agency MI5, is embroiled in a deadly standoff when an airliner is hijacked.
Callie Woolf, once the project manager of the Voyager mission, struggles against the sceptical government’s bureaucracy to continue the search for the elusive Visitors as her time and funding runs out.
Sentinel is the only organisation capable of taking the fight to the Triumvirate’s door – flexible, unorthodox well-funded and free of government red tape.
But as they pursue the Triumvirate from the streets of London to the wild, deadly wastes of Antarctica, Brad will need Matt and Callie’s help to stop the Triumvirate, which has its own plans for putting Sentinel – and especially Alex – out of the picture for good…
Sentinel is the pulse-pounding second instalment in the Voyager trilogy by Carl Rackman