Ck off duty and mourning the loss of an SBS "close friend and colleague who has just been killed in action When the widow takes her son Josh on a "friend and colleague who has just been killed in action When the widow takes her son Josh on a holiday to America she strays into the wrong part of town and is viciously murdered by an Albanian thug Stretton instantly flies out to facilitate
the boy s return to the UK and the repatriation of Sally s body but vents rapidly provoke Stretton boy s return to the UK and the repatriation of Sally s body but vents rapidly provoke Stretton dealing with things his own way
The theme uickly becomes one of revenge as Stretton hunts and kills the theme uickly becomes one of revenge as Stretton hunts and kills the Albanians however are very loyal and the thug s brother Dren Cano who is the ruthless second in command of a Mafia like criminal mpire seeks retaliation for his brother s deathDaut Skender who runs the organisation O Mundo De Sofia enjoys his American lifestyle and aims to build a legitimate businessmpire on the money gained from his criminal activities He constructs a massive new office complex as a symbol of his power and success complete with a slightly larger than life sized statue of himself in its grounds Skender s criminal background is well known but he is protected from prosecution by a deal high up with the FBI that gives him freedom in return for occasional information on terrorists and other criminal activity He tries to control Cano but failsThe US Child Protection Agency temporarily takes Josh into care after his mother s death Stretton is allowed supervised visits and becomes friendly with Josh s care worker Her life is soon at risk when Cano s vendetta reaches its climax and her feelings for Stretton are beautifully painted and Super Fabulous emphasize how difficult it is form a relationship with a Special Services operative We really feel both their pains as thevents increasingly create psychological barriers between themWhen direct attacks on Stretton fail Cano kidnaps Josh in an attempt to gain the upper hand In an The Team That Jack Built explosive climax we follow Stretton s final assault on the Al. Hide the crime and sets off on a private operation of revenge thatventually pits him against one of the most powerful East European crime syndicates in America Hunted by the CIA and FBI as well as a brutal army of Albanian mobsters and armed only with his wits and an xtraordinary ski. Fast paced a good read Extremely well illustrated technical story of revenge bureaucracy and ultimately going it alone to do the right thing when the law has failed the most vulnerable of the innocent As ver thought provoking and world view The Best Ghost Stories Of H Russell Wakefield eye opening Mr Falconer it s always a pleasure to read your work A revenge saga involvingxplosives Albaniansand therefore drugs What brings this book much above other simillar revenge sagas is the very plot itself and the fast moving actions Few authors can do this wellMack Bolan books being a notable Poems Of Henry Lawson exception I do love the John Stratton series and The Operative really delivered It was packed full of action but it wasn t just a mission that Stratton was sent on by the British government rather this mission was personal It wasxtremely far fetched as these stories often are and on many occasions I rolled my yes at the inadeuacies
OF THE POLICEFBI THAT WERE HUNTING STRATTON ALSO AT the policeFBI that were hunting Stratton Also at nd of the book The Nine Lives Of Romeo Crumb Life One everyone seemed to just act like Stratton killing all these people was no big deal There were no big gun battles most of the action seuences were usingxplosives as weapons This was somewhat of a breath of fresh air because these books are often saturated by shoot outs There was a lot of information about how Stratton manufactured the bombs which was a little bit boring for me I was interested in it but didn t need over a chapter on the manufacture and testing of the devices I also thought it was funny that there had to be a mention of Islamic fundamentalists the story was interesting without it but by using that plot device Falconer underlined what was at the time the FBI s main focus Or that is what I deduced from the novel With The Operative Duncan Falconer strides into a higher league of thriller writing Alongside the high action scenes we Hatastrophe expect of Falconer is anmotional punch that previous work never achievedJohn Stretton is ba. In war torn Ira Stratton’s closest friend is killed whilst on operation leaving behind a grieving wife and child When the widow moves to Los Angeles she is brutally murdered and her child placed in state custody Stratton rocked to his foundations by the killing uncovers a FBI plot to. Banians and the tense final moments as his and the boy s lives literally hang in the balanceAlthough slightly unbelievable at times this powerful story of revenge makes a great read The opening is uncharacteristically slow but is necessary to demonstrate Stretton s Mr Bennets Dutiful Daughter expertise withxplosives a skill that is vital to the rest of the book After that though the pace never slacksThe book does suffer from an occasional very long sentence particularly in the first half in chapter 1 for instance one sentence runs to nearly sixty
There are occasional large blocks of background that are dropped into the story and disrupt the reader s immersion in the action Fortunately though these are infreuent Secrecy enough not to damage the overallnjoymentIn summary The Operative is a brilliant book it s basically a tale of revenge but also Chicken Little explores the impossibility of Special Services operatives forming lasting relationships It s characteristically tense and fast faced but thevents surrounding his colleague s wife and son and subseuently those around Strettons relationship with Josh s care worker add a piuancy that carries Falconer into a new league of thriller writing In which our hero gets involved in some xtra curricular activities with Albanian gangsters in the USA Rolls along nicely and Iwords there are
m looking forward to reading the next one in the series Another great book Mrlooking forward to reading the next one in the series Another great book Mr 123 xcellent couldn t put it down now for book 4 Fabulous page turning read A new direction for Stratton as he finds himself operating on his own avenging the murder of his best friend s wife only weeks after his best friend was killed in an operation He also has to deal with a distressed little boy who has list both his parents in the space of a few weeks Another taut page turning thriller by Duncan Falconer this story gives us a different view of Stratton who shows himself to be a man of great feeling Loved Ll with Aristotle explosives Stratton relentlessly pursues his private war a fight he suspects could be his last This is anothernjoyable Falconer weave of thrill and action wrapped in the rich authenticity that defined his previous novels that provides a roller coaster ride across half the glob. .