The Kompromat Kill
by Michael Jenkins
Publisher: Failsafe Thrillers
Release Date: June 19, 2019
Reviewed by PJ
They were preparing for decades – now it’s time to take them down. When a British Diplomat is kidnapped in the heart of London, followed by a brutal double assassination in Chelsea, MI5 braces for the threat of deep sleeper cells coming alive. Hiding overseas with a price on his head, Sean Richardson is tasked to lead a deniable operation to hunt down and recruit an international model and spy. Moving across Asia Minor and Europe, Sean embarks on a dangerous journey tracking an Iranian spy ring who hold the keys to a set of consequences the British Intelligence Services would rather not entertain. As Sean investigates deeper, he uncovers dark secrets from his past and a complex web of espionage spun from the hand of a global master spy. As he inches closer to the truth, the rules of the game change – and the nerve-wracking fate of many lives sits in his hands…….……..
Michael Jenkins has penned an intense page-turner filled with suspense, drama, and high stakes consequences. It's clear he has his finger on the pulse of today's political climate as well as the global intelligence community, lending a realistic authenticity to this breath-stealing story. The characters within are complex and interesting, bringing with them the unique challenges and moral dilemmas of the espionage game. There are a number of characters in play, however, requiring close attention so as not to become lost or confused. I managed to keep them all straight but it took a bit of effort at times. Perhaps, as many of them have a history with Sean, I would not have had this difficulty had I read the first book before beginning The Kompromat Kill. There are also sections of the book which are repetitive, overly descriptive, and require significant editing. Since I read an advance copy, I'm hoping those issues were addressed before the final copy was released. However, while they may have slowed my reading at times and lowered my score a bit, they didn't keep my heart from racing as the intensity ramps up or flipping the pages in my desire to find out what would happen next.
If, like me, you're a fan of political or spy thrillers (I devoured every Tom Clancy novel the minute it released), then you might want to give Michael Jenkins a try. I recommend reading his debut novel, The Failsafe Query (Sean Richardson - Book 1) first, followed by the second Sean Richardson book, The Kompromat Kill.
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Author Bio – I started climbing at 13, survived being lost in Snowdonia at 14, nearly drowned at 15, and then joined the Army at 16. Risk and adventure was built into my DNA and I feel very fortunate to have served the majority of my working career as an intelligence officer within Defence Intelligence, and as an explosive ordnance disposal officer and military surveyor within the Corps of Royal Engineers. I was privileged to serve for twenty-eight years in the British Army as a soldier and officer, rising through the ranks to complete my service as a major. I served across the globe on numerous military operations as well as extensive travel and adventure on many major mountaineering and exploration expeditions that I led or was involved in. I was awarded the Geographic Medal by the Royal Geographical Society for mountain exploration in 2003 and served on the screening committee of the Mount Everest Foundation charity for many years. It was humbling after so many years of service when I was awarded the MBE for services to counter-terrorism in 2007. The Failsafe Query is my debut novel, with The Kompromat Kill, my second.
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