Today I am pleased to be sharing my thoughts on the blog tour for “The Prisoner’s Wife” by Gerard MacDonald. Available in hardback or as an eBook.
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312591802
- ISBN-13: 978-0312591809
- Purchase from Amazon UK
From the CIA headquarters to the danger zones of Morocco and Pakistan, undercover agent Shawn Maguire is embroiled in a sinister conspiracy and an unlikely romance in this exhilarating debut spy thriller.
Shawn Maguire, unemployed American spy, has been paid to find a young Iranian now being interrogated in one of the CIA’s black prisons. The prisoner’s location remains unknown – he may be in Fes, Cairo or even Peshawar – but Shawn has every confidence that he’ll find his man eventually. Based on his time as an agent, it’s an assignment he knows he can handle. But there’s one person he’s not sure even he can handle: the prisoner’s wife.
The Prisoner’s Wife is a political thriller ripped from today’s headlines; a tense trip through the murky worlds of state–sponsored terrorism, nuclear politics, secret American jails and lawless rendition. Conspiracies abound in this sophisticated and suspenseful novel, with its crackling dialogue and evocative, lawless landscapes. Maguire is a first-rate protagonist, complicated and heroic, and writer Gerard Macdonald does an expert job of capturing the casual ambivalence of the American intelligence officers in their rendition campaigns and keenly observes the cynical manner in which operatives prop up or depose criminal leaders depending on America’s own needs.
Shawn Maguire is an ex American spy who has problems with whiskey, women and a whole lot of other things. As he is unemployed he takes on a job that will call on his previous experience to find a missing man, Darius Osmani. During this he will meet Danielle, to see what she knows of her husbands disappearance. The journey will take them to Morocco, Egypt and Pakistan, with a lot of twists and danger.
Now I have to admit that I really struggled to get going with this book. The information was intense, a mass of names, places, agencies, and back stories. But I persevered, there was hints of things I liked, conspiracy, underhanded and illegal government agency involvement and with that obvious corruption. As the story progressed I found I was becoming quite addicted with it, the pace quickened, or maybe it was reading that quickened as my understanding improved, and with this the story began to unfold. When I had finished I had thoughts of an almost Jack Reacher style character with strains of John Le Carre, and it makes an interesting mix.
There are many characters with Shawn being the main protagonist, who initially I wasn’t that taken with, but did have a change of heart by the time I got to the end of the book. They do become recognisable the more you read. Back stories are discussed as the current story unfolds, it does add another angle and gives some good depth to the main characters.
This is a book I think that readers that like political thriller, action, government conspiracy and manipulation would enjoy.
About the Author:
Author Gerard Macdonald lives in West London and is currently working on a short series of political fiction books. Author Website
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