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The Names of the Dead Kindle Edition
“…One of the spy genre’s most able modern proponents…” —Maxim Jakubowski, reviewer for Crimetime
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Former CIA officer James “Wes” Wesley believes he has already paid the ultimate price for his patriotism, locked up in a French jail. But when he learns that his ex-wife, Rachel, has been killed in a terrorist attack in Spain and the young son Wes hadn’t known existed is missing, Wes is released on compassionate grounds to uncover the truth. Journeying across Europe, he will reopen old wounds and uncover long-buried secrets that will push him to the limit.
I suspect that, like Wignall’s previous book To Die in Vienna, which is reportedly coming to the silver screen starring Jake Gyllenhaal, the characters from The Names of the Dead will also soon delight fans on the big screen.
- Laura Deacon, Editor
- ASIN : B07TJHWLHD
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (February 1, 2020)
- Publication date : February 1, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 4138 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 249 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #16,526 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Wes was an agent for the CIA until he made a mistake...supposedly. He was sent to a prison in France for 5 years for his part in the incident. Three years into his sentence, he received news that his ex-wife was killed in a terrorist bombing in Granada. Wes was released two years early from the prison.
The realization that he had a son was news to him and Wes is more than determined to see if the three year old named Ethan is alive ...or died along with his mother in the terrorist bombing. So, the search begins in Granada for any clues that may provide an explanation to the location of his son.
The reader will be taken along on this multi-faceted plot of intrigue, suspense, and mystery. And, the world of espionage rears its head again...
Thought the characters were well developed and Mia Pavic contributed immensely to the novel...She was intriguing and had an air of suspense about her, too.
Lots of intrigue and plenty of suspense coupled with a mystery and espionage made this an exciting read for me. Glad that I selected this for one of my First reads January 2020.
Memorable, unique characters help the story move along at a good pace. The main character, released from prison early due to the death of his wife, manages to outwit the team of killers set to pick him up. He is “rescued“ by the strange daughter of one of his former prisoners. Together they travel Europe hunting for a lost child and ultimately finding something else.
The writer does an excellent job of creating a sense of place from France across the Iberian Peninsula into Croatia and ultimately to Italy. The hotels come to life as do the small quiet places. The supporting characters all add to the story and each have logical connections to the main characters. The quest itself makes a few leaps that don’t always add up but all in all, the story holds together well.
A cast of quirky characters infuse a hint of humor to this intense, action centric story; a movie waiting to happen, for sure! At times, I found the dialogue to be a bit stiff, but that’s my only gripe. Wes doesn’t act like a super human Rambo, there is no gratuitous violence or sexual content and the language is clean. This is just good writing, good editing and good storytelling 📚
Update: If you enjoyed this book, please note that this author has 5 other titles currently available in Kindle Unlimited. Happy Reading❗️
Wes was a leader of a group for the Agency. He was responsible for hunting out the bad and killing them. His second in command was doing odd jobs for the other side, and needed Wes out of the way. This story is about Wes and his hunt for his underling, and then to right the wrongs.
The author, Kevin Wignall, is British, and he knows a great deal about the ins and outs of an Agency. There is a great deal Of information about the style of Agency members, and how they operate. This is not his first book, and I shall read some of the others. Some of the writing is formulaic, but the thrill and the mystery are kept intact. As a longtime reader of spy and thriller mystery novels, I could guess the ending, but the storyline was sufficient enough to keep my interest. The introduction of Patrice and his Bible proved to be prophetic and laid claim to solving much of the Intel. A well crafted novel, I enjoyed.
The search for true justice brings with it violence and brutality. Be aware if this kind of thing bothers you. The developmental of Wes and his insight throughout the novel was helpful to the understanding of governments and their secret agencies. Be not afraid.
Recommended. prisrob 01-91-20
Top reviews from other countries
This is a complex and exciting book. It can be read as a straightforward thriller and is totally enjoyable as such.
However Kevin Wignall has added bible quotes throughout, supplied by my favourite two characters, Patrice and Mia. To me the bible is a collection of random texts, authorised by a Catholic saint centuries ago and often used to control people. Many of these texts contradict each other, and different faiths pick on different parts of the bible to back up their beliefs. However it is interesting to read these lines of ancient philosophy mixed in with the vengeance taken by Wes. Patrice's back story highlights Wes's actions. Lots to think about if you are so inclined. What should Wes have done?
I totally loved and sympathised with Mia. I hope that Kevin Wignall intends to write about Wes, Mia and Patrice again. And I have always loved the final bible quote in 'The Names of the Dead' which is magical to me. 'Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares'.
The story proceeds at a fairly fast pace with Wes, a dishonoured CIA agent seeking revenge against the man who set him up and engineered the murder of his wife. I particularly liked Mia, the strange lady who becomes seriously involved in Wes' s quest for revenge. Not the usual type of female accomplice one finds in this role, but overall, a refreshing and interesting change.
I would recommend it as a well written good read.
Based on this, I expect to read more from the author.