***** 5 STARS
A lost, wandering and damaged man finds himself drafted back into the world he thought he had escaped, when the local branch of a powerful, international Agency needs a mysterious job done in the remote Highlands of Scotland.
The new companion who leads him out of disaffected early retirement is a seductive, young, novice female agent, but could there really be far more to her than there at first seems? They find themselves in a world of natural beauty, mountain and beach, which they will only contaminate with extraordinary rendition, abduction, bloodshed and torture.
The modern bureaucratic world of paperwork and subcontracting will mean that no-one actually knows which government or country is behind the operation, but one man will soon remember why he left Agency work like this and why he hates it so much, even though it may really be love that has dragged him back into it all.
The Agency Woman by John A A Logan is a thrill seeker of a novel, after reading The Survival of Thomas Ford last year I could not imagine how his novels could get any better until I was introduced to his latest novel Agency Woman and I am so glad I was. As Agency Woman can only be described as very dark Scottish tale of conspiracy, espionage, murder and terrorism that will leave you breathless and hanging on to the edge of your seat. Agency Women is set in the beautiful picturesque villages of Achriesgill, and Kinlochbervie, that can be found in the North West of Sutherland, in the Highlands of Scotland. The story is told in the first person by someone we later know as Jim, who previously worked for a Scottish ‘Agency’ that deals with espionage and terrorism. At the beginning of the story he has dropped out and is trying to retire but is effectively kidnapped by a group of fellow Agency members that includes an attractive green-eyed woman called Lucy, to take part in another mission.
The five star rating is due to the fact that the suspense kept building along while the plot twists and turns in places that you could not have predicted. The characters are also very well developed, deep,memorable and definitely likeable even though they are deeply flawed, like main character Jim who is an intense character as he is very fragile,broken, and seems to be damaged beyond repair by his past. And Lucy the Agency Woman who has been uncontaminated by Agency work or has she?. There is also the developing story between Lucy and Jim that it is full of suspense and tension that you would not think would work but it blends in so perfectly. Another way in which the author manage to make the novel memorable Is through making Foinaven, the mountain a central element to the story you can really feel the calmness and the purity, the atmospheric and spiritual pull towards it. It almost seemed like it was alive and ready to cleanse the souls of any wrong doers. So to sum up I highly recommend Agency Woman and can say that you the readers will not be disappointed, I can’t wait to see what the author has in store for us with his next book.
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1086 KB
Print Length: 308 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: White Butterfly Press (1 Feb 2014)
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