***** "Superb spy thriller...The prose is so vivid you can almost feel the action as it takes place..." - Jeremy Duns, author of The Dark Chronicles
***** "A high octane, fast-paced spy thriller... superb and captivating story... a great, heart pounding read!" James Masters, Goodreads reviewer
*****"[J]oins Lee Child, David Baldacci and John D. MacDonald on my list of great spinners of thrillers." Edward F. Corbin, Amazon reviewer
The police have Internal Affairs departments. British Intelligence has John Purkiss, the Ratcatcher.
Purkiss's job is straightforward. Track down agents of the intelligence services who are taking kickbacks, committing crimes, or otherwise abusing their positions. And bring them to justice.
Straightforward doesn't mean easy...
After a renegade British former spymaster, Fallon, is sighted in the Baltic city of Tallinn on the eve of a historic summit meeting between the Russian and Estonian presidents, Purkiss is despatched to investigate, and uncovers a conspiracy that threatens to tear Europe, and the world, apart.
But Purkiss has personal reasons for going after Fallon. Four years ago, Fallon was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Purkiss's fiancée, a murder Purkiss himself witnessed.
Now, in an atmosphere of treachery and sudden violence, as the countdown begins to a potentially catastrophic conflict between Russia and the West, Purkiss must keep his desire for revenge under control for the sake of the world's - and his own - survival.
Described in Amazon reviews as a "cracker of a spy thriller" with "superbly choreographed action scenes" that "leave you feeling almost dizzy",RATCATCHER is both an adrenaline-fuelled action adventure novel and a hardboiled mystery story which exposes the world of the spy, in which few motives and actions are purely black or white.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Tim Stevens is the real deal and so is his premiere novel, Ratcatcher. I can't recommend either strongly enough.
You see, I am a sucker for a good series: there is something so comfortable about slipping into a yarn with familiar characters. So it was with happy anticipation that I picked up the Kindle versions of all three John Purkiss stories by Stevens a couple of weeks ago.
I am here to tell you that I was more than satisfied when I finished tearing through them in a two-day espionage bender.
Stevens, a National Health physician in England, cranks out just about as good a spy tale as anybody in the racket.
In his "ratcatcher" books, the protagonist John Purkiss is a British intelligence agent who hunts other spies who have gone wrong. Purkiss works "off the books" -- the Queen pays the bills, but his counter-intelligence position is not officially affiliated with MI5, MI6 or any other British espionage agency.
This book was a thriller that was actually thrilling. The main character was flawed but he had a genuine feel that made the story more believable. The author did a great job of telling the history of the region so that you could why the adversaries behaved like they did. Anyone who loves early Ludlum will love this author.
I love this character (Purkiss) and this author. Anyone who loves Fleming, Ludlum, or Clancy should love Tim Stevens. I love Stevens' writing style, which flows well and keeps the reader turning those pages. John Purkiss, the bad-spy catcher, has a back story that pulls the reader in and invests him/her in the plot. Who wouldn't love a kickass, tough, brawling spy who is fast on his feet and brutal when he needs to be. And yet he has a vulnerable side that is turned on end by the end of the book. He is loyal and engenders loyalty in his friends. This book screams to be put on the big screen. I can literally see it! And would buy a ticket to see it! Let's hope it goes there. I look forward to the next Purkiss book and hope to start it tonight! I highly, highly recommend this author and this series.
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