In At The Kill (Jonas Merrick series)

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In At The Kill (Jonas Merrick series)

In At The Kill (Jonas Merrick series)

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Also, if the characters were suppose to be bad, then where was the terrible violence that crime families would inflict. In this novel, Merrick’s covert agent knows that, if he is successful in his mission, the son of someone he has become very close to will be murdered horribly by Columbian drug lords. Gerald Seymour never fails to engross and entertain me with his unique characters, finely crafted plot lines and gift of weaving tension and passion into his tales.

Initially a journalist, he joined ITN in 1963, covering such topics as the Great Train Robbery, Vietnam, Ireland, the Munich Olympics massacre, Germany's Red Army, Italy's Red Brigades and Palestinian militant groups. Television adaptations have been made of his books Harry's Game, The Glory Boys, The Contract, Red Fox, Field Of Blood, A Line In The Sand and The Waiting Time.In Jonas Merrick, Seymour has created a fascinating, annoying and infuriating character everyone who has ever worked in a large organisation can relate to - the apparently irrelevant jobsworth who quietly and meticulously weaves his web and achieves results that surprise all of those who have dismissed him as a nobody. I appreciate that Gerald Seymour books are all about the gradual build up of tension but this was pedestrian and the pay-off not worth the wait.

I found this initially offered an interesting perspective on the developing plot, although it gradually became rather irritating. The set up is deftly drawn (drugs shipment due to land in Spain), the characters established early on but then not much happens for a very long time. In this novel, however, he has found himself moved from handling potential security threats to dealing with organised crime groups and one Liverpool-based one in particular.I found the first 100 pp fairly slow going but the pace picked up very quickly after that and the last quarter or so of this novel is as tense and exciting as any of Seymour’s previous works. This represents the third outing for Jonas Merrick, MI5’s querulous counter-intelligence data analyst. Despite Vera's warnings, he also shows signs here of wanting to emerge from behind his desk, to get "in at the kill". If this was a character trait, then it would be OK, but all of his characters speak the same way which is implausible.

As in earlier novels, Merrick acts as a lone wolf and manages to antagonise senior officers in parts of the UK’s law enforcement agencies outside MI5. Out of the Jonas Merrick novels, this person thought that 'The Foot Soldiers' was the best one so far. I felt that the author was attempting to go down the Frederick Forsyth/John le Carre route re espionage, but it didn't really come off.Weather intervenes and the semi-submersible is forced to push on towards a landing on the Spanish Costa del Morte, the coast of death around Cape Finisterre.

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