Thank you to Emma of Damppebbles blog tours for the invite on to the blog tour for The Black Fox by Gordon Bickerstaff – a thrilling edge of your seat spy thriller. Don’t forget to check out the other reviews on the tour.
About the book
Incredible conspiracy. Intricate espionage. Spy story.
Zoe Tampsin is resourceful, smart and Special Forces-trained, but she has been given an impossible mission.
She has to protect scientist, Gavin Shawlens, from assassination by the CIA, and discover the secret trapped in Gavin’s mind that the CIA want destroyed.
As the pressure to find Shawlens escalates – the CIA send Zoe’s former mentor to track her down and her fate seems sealed when he surrounds Zoe and Gavin with a ring of steel. With each hour that passes, the ring is tightened, and the window for discovering Gavin’s secret will shut.
Zoe is faced with a decision that goes against all of her survival instincts. If she is wrong – they both die. If she is right – she will discover the secret and become the next target for assassination.
Run for your life…
What I thought
This book is quite a departure from the kind of books I usually read. It certainly keeps you motivated to read the next chapter and the next. There is a lot of action in the story and a lot of outwitting of ‘the enemy’, the enemy being the CIA – the US president no less, wants Gavin Shawlens dead.
What can a lowly laboratory scientist possibly have knowledge of that would spook the US President to such an extent that he must have him killed, no matter how the deed is done. Gavin himself certainly has absolutely no idea. He suffers nightmares and bad dreams, could that give some clues?
Originally the US had agreed to pay large sums to the UK Government in exchange for handing Shawlens over, no questions asked. I thought that was pretty believable, the UK would be willing to sell its own metaphorical grandmother if the price was right. However Sir Milton Johnson head of Security Services was not so easily bought. He knew that whatever knowledge Gavin Shawlens was believed to have, it must be something of great interest for the kind of money the US were prepared to pay and he wanted to know what it was.
Hence he secretly recruits Zoe Tampsin, having a strong military background and working for the British Security Service, she is known as The Black Fox. Her mission – to keep Shawlens hidden away from both the CIA and UK authorities until they can find out what secrets he unwittingly holds.
All of this takes the reader on a cat and mouse chase with Zoe always one step ahead with an arsenal of tricks up her sleeve to outwit the pursuers. The story culminates in Scotland in the unlikeliest of places with a tense and thrilling ending.
It’s an action packed book with many twists and turns along the way where absolutely no one can be trusted.
♥ Happy Reading ♥
I was born and brought up in Glasgow, Scotland. I studied biochemistry, and I’ve worked in several Scottish universities where I did research on enzymes, and taught biochemistry. After thirty years of teaching and research I retired my academic pen, and took of a mightier fiction pen.
I live in central Scotland with my wife and we enjoy reading, writing, and walking in the hills.
The Lambeth Group books follow the secret government investigations of agent Zoe Tampsin. A strong female protagonist with courage, determination, and guile. She is assisted by specialist consultant, Gavin Shawlens.