Author : J.F. Kirwan
Title : 66 Metres
Series : Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller #1
Pages : 232
Publisher : Carina
Publication date : August 25, 2016
The only thing worth killing for is family.
Everyone said she had her father’s eyes. A killer’s eyes. Nadia knew that on the bitterly cold streets of Moscow, she could never escape her past – but in just a few days, she would finally be free.
Bound to work for Kadinsky for five years, she has just one last mission to complete. Yet when she is instructed to capture The Rose, a military weapon shrouded in secrecy, Nadia finds herself trapped in a deadly game of global espionage.
And the only man she can trust is the one sent to spy on her.
66 Metres introduces us to Nadia Luksheva, who has been forced to undertake missions to keep her sister safe from harm. For the past five years, Nadia has been working for Kadinsky, who’s been holding her sister prisoner as an incentive. But now Nadia has just one last mission to complete and she and her sister will be allowed to go free.
Nadia is instructed to retrieve a device, a military weapon called The Rose. But as is always the case with things like these, there are of course a whole bunch of other people who’d love to get their hands on a weapon like The Rose. It seems Nadia will have little choice but to trust just one man and as it happens, he’s been sent to spy on her.
66 Metres is a well-paced spy thriller. There are a lot of players in this story, most of them with bad intentions. Stating the obvious. 😄. Yet Nadia’s character manages to stand out from the crowd effortlessly. Her background alone makes for a fascinating story. She’s determined not to turn out like her father, who was a killer. So far, despite all the circumstances she’s found herself in, she’s been able to stay true to herself. Even after everything she’s been through, she still firmly knows the difference between right and wrong. But when pushed, how far will she go to protect her sister?
Like I mentioned, The Rose is the perfect weapon for any terrorist or government and thus a hot commodity. We get most of the usual suspects chasing it down, from a rogue CIA operator to MI6 to a bunch of mean and cruel Russians. There’s also quite a lot of diving going on. For someone who knows nothing about any of that (eek, water!), I thought I might either get bored or freaked out. But that didn’t happen. I’ve actually learned quite a lot and the underwater scenes really added to the atmosphere.
All in all, 66 Metres is a highly entertaining and complex tale full of deceit, backstabbing and the games powerful people play that takes us from London to Frankfurt to the Scilly Islands to Russia. Fabulous locations and a well-crafted story that would make for a super spy thriller movie. This is the first instalment in the Luksheva series and I very much look forward to reading the follow-up, 38 Hours. Keep an eye on my blog in March when I’ll be joining the blog tour for that one as well.
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J. F. Kirwan is the author of the Nadia Laksheva thriller series for HarperCollins. Having worked in accident investigation and prevention in nuclear, offshore oil and gas and aviation sectors, he uses his experience of how accidents initially build slowly, then race towards a climax, to plot his novels. An instructor in both scuba diving and martial arts, he travels extensively all over the world, and loves to set his novels in exotic locations. He is also an insomniac who writes in the dead of night. His favourite authors include Lee Child, David Baldacci and Andy McNab.