Adrian Magson: The Bid (Review)

Adrian Magson

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Adrian Magson is the author of 20 crime and spy thrillers. His series protagonists include Gavin & Palmer, Harry Tate, Marc Portman, Insp Lucas Rocco and Gonzales & Vaslik. He is also the author of Write On!, a writers help book.

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The prisoner who wakes up in a box miles from anywhere.

The jailer who doesn’t question his job.

The shipment of drones stolen in transit from a cargo hub.

The kidnappers planning a devastating attack on US soil.

When James Chadwick, a drone expert, disappears suddenly, Cruxys Solutions investigators Ruth Gonzales and Andy Vaslik are assigned to track his last movements. With few clues to go on, the hunt moves from London to New York, gathering speed as they close in on a horrifying plan to kill the US President and inflict total damage on a US Air Force base.

And time is running out.

Review

This is the first of my “read a different author books” for this year… and its always great to strike gold on the first attempt. I have to be honest, i own the first three Harry Tate books and for some reason they are sat on my shelf unread, they sound great and yet my reading pile never seemed to allow for me to read them (i seem to always be trying to keep up with the review pile rather than the read for myself pile, its great when the two coincide).

The Bid follows Ruth Gonzales and Andy Vaslik as they search for their client who is missing, his Insurance contract comes into effect as soon as he fails to check in. This extra insurance security must be for a reason and as they dig into his past they discover this consultant is more than he appears on the surface, and his skills are in demand by people who will do anything to make him work for them. His life and his family under threat.

The book follows both from the perspective of the trackers and also the man who holds him captive, all is not  what it seems with the captors, this is not your average terrorist cell. The author give the plot plenty of pace and action, without ever once drifting into improbability, the scariest part of this book is that everything is utterly probable, and scarily real.

Given that the book i had finished prior to this and was so so good, i needed something to really grab me, i had actually ditched 4 books in between that book and The Bid because they just didn’t cut the mustard i could not get into them, i had the worst post book hangover. But The Bid, grabs you from the first page, its a very hard to put down book, pulling you across the Atlantic and then across the USA in search of James Chadwick , following the thinnest of threads and battling the reddest of government tape. Because of the utterly realistic nature of the plot, the people really come alive on the page, the exhaustion and frustration, the captivity and desperation of the hunt and the pace and power of the plot, it all culminates in a very tidy Action Thriller and i will most certainly be reading more from this author,

Recommended

(Parm)

Series
Riley Gavin and Frank Palmer
1. No Peace for the Wicked (2004)
2. No Help for the Dying (2005)
3. No Sleep for the Dead (2006)
4. No Tears for the Lost (2007)
5. No Kiss for the Devil (2008)
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Harry Tate
1. Red Station (2010)
2. Tracers (2011)
3. Deception (2011)
4. Retribution (2013)
5. Execution (2013)
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Lucas Rocco
1. Death on the Marais (2010)
2. Death on the Rive Nord (2011)
3. Death on the Pont Noir (2012)
4. Death at the Clos du Lac (2013)
Rocco and the Snow Angel (2015)
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Marc Portman
1. The Watchman (2014)
2. Close Quarters (2015)
3. Hard Cover (2016)
4. Dark Asset (2017)
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Cruxys Solutions Investigation
1. The Locker (2016)
2. The Bid (2017)
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Novels
The Lost Patrol (2010)
Smart Moves (2013)
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Collections
Killer Fiction (2010) (with Miles Archer, Mort Castle, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Thomas Millstead and Simon Wood)
Shades of Mayhem Vol 1 (2012)
Shades of Mayhem Vol 2 (2012)
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Non fiction
Write On – The Writer’s Help Book (2011)
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