A JOHN MORDRED NOVEL
“John Mordred comes alive on the page and is a character readers will not soon forget!” – The Booklife Review, October 2017.
Set (and written) in the run-up to the 2016 UK referendum on EU membership, The New Europeans deals with the shifting global power-balance in the second decade of the 21st century.
The liberal consensus in Europe is breaking down and no one knows exactly what will replace it. As always, there are those with an eye to the main chance.
In the course of investigating the disappearance of a prominent Eurosceptic MP, MI7 agent John Mordred finds himself under hostile scrutiny from obscure figures within his own organization. It quickly turns out that his investigation and theirs may not be entirely independent of each other. Behind all the intrigues, arguments and accusations, much greater, darker forces are coming into play. Forces whose existence hardly anyone suspects.
And the stakes are high enough to make even MI7’s best agent dispensable.
Thoroughly enjoyed this well-crafted spy thriller!
By Piaras on 12 December 2017 for Emerald Book Reviews
Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader’s pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, characters, and language that will unsettle for its clarity, directness and confidence; we gratefully set all analysis aside and give ourselves up to the sheer magic of a great book. And for me, The New Europeans (John Mordred Book 5), is such a book.
Even though this is a series of 10 novels, the author explains that ‘it’s not a “series” in the sense of a continuous narrative across different volumes: rather, readers can enjoy any one book without having read the others.’ Nevertheless, since I’m hooked now, I’ll be going back to the first in the series, The Eastern Ukraine Question (John Mordred Book 1).
However, as far as this book is concerned, author J. J. Ward weaves a noteworthy tale of mystery and suspense, with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The author paints a gripping story of espionage in a very vivid and convincing way. In addition, the characters are drawn with great credibility and conviction. It’s a relatively fast-paced thriller that will keep you engaged from the first page to the last.
This very interesting story unfurls in small acts, at first feeling slight to touch, then building in emotional substance. What appears to be the everyday workings of a spy agency, the author craftily thrusts the reader into a serious and deadly search for a missing minor Member of the British Parliament. The stage is now set for a senior agent and his love interest as they go up against a gang of thugs hired by a sinister group who want to take England out of the European Union. The central character, John Mordred, is one of MI7s best investigators who isn’t afraid to go against the grain. While this character trait has stood to him in the past, this assignment may prove to be his biggest challenge yet, and keeping himself alive an even bigger one.
The book description gives a sneak preview; ‘In the course of investigating the disappearance of a prominent Eurosceptic MP, MI7 agent John Mordred finds himself under hostile scrutiny from obscure figures within his own organization. It quickly turns out that his investigation and theirs may not be entirely independent of each other. Behind all the intrigues, arguments and accusations, much greater, darker forces are coming into play. Forces whose existence hardly anyone suspects…’
Now, if that’s not enough to whet your appetite, I don’t know what will. But if you want to find out what happens, you’ll just have to turn the pages for yourself! However, I will say it was well worth the read. It’s my first time reading this author and I must say I was very impressed.
Captivating and commendable, this work had me immersed from the beginning. The story flowed from scene to scene with ease, and the author displays exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. There are plenty of attention-grabbing moments in this page turner that will take the reader on a truly fascinating and intriguing journey!
It’s one of those books that come along occasionally that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader.
If this book is anything to go by, I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more from J. J. Ward in the future. I would recommend this book to all fans of the mystery, thriller and suspense genre, and could easily see this being adapted as a television series or a made-for-TV movie. A well-deserved five stars from me.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
J.J. Ward lives and works in southern England and has been married for 34 years. He has two grown-up boys and a dog called Arthur Perrins. His hobbies include walking in the countryside, drinking tea in unusual locations, photography, and reading.
His Tales of MI7 series consists of ten self-contained novels, set in contemporary London and loosely linked by characters and timeline. It is not a “series” in the sense of a continuous narrative across different volumes: rather, readers can enjoy any one book without having read the others. Each is “full-length” in the traditional sense – 80,000 words or more – and set in the second decade of the 21st century. Together, they examine the major political, social, international and moral concerns of the day. Hopefully, in an entertaining way!