Sir Stephen Mendal, head of MI6, looked up from the report. Apparently an unknown secret organization had been recruiting ex-MI6 agents, specifically those that specialized in "wet work", the nasty side of the business. One of these old employees had just been shot dead by the authorities whilst robbing a bank in Switzerland.
He had to know more. What was this organization up to, and why employ such specialists? He decided he needed a spy.
On his desk were a number of manila folders all marked "Top Secret" in thick red ink. He went through each of them in detail before selecting one, Paul Bradley's, a merciless killer with innumerable hits to his credit. A lonely, hard, clever man coming to the end of his days in the field. Perfect, thought Mendal. But at this time in his life, would Bradley be willing to go it alone, to play the sacrificial lamb? If not, then perhaps he should just throw him to the wolves and see what happens.
So begins the hunt for the New Templars, a ruthless organization with seemingly unlimited resources out to change the world as we know it.
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By Norma Miles on 30-04-18
This war of attrition
After 34 years on the dirty 'wet work's side of MI6, Paul Bradley is fired, too old, "no place anywhere in this organisation to you." Still bound by the Official Secrets Act, he has to return everything else and decides that, rather than stay on in London, he'll move back to the home he owns in Lewis. And wait...
New Templars is a well written, straightforward thriller of the old school. Exciting, the dialogue is natural and the characterisation of the main character is good, building throughout the story. Nice cameos of the other protagonists, too. The book is well narrated by Paul Jenkins, English with a voice suited to the character being portrayed. His reading is clear, fast paced and with good understanding and interpretation of the story. He also gives distinctive voicings to each of the protagonists who appear.
I would like to thank the rights holder of An Assassin for the New Templars who, at my request, freely gifted me a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. I enjoyed it and look forward to any follow up stories about Paul Bradley.
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By cosmitron on 14-03-18
Still waiting for a story.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
No it was not a well developed story,it had promise but never took off.
Would you recommend An Assassin for the New Templars to your friends? Why or why not?
No there are so many better books available.
Which scene was your favorite?
Are you kidding ?
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
I am sorry I listened to it.
Any additional comments?
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
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By Ray Johnson on 21-03-18
An Eiger Sanction feel
This is not my style of book. I really enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, RPGlit. horror, etc. I generally leave the James Bond/Jack Reacher/Jason Bourne stuff for the movies. Don't get me wrong, I like those movies, one of my favorites is the Eiger Sanction with Clint Eastwood. This book reminded me of that film, an aging assassin who gets drawn back into the game for one final mission. I could see a Paul Bradley making it to the movies, and would see a film featuring the character if it were made.
Here we have a grizzled vet going up against a new deadly and unknown organization called the New Templars. Stansfield plays out this story deftly. The action, the tension, the pacing all mesh together for a great ride. Bradley, himself, is interesting and fun to listen to a she goes about dismantling the Templars.
Jenkins plays his role as narrator well and I think he is a good fit for Stansfield. His voice carries the necessary "manly" tone when he's doing Bradley, and modulates its timbor when playing other characters. Good man. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
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