Red Mist

  • by Simon Rosser
  • Narrated by David Loving
  • 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

London lawyer Jack West has a great job and is married with a beautiful daughter; but his personal life isn't great, and it's about to get a whole lot worse. When a beautiful woman, who calls herself Amber, takes a keen interest in Jack over lunch in his local wine bar, Jack does his best to resist her advances. But when she pleads with him to walk her home after two sinister looking men enter the bar, he agrees. This was Jack's first mistake. His second is entering her apartment.
Ten minutes later, Jack feels himself slipping out of control, but a heavy pounding on Amber's apartment door brings him back to his senses. Five seconds later Amber has been shot and is dying in Jack's arms, assassinated by the men from the bar, now trying to enter her apartment. Amber's last words to Jack are; "Run! Take my bag and run!"
With only seconds to think, Jack grabs Amber's bag and flees for the fire escape, dodging a hail of bullets in the process. He is chased across London by the two men, but who are the crazed assassins and what do they want? With only the contents of Amber's handbag in his possession, Jack sets about trying to piece together the mystery. Trying to keep the entire incident secret from his wife, he calls Laila, a Moroccan contact from Amber's diary and arranges to meet her. They soon discover that the men hunting Jack are Russians. But what are they after? And can Jack solve the unfolding mystery before he's implicated in Amber's murder?
Things go from bad to worse for Jack and Laila, and the only clue they have leads them over to Casablanca, in Morocco, but what they discover there only deepens the conspiracy surrounding Amber's death and her link with the Russian assassins. With the Russian President flying over to the UK for a prisoner swap, and an international crisis brewing, Jack and Laila return to the UK to try and solve the mystery, only to find themselves in a race against time to prevent total global disaster in this fast paced adventure thriller.
Red Mist is a fast-paced spy novel with plenty of action, adventure, mystery and terrorist plots


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So, Jack, are you married?

Jack West is a partner in a small law firm,'East West Law'. Since the birth of his child several years before, his marital problems have been increasing. So when he is approached by a gorgeous woman named Amber, he finds himself returning with her to an hotel room - and his troubles really start there. Troubles far more life threatening than the possibility of his home life disruption.

This is a fast paced thriller based in and around London as Jack tries to survive whilst trying simultaneously to find out by whom, and why, his life is being threatened. It is a good, almost classical (think The Twenty Nine Steps) action mystery, told in shortish, sentences written in the present tense which give it both an urgency and a feel of news reported immediacy. Quite well presented, there are some descriptive passages spoilt by over repitition of key words, such as wall, vine, gaps etc. The narration by David Loving follows the text urgency with a brisk reading, again emphasising the near news-like quality of the story, maintaing the almost deadpan, unemotional writing despite the man protagonist's fears and confusions. His voicings of the characters is differentiated and clear. The combination of story and reading give this book a distinctively visual, film like quality, different from many action adventure stories.

I was fortunate in being gifted a complementary copy of Red Mist, at my request, by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you - I enjoyed it immensely. I did find it slightly strange that, given the book was set in England with the main protagonist himself living in the English countryside, the narrator was not English. Having said that, however, Mr.Loving's performance fitted well. The ending, too, was nicely done and not trite in the expected way.
A nice mystery spy action thriller for anyone who enjoys books in this genre.
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- Norma Miles

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-09-2017
  • Publisher: Schmall World Publishing