When Jenny's email first came into my inbox I wasn't sure on the story. But then I read the second paragraph and I knew I had to get my hands on this book. I took this book on holiday with me and devoured it on holiday. Now I'm here telling you my thoughts;
After two long years spent in a secret British prison, Nadia Laksheva is suddenly granted her freedom. Yet there is a dangerous price to pay for her release: she must retrieve the Russian nuclear warhead stolen by her deadliest enemy, a powerful and ruthless terrorist known only as The Client.
But her mysterious nemesis is always one step ahead and the clock is ticking. In 37 hours, the warhead will explode, reducing the city of London to a pile of ash. Only this time, Nadia is prepared to pull the trigger at any cost…
The deadly trail will take her from crowded Moscow to the silent streets of Chernobyl, but will Nadia find what she is looking for before the clock hits zero?
Absolutely love the cover on this book. It stands out, and gives away a bit of the story, grabbing readers attention! The combination of a city backdrop and the diving represents the story perfectly and I am so glad, I requested to read this book for the blog tour. And yes I was given a free copy to review, but that in NO way changes my opinion of the story.
Before reading this novel I didn't realise it was the second book in a series. So having not read the first one, I can only draw my opinion on this book solely. Nadia is a great main character. She's strong minded and still has the ability to love and care about her family.
The love interest is a bit different in this story as it is overshadowed by the story. There's a nice section where they see each other again and I really enjoyed it, but you also had the excitement of whether Nadia was going to spill the beans on her little indulgence from when she got out of prison. The various familial relationships, on the other hand, were well handled. Nadia has been through a lot of years of pain and anger, which made it plausible that in the moment those emotions could be subsumed by love, especially in the adrenaline rush of action.
The mystery and story behind the antagonist were brilliant. Kept my interest high and made me need to turn the pages faster to try and find out who he was. The story behind him was amazing.
Overall, this is a brilliant story, and I didn't feel that not reading the first book put me at a disadvantage at all. Fast-paced action that keeps you on edge and gripped to the story. It's a brilliant book and I hope there are more!
J.F. Kirwan is a writer for Harper Collins, under their HQ digital imprint. By day he works in aviation and nuclear safety, but at night, during bouts of insomnia, he writes thrillers with significant body counts. He’s an ex-diving instructor, so there is an underwater element in each of his two novels, 66 Metres and 37 Hours. Most readers find his writing has a cinematic feel as if you are there with the characters. The original inspiration for the protagonist, Nadia, came from Stieg Larsson’s Girl with the dragon tattoo, though David Baldacci and Lee Child have had a significant impact on the writing style, plotting and pace. He is currently writing the third book in the series.