Chris Ewan

Dead Line

"...‘Dead Line’ is a fantastically intense and pacey novel, worthy of a space on any bookshelf."


What do you do if your fiancée goes missing, presumed taken? If you’re Daniel Trent, a trained hostage negotiator then it’s a no-brainer. You find out who took her and you make them talk.

But do you do when your chief suspect is kidnapped? How do you get him back in a fit state to talk? Daniel’s frantically tries to rescue Jérȏme Moreau from his ruthless kidnappers so he can interrogate him. When things don’t go according to plan, Trent has to use all his skills and instincts to find the answers he so desperately needs.

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Following up the phenomenally successful ‘Safe House’ was always going to be a tall order for Ewan, yet with ‘Dead Line’ he has penned a novel which will continue his meteoric rise. The plot is very clever without being convoluted and I loved the basic premise – a hostage negotiator fighting to rescue his client so he can kidnap him for his own ends. In some respects, Trent’s early demeanour reminded me of some of Alistair MacLean’s characters. He is in possession of specialist knowledge which allows him to dominate the situation and other characters, yet he is a fully rounded person with an honourable agenda rather than a bully trying to get his own way. His journey is a spectacular one which sees him enter territory he can never return from. Other characters are all perfunctorily well drawn but none other than Alain really caught my eye such was Trent’s domination of the story. The prose is neater than an obsessive compulsive’s desk and I loved the second person point of view used for the prologue. As the plot progressed, Ewan’s grip on my attention tightened to the point of near suffocation as he kept ratcheting up the tension. All in all I would have to say that ‘Dead Line’ is a fantastically intense and pacey novel, worthy of a space on any bookshelf.

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