Emlyn Rees


"...I am wondering why this author hasn’t turned his hand to this genre before now – he obviously has a natural talent for suspense and action."


Danny Shanklin wakes up slumped across a table in a London hotel room he's never seen before. He's got a high-powered rifle strapped to his hands. He hears sirens and stumbles to the window to see a burning limousine and bodies all over the street. The police are closing in. He's been set up. They're coming for him…

With only his tech support friend, the Kid, for backup, Danny sets out on a nail-biting odyssey though the panicked city streets, in a desperate bid to escape, protect the people he loves, and track down the terrorists who set him up. But with 500,000 CCTV cameras, 33,000 cops, 9 intelligence agencies, and dozens of TV news channels all hot on his tail, just how long will this one innocent man be able to survive?

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I thoroughly enjoyed Hunted, with Danny Shanklin as the main character who worked really well with the plot. The story itself is mainly set in the present tense - over the space of a day - which in some way gives a sense of urgency to the events taking place. Although in itself it is a tried and tested plot in that the hero has been set up and is trying to avoid the authorities/bad guys whilst he tries to clear his name, there is still some originality here. Shanklin is also having flashbacks to events that happened some years ago, and with the way the book ended I am wondering if perhaps these may be relevant in future novels. This should be an interesting twist as it will bring a different element to the stories. The pace will keep the reader wanting to keep reading and, as ever, wondering who Shanklin can trust. Although expecting him to ultimately survive the chase, it is all about at what cost? Hunted is an excellent read and I am wondering why this author hasn't turned his hand to this genre before now – he obviously has a natural talent for suspense and action. For sure Rees will be on my list of must reads from now on.

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