This is a story of an attack on the City of London, not in the manner in which we have come to expect, no lone terrorist with a machete, no small group with backpacks stuffed with homemade explosives.
This time the people trying to bring down the City, and cripple the country is another country.
How do they manage this? They give one of the most feared and blood thirsty criminals they have one last chance, work for them and bring down a foreign power or die in a horrific way.
But how does a man who is used to using brute force manage to bring down a country.
Easy, he kidnaps a man who is in the right social circle, and gets information on all the main players in the city. Information that can be used to blackmail them into doing things that will cripple the City.
There is a group of people that work for the Government whose job it is to identify threats before the terrorists have chance to carry out an attack. One of them, Ben Morgan, is a cyber expert, but his job is usually to monitor trends in communications before an attack to identify who was involved and anticipate future attacks.
This time he’s at the forefront of the fight to stop the attack, or limit the effect it has on the country.
A new decade and a new type of crime, but in all honesty, I read this thinking how easy it would be to carry out this attack, and how difficult it would be to stop it. A politician once said that the “security forces have to get lucky all of the time, the terrorist only has to get lucky once” .
I can’t help thinking that one day I’m going to be watching the news thinking, this was in that book.
A brilliantly written, origin plot, which has developed a cracking story.
Publishing date: 9th March 2020