The #Bookvent Calendar 2018: Day 6


My day six #bookvent selection is another one of those bittersweet moments – believe it or not, yet another ending. I should be cursing Orenda Books as this past year they have published some of my favourite reads which sadly mark the passing of some of my favourite series. This book is no different. I love a good action thriller and this series gives me everything I love and more. A true thriller with a beautiful heart, my sixth #bookvent choice is …


by Paul E. Hardisty

It’s 1997, and eight months since vigilante justice-seeker Claymore Straker fled South Africa after his explosive testimony to Desmond Tutu’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

In Paris, Rania LaTour, Claymore’s former lover, comes home to find that her son and her husband, a celebrated human rights lawyer, have disappeared.

On an isolated island off the coast of East Africa, the family that Clay has befriended is murdered as he watches.

So begins the fourth instalment in the Claymore Straker series, a breakneck journey through the darkest reaches of the human soul, as Clay and Raina fight to uncover the mystery behind the disappearances and murders, and find those responsible.

Relentlessly pursued by those who want them dead, they must work together to uncover the truth, and to find a way to survive in a world gone mad.

At times brutal, often lyrical, but always gripping, Absolution is a thriller that will leave you breathless and questioning the very basis of how we live and why we love.

It is really hard to put into words why I have enjoyed this series so much. On the face of it, this is a straight forward action thriller, good guys against bad – lone wolf against the might and power of the political and commercial machine. It has all the elements to keep hardcore action thriller fans happy, and yet it is so much more than that. To brand it that way would be to belie the heart and soul of what has been written. Paul Hardisty has managed to strike a beautiful balance between developing a story with a strong socio-political and environmental message and one which is entertaining and compelling, pulling the reader in and holding their attention from start to finish. Absolution is the story of Claymore Straker, a man with a strong moral code; someone who would do anything to protect those that he loves – friends or family. In Straker, the author has created an anti-hero – someone so fraught with guilt and yet so determined to right the wrongs of his past that I couldn’t help but love him as a character. And Paul Hardisty has taken Absolution up a notch by exploring the strength of the women in the story – the matriarchal characters, particularly Raina, who are empowered and strong and given as much billing as their male counterparts in this particular outing. The beautiful quality of the writing elevates this well above your average thriller fare, the imagery evocative and moving in a way which will have your pulse racing, even as you are trying to come to terms with the devastating ending of what is a shocking but true life event, so carefully and honestly reimagined. Truly stunning stuff.

If you would like to read my full review of Absolution, you will find it here. You can buy the book at the following retailers:

Amazon UK ~ Amazon US ~ Kobo ~ Waterstones

Happy #bookvent reading all


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