Power Play by Tony Kent

Today I am delighted to be sharing my thoughts on Power Play, the brand new political thriller by Tony Kent. Book three in the Dempsey/Devlin series I have been looking forward to this one and reacquainting myself with Joe Dempsey. Here’s what it’s all about:

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About the Book

When a plane explodes over the Atlantic Ocean, killing hundreds of passengers, including controversial US presidential candidate Dale Victor, it appears to be a clear-cut case of terrorism. The suspect has even confessed to the bombing. But as criminal barrister Michael Devlin is about to discover, everything is not as it seems.

Also suspecting there are other forces at work, intelligence agent Joe Dempsey is driven to investigate. Who would have wanted Victor out of the way – and would commit mass murder to do it? As the evidence begins to mount, everything seems to point to the US government itself, all the way to the top. And now someone is determined to stop Dempsey and Devlin from discovering the truth. At any cost.

With countless more lives on the line, Dempsey must find a way to prove who’s pulling the strings, and free the White House from the deadly grip that has taken hold of power.

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My Thoughts

Wow. Wow, wow, wow. I do love a good action thriller and let me say that this (political) thriller is an absolute cracker. Starting with an absolutely shocking act of terrorism, this is no straight forward tale of good versus evil, and there is no simple link to som fundamentalist group to explain away one of the most heinous and catastrophic acts the world has seen in some time. This is one heck of a twisted and complex tale, full of despicable characters, murderous intent and high stakes thrills. And I loved it.

While Marked for Death was most definitely all about Michael Devlin, this book is heavy on the Joe Dempsey action and I don’t mind admitting, I’m quite happy about that fact. Devlin does feature – he finds himself in the unenviable position of acting as QC to the man who stands accused of terrorism, a man who he happens to believe is innocent. A professional engagement that sees him once again in grave danger from a very unexpected source.

On the other side of the atlantic, Joe Dempsey is working in a special branch of the UN and finds himself mixed up in the same investigation, with potentially deadly consequences for both him and Michael. The reason – well you need to read the book to find out, but the trail leads all the way to the top and to one of the most powerful men in the world.

There is so much I want to say about this book, but I can’t. To say it gives away far too much about the plot and the twists and turns that our two favourite heroes go on. What I will say is that Tony Kent has once again managed to pull together a story which completely drew me in from the start, One that had me on the edge of my seat, in shock at times and in anticipation in others, waiting for Dempsey and Devlin to give the bad guys the beating they so rightly deserved.

Don’t get me wrong – they are not superman, either of them. They do fall prey to the people targeting them, in very different ways, but ones which affect them no less. But there is still that moment of satisfaction if, and when, the pair manage to get the upper hand. And oh my life … the action. Heart stopping stuff. This is a political thriller which has everything. Corruption, alleged war crimes, terrorism and full on gun toting action. It all combined to make a story which is compelling, tense and as pacey as you could ask for.

With a storyline which feels scarily possible, if not just a little too close for comfort, it is up to the readers to go on the journey with Dempsey as he strives to find out just who is the puppet and who is the man, or woman, pulling the strings in this dark and twisted storyline. With characters that you can root for, including the newcomer Agent Eden Grace, and other characters who will make your skin crawl and get your back up, as well as make you laugh a little at their completely arrogance laced ineptitude, this book was just what I needed to get my reading mojo pumping. It was bloody brilliant.

If you like a strong political thriller, full of corruption, action and heart, then this is definitely one for you. I love the characters of Devlin and Dempsey. Can’t wait to see what Tony Kent provides for us all next.

About the Author

Tony Kent is a 41-year-old criminal barrister who draws on his legal experience to bring a striking authenticity and accuracy to his thrillers. Long ranked within his profession as a ‘leader in his field’, for twenty years Tony has prosecuted and defended the most serious criminal allegations, specialising in terrorism, corruption, murder, kidnap, extortion and fraud. His case history is littered with nationally reported trials and has included close contact with GCHQ, the Security Service and the Ministry of Defence. He has also defended in matters with an international element, involving agencies such as the FBI. Out of court, Tony has lectured on international criminal law, bribery and corruption, and has been engaged to teach trial advocacy to Public Defenders and State Prosecutors in the United States.

Prior to the start of his legal career Tony represented England as a heavyweight boxer and won a host of national amateur titles. He lives just outside of London with his wife, young son and dog.

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3 thoughts on “Power Play by Tony Kent

    1. Ah, but Michael Devlin is from the UK (Northern Ireland ) and very much in the wigs and gowns legal system. Dempsey is a Brit now working for the UN. Set on both sides of the Atlantic (and other countries) but very heavily linked to the US political system too.

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