In this Middle East based military action thriller, Richard Pendry has created an array of characters that really does include the good, the bad, and the ugly, along with a rich and colourful mix in between. Behind the macho image of ex SAS and another assorted military, the author portrays each with all the faults and traits of people who have lived real lives, haunted by their various pasts. Likewise with the non-military characters, each tells his own tale, contributing to the overall story rather than simply filling a role essential to some plot. Central to them all though is Mason, an ex SAS man who resigned from the job and life he loved following the tragic death of his wife and daughter. But life goes on, bills need to be paid, and so he’s eventually tempted by a lucrative security training job in the Middle East. Needless to say, events don’t follow the neat path they’re meant to, and in an effort to prevent the deaths of the men he was meant to train, instead, he leads them in what is practically a hastily and an ill-conceived suicide mission.
Amid the drama and military and political tensions following the Gulf Wars, and the efforts of the oil companies and the security companies they employ to restore Iraqi oil production, intertwined is a completely different story being told; an eminent historian’s quest to solve a centuries-old historical and religious secret reaching back to the time of the Crusades and even far beyond helps bring to life the ancient and bloody history of the cradle of civilisation and Christianity, along with treating the reader to a tale worthy and reminiscent of a Dan Brown novel.
Just as it did in his previous story, Richard Pendry’s own military background and first-hand experience of the Middle East shines through in his writing; experiences aside though, once again the author also demonstrates a real talent for crafting an imaginative and well-told multi-stranded story, along with meticulous research and attention to detail.
For those who are already fans of the military genre or may have served in the armed forces, this is a highly enjoyable and captivating read, and I would say an intelligently written one too. For others who may be reading a military adventure thriller for the first time, I would be hard-pressed to think of a better introduction to the genre.
[. . .] An easy well-deserved five stars!Mr R., 5 out of 5 stars. Verified Purchase on Amazon.co.uk.
Having had the opportunity to speak with the author for work purposes I thought I’d give his book a try. I am so glad I did. It gripped me from the start and struggled to put it down but alas life kept getting in the way. Great characters and great plot with a bit of history thrown in. Best read in a long time. People need to know about it. Can’t wait for the next one.
Dee O'Connell-Kidby, 5 out of 5 stars. Verified Purchase on Amazon.co.uk.
I loved this book and couldn’t put it down – just the same as I can’t put down similar action books with former special forces characters such as Mitch Rapp (Vince Flynn/Kyle Mills), Dewey Andreas (Ben Coes) and Pike Logan (Brad Taylor). The author has written lots of twists and turns in the plot and the most important part of the plot is simply breathtaking in its implications. I’ve never seen that particular plot line written about before. Let’s just hope it never actually occurs in the real world ! I’m really looking forward to the further development of the main character in this book, Mason, and I see a real series developing from here. Well done to the author on this, his first novel and may many more follow.GJH, 5 out of 5 stars. Verified Purchase on Amazon.com.
Damascus Redemption has received incredibly positive reviews from lovers of the military fiction genre. This is no surprise, given Richard’s own background in the British armed forces.
In the book, Mason resigns from the SAS. With his life over, he’s enticed into the security industry and a suicidal mission. His team is attacked and two of his men are abducted. Mason escapes with the help of a mysterious Arab cult, and an ancient ‘secret’, its guardian – a Crusading knight. The torment of two warriors unfolds as each searches for redemption.
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