It is the sixties and successful bank robber Mike Armstrong is forced to leave his birthplace city and go into hiding. When he arrives at his idyllic new home in the remote Norfolk village of Little Stratton he finds his quiet life has ended before it began.
Under threat of blackmail Mike is forced to steal, spy and kill in a lethal cat and mouse spy game with a mysterious businessman.
Mike faces mortal danger spying for a fast driving, armed and dangerous woman working with the British security services. He encounters beautiful and deadly women. One strives to win his love whilst another seeks to end his life. He also finds true love but will the lovers survive long enough to enjoy life together?
Find out if Mike’s success or failure will determine the ongoing future of Cold War global politics. See if the violent struggle between Mike and his sociopathic opponent will change each man’s life forever.
The Masters of the Chandelle is an intelligent, espionage thriller that will keep you hooked until the very last page. It is the kind of book I love to read and when I read the synopsis above I was sold. It is set in a decade I adore, the 1960’s, it has spys and British security services as well as politics and thrilling action and so it really does have everything I love about thrillers! Here is a little bit more about this wonderful novel.
The Masters of the Chandelle has many characters but the two most important characters in my opinion are Mike Armstrong and a mysterious, enigmatic businessman. Mike is a criminal and he has robbed banks for a while now and has mastered this crime and profited very well from it however he soon has to go into hiding and he moves to idyllic Norfolk to lay low although I am sure you can guess at this point that he is not able to lay low for long! Why does he have to leave his home city? Well you will have to read this novel to find out! Soon Mike is approached by a mysterious businessman and to make matters worse he is also blackmailed by a man named Simone Powell and poor Mike is blackmailed into committing horrendous crimes and to do awful things. Things such as kill, steal and spy… all things Mike is trying to get away from. It is fair to say at this point Mikes life is already getting complicated but it gets even more complicated when he soon becomes a target for the British Security Services and many other deadly men and women. Will Mike be able to get away from the man who is playing cat and mouse with him? Read this thrilling novel to find out!
This novel is an exciting and a rare gem. I have read many thriller, espionage novels but none have been as good as this one. I do not know why but something feels different about this novel. It is not your typical thriller and I cant put my finger on why but it is deep and intellectual and highly entertaining!
Our author R.A. Ridley has done a fantastic job at writing a suspense filled, action-packed novel. One that will excite and entice the reader beginning to end. One thing I love about the author which I learnt from his Amazon author page was that he served in the Royal Air Force in England for a long period of time and then went on to do many other amazing things. This alone shows how the author has put his own knowledge and research into this novel throughout his experiences from life and this adds another depth to this novel and it makes it an intriguing, fascinating read. His creation of Mike Armstrong is fantastic, he is a compelling character that will keep you hooked to this story and I adored how Ridley gave the reader so much background on him.
To summarise my thoughts on this exceptional novel if you adore espionage thrillers and Ian Fleming’s books then you will love this! This thrilling, suspense filled novel gets Four Stars from me!
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