No Way To Die by Tony Kent
When traces of a radioactive material are found with a body in Key West, multiple federal agencies suddenly descend on the scene. This is not just an isolated murder - a domestic terrorist group is ready to bring the US government to its knees.
The threat hits close to home for Agent Joe Dempsey when he discovers a personal connection to the group. With his new team member, former Secret Service agent Eden Grace, Dempsey joins the race to track down the bomb before it’s too late. But when their mission falls apart, he is forced to turn to the most unlikely of allies: an old enemy he thought he had buried in his past.
Now, with time running out, they must find a way to work together to stop a madman from unleashing horrifying destruction across the country.
No Way To Die is the forth thriller by Tony Kent and features Dempsey on yet another roller-coaster mission. Although this book follows Killer Intent, Marked For Death and Power Play it can definitely be read as a standalone.
The novel starts with a bang. Patrolman Garcia's shift ends in tragedy as he stumbles across a gang on the jetty of the marina transporting goods into a Dodge Sprinter van. Although the men manage to escape, their actions draw the attention of not only the local police department but Homeland Security. They believe that the men could be transporting radioactive material, Caesium-137, which in the hands of the wrong people could have a catastrophic effect on America. With no time to spare O'Rourke, from the department of Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, leads the manhunt to find the men responsible and to get the Caesium back in safe hands.
The novel is highly addictive and action driven. The chapters alternate between the men on the run and those trying to hunt them down. Dempsey and Grace join the manhunt because one of the men in question has a personal connection to Dempsey, and he is keen to bring him in. This adds to the anticipation and drama of the action as it unfolds. Although this is a plot driven novel, the characters are definitely at the heart of the story. I was captivated by the lives of the four men on the run and loved reading about the dynamics of their different personalities; anticipating the eruption that would occur between them. I was very much invested in lives of the officials whose job it was to capture these criminals. Although these men and women are portrayed as strong, focus driven individuals there was also a softer, vulnerable side that we saw which was extremely fascinating to read about.
Kent took me on one hell of a ride with No Way To Die, I had no way of predicting any of the action that was to unfold and didn't connect any of the dots before it was uncovered. This was a real treat and made me reach for my copy at any opportunity I could. I loved the additional sideline of the secure Facility where men were locked up for their crimes without having been sent to trial. The prisoners fascinated me and added to the excitement and suspense of the novel.
Overall a truly enjoyable read, full of action, suspense and very cleverly written. Kent's precision, and attention to detail, is remarkable making this an outstanding read. Many thanks to Random Things Tours and Elliott & Thompson publishers for inviting me to join the No Way To Die blog tour.
Tony Kent is a practising criminal barrister who draws on his legal experience to bring a striking authenticity to his thrillers: Killer Intent, Marked for Death, Power Play and now No Way To Die. Ranked as a ‘leader in his field’ Tony has prosecuted and defended in the most serious trials during his twenty years at the Criminal Bar - specialising in murder, terrorism, corruption, kidnap and organised crime. His case history is filled with nationally reported trials and his practice has brought him into close professional 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. Tony also appears as a criminal justice expert on a number of TV shows, including Meet, Marry, Murder (coming soon to Netflix), My Lover, My Killer and Kill Thy Neighbour (both Channel 5). Prior to 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