Welcome to my stop on the blog tour today! I’m so thrilled to share my review of the latest instalment in J D Fennell’s utterly brilliant Sleeper trilogy, as well as a fabulous Q&A with the author himself!!
Sleeper: The Red Storm
J D Fennell
1943. Sleeper spy, Will Starling, has been drafted into the SOE, joining forces with the French Resistance in the fight against the Nazis; but Will’s memory is fractured and only occasional flashbacks reveal fragments of his past. Despite this, he has not forgotten his pledge to find and rescue his sister, Rose – if she is still alive. When his mission in France is compromised, Will suspects he’s been betrayed.
Back in London he hears that VIPER are developing a new and deadly weapon. As he and MI5 agent Anna Wilder set out to destroy it, their every move is anticipated by their enemies. Who is the mole in the British Secret Service? As they close in on VIPER’s Swiss headquarters it seems no one can be trusted. Are Will and Anna able to prevent the unleashing of the Red Storm that will bring mass destruction on a scale even the Nazis haven’t dreamt of?
While Will tries to save the world, Rose has become the key to VIPER’s future plans and is drugged to dull her kinetic powers. But Rose faces danger from an unexpected enemy and her time is running out.
Will Starling is back with a bang. In the previous book, Sleeper, sixteen-year-old Will was pulled from the depths of the sea with no memory of who he was before. The only clue he had to the remnants of his life was a notebook that carried secrets some were willing to kill for and others willing to die for. The story progressed and pieces of the past and of his family returned. As the Blitz tore everything apart, Will was followed by The Pastor, a vicious killer intent on getting his hands on the secrets in the notebook. Now, in this latest instalment, The Red Storm, Will is in the midst of fighting VIPER, a ruthless organisation who will destroy everything. When two of his friends are murdered, Will returns to London, where old allies await him, including agent Anne Wilder. With a sinking hope but a rising determination, Will must stop VIPER and fulfil the promise of finding his sister before time runs out.
Will Starling is a hero you just can’t help but root for. He is brave, courageous, intelligent and loyal. Within moments of reading the first chapter, you’re hooked into his story. I’m weary of saying too much about the book because I don’t want to give anything away. What I can say though is that ending blew me away. What a cliff-hanger!! I was flabbergasted for the rest of evening. Really looking forward to reading the next instalment.
Author J D Fennell depicts his characters’ losses, victories and battles with depth and atmosphere poured into the prose. Brilliant as ever, he grabbed me straight away with The Red Storm. It’s brimming with emotion, adventure, excitement and so much more! Just perfection.
As each chapter carries the reader further into the twisting story, the more intense and suspenseful it becomes. You just couldn’t ask for more! A wonderful next instalment!!
Exciting. Suspenseful. Brilliant.
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Q&A with J D Fennell
Do you have a favourite Classic author?Mmmm…without question, Emily Bronte. However, because she only wrote one book, I’ll add Ernest Hemingway for steering me through the latter years of my teens and early twenties.Do you have a favourite book you have read more than once and if so what is it?When I was a teenager I read Lord of the Rings three times over the years. Still a favourite.What are you currently reading?I am reading crime at the moment: Rupture by Simon Lelic and I’m listening, via Audible, to Bad Blood, by Brian McGilloway. Both are excellent!What’s in your writing toolkit?I have two notebooks and various pens. I also use Google docs because it is a simple and sophisticated word processor that I can use across all devices – Mac, PC, tablet, iPhone.What’s your next writing project?I am working on a dark detective novel. New territory for me, but exciting too.
About J D Fennell
J.D. was born in Belfast at the start of the Troubles, and began writing stories at a young age to help understand the madness unfolding around him. A lover of reading, he devoured a diverse range of books – his early influences include Fleming, Tolkien, Shakespeare and the Brontës.
He left Belfast at the age of nineteen and worked as a chef, bartender, waiter and later began a career in writing for the software industry.
These days he divides his time between Brighton and London, where he lives with his partner and their two dogs.
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Huge thanks to J D Fennell, Emily Glenister and Dome Press for the Q&A, review copy and blog tour invite!!