Book Review - Darts Of Deceit

by Wilf Nussey (Rebel ePublishers) ISBN 9780986987151

Darts of Deceit is a real page-turner of an action thriller. The story involves missing nuclear missiles, ex-soldiers hired to find missing planes, and CIA dirty business resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths in Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Mozambique - for which South Africa will be framed and blamed.

This book made me very uneasy. The author has constructed a terrifying scenario which is utterly convincing, and has based it on places he knows very well as well as creating believable villains. Nussey was a newspaper journalist for forty years, four of them in Africa, covering many of Africa's bloody and intense transitions to independence. This knowledge makes his words more raw and real.

The touches of humour and a gentle love interest to lighten the tension are used well in this exciting book. The author's writing is as good as the great American suspense writers. 

Claire Crawford


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Playing Dead

by Julia Heaberlin (Faber & Faber) ISBN 9780571287680 

Tommie McCloud receives a letter in the post from a stranger shortly after her father's death, that changes her life and makes her question her very identity. 

The woman who wrote it claims that Tommie is her daughter—and that she was kidnapped as a baby 31 years ago. The reader is sucked into Tommie's world through the author's ability to describe the settings perfectly. The characters are all too human in their desires and they feel real enough that you expect to bump into them in the street. 

This is a mystifying, absorbing, enjoyable suspense thriller that constantly challenges the reader to guess what the solution is. My only criticism is that the danger is brought in too soon to build up to nail-cracking suspense toward the end. The ending feels like it was tacked on to satisfy the reader's yearning for a happy ending. 

Claire Crawford

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