Thursday, 19 August 2010

THRILLER REVIEW: Dictator - Tom Cain

Release Date: 05/08/10


Africa has had more than its share of dictators, but Henderson Gushungo may be the worst. Millions starve and opponents are flung in jail, while Gushungo and his cronies get rich on the country's rich natural resources. A powerful consortium of political and business interests offer Samuel Carver the job of enforcing regime change. Can the taking of one life save millions of others? And can Carver trust the men who hired him? As the action hurtles from the plains of southern Africa to the teeming streets of Hong Kong, and an old enemy rises from the grave to haunt him once more, Carver becomes both the hunter and the hunted in a deadly game where the survival of a nation is at stake.


Whilst Tom Cain is a pseudonym for a well known journalist, you can tell from the first chapter that this is an author who won’t mince their words, will not compromise and believes fully in the world that he’s created. The character fight for their own ideology, they scrap their way along the plot outline and they force their way against the odds to achieve their own goals. It’s stark, it’s brutal and the writing style is something that doesn’t believe in apologising for what it is. Add to the mix that it’s proud of being a thriller and you know that you’ve gotten a bloody struggle that hopefully will leave you sated by the final bloody chapter.

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