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4.14  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Black 13 is the brilliant first novel in the Scott Pearce series from Adam Hamdy. In this addictive and fast-paced thriller, ex-MI6 officer Pearce is about to show us that in a world where there is no loyalty to the nation state, it's time to burn the espionage rule book.

An exiled agent. A growing threat. A clandestine war.

The world is changing beyond recognition.
Hardcover, 480 pages
Expected publication: January 23rd 2020 by Macmillan
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Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Adam Hamdy writes a riveting fast paced thriller that really grew on me the more I read, featuring ex-military, ex-spook, mixed race Scott Pearce, a terrific all action central protagonist. Hamdy focuses on how our contemporary world has changed, the power of social media and how it can be manipulated by unseen forces seeking to sow the seeds of national division, strife and conflict with the goal of ensuring specific political outcomes. This underpins this thriller which begins with the murder ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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*4.5 STARS *

Scott Pearce is reminiscent of your all action, comic book super hero, and oh boy, it makes for a truly gripping, action packed start to this new series!

Ex MI6 agent Pearce, took the blame for an operation that went wrong in Islamabad, an operation that led to his dismissal. We meet him working on his own undercover, trying to discover what went wrong and why. His cover is blown when lawyer Melody Gold travels half way round the world at the request of a client, inviting Pearce to
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I haven't even finished this - and HOLY CRAP ... what a roller-coaster ride this is already! One of the best action thrillers I have read in a long while and I'm only half way through!

Well, now I have finished it, and what can I say but what a read! My thoughts above, when only halfway through, are still applicable. The characters, the story, the descriptiveness, the action sequences (and there are plenty of those) - I felt every heartbeat, sat there breathless, winced at every punch.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Black 13 is a first novel in the Scott Pearce series. An ex-M16 agent gets involved in dangerous game which he must play whether he likes it or not.

Our world is full of manipulation, extreme movements and far-left/far-right political parties are getting into power. The hate spreads easily. During the research of the book, the author did a small social media experiment by himself and the results were terrifying. The author's note at the end of the book is probably the best and the most important
Jackie Law
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Black 13, by Adam Hamdy, is the first in a proposed new series from the author of the high octane Pendulum trilogy. It introduces the reader to Scott Pearce, a former operative with MI6 who was driven out of the service when he refused to stand down after an horrific engagement in Islamabad. He believes the perpetrators are still at large and seeks some form of retribution. Scott is a formidable individual whose skills, strengths and lack of personal ties allow him to make clear decisions that ...more
Gordon Mcghie
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
As we waved goodbye to 2019 and ushered in 2020 I was reading a very entertaining crime thriller. Just to be clear – I wasn’t reading as the bells chimed the New Year – the book I was enjoying was started on Hogmanay and I was about a quarter of the way through it. Well, one week later I was STILL a quarter of the way through that book as on New Year’s Day I picked up Black 13 by Adam Hamdy and I got hooked. Every opportunity I had to sit down with my book it was Black 13 I was seeking out – ...more
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am going to ignore the fact that Scott Pearce spends the majority of this book channelling Captain Scarlet insofar as he is pretty much indestructible whatever situation he finds himself in. Not a spoiler, this is the start of a series so we pretty much know from the off that he probably won't die!
We first meet him when he is in action investigating on his own when he is interrupted in this by someone who wants, no needs, his help. This marks the first "fleeing for his life" action sequence
Jude Wright
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Having read Adam Hamdys Pendulum Trilogy which I rated highly, i wondered how he could better those books.
I needn’t have worried!
Black 13 is an intelligent and highly addictive read, delving into current affairs and politics, with our new hero Scott Pearce. Masterful writing means you are always on the edge of your seat and actually feel like you’re on the ride with the characters in the underbelly of Society and the world of spies and espionage! Each character has a good background story, and
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Scott Pearce is ex forces and finds himself unwittingly drawn into a global plot that is worth men killing for. He took the blame for an operation in Islamabad that went wrong, got dismissed from MI6 and, is working undercover, on his own, to find out why it went wrong. His cover is blown by Melody Gold, a lawyer from London, who has information about him she shouldn’t know, and an unknown client who wants him found. Things go from bad to worse, and he finds himself back in the UK, being chased ...more
Sue Plant
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
would like to thank netgalley and the publisher for letting me read this gripping book

oh my word where to much action and adventure...

a man is pushed out through a window by two men and its classed as a suicide.....

away in a far off country a man is undercover and has been for two years., but his cover is about to blown, he and the lawyer are chased out of the country... and what follows next is high octane action time and again....

who is black 13
who is behind the threat that is
Nerys Roberts
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ex special forces soldier Nathan Foster has been hired to look into a bank in the City of London. Unfortunately he’s been found out and is found dead on the street outside. The woman who hired him, Melody Gold, finds an ex colleague of Nathan’s and former MI6 operative, Scott Parker, in Thailand and persuades him to help her continue with the investigation and avenge his friend’s death. What Scott discovers is a group of people linked to the establishment trying to orchestrate incidents for ...more
Andy Thorn
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
An adrenaline-fuelled action-packed thriller with brutal villains and extremely likeable heroes. The author kept a good pace throughout and built a dramatic and engaging plot. The characters developed as the story progressed and I cared more about them as the book went on. This is the first book in a new series and I will definitely read future instalments in due course. If you enjoy an espionage thriller and don’t mind a bit of violence, I can recommend Black 13.
Greville Waterman
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A new superhero is born in the indestructible Scott Pearce the hero of this fast paced and action packed thriller.

Reading almost like a film script and this book is surely odds on to be made into a film, the action is breathless and the plot convoluted.

A thriller for the new decade and sure to be a massive success.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fast-paced adventure thriller which looks like being the start to a brilliant series. Scott Pearce is ex special forces, he is leading a quiet life in an idyllic setting but his help is sought out when an ex-colleague is found dead in suspicious circumstances. His involvement takes him to places and things he wanted to leave behind but once in he accepts there is no going back.
Ellie Shepherd
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow, this is an at speed intense start to a new series featuring ex MI6 officer Scott Pearce. Explosive, addictive and gripping. Fasten your seatbelts you are in for a hell of a ride.
Kathryn Garner
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
A new hero of the modern era. A fast paced thriller full of action and some interesting characters.Looking forward to see how it progresses.
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Adam Hamdy is the author of the forthcoming Pendulum trilogy, which will be published by Headline in November 2016. New York Times bestselling author, James Patterson, said: “I read Pendulum in one gloriously suspenseful weekend. Definitely one of the best thrillers of the year.”

As a screenwriter, Adam has worked with studios and production companies on both sides of the Atlantic, and is currently
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