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Power Play

(Killer Intent #3)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  361 ratings  ·  116 reviews
When a plane explodes over the Atlantic Ocean, killing hundreds of passengers, including controversial US presidential candidate Dale Victor, it appears to be a clear-cut case of terrorism. The suspect has even confessed to the bombing. But as criminal barrister Michael Devlin is about to discover, everything is not as it seems.

Also suspecting there are other forces at wor
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Paperback, 1st, 496 pages
Published April 16th 2020 by Elliott & Thompson Ltd
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Paromjit
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tony Kent's latest addition to his criminal barrister, Michael Devlin series, is an exciting, fast paced geopolitical conspiracy thriller that grips from beginning to end. It all begins with an explosion on a plane flying across the Atlantic, killing all 534 passengers on board, including the popular presidential candidate, the charismatic Dale Victor. In London, Syrian baggage handler, Nizar Mansour, arrives out of breath into a police station, confessing to putting the bomb on the plane. Black ...more
Matt
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Keeping the fast pace of his previous two novels, Tony Kent delivers this explosive thriller that straddles both sides of the Atlantic. When Pan-Atlantic Flight 16 explodes on its way from London to New York, all passengers and crew are killed, including a charismatic candidate for President of the United States. Soon thereafter, Nizar Mansour turns himself in, admitting that he planted the bomb in his role as a luggage handler. With a suspect in custody, the British prepare to get the entire st ...more
Alyssia Cooke
When a plane crashes to the ground killing all aboard including a presidential candidate, the obvious conclusion is a terrorist attack. When someone comes forward to confess to planting the bomb, it would seem to be a cut and dry case. But DCI Bruce Bull suspects this isn’t as cut and dried as it may look and he is not the only one with suspicions. Joe Dempsey and his boss from the International Security Bureau suspect that this goes all the way to the top, with the President himself somehow emb ...more
Mark
Apr 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book took me a few days to ‘get into’, lots of ‘immediate’ characters and whether its a consequence of the world situation at the moment ( easy for the mind to wander ) am unsure but took me forever to remember who was who and who worked for which organisation and who was good or bad but as I say there is a LOT of folk to quickly be accustomed to, and I didnt 😃

(This was a surprise as the first chapter setting the premise of the book was literally dynamite!)

However once I worked out who was
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Liz Barnsley
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another pacy yet considered thriller from an author fast becoming a favourite. Such great plotting, realistically scary premise and the characters are all like friends now. Love it.

Full review nearer publication.
Georgia
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewcopy, shelf, arc, 2020
More on Chill and read

Power Play is a political thriller that leaves you longing for more on every single page, of every single chapter. I didn’t know what I was getting into when I picked up this book, but now I’m so captivated of Kent’s writing, that I want to read everything he’s ever written! This action packed 496 pages contemporary thriller is full of conspiracy, not just theories, and a lot of different terrifying aspects that reminds the reader of everyday reality.

When a plain explodes o
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Hanlie
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I'm exhausted after this read!! So much action and such a brilliant story. I feel like I need a martini....shaken not stirred!

"Absolute power is possible if you are willing to do what you must to take it. And what you must to keep it......if you take the White House, you take the world."

And that is what this book is about. It's about power and the abuse of it. About the corrupt and the incorruptible. It's about how far people will go to protect what and who they believe in.

There are so man
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Kate
Tony Kent is one of the very best thriller authors about today and Power Play is very possibly the best of his novels to day, which is saying something because the previous three, also featuring the same heroes, are superb. The action moves between the UK and the USA and the stakes could not be higher or the risks greater. This time, we spend more page time with intelligence agent Joe Dempsey, learning more about his past and his character. It's a riveting story, exhilarating, chilling and cleve ...more
Andy Wormald
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The third novel by Tony Kent opens with the killing of US presidential candidate Dale Victor in a plane explosion along with hundreds of other victims, seemingly a case of terrorism. However when a Syrian refugee walks into a Police Station all that will change, meanwhile over in the states Jack Dempsey is tasked into investigating the possibility that the aircraft was brought down to silence Dale Victor.

What you have here is a cleverly constructed Political thriller where the stakes are set at
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Jane Hunt
Political thrillers always intrigue me, and this one is exciting, frightening and realistic. The two main characters, one in the US and one in the UK, have featured in previous novels. I read this as a standalone and didn't find it lacking.

The scenario is a popular contemporary one, high-level conspiracy, threatening the basic tenants of democracy, in the search for ultimate power. This story has something unique to bring to this storyline, which is delivered with adrenaline-fueled action, devas
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the_wistful_reader
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
POWER PLAY ~ TONY KENT

I was lucky enough to be sent a proof of this by tandemcollectiveuk and simonandschuster back in February. This was a page turner and I flew through it! I don't often read thrillers, not because I don't like them but because I prefer them in small portions, so when I do read them I enjoy getting swept up with the pace and intrigue, much like sitting back in the sofa watching a blockbuster.

"When controversial US presidential candidate Dale Victor is killed in a plane explo
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Rik
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I didn't approach this book with too much enthusiasm as the blurb seemed familiar and predictable. That was soon dispelled by the blistering pace and constant tension. Yes, the central character Dempsey is far from unique, as are the other players and the general plot, but the author has still managed to create something compelling and immensely enjoyable.
Read as a stand alone novel, which didn't seem to matter, and didn't notice anything that looked like repetition from previous books (always
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Surjit Parekh
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
THE ENEMIES AREN'T AT THE GATE
THEY RE ALREADY INSIDE

The pulse-pounding new thriller from crime fiction's major new star: Richard & Judy and Zoe Ball Book Club author, Tony Kent.

When a plane explodes over the Atlantic Ocean, killing hundreds of passengers, including controversial US presidential candidate Dale Victor, it appears to be a clear-cut case of terrorism. The suspect has even confessed to the bombing. But as criminal barrister Michael Devlin is about to discover, everything is not as it
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Steve
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Power Play is The third book in the Killer intent series from Tony Kent featuring the same characters of the previous two books.
When a plane explodes over the Atlantic Ocean, killing hundreds of passengers, including controversial US presidential candidate Dale Victor, it seems a clear-cut case of terrorism, If only everything was that cut and dry however as expected with a Kent book things are not always as they seem.

Kent weaves an outstanding political thriller here with many twist and turns a
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Kon Frankowski
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How to redefine a genre with a single book

I was introduced to Tony Kent at a charity event in 2018. Sadly, we didn't have a chance to talk literature then, but it was enough to make me want to read his entire catalogue. And so I did...

The "Killer Intent" series starts as a gripping amalgamation of a courtroom drama and political thriller. The second book, "Marked for Death" spills over into the realm of the genre of a serial killer thriller and Tony indeed delivered (see my review of "Marked for
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Gordon Mcghie
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tony Kent gives Power Play an explosive start (quite literally) which commands your immediate attention. He then spends the next 480 pages treating the reader to one of the best action adventure/political thrillers I have ever encountered. At a time I have been struggling to read and concentrate on any one title, Power Play arrived and nothing else has had a look in.

There is a large cast of characters so my normal approach of summarizing the story is not really an option – this is a story which
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James
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Pan Am flight explodes over the Atlantic, killing all on board. Amongst the hundreds of victims is Dale Victor, maverick candidate for the Presidency of the United States, and a man who just might have won. When a Syrian immigrant and airport baggage handler runs into a police station claiming to have committed the atrocity, it all looks like an open and shut case. But Dale Victor spoke at a press conference just a little before catching his flight home, whereby he claimed to know the truth ab ...more
Pam Fox
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Power Play is the third book in this series by Tony Kent. It's a very fast paced thriller involving spies, lawyers and politicians, and they're not happy bed fellows.
In Power Play our main protagonists, Joe Dempsey, Michael Devlin and Sarah Truman are involved in investigating a terrorist plot which goes all the way to the White House. A plane is brought down over the Atlantic, killing all on board including a controversial Presidential candidate who only days before stated he had a secret whic
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Daniel Kincaid
Three and a half stars, to be precise.

Going into this novel, I didn't know it's part of a series, but somehow it didn't affect the enjoyment of the book. Much like Daniel Silva, Tony Kent pulls into his story, and it takes a few pages to know what's what.
The plot itself- a vast conspiracy to own the White House and the presidency- is nothing really new and could be predictable at times, but I did like the fact that the conspiracy itself was complex, yet not convoluted, and that it didn't lean
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Steve
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Power Play is The third book in the Killer intent series from Tony Kent featuring the same characters of the previous two books.
When a plane explodes over the Atlantic Ocean, killing hundreds of passengers, including controversial US presidential candidate Dale Victor, it seems a clear-cut case of terrorism, If only everything was that cut and dry however as expected with a Kent book things are not always as they seem.

Kent weaves an outstanding political thriller here with many twist and turns a
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Sonny Side Books
"The enemies aren't at the gate, they're already inside"

Wow, wow, wow. Where do I start with this review? Power Play was a book that upon first impressions, ticked all the boxes for me, promising to be a political thriller that would be action packed. When it arrived through my letterbox, the sheer size of it almost intimidated me, but when I saw that cover, I could not wait to get started on it.

Bringing back Devlin, the gritty high flying lawyer, and Dempsey, the complete powerhouse agent who
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Sharon Rimmelzwaan
Wow! What a ride this book is! Power Play by Tony Kent is the 3rd book in the series but is easy enough to read as a standalone. It's a political thriller packed with action, intrigue and even a hint of romance! Set in The USA and the UK, a jumbo jet with over 500 passengers,and a possible U.S presidential candidate, explodes over the Atlantic with no survivors. Terrorism is a clear cut reason according to the majority, although Michael Devlin a criminal barrister will soon find out different. I ...more
Carol Butler
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This novel is not my usual genre as I'm more police thrillers but it did keep me captivated as it seems to take part in UK & USA. Mainly the USA as it's a political thriller and its really about who runs the White House and what role the President plays. It started with a plane crash, was it pilot error or more sinister a terrorist attack? that is what the British need to find out, as an immigrant runs into a police station and admits to bringing down the plane, and there are some influential pe ...more
theweebookreader (Kirsty)
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my, what a read this was! Extremely fast paced and had me in the edge of my seat reading it - definitely going into my top books of 2020!

It took me a while to get into this book, lots happening and various characters to get my head around. At first I thought the book was going to be over dramatic and quite film like, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Yes, it’s full of action and suspense, but not in an unbelievable way. It really grabs your attention and makes you think about the going ons
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Dana
Apr 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, netgalley
I found this tale quite disjointed at the beginning, although it was interesting to know who was responsible for a plane being blown out of the sky from the start! The threads soon became clearer and, although there were numerous dead bodies throughout the book, more than I care for, it was quite a compulsive read. There was a definite divide between the good guys and the bad guys! As would be expected of a political thriller, much information was swept under the carpet at the end.
Many thanks to
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Claire
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Tony Kent book but I'm sure it won't be my last, I enjoyed this so much more than I thought I was going to. At first I was apprehensive of both the size and idea of a political thriller.

There is so much action packed within the pages, you'd be forgiven for mistaking this as a film. Fast paced, detailed and superbly written.

Switching between the USA and UK and characters was brilliant and I found it easy to maintain my thoughts whilst flitting between countries.

It was hard to put
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Alan Aldridge
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Found this book to be the type that it is difficult to put down. Although there was a good start and then a slightly slower second section the pace then began to pick up again and kept going. The narrative and writing style is one that I like and find easy to enjoy and the premise of a past error by the most influential person having to be covered up by any means is only just in the realms of a conspiracy theory and very understandable (unfortunately) in the current world.
There are enough detai
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Patricia Moren
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a very good story. When you come across a concept like this you wonder if it could really happen. I think it probably could which is a terrifying thought.. There was high tension all the way through, with some excellent characters and a believable storyline. I couldn't put it down until the end. ...more
William Wong
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating story of high-power politics, black mail and manipulation. When those in power are calling the shots, who can stop them. However, when a plane is brought down killing hundreds of passengers’, suspicions are aroused when it is discovered that a presidential candidate who is a threat to those in power is among those killed. Was it really the action of terrorists? A lone international investigator is charged to find out the truth, but the odds are against it when ruthless action is ta ...more
Cristal Punnett
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to NetGalley for my copy

WOW what a brilliant political thriller with complex plotting, lots of interesting characters.
I have not read the two previous books and I don't think this detracts this story.
Highly recommended
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Tony Kent’s first novel, KILLER INTENT, was one of the ‘must reads’ of 2018. It was selected for the Zoe Ball Book Club and is now to be adapted for television, directed by the award-winning filmmaker Duncan Jones.

Tony Kent grew up in a close-knit Irish family in London and studied law in Scotland.

A top-ranking barrister, Tony’s case history includes prosecuting and defending many high-profile, na
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