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.
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 he ...more
This will be my 200th review for NetGalley, so I'm glad it can be an unreservedly positive one! The first in a series about disgraced former MI6 agent Scott Pearce, this was a fast-paced exciting action/spy thriller introducing a hero who resembles a British M ...more
From the first page, the reader is thrown right into the action. However, Pearce is a man who is well aware of what ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
Wow! I judged this book by its front cover - I didn’t even read the synopsis, and I wasn’t let down. The cover was true in its luring me into an exquisite piece of literature.
Adam Hamdy has produced a masterpiece that was addictive from Page 1 of the Prologue. I read this book in record time; faster than any other.
The story of Pearce and his colleagues is well written, and the action described in perfect detail so I could literally see every corner of each scene. The content is confronti ...more
It's a shame because I was really hoping the novel live up to its sensational reviews and headline. The opening let me down massively with it's cliched bad guys that seem to have been taken from the same stereotypical goon factory. I kept reading in the hopes of finding out what was so secret. The threads are nicely tied up at the end. In fact, what struck me was an occasional line was well written with beautiful imagery/language. But it was then let down again ...more
Adam Hamdy has created something truly unique with BLACK 13 - A story about asymmetric warfare, fanatism and the evolution of evil and espionage alike.
Scott Pearce makes for a compelling protagonist, differing from the stereotypical PTSD heroes, who have to claw their way back to humanity. He rather is a driven man with a mission, who finds himself unable to quit. I also enjoyed how the author shrouded parts of his past in mystery and didn’t r ...more
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 w ...more
When Scott Perce’s 2-year uncover alias as a climbing guide is broken by Melody Gold, a lawyer, things do go south rather ...more
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 t ...more
I must stress at this point, that my fascination with the far-right doesn’t translate into approval or support, quite the reverse. But as a former current affairs television journalist I was always interested in how people bought into their poisonous ideology. I worked on many a programme that looked at the far-right and spent many an hour studying them. But the ...more
The news that Melody gives Pearce of the death of the PI that her law firm Denton Fraser had employed and the method of his death convinces Scot that he ...more
Let me first say that I recommend this book and enjoyed it and look forward to reading the next in the series.
However, I did feel somewhat conflicted at times whilst reading this story. I'm the sort of reader (or viewer if it's a film) who likes the good guys to win and to have a proper ending that ties up everything neatly. While this does basically happen here I did find myself siding with the villains because everything they said was true and their aims were to be applauded ...more
Scott Pierce is an ex MI6 agent, called back into action following the mysterious deaths of a former agent, and a top lawyer, when the rise of a far right, military backed, group threaten to change life in the U.K. for good. Oh, and let’s not forget the London sex ring thrown in for good measure as a cover!
A really fast paced and enjoyable read. I flew through the action packed pages o ...more
This is the first book I've read by this author and it's an awesome read .I finished it in a couple of days (which is quick for me) The action never lets up and is fast and furious the fight scenes are brutal and compelling The plot is well researched and full of twists and the characters are all well rounded and believable and the main character is an excellent creation he is a flawed ex special forces and MI6 operative who you wouldn't want to be on the wrong side.Whilst reading th ...more
If you can put Bond out of your mind, this is a decent read. While it's no Le Carre, it's a fair thriller but not as intriguing as Mick Herron's Slough House series; perhaps written for a different audience, one that prefers Die Hard to Tinker Tailor, as the action scenes lack subtlety. My biggest gripe is the many typos and lack of flair in the writing. How did the editor not see the Strathairn and Straitharn mix ups? A bit more creativity in the pros ...more
When a friend is killed on what should have been a simple job, ex operative Scott Pearce gets involved. Finding a far bigger picture than he expected, Pearce brings in a couple of friends, including Syrian Leila, a stand out character in so many ways.
The gang find themselves up against Black 13, a powerful and dangerous organisation and the British establishment. Very much a case of not knowing who to trust and perhaps b ...more
As a screenwriter, Adam has worked with studios and production companies on both sides of the Atlantic, and is currently ...more