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Black 13

(Scott Pearce #1)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  846 ratings  ·  99 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.

Kindle Edition, 482 pages
Published January 23rd 2020 by Macmillan
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Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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 he
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
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Update 09 Feb: can anyone tell me why Amazon would’ve refused to publish this review? I’m a bit gobsmacked - no swearing, nothing promotional, nothing defamatory... I don’t see any point resubmitting it until I know what I’ve done wrong!! 😫

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
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an exciting, fast paced and modern thriller. P I Nathan Foster is hired by a law firm to investigate a private bank, on behalf of a wealthy client. When he is killed, lawyer Melody Gold is sent to find ex-M16 agent, Scott Pearce. Pearce once knew Foster and, with Gold revealing the cover he has worked so hard to maintain, he returns to the UK with her, to help investigate.

From the first page, the reader is thrown right into the action. However, Pearce is a man who is well aware of what
Absolutely excellent. Scott Pearce and Leila Nahum are a formidable team and one that I'm looking forward to following in many more books to come. Leila, in particular, is extraordinary. Adam Hamdy certainly knows how to tell a good story and this thriller is tense, action-packed, disturbing and at times shocking. Fabulous! Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights. ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced and heavy action. I went in expecting more after so many good reviews. Its fun but cheesy. A few roll the eye moments both with action scenes and dialogue. Weirdly i preferred Leila as the main character and wasnt overly fond of Peace. I guess this will be a series at some point and does has super potential. Thr back Story of some of the characters espcially dealing with PTSD is superbly written.
Feb 24, 2021 rated it liked it
When you hear the world espionage, Jason Bourne and the CIA springs to your mind. I was thinking Scott Pierce is the UK version of the same story. Heavy actions and thrills were expected and I was not disappointed. However, I found the intensity of the characters lacking in many aspects. I am not comparing this to the Bourne series, but when any books related to espionage gets published my mind automatically set its sight on Jason Bourne. This book is not Bourne, so don't go expecting one.

Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: espionage, thriller
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.
Mike Sumner
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
So many five star reviews for Black 13, but for me I felt like I was on the outside looking in. I could not get totally immersed in the plot built around a world of extremism, radicalisation and extreme violence. The survival of the protagonist Scott Pierce was at times hard to swallow, given what occurred. A lengthy read with plenty of action, at times confusing. Other reviewers clearly enjoyed Black 13 more than me...
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Black 13

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
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was ok
For all the hype I expected 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
Bodo Pfündl
Mar 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The perfect tale of espionage for our troubled times

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
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very very good book. Its underlying premises are very relevant to our daily lives. I am very much looking forward to what comes next. I can't recommend it highly enough.. The authors notes at the end are quite chilling. Highly recommended. ...more
Jackie Law
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 m ...more
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 w
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to @macmillanaus for sending me a copy for review. I absolutely loved this book! I really enjoy a good crime thriller and this was definitely one. It reminded my of the Jason Bourne movies and I loved it. I was hooked from the start and I was up late finishing it off, once you get to part 2 there is no putting it down. It was fast paced from the start and lots of action happening, but not too much that you get overwhelmed. The world of spies was explained well and I didn't feel as if I ...more
Ryan Hillis
Feb 06, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was more of banking thriller.
Susan Hampson
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
What a cracking read this is! The prologue sets the scene and pace and the intensity never goes away throughout the book. The death of Nathan Foster by two thugs that I cannot imagine were ever human was quite sickening but then you realise that he had been a man that had been trained as an MI6 agent and who had served in some of the worst fighting campaigns, then you shudder.
When Scott Perce’s 2-year uncover alias as a climbing guide is broken by Melody Gold, a lawyer, things do go south rather
Jude Wright
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 t
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is indeed a very fast paced nail biting thriller. Based on the political emotions and moods of present day Britain, Adam Hamdy tried to weave an espionage action thriller in the book Black 13, introducing his protagonist Scott Pearce and his team in the first book of the series. I liked Scott as the protagonist of the book, but I loved his team more (Leila, Kyle, Wayne) and enjoyed the other characters like the Viscount, Black 13 operatives, Melody Gold, MI6 DIG & french undercover agent.

Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As someone who has an enduring fascination with the far-right, Adam Hamdy’s Black 13 was a novel that I was looking forward to reading.

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
Lizzie Hayes
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scot Pearce, ex-MI6 officer is in Thailand pursuing his own agenda under an assumed name when a red-haired woman introduces herself to him in a bar using his real name. This is on page 24. From the moment that Melody Gold blows his cover she and Scot are on the run, pursued by dangerous people. But who are they and why do they want to kill them?

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
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Black 13' is the first rip-roaring, humour-flecked, white-knuckle ride novel in 'The Scott Pearce' espionage series. We're first introduced to 'former soldier turned private detective' Nathan Foster, who has a tally of the 87 people he’s killed tattooed on his forearm, who has fallen into ‘grey, shrinking’ civilian life, and who is lulled into a thrilling investigation by a lawyer working for an anonymous client. She manages to extricate details from him about his former colleague, Scott Pearce ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first spy thriller that I've read in over a year and I enjoyed every bit of it. The book started off with a bang and the bangs just kept on coming. This was a fast-paced hold your breath type book. All the characters were really well created and written. Even though Scott Pearce was the main character of this book, it was Leila, or Lyly as Pearce affectionately called her, was my favourite character of this book. A strong woman who has been to hell and back, she is a wonderful charac ...more
Mark Jones
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Feeling conflicted

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
Richard Curtis
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So this was the first book I’ve finished in a while. Work, life, new business ventures got in the way a bit!
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
j truswell
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Awesome read

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
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Solid contemporary thriller with a few flaws

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
Nick Brett
Jan 20, 2021 rated it liked it
Enjoyed this one, good set of characters, plenty of action and a solid plot.
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
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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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“said. ‘I’m sorry to trouble you, but we need to ask you some questions.’ ‘What for? What’s this about?’ Oxnard-Clarke responded haughtily. ‘Haven’t you seen the news, Your Lordship?’ the police officer asked. ‘There’s a story about a . . . well . . . a sex ring in London. You’ve been named as one of those involved, Your Lordship. The other man named is someone called Artem Vasylyk. He was found dead today, my Lord. Shot.’ Pearce was surprised by news of Vasylyk’s death, but he would always remember the moment Oxnard-Clarke’s confident veneer crumbled. The Viscount looked from the officer to Pearce, his fury building. ‘And we’ve had a call, my Lord,’ the officer added. ‘It came when we were on our way out. Saying that a Mr Scott Pearce is being held at Purbeck House against his will. Would that be you, sir?’ The question was directed at Pearce. He nodded. ‘I’m Scott Pearce.’ Oxnard-Clarke laughed, but it was hollow. ‘Mr Pearce is no prisoner.’ ‘If you’d like to leave, Mr Pearce, my officers can take you,’ the chief said. Pearce stared at Oxnard-Clarke. ‘I’d like that very much. One of the women, one of the victims of the ring, is in the house,’ he said. ‘I’d like her to come with me.’ Oxnard-Clarke could hardly conceal his anger. ‘If she’d like to go, I’m sure his Lordship wouldn’t object,’ the chief superintendent said. Oxnard-Clarke closed in on Pearce. ‘None of this will make the slightest bit of difference,’ he growled. ‘I will be out within the hour. You really think McClusky and Sutton are our only allies? All this will be lost in what” 0 likes
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