by A. J. Chambers
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Pub Date 19 Sep 2023 | Archive Date 03 Oct 2023
Inspired by the author’s own experience, The Vicar introduces Terry Nolan, an M15 operative who, when he discovers his cover is blown and millions of lives are at stake, will do whatever it takes to stop enemy forces.
Terry Nolan, an off-the-books MI5 operative known as the Vicar, has been officially dead for the past thirty years. But when Nolan is attacked in Boston, it becomes clear his cover is blown. Even worse, his Parishioners—the network of spies who work under the Vicar—have all been compromised.
Nolan races to New York to try and find his last remaining agent, Shae, whom he personally recruited years ago. Instead, he finds Kristen, a young civilian who is determined to save Shae, too—and who may know more than she’s letting on.
In the search for his missing agent, Nolan intercepts intelligence that indicates weapons of mass destruction are on their way to Britain’s four largest cities. Working directly with the ruthless head of MI5, Nolan must call upon all his clandestine skills to save the final Parishioner and find out who is behind the attacks and why. But he’s playing a dangerous game, and the dark secrets of his past are about to catch up with him.
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A. J. Chambers has a great writing style and I was engaged in the characters. It had a great concept for a mystery genre and I was glad I got to read this. The characters were written well and I enjoyed the way the author used MI5 in the novel. It left me wanting more from the author as I enjoyed the journey.
He thought he was retired and his past was behind him. But apparently it’s caught up with him. When the former MI5 operative’s cover is broken, he’s not the only one in danger, but so are the operatives he’s worked with as well as the country he served . The race is on to save his friends and his country.
Terry Nolan is dead. Died maybe 30 years ago. Divorced. Father to a dead daughter. He wanted out, but MI5 encouraged him to stay. Gave him a mission. Northern Ireland to work undercover. The successes of his work gave him more and more authority and independence. To the point where he managed a series of other undercovers referred to as Parishioners. Terry is their lead - The Vicar.
One of his parishioners in NYC sends a message. I'm blown. I need out. Terry is stationed on his boat in Boston where is he ambushed and the two bruisers call him out by his real name, not his cover name. His cover is also blown. Shea, is missing. She's nowhere to be found. He also learns from London that all of his Parishioners have been killed. Terry assumes Shea's dead too, but still has to know for sure. While searching her apartment, he's started by Kristen, a civilian who has taken up with Shea. She knows nothing, but refuses to let Terry go off on his own and ends up tagging along.
In Nolan's search, he uncovers some disturbing information. The Troubles of Northern Ireland are far from over. Terrorists have managed to uncover a method of using nuclear waste to make a dirty bomb and they've make four of them. All are in transit to the UK via ship. If detonated, each bomb could make large chunks of he UK uninhabitable for decades or even centuries. The race is on to find each cargo ship, then search those beasts for a single container and then defuse each bomb.
All right. I thought the last book was at best just OK. Not this one. The Vicar is a breathless race against time in NYC, the Atlantic, and separate destinations in the UK. All leading to a whopping twist at the end.
This book rocks. And you know what? It's Chambers' first novel. And what a novel it is. Great characters, plotting, and pacing. A heckuva first effort. Can't wait to see what Chambers has up his sleeve for his next.