My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When a courier for the powerful crime family descended from Niccolo Machiavelli realizes he’s being followed by a rival family assassin, he takes a detour through the English countryside to shake his pursuer. He manages to hide his precious cargo–a fortune in blood diamonds from Sierra Leone–before his pursuer collides with an English family on a holiday drive. The courier drowns in a swollen river; the mother and son die in the crash. The father is emotionally devastated, and retires in despair from his MI5 cipher career. Five years later, the head of the Machiavelli crime family, Alberto Lorente, is still in pursuit of his missing diamonds and is ready to launch an ambitious scheme to recover them. What follows is a twisted trail of murder, kidnapping and layers upon layers of subterfuge. The British Security Services are seriously compromised, but no one knows how or by whom. And suddenly, our former MI5 cipher expert is on everyone’s shopping list.
When reading this crime (fiction) I was impressed by the story’s evolution. The prologue is dedicated to Enrique, courier of blood diamonds, and his follower. The characters are realistic and believable with all their flaws. The story is subtly written, making it difficult to put the book away.
Philip Madden, former MI5 cipher expert needs help. A man claiming to be his son does not show up at the scheduled meeting point. He is nearly shot at his house. He is told to get to a safe location and travels to Austria. Austria also proves to be dangerous for him, Back in England, Philip Madden, Carl Fletcher, Rudi and Astrid Pitzl find themselves repeatedly in dangerous situations. Is it just one of the Italian Prince’s men after them or – are there more of his associates involved?
The characters are realistic and believable with all their flaws. The plot-lines are very elaborate. The story is truly compelling, making it difficult to put the book away.
Congrats, David and Jack! Reading The Diamond Seekers means time well spent. 🙂
A must read for all crime fans.
I am looking forward to reading further books by David Coles and Jack Everett.
The Diamond Seekers as a movie?! Absolutely.
My statement on reading is described in My train of thoughts on …reading. Now I am asking you. 🙂
My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about The Diamond Seekers? Or – if you did not yet read The Diamond Seekers – are you now interested?
My question for you cinephiles:
If The Diamond Seekers was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?
I am looking forward to your comments.