False Prophet by Richard Davis
*I received a copy of this book form the author in exchange for an honest review*
The book blurb;
‘When a rogue cult turns deadly, the FBI call on former conman Agent Saul Marshall. Marshall is soon drawn into a cat and mouse chase with the leader of the cult, Ivan Drexler. As the scale of Drexler’s terrorist ambition becomes ever clearer, news arrives that he has taken Marshall’s son hostage. Removed from the line of duty, he must work alone, off-grid.’
False Prophet tells the story of Saul Marshall, a former con-man turned FBI agent who must work outside of the law in order to fight a terrorist cult and rescue his son from their clutches. The leader of the cult (The Order of Babylon) is Ivan Drexler, a known psychopath and criminal who has a vendetta against Saul Marshall, blaming him for his previous incarceration.
The story is mainly given from the point of view of Saul Marshall and employs the simplistic writing style of the genre. This makes the book super easy to read and I absolutely flew through it.
Saul Marshall is a very interesting character and his history as a con-man is a feature that I would have wanted to have been explored a little more. There are a few anecdotes from his time as a criminal but I wanted more details, or more colourful characters popping up from his past. Ivan Drexler is the perfect foil for Marshall, he is a bona fide psychopath who has escaped from an asylum and who has his sights set firmly on the demise of Saul Marshall. Drexler is a delicious villain and one that you love to hate, he is brilliant, charismatic and willing to follow through.
The action is delivered really well and is at such a pace that it draws you in and brings a sense of adrenaline with it. Saul Marshall has a certain set of skills and he uses these to full effect, he is also not invulnerable and I like that. You actually believe that he could fail in his mission and that really raises the stakes.
I enjoyed reading about Saul Marshall and his battle with the Order of Babylon. I hope that in the future, there are more hints to his past and maybe certain elements of his past are revisited. The writing is quite good although there are some hints that this is a début novel and there is some ‘clunkiness’ within the story. However, they does not affect the story itself or the flow of the novel. I will be reading more from the world of Saul Marshall and look forward to seeing the author capitalise on his obvious potential.
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