It is 1997, eight months since vigilante justice-seeker Claymore Straker fled South Africa after his explosive testimony to Desmond Tutu’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In Paris, Rania LaTour, journalist, comes home to find that her son and her husband, a celebrated human rights lawyer, have disappeared. On an isolated island off the coast of East Africa, the family that Clay has befriended is murdered as he watches.
So begins the fourth instalment in the Claymore Straker series, a breakneck journey through the darkest reaches of the human soul, as Clay and Rania fight to uncover the mystery behind the disappearances and murders, and find those responsible. Events lead them both inexorably to Egypt, where an act of the most shocking terrorist brutality will reveal not only why those they loved were sacrificed, but how they were both, indirectly, responsible.
Relentlessly pursued by those who want them dead, they must work together to uncover the truth, and to find a way to survive in a world gone crazy. At times brutal, often lyrical, but always gripping, Absolution is a thriller that will leave you breathless and questioning the very basis of how we live and why we love.
Absolution is out in ebook now and is currently the bargain price of 99p. It will be published in the on the 30th May 2017. You can purchase or pre-order a copy here.
Wow what a gripping, fast paced book this is. I was soon drawn into the story and the action wondering what was going to happen next.
The author has created two brilliant main characters that the reader can’t help but like and care about. I wanted to keep reading to find out what happens and to make sure they were ok. Clay is a tough guy but he does have a softer side which is quite nice to see and makes you like him all the more. Rania brings an emotional element to the story as we hear about the disappearance of her son through a series of heartfelt, emotional letters addressed to Clay. My heart went out to her throughout the book as, being a mother too, I could understand what she might be going through. Her fear and confusion is almost palpable as she tries to work out what has happened.
There is some fairly graphic, brutal scenes in the book that was quite hard to read at times. These were appropriate in a book that deals with terrorism but might not be to everyone’s taste.
This is the fourth book in the Claymore Straker series and while it could be read as a standalone their is a very interesting back story which might be beneficial to read first.
Huge thanks to Orenda Books and Anne Cater for my copy of this book and for inviting me onto the blog tour.
If you like fast paced, brilliantly plotted and well written thrillers you’ll love this book! I’ll definitely be telling everyone about it.
About The Author:
Canadian Paul Hardisty has spent 25 years working all over the world as an engineer, hydrologist and environmental scientist. He has roughnecked on oil rigs in Texas, explored for gold in the Arctic, mapped geology in Eastern Turkey (where he was befriended by PKK rebels), and rehabilitated water wells in the wilds of Africa. He was in Ethiopia in 1991 as the Mengistu regime fell, and was bumped from one of the last flights out of Addis Ababa by bureaucrats and their families fleeing the rebels. In 1993 he survived a bomb blast in a cafe in Sana’a, and was one of the last Westerners out of Yemen before the outbreak of the 1994 civil war. Paul is a university professor and CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). He is a sailor, a private pilot, keen outdoorsman, conservation volunteer, and lives in Western Australia.His debut thriller, The Abrupt Physics of Dying, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger.
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