A Genuine Pageturner
From Start To Finish,
With Inventive Narrative Flair.
A Superb Read As Saunders adds
an enlightening footnote to the
annals of history.
A marine archaeologist standing-up for herself. A psychopath with mother issues. A hitman who hates failure. A soldier with a point to prove. A policeman out on a limb. And a treasure that tests every allegiance.
Brett Rivera has spent three years searching for the Drachen. The day she finds it is the day her life changes: there is no sign of its legendary treasure and now a cold-blooded killer is hunting her. What does he know that she doesn’t?
Brett is chased in Finland, double-crossed in Tallinn, abducted in Lübeck, and shot at in Bremen as this action-packed thriller dashes across northern Europe, barely pausing for breath.
A high octane whiz-bang of a thriller Drachen proves a powerful start to an exciting new series and one that should garner much interest for Le Grange who definitely delivers where it counts. Though perhaps more importantly with the list of exhaustingly similar thrillers growing ever longer, Le Grange offers us something different. On the surface, we are in Dan Brown blockbuster territory as Brett finds herself on a fraught odyssey that lands her in a frantic race against malign forces, but it’s the wholesome spirit of Le Grange's source and his obvious passion for history that sets Drachen apart. Keeping the reader constantly occupied, Brett is an engaging protagonist whilst sidekicks Patrick and Sam are every bit as clever and resourceful. With laser-sharp deductive instincts, they make a team to be reckoned with but it's Le Grange’s fine ear for the subtleties of dialogue that really pulls them together whilst a host of surprising plot twists are satisfyingly delivered and the unravelling of an age-old mystery is adroitly done.
With lean info-packed prose and superb characters, there’s clearly a lot more mileage left for Le Grange in this series and Drachen is highly recommended.
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Brendan le Grange was born and educated in South Africa, though he now lives between Manila and Hong Kong with his beautiful wife and daughter.
As a business consultant, he has travelled to forty countries and lived in three. And it is reading binges to break up these transits - with the likes of Clive Cussler and Jack du Brul - that inspired the writer to emerge, bringing to life the cities, characters, and history he encountered.