Fail Safe Query
The Failsafe Query is a gripping thriller set in the contemporary world of modern British espionage.
Sean Richardson, a disgraced former intelligence agent, is tasked to lead a team to search for Alfie Chapman, an Intelligence officer on the cusp of exposing thousands of secrets to the media. This includes a long lost list of Russian moles embedded since the Cold War, one of whom remains a public favourite in the British parliamentary system.
The action moves with absorbing pace and intrigue across Central Asia and Europe as the puzzle begins to unfold through a deep hidden legacy.
Tense, fast paced, and insightful, The Failsafe Query twists and turns to a satisfyingly dramatic finale.
There is no way this book was written from beginning to end, more like the other way around! The amount of planning that has gone into this book and how everything is connected is INTENSE! When you are like me and have elements of the MI5 in your WIP, reading this book has made me come home and write, and I mean seriously write so my novel can be as half as good as this! This book reminded me a lot of my other favourite MI5 thriller author David Videcette and our other unsung hero Jake Flannagan.
At the beginning of the book, we are transferred between different places and dates as we get to know our main character Sean Richardson and his life as a top intelligence agent until his wife dies and it his life starts to spiral out of control. One bit of advice I would give anyone reading this is to pay attention because events that happen at the beginning of this book directly affect the ending. See why I don’t think this was written in order?
Sean is tasked to find Alfie Chapman who is threating to reveal government secrets while trying to protect Melissa a newspaper journalist who is a key witness. She doesn’t realise she could be key to where Alfie is and what it is exactly he knows.
This is a VERY fast pace book and really hard to put down and remember to get off the bus in time, as I read it, I kept wondering how much that is in this book is how things really go down on these spy missions.
I loved everything about this book, I hope some of Sean’s team return in future novels, and that hopefully Sean has learnt not to put the job before his family and doesn’t lose someone else he loves again.
Go read this book!
Michael Jenkins served for twenty-eight years in the British
Army, rising through the ranks to complete his service as a major. He served across the globe on numerous military operations as an intelligence officer within Defence Intelligence, and as an explosive ordnance disposal officer and military surveyor within the Corps of Royal Engineers.
His experiences within the services involved extensive travel and
adventure whilst on operations, and also on many major mountaineering
and exploration expeditions that he led or was involved in.
He was awarded the Geographic Medal by the Royal Geographical
Society for mountain exploration and served on the screening committee
of the Mount Everest Foundation charity.
He was awarded the MBE on leaving the armed forces in 2007 for his services to counterterrorism.
The Failsafe Query is Michael’s first novel. He has started work on
his second spy thriller, The Kompromat Kill, and hopes to publish it
the spring of 2019.
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