After two long years spent in a secret British prison, Nadia Laksheva is suddenly granted her freedom. Yet there is a dangerous price to pay for her release: she must retrieve the Russian nuclear warhead stolen by her deadliest enemy, a powerful and ruthless terrorist known only as The Client.
But her mysterious nemesis is always one step ahead and the clock is ticking. In 37 hours, the warhead will explode, reducing the city of London to a pile of ash. Only this time, Nadia is prepared to pull the trigger at any cost…
The deadly trail will take her from crowded Moscow to the silent streets of Chernobyl, but will Nadia find what she is looking for before the clock hits zero?
What does TWG think?
To be perfectly honest, there was a part of me that thought I would end up disliking this book. Looking back now, I’m not entirely sure how I came to that conclusion after reading a small amount of the book. Maybe it was because the genre was completely out of my comfort zone and took a bit of warming up? Or maybe it was because of how different it was, and the frequency of graphic material? I wish I could say for sure. But, all I know (and to be honest, what’s mainly important), is how everything above means diddly squat where my final thoughts on the book are concerned.
Because reader; I bloody loved it!
Yes, the storyline was rather graphic.
Yes, the genre is a heck of a lot different to the loved-up, heart warming contemporary fiction novel I had read before this one.
And yes, it did take me a chapter or two to warm up to the overall feel of the book.
But by golly was that all worth it! Whilst reading ’37 Hours’, I learned that I love spy thrillers, that I can read several pages of the book with one eye open and one eye shut, AND how books like these make me feel like CatWoman and SuperWoman rolled into one. Well, I’m so accident prone that I might end up killing myself instead of the enemy, but y’know. The thought is there, right?
I must add that ’37 Hours’ is book two of the Nadia Laksheva spy thriller series (I found that out afterwards!), but, I found it 80% alright to read as a standalone, with the last 20% spent wishing I had more background information to enable me to understand certain parts of the book better.
Nadia Laksheva has spent the last two years in prison, and the only way she can get her freedom is to pay a ‘life or death’ type bail. The countdown is on; 37 hours until London disappears for good, but who can Nadia trust to be on her team? Who’s playing her for a fool, and who’s wanting her for a duel? The clock is ticking…you shoot and you die, you shoot and you live…
’37 Hours’ is a fast paced, high energy novel which will have you hanging off the edge of your seat, feeling as though you could take on Iron Man, AND end up being more addictive than chocolate. Truthfully? I have never read a book like this before in my life, and let me tell you, the author has his work cut out for the next book, that’s for sure.
I loved how the storyline was always buzzing with new events, new deaths, familiar faces, and secrets…lots of secrets. There was always something going on, with so much to sink my teeth into along the way. Nadia is such a ballsy protagonist and, whilst I didn’t really warm to her at first, I did find myself admiring her by the end of the book. The way in which she held herself through difficult situations whilst put herself on the line for other people, as well as being extremely feisty, ensured that Nadia was a main character you wouldn’t forget in a hurry.
The graphic parts of the storyline were exactly that, graphic. But in all honesty, I don’t think the story would have worked had the deaths been written about less graphically. Whilst I did end up reading those parts with one eye open and one eye shut, I found myself more drawn to those events as opposed to the calm and serene situations. As weird as this sounds, it created more depth and grit. More things to sink my teeth into.
Don’t get me wrong, there were times I thought ‘huh?’ or ‘what the heck is that?’, especially as I’m not exactly clued up on spy jargon, but that didn’t even slow me down at all.
’37 Hours’ is an extremely addictive, gruesome (yet fabulous), and shocking novel which (pardon the pun) blew me away. There hasn’t been a lot of things able to keep my attention lately, yet J.F.Kirwan managed to keep my attention and then some.
What a fantastic novel. I am so glad I didn’t choose to listen to myself at the start of the novel, as I would have missed out on a belter of a read.
Thanks NeverlandBT & HQ Digital.
J.F. Kirwan is a writer for Harper Collins, under their HQ digital imprint. By day he works in aviation and nuclear safety, but at night, during bouts of insomnia, he writes thrillers with significant body counts. He’s an ex-diving instructor, so there is an underwater element in each of his two novels, 66 Metres and 37 Hours. Most readers find his writing has a cinematic feel, as if you are there with the characters. The original inspiration for the protagonist, Nadia, came from Stieg Larsson’s Girl with the dragon tattoo, though David Baldacci and Lee Child have had significant impact on the writing style, plotting and pace. He is currently writing the third book in the series.
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