Phayre kicks start his The Response Files series with this well-researched thriller set on one of the world’s most dangerous stages. When an oil tanker is hijacked by a novice band of Somali pirates, it seems an almost impossible problem to solve, partially due to the fact that the negotiations will take place in one of the most remote and dangerous places on earth. As the authorities race to scramble together a team of negotiators, security, and maritime experts, the crew of the ship struggle to stay alive. The expert team must hurry if they want to avert an environmental catastrophe. Phayre’s plotting is tight as he provides an absorbing account of the clockwork moves and last-minute decisions required to make the necessary negotiations while closing in on and destroying the enemy. Strong descriptions of the remote and dangerous landscape add to the book’s appeal. The action is tense and the characters layered. The plot moves at a riveting pace, and fans of conspiracy fiction, particularly military and black-ops thrillers will find themselves thoroughly engaged with all the treacherous political and interpersonal maneuverings. Inspired by his own experience with ransom drops and negotiations with real-life pirates, the novel is ready-made for the screen. A promising start to a complex new conspiracy thriller series.
Categories: action and thriller