Sometimes you get one of those presents at Christmas that you are just not sure about. This was one of those presents, a book by an author that I hadn’t heard of so I just didn’t know anything about it. The title intrigued me though “My Name is Nobody” sounds like a great title for a Jack Reacher book, this was perhaps the main reason why I started to read it!
Who is the main character?
As you know I love a good book with a great main character. This book is no exception, the name is Solomon Vine, a MI6 spy, the greatest of his generation. Now Solomon is not Jack Reacher, not by a long shot. He seems like he wants to go back to his old life, no paranoia, friendships and community but his life as a top spy is where he is at. Isolated, trusting no one, always using counter surveillance to cover his tracks and when he does have to defend himself then he is skilled enough to always come out of any fight victorious.
The one thing that is unusual about Solomon is that he does have a conscience, willing to question the decisions that are made at MI6 headquarters and not always ready to obey his orders. This is one of the things that kept me reading this book, the genre is not really my thing as I kind of like the all action Jack Reacher, Lee Child novels or even the David Baldacci thrillers, so whilst reading this book, the spy genre has now really got me hooked.
Okay – what’s the plot?
The book starts off with Solomon interviewing a top suspect in the CIA most wanted list. Solomon is working with his best friend and colleague Gabriel Wilde, trying to obtain the suspects contacts so that they can stop the supply of fake passports and illegal fire arms. Things do not go to plan and the suspect ends up dead. Blame lies with Solomon, who then gets suspended and the real substance of the story starts to unfold. With underhand MI6 tactics, a conspiracy and a mole in the Whitehall ranks, Solomon must work out who is behind this harmful plot before its too late. The tension and danger that he encounters is like something out of a brilliant spy film. (See below)
I did enjoy the way the author writes the plot, a bit like Lee Child in that it goes back and forth in history, we get to see Solomon’s past, how his life has ended up in MI6 and also his current friendship with Gabriel Wilde. Both main characters are intelligence experts and both have been trained by top agents. Solomon is also still in contact with his old trainer which does give the book a great depth and a link to the past.
As with most spy films, the plot twists and turns and I kept trying to guess who the rogue person was or the mole or whether Solomon was kind of losing the plot due to the demanding nature of watching people and situations for weeks at a time. The brilliantly written descriptive setting, brought me a better understanding of the work needed into bringing suspects of this level to justice.
The ending was also very clever as it flipped the book on its head for the reader – (I won’t spoil this for you!)
Is there any Jack Reacher action?
There are a few fights and close calls with the enemy, on one occasion Solomon has someone counter spying on him and he has to retaliate back to keep off the radar. I feel that if you liked the last Lee Child book titled “Past tense” then you will like the speed of this book as well. Think of it a bit like a journey from the crime through to the conclusion and you are there willing Solomon to work it out and save his career. So there is not as much action as the earlier Jack Reacher books but enough to keep you interested.
I didn’t realise this was the first novel from Mathew Richardson, so it is a great starter book. I would have liked it to bring slightly more action but again this genre is one that I am quite new to. There are a few occasions where the plot slows down, I think the best parts are when Solomon has to evade capture and the paranoia gets really tense. I liked the description of Whitehall, the London scenery and the characters, overall I would recommend that you buy this book if you are looking into the spy genre.
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You can find more about the author here : https://www.matthew-richardson.com/
Click the image below if you like spy films, this is one of the best!