Published: 15/09/2017
ISBN: 9781788032650
eISBN: 9781788031516
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Alan Hunt is a former British diplomat, who served in the Middle East, Europe, Latin America and East Asia. He was for seven years Director of the Oxford University Foreign Service Programme and is no... read more

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Unauthorised Action
by Alan Hunt

Following the success of No Immunity and A Game That Must Be Lost, Unauthorised Action is the final instalment in Alan Hunt’s fast-paced thriller series.

One of the boys in the Foreign Office had opened a book on who would be the first to break down Kate’s resistance. No-one won the bet…

In the wake of terrorist attacks in London, the Foreign Office is shocked by the murder of the beautiful young diplomat, Kate Thomas. Immediately her colleague, Adam White, falls under suspicion. Adam’s fiancée, Alison, believes in his innocence, but in the bid to clear his name Adam faces a wall of secrecy from officials engaged in a covert operation.

Defying his superior’s instructions, Adam pursues a lead to Madrid, where he identifies the man he believes to be Kate’s murderer. Soon others fall victim to the killer, as he prepares for an audacious assassination attempt in London. But who is the target of the attack? And who is aiding the terrorists? In a violent and shocking climax, the terrorists strike, the assassin breaks cover and the traitor is finally unmasked.

Alan Hunt once again keeps the reader guessing until the last page in this, the final book in the Adam White trilogy.

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A super final installment in Hunt's foreign office trilogy. Works well as a "stand alone" if you haven't read the first 2.

by Greg Davis


Set in the spring and summer of 2005, Alan Hunt sets out a beautifully balanced scenario in the wake of the July 7th terrorist attacks.

Alan Hunt starts the book before the terrorist attacks occur setting the scene perfectly, and it is not until almost the end of the book that the plot completes its full circle.

When Kate Thomas of the Foreign Office is found murdered, her last contact, and somewhat-involved colleague, Adam White, finds himself at the centre of the investigation. Centring around the possibility of some fraudulent dealings involving pensions and despite being told in no uncertain terms not to pursue the case, Adam heads over to the Madrid Embassy to try to unravel the mystery behind Kate’s death.

This is a thriller written by a well-educated and travelled man. Mr Hunt is a former diplomat and his knowledge of foreign affairs shines through. As well as the external threat to the UK, we are treated to some of the internal wranglings within the various departments of diplomacy and security.

Throughout it all, Alan White remains loyal to his task, to himself and to Kate Thomas, despite the threats to himself and his partner, Alison Webster.

The reader is drip-fed tiny bits of inter-connecting information, allowing him/her to both confirm and imagine various parts of the overall plot. Alan Hunt cleverly brings the whole thing to a climax. However, right at the end, there is the sense that not all is revealed, and with that, the possibility of a follow-up book.

I would also like to compliment both author and publisher on the quality of the paper and general feel of the book. All too often, reviewers are subjected to half-decent novels put out on poor quality materials, which neglect the tactile element there is in reading a book. This, however, was up to the standard of the plot – first-class!

by Sméagol, Breakaway Reviewers


Warmest congratulations. Read at one sitting. Gripping; page-turning; convincing. A fine last of the thrilling trilogy, as well, cleverly, as a very good read on its own. That said, the loose ends are handsomely secured.
The book deserves great success, and I am confident it will have that. (The cover also is another good one.)

by C J Rufus


The last and best of Alan Hunt's Foreign Office trilogy though just as easily read as a one-off book. His long diplomatic career clearly enhances the thriller's realism (minus, one hopes, the murders!) An excellent read and warmly recommended.

by Alan Orbell


So well written! So exciting - could not put it down! Please write more!

by Mrs C Ruth B Rollitt


 

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