The Danger of Life
It is late 1942. Group Captain Robert Sutherland's first week in charge of Military Intelligence 11's operations in Scotland and northern England is not going smoothly. A murder at the Commando Basic Training Centre in the Highlands is being investigated by one of his teams, until events take an even darker turn that draws Bob in personally.
He is also trying to discover who was behind an attempt to steal an advanced reconnaissance aircraft from a military airfield in Fife, an investigation made no easier by the perpetrator's death. The complication he could really live without comes via a telephone call from Monique Dubois in MI5. An operation she's been running in Glasgow, without Bob or anyone else knowing, has gone badly wrong, and she wants him to intervene before it is entirely compromised.
The Danger of Life is a fast-paced thriller set in Scotland during the Second World War. It is Ken's second novel to feature Bob Sutherland and Monique Dubois and picks up not long after the end of his first, Eyes Turned Skywards. The action moves back and forth across Scotland, with much of it set in Lochaber, where the present war intersects with another conflict that took place two centuries earlier: with deadly consequences.
Reviews from Amazon.
This, though a work of fiction, has been superbly researched with the locations, local history lending the backdrop to a tale that draws you in and keeps you in suspence throughout.
Throughly recommended read.
This is the second of what is looking like a series of excellent thrillers. A great plot set in WW2 RAF and general military history in Scotland. Time and place are evoked brilliantly and with deep knowledge of flying, aeroplanes and Scottish places and history, all of which makes for a genuinely interesting and novel setting. Although solving the case is MI11's gig, our hero Bob Sutherland once again is teamed up with MI5's Monique Dubois who also has to be involved - their love-hate relationship is an intriguing theme within the story. You don't have to read the first book to enjoy this one, but obviously it helps. Excellent escapist page-turning thriller!
Another excellent book following up on what happens to the two main characters.
The descriptions of Scotland and the restrictions that are in place during ww2 make it seem like another world.
Can’t wait for the next instalment?