Troubador Bikini State Red

Released: 28/10/2019

ISBN: 9781838591502

eISBN: 9781838597320

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Bikini State Red

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1990s. An unfortunate coincidence on the North Norfolk coast leads to the mysterious disappearance of Lieutenant John McAdam. Commander Tom Falconer has just taken early retirement from the Royal Navy to explore pastures new with Alice Silk, the woman in his life. But a farewell night out with a few naval colleagues is the start of a web of intrigue, espionage, treason and murder into which he and Alice become increasingly involved.

When rumours of a novel British guided weapons system hit the already tense situation, hard-line Russian militarists plot to seize the intelligence for themselves. With the agents taking increasingly desperate and dangerous measures, international incidents at sea trigger the clandestine security alert – Bikini State Red.

Uncertainties mount. Rogue elements are in play. 

And John McAdam is still missing.

After a Royal Navy Lieutenant and a new guided weapons system go missing, recently retired Commander Falconer starts investigating by himself alongside his partner Alice Silk. This mystery novel is slow paced but really interesting. You will crave for information though it will come slowly as Tom starts unveiling the whole web of treason. This book is really unputdownable. I was left with an aftertaste at the end, there are some things I really wanted to know but were not revealed. But all in all, it is a really good book. One of my favourites of this year, I might say.

by Manuel


I really enjoyed this book. It read very well and was full of suspense. Set in the 1990s it started off with the disappearance of a Navy Officer and his friends and the Police trying to find out what happened to him. The book flowed well and had many a twist and turn in the storyline which included sleeper agents, top secret navy trials, the Russians and espionage. Very likeable strong characters in the plot. Would recommend this if you like thrillers.

by Anne


After a Royal Navy Lieutenant and a new guided weapons system go missing, recently retired Commander Falconer starts investigating by himself alongside his partner Alice Silk.

This mystery novel is slow paced but really interesting, there are some characters that I feel might have been more developed or not mentioned at all. I felt that with Lt. John McAdam lack of character development were more felt than any other. Even though, I thought ‘Tremain’ needed some too. Jane Morris felt too a little bit unnecessary. As for the rest of them with little flaws they were okay, I liked the feeling Alice Silk gave me, she used to joke of being a spy but weren’t she one at all? We’ll never know.

You will crave for information though it will come slowly as Tom starts unveiling the whole web of treason. This is really an unputdownable book. I was left with an aftertaste at the end, there are some things I really wanted to know but were not revealed. I felt really comfortable with how the author has written the book, it was easy to read and easy to get hooked to.

All in all, it is a really good book. One of my favourites of this year, I might say.

by Manuel S.


This book was exceptionally well written, as well as being full of both suspense and reveals. With stories like these the most crucial aspect is timing. The pacing needs to be quick and the timing must be on point. If you go to fast it can leave readers confused or unsatisfied. Worse , if you go to long the results are boredom and the reader becoming disinterested. No author wants to hear that their story landed in a DNF pile, and thankfully this author executes his timing perfectly. Giving us a great story.

by Sarah


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