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The Third Woman - Mark Burnell
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The Third Woman - Mark Burnell
Advantages: Pretty interesting storyline
Disadvantages: Disjointed in places, confusing in others
This is a book that my dad bought for me and posted over to our BFPO address. It is not my usual kind of book but I will read anything (as my dad well knows) and so I had a go. The price my dad paid was £6.99 although you can get this on Amazon for about £3 or £4 so my advice is to shop around and get the best deal you can.
Stephanie Patrick is a strange woman. She is an assassin, a hired gun, and, by all accounts, blooming good at it. In fact, she is one of the most notorious assassins of the day. She goes by a variety of names, Marie Bernard is one, and Petra Reuter is the most infamous of her identities. She has decided that it is time to retire from a life of adrenaline rushes and deceit, but the 20 years she has spent at the top of her game is all about to change in the blink of an eye......
A telephone call from an old acquaintance calls her to Paris, where she is to meet her old friend. But someone out there has other ideas. She narrowly avoids being killed in a terrorist attack on the cafe where she was supposed to meet her associate.
On going to her bank to get a new identity from her safe deposit box, she is warned that the safety of the box has been compromised and that she is in danger. So she does what anyone else would do .... she runs for her life. But who could be doing this? Only a select few knew about this box. To protect her life, she must find out who is after her and why before it is too late.
Shortly after this, she meets Robert Newman and, after a cruel twist of events, kidnaps him. But there is more to Newman than meets the eye. For one, he is terrified when she ties him up and he has strange scars on his wrists. Only time will tell ....
The closer she comes to discovering the truth, the closer Stephanie and Newman become. But Newman seems to know many people that are connected with the "plot" to wipe Petra Reuter off the planet. Is he all he says he is or is he connected? That is a question that can only be answered by reading the book.
This is the first time that I have read anything by Burnell and I am sorry to say it is the last. I did not enjoy his style of writing. It flitted from "storytelling" to writing as if he were Petra/Stephanie/Marie ("I am sitting in the chair watching the television" - that kind of writing). To me this made the book quite disjointed and a little confusing.
I am disappointed as reading the back of the book I was greeted with quotes like "If you like thrillers, this is as good as it gets" from the Economist and the Sunday Telegraph wrote "Mark Burnell brings the espionage novel right up to date. Petra makes James Bond look like a wimp".
Sorry to anyone who is a fan of Burnell and his work but I did not enjoy this book at all. I like a book that grabs my attention and while this one kept me interested for about the first 20 pages or so, I did lose my enjoyment after that and had to force myself to pick it up again, for the sake of a decent and honest review! I was determined to see the book through to the end (which was a big disappointment - I expected much more than I got!) but this one will be going on the shelf and possibly donated to the next jumble sale that my daughter's school has.
Other works from Burnell are The Rhythm Section, Chameleon and Gemini, but I won't be reading any of these soon.
If you like thriller books, and are indifferent to reading lots of information that is really superfluous, then you may enjoy this. I personally did not enjoy the book and have to totally disagree with the quotes mentioned above - I would rather read about James Bond's exploits with his latest Bond Girl than read this again. And the comparison is null and void in my opinion - James Bond is a government agent, Petra/Stephanie/Marie is a gun for hire - two totally different scenarios.
My advice is to get this from the library if you want to see what it is all about before spending your hard earned cash buying it full price or even reduced on Amazon.
Not recommended ..... Sorry Mr Burnell.
Thank you for reading. Di xx
Summary: A hired gun fights to keep her life