Tuesday 21 July 2020

BLOG TOUR: Intruders - E. C. Scullion

"There is a safe, in a house, inside a secure compound in South America.

Your job is to bring me the contents of that safe."

Disgraced security consultant Tom Holt accepts a job from a mysterious lawyer, on behalf of a client named Capricorn.

Holt's team comprises Anil, a safe-cracking ex-con; Ray, a disgruntled logistics man, and Becca, a fiery red-headed thief with as much attitude as she has talent for picking pockets.

On arrival in the alluring Argentine city of Buenos Aires, Holt's past swiftly catches up with him. As he begins to question the client's motives, he finds there are darker, more sinister characters who show loyalty to his employer.

Who is Capricorn?

What's inside the safe?

Tom Holt is about to discover how far he will go to expose the truth, even if it means risking everything, including his own life...

What did I think?

Intruders is an absolutely brilliant novel; it's a literary white knuckle ride that had me on the edge of my seat, holding my breath with my heart pounding and my palms sweating.  E. C. Scullion's writing is so very vivid that I felt as if I was actually in South America with Tom Holt and his team.  It's so good that I've got my fingers and toes crossed that this is the first of many Tom Holt novels.

Tom has been tasked with the impossible: break into a safe on a house in a secure compound in Uruguay and return the contents (without looking at them) to the client, mysteriously named Capricorn.  A team of three are already awaiting his arrival in Argentina: Ray a former policeman, Anil a safe breaker and Becca a light-fingered thief.  It's not Tom's first visit to Argentina though and some of the locals are not pleased to see him, which could put a spanner in the works.

The tension and excitement increases as the unlikely quartet make their plans to break into the safe.  How each part of the plan comes together is nothing short of genius and I loved how things never seemed to go to plan which not only kept Tom and his team on their toes but the reader too.  Intruders is so full of surprises that it's an eyebrow raising, jaw dropping twister of a thriller. 

Intruders is an outstanding and very accomplished debut from E. C. Scullion.  It's compelling, tense and heart poundingly thrilling and I have the sweaty palms to prove it!  This is one novel that I wouldn't be surprised to see snapped up for the big screen; Hollywood take note, you don't want to miss this one! 

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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