Book Review: The Failsafe Query by Michael Jenkins

I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Michael Jenkins’ book “The Failsafe Query” being run by Rachel’s Random Resources.

About the Book:

The Failsafe Query is a gripping thriller set in the contemporary world of modern British espionage.

Sean Richardson, a disgraced former intelligence agent, is tasked to lead a team to search for Alfie Chapman, an Intelligence officer on the cusp of exposing thousands of secrets to the media. This includes a long lost list of Russian moles embedded since the Cold War, one of whom remains a public favourite in the British parliamentary system.

The action moves with absorbing pace and intrigue across Central Asia and Europe as the puzzle begins to unfold through a deeply hidden legacy.

Tense, fast-paced, and insightful, The Failsafe Query twists and turns to a satisfyingly dramatic finale.

Amazon UK

About the Author:

Michael Jenkins served for twenty-eight years in the British Army, rising through the ranks to complete his service as a major. He served across the globe on numerous military operations as an intelligence officer within Defence Intelligence, and as an explosive ordnance disposal officer and military surveyor within the Corps of Royal Engineers.

His experiences within the services involved extensive travel and adventure whilst on operations, and also on many major mountaineering and exploration expeditions that he led or was involved in. He was awarded the Geographic Medal by the Royal Geographical Society for mountain exploration and served on the screening committee of the Mount Everest Foundation charity.

He was awarded the MBE on leaving the armed forces in 2007 for his services to counterterrorism.

The Failsafe Query is Michael’s first novel. He has started work on his second spy thriller, The Kompromat Kill, and hopes to publish in the spring of 2019.


My Review:

You all will know that I love a conspiracy, political, thriller type book and this does NOT disappoint!

I should also say that I am a proud Army brat (via my father) and love that I can support an ex-Army Officer in his post-Army career!

I found the story easy to understand and follow and was brilliantly paced too – sometimes speedy and sometimes slow allowing you time to recover! It is totally clear to anyone that reads this book that the author has first-hand knowledge of the subject rather than it being based purely on research.

I found the characters utterly impelling, especially Sean. I was totally on his side form the start and found him more likeable than other spy-type protagonists.

I have seen reviews that liken Jenkins to Le Carre and I would totally agree with that – I think that he has a great future in writing ahead of him and I am really excited to read more from him – definitely being added to my ‘Authors to watch out for’ list!


Win 5 x PB copies of The Failsafe Query & a spy linkage map (unframed) (Open Internationally)

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