In High Places - J. J. Holland
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Ever since the death of his wife, Lina, in a Kabul bombing, Aubrey Savage has been determined to fulfil his promise to her: to find out what happened to her brother, Jarrah, a disavowed MI5 agent who has been missing for two years. An ex-SAS officer, Savage is used to noticing the small things. So when he offers a lift to a terrified runaway bride on the moors, he knows there's more to her story than meets the eye. But when she is snatched away immediately, leaving behind a holdall and a Glock that he recognises to be that of an MI5 agent, he is thrust into a deadly world of corruption, and a threat that's all too close to home...
’m afraid this wasn’t really my cup of tea. There wasn’t anything wrong with it, but it was too slow going for me. There were a few moments of excitement where I would hurriedly read the next chapter to see what was happening but then it would slow back down again. I found the storyline quite frustrating because the police couldn’t be called upon and the protagonist didn’t really have any weapons he could rely on. Also, all of the townspeople were just acting irresponsibly. I understand that they were scared, but if they had spoken out, it could have been stopped. However, I understand if it could have been solved so quickly there wouldn’t be a book; I just found it a little frustrating. It felt very much like a Jack Reacher story, and when I told my husband (who has read all the Jack Reacher books) that it was about an ex-military guy who was hunting down an old friend and stopping to save random women he met by the side of the road. He said, “that sounds like a Jack Reacher story!” He’s going to give the book a go so it will be interesting to see his take on the book. I think the main thing I enjoyed about this book, as a linguist, was all the references to Old English. They were very random, but I was grateful to them being there. Like I say there wasn’t anything significantly wrong with this book, it was very well-written and will be liked by many.