Today is my stop on the blog tour for ‘Where is Tony Blunt?’ by Joseph Mitcham organised by Damppebbles Blog Tours. I hope that you will check out both the author and the book, as well as the rest of the blogs involved in the tour.
*Disclaimer: ‘I was given a copy this book in exchange for an honest review.’*
‘Where is Tony Blunt? The former Paratrooper, having been taken into the fold of an emerging, ambitious, and savage fundamentalist group, has gone to ground without a trace.
Alex, the former Army communicator, is persuaded to return by John, the ex-Special Forces senior, to help track down the terrorist group that killed their leader and several other comrades – Tony Blunt is their only lead.
Working with multiple agencies, including The Security Service, can Alex and the team locate Blunt and stop him before he executes his masterpiece?’
This is the follow up to The Watch List in the Atrocities series, and while I would say that it is standalone in so much as this is a separate mission, I would wholeheartedly recommend reading the series in order. Not only because it will give you a greater understanding of the characters who were established in the first book, but also to better understand the plotline.
Where is Tony Blunt? Picks up just after the events of The Watch List which is another argument for reading the first book first, but from there it stands on its own two feet, as this time it is dealing with a single target rather than a group. The titular character Tony Blunt is an ex-soldier who has been radicalised, and who is intent on wreaking havoc. As with the previous book, this is something that we see in the media, and it once again gives Mitcham’s book that clever realism that appears to be a particular strength of his writing, especially when paired with the knowledge that comes from his own background as well as research. This a world that most of us don’t get to experience, but is on the periphery of our awareness whether from the news or media in general and here it is brought to life in vivid, accessible detail.
Another element that adds to the impact of this one is that Tony Blunt is well explored, and while he is very much a damnable character, Mitcham leads us through the events – in his career and personal life, in his search for a place to belong – that lead to where he went. It humanises him, and even though you are on the edge of your seat hoping the team will stop him in time, he is a poignant, human character, and I enjoyed seeing how he got to the point where he is now the threat they are hunting down. While Tony is being established as a character, we also get to see more of Alex and the team and see them continue to develop both as individuals and as a team, and I hope that we will get to see more of them.
This was another gritty, fast-paced read from this author, who managed to balance the action and violence with the more human moments between the team, and who created a vivid, believable storyline that you can’t stop reading because you need to find out what happened. Mitcham has taken all the good points from the first book and made them even better in a thriller that will have your heart racing from start to finish.
About the Author:
Joseph Mitcham served with the British military in elite and technical units for over 16 years. His service not only gave him a thorough tactical and technical understanding of some of techniques and processes employed in his first novel, it also provided him with the opportunity to develop himself, earning a first class honours degree in business leadership by the end of his service.
His debut novel, The Watch List, was published in 2019. The inspiration for writing ‘The Watch List’ was taken from personal experiences from the roles that he has served in and characteristics from some of the people that he has served with. Joseph has written an incredible, yet compellingly credible story that plays out in our world as he sees it today.
Where is Tony Blunt? (Atrocities #2) – Joseph Mitcham – **** (4/5 Stars)
If you’ve read it or read in the future, please feel free to shout at me about this fantastic book.