The Mephisto Threat - E.V. Seymour

Reviews

House of Lies

'Terrific, one of the best thriller writers out there.'
Gerard O'Donovan.


'The lines between guilt and innocence become rather blurred.'
Cheryl M-M's Book Blog.


'Eve Seymour does it again, the master (mistress) of dynamics. Her novels are like indulging yourself in an orchestral masterpiece.'
Craig Chapman.


'An emotional rollercoaster which takes you from anger to fear to sadness in a surprising final twist.'
Amazon Reviewer.


'If you like your thrillers to be emotionally powerful with a touch of gothic, this is for you.'
Amazon Reviewer.


'Gothic horror meets breakneck psychological thriller.'
P.R. Magrane.


'A dark read full of suspense.'
Letter Book Reviews.


'It will keep you gripped from start to finish.'
Amazon Reviewer.


'Immensely enjoyable.'
Amazon Reviewer.


'Full of twists that I didn't see coming.'
Amazon Reviewer.


'Another fantastic read from Eve Seymour, with a gripping story line and a twist I didn't see coming.'
mazon Reviewer.


'A compelling, richly textured and highly original psychological thriller.'
Amazon Reviewer.


'A thoroughly enjoyable, intriguing and gripping book.'
Amazon Reviewer.


Don't Tell Anyone

PCA/ACA Mystery & Detective Fiction Reading List Spring 2017
Reviewed by John Teel, Marshall University, Emeritus.

Eleanor Gray, the blurb tells us, is the author of nine books under different pseudonyms, but it doesn't say which books or which pseudonyms, so I don't know whether Don't Tell Anyone is my introduction to the author or not. I will say, however, that some of her writing (assuming she is a woman) is quite impressive.

In keeping with the current popularity of novels about murders that are "close to home" for the characters, the novel's protagonist is Grace Neville, an art historian whose teenaged daughter was murdered. The daughter's boyfriend, a young man named Jordan Dukes with a sordid past including an association with a notorious gang, has been convicted of the crime, leaving Grace trying, none too successfully, to find some closure in the fact that justice was (more or less) done.

But then, Grace is visited by Jordan's father who insists his son is innocent of the murder, while not denying Jordan's violent past. Grace reluctantly has to conclude that she has had doubts about his guilt, as well. Then, the plot thickens when she discovers that someone has broken into her dwelling and rifled through her daughter's room-looking for what? Grace gets little help from the police, who are convinced they got the right person, and from her ex-husband, who believes she should leave the matter alone, but she becomes more and more convinced that Jordan is innocent, though he is staying silent about his alibi for the time of the murder for some reason.

So, if not Jordan, who killed Grace's daughter and for what possible motive? The book is full of surprises, it turns out. You are not likely to guess the killer, as very little detective work is actually involved in reaching the solution, which occurs more by revelation that by evidence, as such.

However, the book is compelling and suspenseful, and the character of Grace is engaging and well-drawn. Gray (whoever she is) puts you effectively in the psychological "free fall" of someone whose marriage is over, whose only child has been murdered, and whose enthusiasm for her job has, understandably, declined. I would be interested in reading more "Eleanor Gray" (assuming I haven't already done so without knowing it).

 

 

Wicked Game

Publishers Weekly

"A wicked twist and a killer ending highlight this superior series debut."

 

 

Wicked Game

Crime Thriller Hound

The book's pace is maintained and there's room for Hex's past to be revealed shedding light on this complex individual's choice of occupation. Packed with strong language and no shortage of wit, the tough, blunt, first-person narrative works well. Following Hex on his journey of espionage and action is a pleasure as he changes over the course of the novel whilst remaining dogged and brave..

www.crimethrillerhound.co.uk

 

 

Game Over

Crime Thriller Hound

Powerful criminals, dangerous Germans, elitist sex parties, family secrets, past employers, government intervention, and violence, all feature in a cleverly interwoven plot that races along in the form of short, exciting chapters. Oh, and it's unpredictable, you won't spot the big reveal.

www.crimethrillerhound.co.uk

 

 

Wicked Game

May 5, 2014 issue of Publishers Weekly

A wicked twist and a killer ending highlight this superior series debut featuring hit man Joshua Thane, who's better known as Hex. Chase drops the reader right into the middle of things; Hex was hired to take out Dr. Mary Wilding, a scientist at a London college who reneged on a pharmaceutical product piracy deal with a gangster. But when Hex arrives at her home, he finds several disturbing things: someone has done the job for him, her son - about whom he'd been told nothing - is in the house, and the hard drive he was supposed to secure is missing. Uncharacteristically, Hex decides not to take out the boy, despite the dangers to himself that choice creates. And the botched assignment gets geometrically more complex when he sees that the crime attracted the attention of not only Scotland Yard but also British intelligence and the Mossad. Hex soon learns why-Wilding was connected with disturbing research into bioweapons that could target specific ethnic groups. The crisp writing enhances the thoughtful characterization that makes Hex an anti-hero whom readers will want to see more of.

 

 

Resolution to Kill:

Eurocrime Review by Terry Halligan

Following on from her outstanding third book in the series, LAND OF GHOSTS, Paul Tallis, an off-the-books spook for MI5, is taking time out after his last bruising mission in Russia, when he receives a personal plea for help from his Croatian-born mother to find Dario Garich, a lifelong family friend who has mysteriously gone missing; Tallis immediately flies to the Balkans. His quest unfortunately turns sour when he's abducted by 'The Alliance,' an elite covert American Special Ops organisation. Garich, it transpires, is a wanted man with a dirty history. Putting aside family loyalties, and under orders from his handler, Tallis is assigned to assist the Americans. Garich is traced but someone with a personal grudge gets to him first.

It seems that there is a team of Balkan women who were horrified by the actions of some of the United Nations troops who entered their countries during the 1990s, who did unspeakable things, and some are now in positions of importance and influence. So the ladies decide to take revenge and kidnap some of the most important men.

The superbly plotted and gripping story moves on with great rapidity to its very surprising conclusion. There are many other elements to RESOLUTION TO KILL not mentioned in this review that combine to make it a very exciting novel which I cannot recommend too highly.

This book, like all her titles, is extremely focused, as the action changes between several countries with a researched authenticity which is hard to fault, but there is inevitably quite a bit of violence. The author is very detailed in her research and is able to describe the background of all the locations and time periods with an authority which is very effective. I thought this story the best of the four 'Paul Tallis' titles but to really appreciate it, you should read the previous ones to trace the development of this unlikely protagonist. However, in saying that each story is self contained and the author goes to considerable pains to explain the back story.

This is a fast paced and very witty novel and the author has a real gift for blending the action sequences with the mundane trivial details of Tallis: he lives in a run-down bungalow near Birmingham, but drives a Boxster Porsche sports car; he continues to be told off by his mother, who is unaware that he has even has a job, never mind that he indirectly subcontracts to the government department of MI5 and that she would like him to settle down with a nice girlfriend.

On the cover of my copy it says "forget Bond, forget Bourne, meet Paul Tallis". Why not indeed? I think this author is just superb and I hope that you enjoy reading her books as much as I do. RESOLUTION TO KILL is yet another extremely readable example of her work, indeed another page-turner and I eagerly anticipate the next book.

[NB. RESOLUTION TO KILL is currently available for Kindle only.]

Terry Halligan, England. November 2012

Details of the author's other books with links to reviews can be found on the Books page... More European crime fiction reviews can be found on the Reviews page.

www.eurocrime.co.uk/

 

 

The Last Exile:

Lovereading.co.uk
July 2008 Debut of the Month.

An exciting new author in the mystery thriller market is EV Seymour. This debut novel is action packed page turning stuff. Each chapter wills you on to the next as you wonder where the plot will twist to next. Conspiracy theories abound to keep you guessing right until the final pages. Great stuff from a writer to definitely keep an eye on.

Lovereading.co.uk

 

 

TheBookbag.co.uk
For a crime/espionage thriller, The Last Exile isn't as action-heavy as one might expect. That's not to say there isn't violence or gunplay – both feature numerous times throughout the book – but the handling of these events is for the most part more subdued than other examples of the genre, focusing more on the emotional cost of violence than its physical consequences. Some may feel underwhelmed by this approach, whilst others will appreciate Seymour's more restrained, realistic style.

Throughout, The Last Exile retains a thoughtful edge – whilst not the most literary offering in its field, it nevertheless provides a more sensitive and emotionally mature experience than the average action novel.

TheBookbag.co.uk

 

 

Shots Magazine
E V Seymour’s debut novel is a fast-paced thriller that taps into a number of contemporary concerns.  The incident that disgraced her hero, for example, bears a strong similarity to the Stockwell shooting of 2005 and panic over illegal immigrants has been a tabloid staple for the past decade. She is also one of the few writers working in the crime genre to date to tackle the insidious influence of extreme right wing ideas on public attitudes. 

As in any good thriller the surprises and betrayals come thick and fast, Seymour maintains throughout a convincing feeling of ambiguity, in the world of The Last Exile the good guys often turn out to be just the least bad guys. Seymour should also be praised for creating a flawed though decent central character who could be the basis of a better than average series of novels. 
This is an assured debut novel, one which creates a dark world of betrayal and violence that is all too believable, E V Seymour shows every sign of becoming one of the big names of the next decade.

‘Skulduggery and corruption at the highest levels:  scarily plausible.’  Quintin Jardine

‘Taut, razor-sharp and utterly compelling.’  Dreda Say Mitchell

‘If you like your thrillers gritty and your conspiracies ripped from the headlines, this book is for you.’  Meg Gardiner

The Mephisto Threat

Euro Crime
The author has a real gift for blending the action sequences with the mundane, domestic details of Paul. We learn he lives in a run down bungalow and drives a tatty car. He is always been told off by his mother for not getting a sensible job and a nice girlfriend!

E V Seymour is an outstanding new author and this book is an extremely readable example of her work. A real page turner. It has everything: excitement, suspense, and romance. I eagerly await to read the next instalment of her hero.

On the cover of my copy it says "forget Bond, forget Bourne, meet Paul Tallis". Why not indeed? I think this author is just superb. I hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I did.

 

The BookBag
The Mephisto Threat is scary – not so much because of what happens but because it's all too easy to think that it just might be true. Eve Seymour has her finger on the pulse of contemporary issues and the politics behind them and there's an edgy, gritty tone to her writing, which fits the subject matter perfectly. It's very much in the here and now and you have the feeling that it will all be in the newspaper tomorrow.

 

BFK Books
A gripping and well written book in which the characters thoughts are seamlessly integrated into the story making the reader deeply involved from the start. The main characters frustrations and conflicts are realistic and the plot is well written with a few unexpected twists at the end. The ins and outs of the UK's organised crime divisions does become a bit taxing  at points, but overall a very good book that had me interested from start to finish

'This thriller hurtles through the pages like Jason Bourne charging through all three films at once...No punches pulled action.' --Peterborough Evening Telegraph

'Fast-paced and bloody.' --The Mirror

Land of Ghosts

Good Book Guide
January 2011.

The talented Seymour prides herself on writing novels as tough and sinewy as any male writer - a skill she further polishes in Land of Ghosts, a complex and fast-moving outing for her resourceful protagonist Paul Tallis.

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Euro Crime
EV Seymour is an outstanding new author and this book is another extremely readable example of her work, another page-turner. This series has everything: excitement, suspense, and romance. EV Seymour is every bit as good as her contemporaries - Leather, (Gerald) Seymour and Le Carre - and I eagerly await the next book.

 

bookgarden.blogspot.com
This is Seymour's third novel featuring Paul Tallis, an MI5 operative, and I'll be looking for the first two in the series.  If you enjoy action novels and/or spy novels in the tradition of Robert Ludlum, these novels should fill the bill.

An undercover agent in Chechnya has been out of touch for a year, and his handler suspects he has gone rogue.  Paul Tallis is approached about a mission to bring the missing operative out; although he questions the assignment, he agrees because the missing agent is an old school friend, Graham Darke.

Tallis must infiltrate the rebel Chechen movement, find his old friend, determine his loyalty, and attempt to bring him home (willing or unwilling) in order to prevent the disintegration of Anglo-Russian relations.

Tallis finds brutality and corruption on both sides of the conflict, and while he sympathizes with the situation of both regular Russian soldiers and ordinary Chechens, he is appalled at the behavior of psychopaths and sadists on both sides.  To add to the suspense, Tallis continues to question the motives behind his own mission.

Interesting characters, action, suspense, and a frightening look at the background of a conflict that Americans know little about. 

bookgarden.blogspot.com

 

 

LibraryThing
E.V. Seymour takes the reader deep inside a conflict during which the Russian army used horrific force against the civilian population in order to break the will of a people fighting for its independence. What she portrays is not pretty. "Land of Ghosts" is a story of brutality and torture from both sides of the conflict, but the behavior of the Russian invaders was particularly vicious. Russian soldiers used rape, torture, murder, and the burning and looting of villages as ways to discourage civilian support for the rebels they fought. Chechen rebels, on their part, were likely to brutalize and torture the Russian soldiers that fell into their hands.

"Land of Ghosts," however, is about more than men killing each other for political reasons. It is about friendship, love, and how people are changed by constant exposure to the horrors of war. Seymour peoples her story with interesting characters that include a newly minted Russian millionaire willing to help Tallis for the sheer adventure of it and the Chechen woman who prepares him for his mission while fighting her own expulsion from the U.K. Tallis even finds a bit of romance amidst the chaos of wartime Chechnya and grows close to the young Muslim who insists on helping him negotiate his way through the dangerous landscape he must cross.

Even those for whom "Land of Ghosts" is their first Paul Tallis book, will come away with a good understanding of what makes him tick because Seymour provides the backstory and side plot associated with a good standalone novel. Much in the tradition of James Bond, Paul Tallis achieves the seemingly impossible over and over again, surviving situations that often do in the lesser men around him while he moves one square closer to his goal. That kind of thing is built into this genre. If you are a fan, you already know that and will not want to miss this one.

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