Review: The Theseus Paradox by David Videcette


The Theseus Paradox


We accepted it was terrorism.
What if we were wrong?
What if London’s 7/7 bombings were the greatest criminal deception of our time?

July 2005: in the midst of Operation Theseus, the largest terrorist investigation that the UK has ever known, Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan begins to ask difficult questions that lead to the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend and his sudden suspension from the Metropolitan Police.

Who masterminded London’s summer of terror?
Why can’t Flannagan make headway in the sprawling investigation?
Are the bombings the perfect ploy to mask a different plot entirely?
Is Jake’s absent Security Service girlfriend really who she claims to be?

While hunting for the answers to the most complex terrorist case in British history, one man will uncover the greatest criminal deception of our time.

Terror, extremism and fear of the unknown,
Sometimes the answer is much closer to home.

David says, ‘I can’t tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story…’

My Review

I read a review of The Theseus Paradox and was immediately intrigued by the book so when I was offered a copy by the author, I couldn’t refuse.

This novel is a work of fiction based on the 7/7 bombings in London in 2005. It’s a very intriguing novel and held my attention from start to finish. I haven’t read many works of fiction that are so closely based on real life events, and at times it’s difficult to get your head around the fact that this is fiction because the real life events of 7/7 are still so fixed in memory, and Videcette’s writing is so good that it makes the fictional elements feel entirely believable.

DI Jake Flanagan is a brilliant character, like many fictional detectives he has his flaws and vices – in Jake’s case it’s alcohol and women, but he is a very likeable character and I was willing him to hold it together to find out what and who was behind the bombings. Jake bends, and sometimes breaks, the rules but everything he does is for the greater good. He desperately needs to solve this crime.

The short chapters, each headed with a time, date and location stamp, kept the novel moving at a very high pace and the book never lost intensity for a second. There wasn’t any filler in this novel, everything was relevant to solving the crime and I found that very impressive.

The way the book ended came as a complete surprise to me – I thought I had some of it worked out but I was completely wrong!  The things that Flanagan finds out do make absolute sense though and it was a very plausible ending. After I finished reading this book I found that I couldn’t stop thinking about it for a while afterwards, my mind was mulling it all over and I can see how all the pieces fit together to get the ending.  This novel is still swirling around in my head even now, a couple of weeks after finishing it. It was such a great read!

I really hope that there will be more books featuring Jake Flanagan. I enjoyed this novel immensely and will definitely be looking out for more by David Videcette. I rate this 5 out of 5 and highly recommend it.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Theseus Paradox is out now and available from Amazon.


About the Author

David Videcette

Former Scotland Yard investigator, David Videcette, has searched hundreds of properties, placed bugs on countless vehicles, chased numerous dangerous criminals and interviewed thousands of witnesses.

He was a lead investigator in the London terrorist bombings and is a former Scotland Yard detective with twenty years policing experience, including counter-terrorist operations and organised crime.

He currently consults on security operations for high-net-worth individuals and is an expert media commentator on crime, terrorism, extremism and the London 7/7 bombings.

David also now puts his police knowledge to good use in his crime novels.

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