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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Angel Avenger: A Max Becker Thriller by Tim Wickenden has a strong appeal to fans of thrillers and sleuth novels. It is September in 1960 and a serial killer is doing a lot of ghastly killings in Germany. The first victim is discovered tied to a tree; naked, tortured, shot in the head and left in the Spandauer forest with a message on his body. Detectives Max Becker and Bastian Döhl, from the Berlin Kriminalpolizei, are out to uncover the killer. But with more bodies surfacing, they quickly understand this crime is more complex than it seems. Who is killing Russians with criminal pasts? Follow this engrossing narrative and discover what it means for a detective to be caught in a difficult dilemma. Will Max choose his conscience or his duty when dealing with a crime with deep and entrenched roots?
While this is an entertaining story, it poses powerful moral questions, placing the protagonist in a very delicate position. The characters are rock-solid and relatable. I loved the shadowy Günther and the effect he has on the protagonist. The author ensures the characters are thought out with roles that help the narrative move forward. It is intriguing and packed with action, a deftly plotted novel with a setting that captures the cultural and historical elements of a people. Angel Avenger: A Max Becker Thriller is hypnotic, a well-crafted story with great characters. It has many strong themes and the prominent one is the quest for revenge for an age-old crime. Tim Wickenden does more than write a story: the author compels readers to follow the characters and to find out where the action takes them next. A pure delight for fans of crime thrillers.