Fiction - Thriller - Espionage
336 Pages
Reviewed on 05/15/2019
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Reviewed by Charles Remington for Readers' Favorite

Fallout is a fast-paced spy thriller with roots in the partitioned Berlin of the 1980s and a joint operation that went badly wrong. Today, a former high-ranking officer has put together a team of highly professional killers to wipe out those responsible. The team includes one of the victims of the failed operation who had been brutally tortured and was thought to be dead. The narrative moves from locations in the USA, Canada, England, Russia and an extensive number of European settings, including of course Berlin. Using short succinct chapters, author William Hunter weaves a complex tale of double-dealing and deceit. After the death of an innocent victim in the USA, the deputy head of the British secret service, MI6, realizes that he was the intended target and the race to stop the killers becomes personal. Working through layers of old intelligence and tracking down those involved in covert operations during this period, he pieces together an incredible plot to protect an important ‘asset’ at the time. Many blameless operatives lost their lives and the killing is continuing to this day. Can the oddly-named Banastre Montjoy identify the ‘mole’ behind the current killing spree and put an end to the bloodshed?

It is difficult reviewing a book like Fallout as the twists in the plot and slowly revealed mysteries in the narrative need to be protected. That having been said, I can confirm that William Hunter has produced a brilliantly thought-out, well-researched thriller, the detail of which quite takes the reader's breath away. He handles a large cast of characters with skill, ensuring that their positions and backgrounds are clearly understood and the many locations in which the action takes place are brought to life with lucid, accurate descriptions. The central characters are well-drawn and if there are some graphic scenes of violence, they are nothing that would not be expected in this type of novel. An astounding achievement and a worthy addition to the genre. A great read for the spy thriller enthusiast.

Maria Beltran

Fallout by William Hunter is a heartstopping espionage thriller that spans decades and covers a number of countries. It is the start of winter in 1984 and on East Berlin's Oberbaum Bridge, a lone figure stands, overlooking the cold and uninviting Spree River. Before he can leave for West Germany, he is unceremoniously stopped by the Stasi, exposed as an agent of the British intelligence unit. Fast forward thirty-four years and a series of England's retired Secret Intelligence Service officers is assassinated by a former head of Russia's KGB. This forces Banastre Montjoy, the Deputy Chief of England's SIS, to go underground and get to the bottom of things. This bloody trail will lead him to the mole of East Berlin, one of the most closely guarded secrets of the Cold War.

William Hunter's Fallout is a fast-paced and action-packed novel shrouded in mystery and intrigue. As such, it is a gripping story that is hard to put down. It brings us inside the secret and dangerous world of assassins and spies and includes a number of dead bodies. Like a jigsaw puzzle, the whole picture slowly becomes visible while the excitement builds up. William Hunter weaves his story with an expert hand and the resulting tapestry is enthralling. Fallout is an interesting journey inside a world where one can't afford to trust even their closest friends and things may not be what they seem to be. Fallout could certainly keep you glued to your reading chair.