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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Mirror Wars: Double Jeopardy is a work of fiction in the science fiction, crime, and adventure sub-genres, and was penned by author Alan Bayles. The work is intended for the general adult reading audience and contains the use of some explicit language throughout as well as one scene of a sexual nature. Our protagonist is Detective Inspector Dave Barnes, a modern-day investigator called to look into a small village murder in England, who finds himself surrounded by a stellar team of other professionals digging deeper for the truth. When their efforts reveal a conspiracy climbing into the corrupt echelons of the British Government, and a secret that goes back ninety years to a dangerous military experiment that went horribly wrong, so begins a fantastic science fiction crime mystery like no other.
Author Alan Bayles has crafted a cinematic and immersive work of fiction with plenty of clever plotting, exciting twists, and believable science fiction interspersed to offer its readers. One of the features which I found particularly impressive about this piece was the overlay of atmospheres, influences, and truly English flavors that accompany the characters and plot. Dave, Andrew, Wendy, and Claire all have that classic murder mystery vibe to them, but it’s underpinned with realism and attention to detail to make sure we’re really interested in their skills and emotional investment in the outcome of the well-penned conspiracy plot. For a hefty book of 500 pages or so, the plot moves at a fantastic pace and keeps you reading on. Overall, I would highly recommend Mirror Wars: Double Jeopardy to fans of quirky British sci-fi and mystery fiction, compelling and capable heroes, and for fans of accomplished adventure stories everywhere.