The Secret War

Fiction - Thriller - Espionage
384 Pages
Reviewed on 05/02/2021
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Author Biography

I’m a London-based British crime writer but also have worked with US production companies so you may have seen some of my tele thrillers on Lifetime or Hallmark.
I’m the author of the Karen Andersen Thrillers, a series of contemporary conspiracy adventure novels beginning with The Missing Activist. Think tank and website The Conservative Woman described it as ‘an authentic and gripping political thriller’ and the novel became an Amazon kindle bestseller. I stood for parliament in the UK 2015 General Election and my experience in politics inspired the first book. I set up and have run an anti-bullying charity for children for over twenty years, which was another theme running through it.

Some years ago, when I was living in Australia, I met someone who’s family had escaped the Cultural Revolution. The planning required utmost secrecy for the father to organise their ‘trip to Hong Kong to visit relatives’ from which she, her mother and sister never returned. He couldn’t travel with them or the plot would have been exposed. He never saw them again. A true sacrifice for love. I’ve wanted to create a thriller which focuses on China ever since then, and with lockdown, with Wuhan being at the core of global conspiracy theories, here was my chance.

I love research and was delighted to receive the following credit from a counter-terrorism advisor who described The Secret War as ‘utterly up to the minute social media undercover work...absolutely fascinating.’

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite

When renowned Liverpool-based Japanese Professor Nakamura died, COVID-19 was fingered as the cause. His distant cousin, Haruto, a cyber-surveillance expert, stepped in to clean up. He discovered some inconsistencies about his uncle, from sexual assaults to the alleged creation of bio-weapons and espionage. Nakamura was a recluse with a battered image, but could all these accusations be true with such overwhelming evidence? Between Haruto and his private investigator girlfriend, Karen, they set out to find the truth. From Southampton to America and Beijing, the battle for survival and establishing the truth will be intense. It’s a bitter war between powerful countries; everyone has an agenda, and nobody is indispensable. Follow Haruto, Karen, and other supporting characters on the journey to redemption in The Secret War by Louise Burfitt-Dons.

The Secret War is an impressive page-turner suitable for lovers of action, conspiracy, and espionage-themed novels. It brought to mind the big question; is the COVID-19 truly man-made? The world is at war, a cold one, and we’re none the wiser. It shed light on the role of the media in information dissemination and its acceptance by the populace. The imbalance between politics, the media, and people was clear because of lies or sensationalism, as seen in today’s world. Louise Burfitt-Dons has written a riveting book with a strong plot, engaging storyline, and well-developed characters. The dialogue continuity was seamless, with a simple writing style and exceptional editing. Greed blinds one to death traps–a great lesson I took from the book. I hope to read more from Louise.