Twelve Lives

Fiction - Thriller - Conspiracy
375 Pages
Reviewed on 05/07/2019
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Author Biography

Born in Morecambe, England, into a military family, Nigel Seed grew up hearing his father’s tales of adventure during the Second World War which kindled his interest in military history and storytelling. He received a patchy education, as he and his family followed service postings from one base to another. Perhaps this and the need to constantly change schools contributed to his odd ability to link unconnected facts and events to weave his stories. Nigel later joined the Army, serving with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in many parts of the world. Upon leaving he joined the Ministry of Defence.He is married and lives in Spain; half way up a mountain with views across orange groves to the Mediterranean. The warmer weather helps him to cope with frostbite injuries he sustained in Canada, when taking part in the rescue effort for a downed helicopter on a frozen lake.
His books are inspired by places he has been to and true events he has either experienced or heard about on his travels. He makes a point of including family jokes and stories in his books to raise a secret smile or two. Family dogs make appearances in his other stories.
Nigel’s hobbies include sailing and when sailing in Baltic he first heard the legend of the hidden U-Boat base that formed the basis of his first book some thirty eight years later.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

Twelve Lives by Nigel Seed is a gorgeous treat for fans of conspiracy theories, terrorist thrillers, and fast-paced, action-packed novels. A mission undertaken for the British Government creates a lethal enemy for Jim Wilson and his two companions. Now there is a contract on their lives and the lives of their family members. After moving the targets to safety, Jim works feverishly to get the contract cancelled. But he is just about to uncover one of the most disturbing secrets of the century—there is a plot to unleash a nuclear attack on the United States. Jim must discover the mastermind and stop the attack otherwise millions of lives are on the line. But how much time does he have and where does he start?

I enjoy stories with twisted plot points and compelling characters and Twelve Lives is one such story. It is a well-accomplished thriller with compelling characters and elaborately developed themes of terrorism, revenge, and conspiracy. Jim Wilson is a memorable character and his undercover work is explored against the backdrop of very complex and risky landscapes. The author plots in a cunning way, creating a shadowy enemy that the protagonist struggles to identify, and weaving suspense into the story which makes it a must-read. I found myself turning the pages, expecting a bullet in the head of the protagonist at any moment. The feeling of having a contract on one’s head without knowing who ordered the killing must be terrible. Nigel Seed’s prose is excellent, punctuated by terrific descriptions and interesting dialogues. From plot to character to the exciting and tense setting, this novel is a great achievement.