‘The Black Fox’ by Gordon Bickerstaff

The Black Fox: Run for your life... (A Lambeth Group Thriller Book 3) by [Gordon Bickerstaff]


Incredible conspiracy. Intricate espionage. Spy story.
Zoe Tampsin is resourceful, smart and Special Forces-trained, but she has been given an impossible mission.

She has to protect scientist, Gavin Shawlens, from assassination by the CIA, and discover the secret trapped in Gavin’s mind that the CIA want destroyed.

As the pressure to find Shawlens escalates – the CIA send Zoe’s former mentor to track her down and her fate seems sealed when he surrounds Zoe and Gavin with a ring of steel. With each hour that passes, the ring is tightened, and the window for discovering Gavin’s secret will shut.

Zoe is faced with a decision that goes against all of her survival instincts. If she is wrong – they both die. If she is right – she will discover the secret and become the next target for assassination.

Run for your life…

My Review

I have been a fan of Gordon’s work for a while now.  I love the way in which he writes such gritty, fast paced action adventure stories.  ‘The Black Fox’ is the third book in ‘The Lambeth Group’ and what a book it is too.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Black Fox’ but more about that in a bit.

It took me no time at all to get into ‘The Black Fox’.  In fact as soon as I started to read the book, that was it.  It was a case of sit back, buckle up and enjoy the ride as it were.  I just couldn’t put the book down.  It wasn’t exactly glued to my hand but it might as well have been because it travelled everywhere with me.  I just couldn’t bear to miss a single second of the story.  I got rather a surprise when I turned the page to find that my home town featured as part of the story.  The thought of the CIA potentially coming to the North East tickled me.  Then I realised that we had already had the FBI in my home town so we might as well have the CIA too.  To say that reading ‘The Black Fox’ became addictive is like me saying that I like cake- a massive understatement.  I raced through the book in a day, which is really quick for me.  I found ‘The Black Fox’ to be a gripping read, which kept me guessing and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

‘The Black Fox’ is brilliantly written but then I think that to be true of Gordon’s books in general.  He certainly knows how to grab your attention and draw you into one hell of a story.  For me, the story hits the ground running and maintains a breakneck pace throughout.  Reading ‘The Black Fox’ was like being on a very scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with many twists and turns along the way.  I felt as though I was part of the story myself, which is all thanks to Gordon’s very vivid and realistic storytelling.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed every second of the story and the fact that my home town made a surprise and unexpected appearance.  I would definitely recommend this book and this series to other readers.  It’s only my opinion but I think Gordon’s ‘Lambeth Group’ series is better than the James Bond series.  I can’t wait to read more of Gordon’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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