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Blog Tour: Traitors – Alex Shaw*

The start of a gripping new crime thriller series introducing Intelligence officer Sophie Racine and featuring ex-SAS officer Aidan Snow!

French Intelligence officer Sophie Racine is tasked with travelling into the heart of a warzone in Ukraine. Her mission is to assassinate a Russian spy who took the French secret service apart piece by piece and gave their secrets to the Kremlin.

Ex-SAS trooper and MI6 Officer Aidan Snow is also in Ukraine. Sent by British Intelligence, he must extract an innocent citizen caught up in the conflict in rebel-controlled Donetsk.

When their missions collide, Snow and Racine find themselves outgunned and outnumbered. Even if they make it out of the warzone alive, danger won’t be far behind…

My thoughts: this was a really fast paced, adrenaline pumped ride across an occupied part of Ukraine to remove a traitor and rescue a civilian caught up in the terrorist camp.

Racine is the DSGE’s best assassin and this is her most dangerous assignment yet. Pursuing a defector to Russia, who cost agents their lives, she’s determined not to fail, even with the odds stacked against her. She teams up with MI6’s Aidan Shaw, on the search for kidnapped British medical student Mohammed Iqbal. Both of their targets are in the same place, so it makes sense to join forces, there’s only two of them after all.

Racine is a difficult character to like, she’s tough and doesn’t let anyone in, a must for her job, but her back story reveals the more vulnerable person within. This mission has a personal angle. Shaw is a bit more straightforward, while we don’t learn a lot about him, he’s less guarded and more easy going – even when facing off with angry gun toting soldiers.

If you like your thrillers with lots of bullets, car chases, bemused civilians and spies galore, then this is definitely for you. Action, and a little humour, all the way. Perfect summer sunshine reading for thrill seekers.

*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.

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