A SELECTION OF REVIEWS FROM AMAZON READERS
Like all the Angus McKinnon thrillers, The Code is set in and around the maritime industry. Speaking as an ex-seafarer, Nick Elliott’s many years of industry experience shine through, bringing credibility to the scenes he sets, and depth to the main characters. A gripping read, I have enjoyed all of the Angus McKinnon series.
These two factors give the book the crackle of real life. But compelling as they are, there needs to be a third element at play. Plenty of people have lived in exotic places and had interesting experiences, but can’t create a satisfying tale out of them. Fortunately Nick Elliott has an effortless elegance in his writing, and an ability to create characters who feel real and sometimes familiar. The story zips along at a fine pace, and the result is a gripping and immersive thriller.
In tone I’m reminded of William Boyd, which is very high praise indeed. Highly recommended.
In the process of solving the mystery, McKinnon comes across a plethora of characters, many of which may, or may not, be trustworthy and in some instances he has to put-aside personal connections to focus on the task at-hand, which, of course, is to uncover the truth despite not everybody seeming to want to hear it! If that is not difficult enough, just as in life itself, while trying to piece the jigsaw puzzle together, McKinnon has his own personal battles to overcome; although it seems the main conundrum I’m sure most would probably be somewhat envious of 😉
Working in the shipping industry and having visited many of the locations in the book (some of which for work!) myself, I can attest to Elliott’s descriptions of both the locations and the characters in his book and am overwhelmed with his attention to detail throughout – I personally believe a brilliant action-thriller movie could be made from the plot itself! It is with great anticipation I look forward to (hopefully) reading more of Angus McKinnon’s adventures in the not-so-distant future.
A very intricate well written plot wrapped around the obscure (and often baffling) flag state, chartering and P & I parts of the shipping business. A great read for anyone in shipping as well as for the general public. Nick Elliott’s main character, Angus McKinnon, is a professional reminiscent of Dirk Pitt in the Clive Cussler series, but in a different sector of the marine industry. I look forward to Angus McKinnon’s next adventure.