The Theseus Paradox By David Videcette


Book Description:

We accepted it was terrorism.
What if we were wrong?
What if London’s 7/7 bombings were the greatest criminal deception of our time?

July 2005: in the midst of Operation Theseus, the largest terrorist investigation that the UK has ever known, Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan begins to ask difficult questions that lead to the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend and his sudden suspension from the Metropolitan Police.

Who masterminded London’s summer of terror?
Why can’t Flannagan make headway in the sprawling investigation?
Are the bombings the perfect ploy to mask a different plot entirely?
Is Jake’s absent Security Service girlfriend really who she claims to be?

While hunting for the answers to the most complex terrorist case in British history, one man will uncover the greatest criminal deception of our time.

Terror, extremism and fear of the unknown,
Sometimes the answer is much closer to home.

‘A chillingly credible tale based on real circumstances.’
‘A five-star, explosive finale.’
‘Leaves the reader hungry to research this version of events!’
‘A believable conspiracy theory with an incredible ring of truth.’
‘This fictional thriller holds a lot of water. Do not miss!’
‘A powerhouse of a fact-fiction mash-up.’
‘A stunning ‘big reveal’ at the end.’
‘Brilliant stuff that smacks you in the face!’

The author: David Videcette is a former Scotland Yard investigator who has worked on a wealth of infamous cases, including the 7 July 2005 London bombings. He has twenty years of police and investigative experience as a British detective, specialising in counter-terrorist operations and organised crime. He currently consults on security operations for high-net-worth individuals and is an expert media commentator on crime, terrorism, extremism and the London 7/7 and 21/7 attacks.

David says, ‘I can’t tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story…’

My Thoughts:

The Theseus Paradox is a tense and steady read that certainly picks up pace the further into the novel you go.

Jake Flanagan the main character is obviously very passionate about his work. He goes above and beyond what he needs to do, even working undercover which is something his bosses would not be happy with. Even though he is highly committed in his working life he is the total opposite in his personal life. Jake seems to just have a self destruct button when it comes to his own life. He had it all, a lovely wife, children, nice home, but after losing his mother his whole world just seemed to fall apart. Since then he just seems to be spiralling out of control.

A lot of the novel is based in and around West Yorkshire, so for me, a reader who lives in Leeds, there are lots of areas and places that Jake goes to that I easily recognised. Though knowing of his reputation with women, I would probably steer clear if I was ever to bump into him!

Terrorism is sadly something that threatens us all. We have all seen on the news or in the papers of what happens when terrorists attack but something the public don’t get to know much of, is the work that is involved in catching these people. Through Jake we get to have a better understanding of how hard our police force work in catching them. It would be nice though if they all had the great instincts that Jake Flanagan does.

Jake actually reminded me of Bruce Willis in the Die Hard films. He’s a bit of a law unto himself. He goes with his gut regardless of what others say. He is a great character that I hope to see more of in the future.

I think the fact that the author in his previous role as a Scotland Yard investigator really shows in this novel. Some of the story I almost felt like I was reading a non fiction book. His years of experience certainly comes across in this novel and it made the whole storyline, even though based on a real event, feel more true to life.

I certainly hope that this isn’t the last we have seen of Jake Flanagan. This is a must read for any lovers of crime thrillers.

Many thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


The Theseus Paradox is out now and available to purchase from Amazon


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