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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. An excellent review of this book, Olga. I like the “realistic” aspects of this book.

    1. Yes. I find some of the international spy/investigator books too fantastic for my liking, and the characters don’t tend to be realistic enough for my taste either, but this was quite different. Have a good week, Robbie.

  2. Thank you Olga.

    1. An interesting start to a new series. Thanks, Rosie!

  3. I’m glad you enjoyed it, though I do tend to avoid ‘international espionage’ novels as a rule these days. I also try to avoid ‘character series’, as previous experience has shown me they rarely improve past the first book. (Though most of those were historical fiction) However, you read 100 books to my every 1, so I am happy to take your recommendation.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. I’m not a big reader of the genre either, but there were aspects of this book that made me connect with it much more than with the standard fare of the genre. It could well be, though, that those aspects wouldn’t please those who really like the genre, but I’m definitely not an expert on it. And not fond of the movies either. Take care, Pete.

  4. dgkaye says:

    Sounds intriguing to me Olga. Adding it! I like the ‘real’ aspect. So weird I was just talking to my hub (as we’ve watched a few movies together since Covid) about how some movies sometimes stray from realism. It’s fine if it’s a fantasy or dystopian story, but the scenery and props should fit the story, otherwise. <3

    1. Thanks, Debby. I agree. Superheroes should be superheroes, but there are characters that sometimes go through life seemingly never completing any training, being indestructible (or close to), and, of course, they are at home wherever they go and sail through any difficulties. I understand it might be a convention of the genre (or at least some examples of the genre), but it doesn’t work for me. I don’t mind when it’s tongue-in-cheek, but otherwise… Take care and my regards to your husband. 🙂

      1. dgkaye says:

        As usual, we are on ‘the same page’. 🙂 And thank you for your lovely regards. Yes, take care, I hope we are all in the final stretch of this dystopian life. <3

        1. Thanks, Debbie. Let’s hope, although I think we still have quite a way to go. ♥

          1. dgkaye says:

            🙂 <3

  5. A very intriguing review, Olga. I like when characters have realistic limitations. I’ve become bored with characters (movie, TV, or book) who take impossible wounds and get up to keep fighting. You made me laugh about zooming into the scab. I do like procedurals to be realistic, but I think I might like this one. Happy December. Hugs on the wing.

    1. I feel the same, Teagan. Having a character that bumps onto things when it’s dark… pretty refreshing! Keep safe and take care. ♥

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