About the book (via Goodreads):
Claymore Straker is a fugitive with a price on his head. Wanted by the CIA for acts of terrorism he did not commit, his best friend has just been murdered and Rania, the woman he loves, has disappeared. As his pursuers close in, Clay follows Rania to Istanbul and then Cyprus, where he is drawn into a violent struggle between the Russian mafia, Greek Cypriot extremists, and Turkish developers cashing in on the tourism boom. As the island of love descends into chaos, and the horrific truth is unveiled, Clay must call on every ounce of skill to save Rania and end unimaginable destruction being wrought in the name of profit.
Wow, just wow. I absolutely loved The Evolution of Fear. I’m still thinking about it days later!!!
I haven’t actually gotten around to reading The Abrupt Physics of Dying yet, but I’ve started it and I’m definitely intrigued. In saying that, The Evolution of Fear can easily be read as a standalone if necessary.
You know you’re on to a winner when the cover quote is by Lee Child, and he’s not wrong. Claymore Straker is a brilliant character. So well written, and so engaging, it’s difficult not to root for Clay during the course of the book.
The Evolution of Fear starts with a bang, and the pace doesn’t let up for the entirety of the novel. The action is second to none, but it’s written with heart and conviction. It’s a well considered and thought provoking novel, and it definitely makes the reader become invested in the cause and the characters.
I read a lot of thrillers, and they can become formulaic after a while. Paul E. Hardisty has just set the bar impossibly high as regards a thriller for me. The Evolution of Fear is just superbly written, taut and excellently constructed. With echoes of Terry Hayes I Am Pilgrim, this book just knocks it out of the park in terms of what I look for when I want to read a thriller.
I cannot recommend The Evolution of Fear highly enough. It grabs you from the opening lines, and I swear you won’t want to put the book down until the final page. A tour de force in every sense, you will not be disappointed. The Evolution of Fear is out now and you can purchase a copy by clicking on the link below!
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About the author (via Orenda website):
Canadian by birth, Paul Hardisty has spent 25 years working all over the world as an engineer, hydrologist and environmental scientist. He has roughnecked on oil rigs in Texas, explored for gold in the Arctic, mapped geology in Eastern Turkey (where he was befriended by PKK rebels), and rehabilitated water wells in the wilds of Africa. He was in Ethiopia in 1991 as the Mengistu regime fell, and was bumped from one of the last flights out of Addis Ababa by bureaucrats and their families fleeing the rebels. In 1993 he survived a bomb blast in a café in Sana’a, and was one of the last Westerners out of Yemen before the outbreak of the 1994 civil war. Paul is a university professor and Director of Australia’s national land, water, ecosystems and climate adaptation research programmes. He is a sailor, a private pilot, keen outdoorsman, conservation volunteer, and lives in Western Australia with his family.