“Hard Kill: A Riz Sabir Thriller” by Charlie Flowers

Hard Kill (Riz #1)Hard Kill by Charlie Flowers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Hard Kill” by Charlie Flowers is the kind of book I couldn’t put down. Even when I wasn’t reading I was thinking about it. This is one fast paced, edge of the seat, gripping story about a young Muslim, former al-Queda operative who is now working with Counter Terrorism in England. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Riz Sabir is a sharp young man with street smarts that do him in good stead as he pursues terrorists through the streets of London. Along with his cousin Holly (Bang Bang) Kirpachi and her group of ladies known as the Blackeyes Riz take on a faction of terrorists bent on turning London into a war zone. All the characters are lively and so real I could visualize them easily. The language is quick and often colloquial giving the reader the feeling of being part of the action. With moments of tension so thick I found myself holding my breath followed by scenes of action that had me practically jumping up and down the story was timely and terrifying. With an awareness of the dangers faced from jihadists while incorporating the everyman side of Islam, Flowers is able to show the conflicting elements of a population torn by extremes. Flowers displays a knowledge of the skills and style of radical terrorists that is mind blowing. Without giving anything away I will say the end left me begging for more, so much so that I immediately purchased book two “Danger Close”. I would recommend readers check out the Glossary before reading to familiarize themselves with the terminology throughout the book. It’s well worth it. Overall this is a book that never slows down and demands to be read.

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