“The Theseus Paradox is a gripping thriller that throws new perspective on the anti-terrorist operations deployed in 7/7 bombings in London. David Videcette is a uniquely gifted story-teller who can successfully weave both elements of fact and fiction into a powerful hybrid novel.”
Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan, the main protagonist, works for The Metropolitan Police Service - Anti-Terrorist Branch. The story starts sixteen months earlier to the 7/7 bombings where Jake uses an old woman’s house for cover to spy on a group of al-Qaeda operatives in West Yorkshire (Operation Crevice). Sixteen months later he follows the same group back to Leeds, convinced these men are planning something big, unaware his unofficial investigation results in injury and a rollicking from his bosses. Jake soon learns while he is in hospital that there are four separate explosions, three tube trains and a bus in London and he is asked to set up ´Operation Theseus´ in West Yorkshire to find out who helped the bombers commit the crimes. ´Operation Theseus´ forces Jake and his team into a number of covert missions, arrests, examining phone data, the discovery of peroxide-based explosives, kidnap and a bomb factory. Still, Jake is under immense pressure for results in a case that provides more questions than answers and that all the work Jake and his team have conducted over the weeks and months will not prepare them for the most shocking deception of all time.
The Theseus Paradox is a stunning début novel, intelligent and fluently written with an exciting plot. I simply couldn’t put it down in fear I would miss something crucial. I was pretty much blown away with the highly unpredictable ending and I am still trying to absorb it, as it’s the last thing I expected. Well done, Mr Videcette for giving us a life-like hero, who has flaws in his personal life that most readers will be able to connect and identify with. I sincerely hope this is not the last we have heard of DI Jake Flannagan.
My Rating: 5 Stars
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