Firstly I wish to thank Anne Cater and Orenda Books for inviting me on this Blog Tour for ABSOLUTION by Paul E. Hardisty
It is 1997, eight months since vigilante justice-seeker Claymore Straker fled South Africa after his explosive testimony to Desmond Tutu’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In Paris, Rania LaTour, journalist, comes home to find that her son and her husband, a celebrated human rights lawyer, have disappeared. On an isolated island off the coast of East Africa, the family that Clay has befriended is murdered as he watches.
So begins the fourth instalment in the Claymore Straker series, a breakneck journey through the darkest reaches of the human soul, as Clay and Rania fight to uncover the mystery behind the disappearances and murders, and find those responsible. Events lead them both inexorably to Egypt, where an act of the most shocking terrorist brutality will reveal not only why those they loved were sacrificed, but how they were both, indirectly, responsible.
Relentlessly pursued by those who want them dead, they must work together to uncover the truth, and to find a way to survive in a world gone crazy. At times brutal, often lyrical, but always gripping, Absolution is a thriller that will leave you breathless and questioning the very basis of how we live and why we love.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I have only read one other book in this series and both have been brilliantly written. From opening the first page it brought an emotional response from me. One of sheer helplessness . This story is set in 1997 but I say story in a light manner as these are real events and ok the characters are fictional but the back drop of what happens isn’t. You will wish it was made up because there is cruelty that you really don’t want to think of as being possibly caused by humans.
Claymore Straker was not only building his physical strength back up after his last encounter from the atrocities in South Africa but also his mental well-being. Clay isn’t really a man that lets his guard down very often but he did have more than a soft spot for journalist Rania LaTour. The people who matter to them are now paying a high price for them standing up for justice in the past.
This is an emotional draining story that gives hope in one hand and then takes it away with the other, while making you doubt the sanity of Rania. Rania’s part in the story is told through a diary, which does have a frankness about her true feelings from the past to present day. While Clay is solidly set in present day time in 1997.
The journey for justice and the truth leads them both to Egypt where terrorism is thriving and it becomes a race against the clock if anything can possibly be salvaged from this mixed up tragedy. A very gripping story with a high cost on human life. This is a hard fact story where nothing is held back, the emotional impact is very personal.
I wish to thank Anne Cater and Orenda Books for a copy of this book which I have honestly reviewed.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Canadian 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 cafe 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 CEO of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). He is a sailor, a private pilot, keen outdoorsman, conservation volunteer, and lives in Western Australia.His debut thriller, The Abrupt Physics of Dying, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger