It's no coincidence that I've just added JJ Cooper to the database here, along with his first book The Interrogator.
It's also no surprise that I've been looking forward to reading this book. I do like a thriller, I've developed a bit of a liking for military like thrillers, and I particularly like them when they have a real Australian sensibility to them. JJ Cooper has a background in the military and I'm expecting that will have informed his writing with a sense of reality. Anyway - more on the book when I've finished it, but the opening bodes incredibly well :)
From the Blurb:
According to Greek Mythology, Aphrodite had a wayward eye and a loyal son. When Eros gave Harpocrates a rose to keep quiet about his mother’s little indiscretions, the rose became a symbol for secrecy. This is a story Jay Ryan has never heard — until his hand is nailed to a table and a red rose tattooed onto his wrist.
Jay is an interrogator with a dark past and a tortured soul; he’s also the keeper of secrets Israeli spies will kill to get their hands upon. Renowned for his skills, he is used to commanding a certain level of respect amongst his peers. Then one day Jay is drugged, tortured, tattooed and accused of rape. He is forced to reveal information that could further destabilise fragile Middle East relations and plunge the entire region into war. They are secrets he has struggled to keep hidden for four years — proof that the ‘Coalition of the Willing’ knew Israeli Mossad agents removed chemical weapons from Iraq before the launch of the 2003 invasion.
After escaping his captors, Jay discovers that he is wanted for crimes he didn’t commit and that his father has been kidnapped by his own intelligence agency. No-nonsense secret agent Sarah Evans and lively retired security guard William ‘Bill’ Hunter join Jay on a quest to get his father back alive and avoid Israeli spies hell-bent on eliminating them all. Together they uncover the truth behind two spy agencies playing a high-stakes game of espionage with a ‘winner take all’ mindset. After Sarah goes missing, Jay must choose between hunting his father’s kidnappers or saving Sarah and exposing Israel’s involvement in the removal of chemical weapons from Iraq.
One squadron of elite Australian SASR troops had gained control of the airfield in Iraq’s Western Desert. Prisoners were herded, bound and placed on the roadway at the airfield’s entrance. Jay observed for weaknesses that he could later exploit during their initial interrogation. Around 60 of Saddam’s ‘Men of Sacrifice’ to sort through.
And one little Iraqi girl.
Jay gazed through the swirling dust at a hardened trooper gently guiding the young girl toward him. The wind played at her tattered blue jumper and whipped her mattered dark hair. She held a delicate yellow flower tight to her chest.