Blog tour #review and #giveaway – A Game for Assassins by James Quinn

Title:A Game for Assasins

Series: The Redaction Chronicles, Book 1

Author:James Quinn

Genre:mystery, thriller spy mystery



The assassination of a Caribbean dictator….The “hit” on a traitor in Beirut……The brutal murder of a young CIA officer behind the Iron Curtain…..So begins the game……

It is 1964, the height of the Cold War, and British Intelligence is riding high with its top double agent network: Constellation.

But in the secret war fought across Europe the enemy is never far away and soon the agents of Constellation are targeted by an unknown team of assassins. In desperation British Intelligence sends in their best agent to protect the network and hunt down the killers.

Jack “Gorilla” Grant isn’t your typical Cold War secret agent. Short, tough, uncompromising, rough edged. He doesn’t fit in with the elitist spies and debonair intelligence agents. He prefers working at the rough end of British covert operations.

But “Gorilla” is one of the best “Redactors” in the business. He’s an expert at close quarter shooting: quick to the draw and deadly accurate when it comes to the elimination of traitors and extremists on behalf of the British Secret Service (SIS). He is soon drawn into a game of cross and double cross where nothing is as it seems and even the most perfect spy can die in a wilderness of mirrors.
“A Game for Assassins” is an action packed edge of your seat thrill ride played out across the global stage of the Cold War.

A Game for Assassins

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My first encounter with SIS was through books. I was in secondary school and a class mate who was devouring a spy series gave me two of the books in the series. They were both fun, with tons of James Bond-like action and way more raunchy sex. Entertaining, but not mind gamey enough for me. Of course, more movies and spy stories followed, and you might not know this, but I even considered attending the Romanian Secret Service uni. Yes, they have one, and they had a communications department that wasn’t a far stretch from Journalism. Sorry for the background details, but I wanted you to know what expectations and thrill I was experiencing when starting A Game for Assassins.

To say I was sucked in from the start is an understatement. The Cold War feel, the action scenes spread across the world, the agents and double agents, the planning and the counter measures, they were all a whirlwind. When you finally start to piece some stuff together and grasp who’s fighting who, you’re in for another surprise and are left biting your nails, waiting to see what happens next.

Low tech, high on skills that go far beyond assassinations, this is one gripping old school spy story! There is not clear cut good guy, because we are talking assassins who would terminate you without blinking if you were in their way. Yet Gorilla is a force to be reckoned with. And to be in awe of. The action and story line span across continents, several years, and keep you moving from one place to another in a heart stopping race to save lives and keep secrets as they should be: buried.

Unfortunately, this is an action story with a lot of puzzle pieces you’ll have to figure out on your own, so I can’t go into a lot of detail without spoiling your fun. What I can say is… you’ll love it if this is your kind of read. And if it’s not, it might just turn you into a new fan of the genre.


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About the author

James Quinn spent 15 years in the secret world of covert operations, undercover investigations and international security before turning his hand to writing.

He is trained in hand to hand combat and in the use of a variety of weaponry including small edged weapons, Japanese Swords and Hunting Bows. He is also a crack pistol shot for CQB (Close Quarter Battle) and many of his experiences he has incorporated into his works of fiction.

He lives in the United Kingdom and travels extensively around the globe.


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