Under Current reviewed

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A masterly début novel
Under Current by Simon Lawder will have you transfixed after the first few pages. It will hold your interest throughout until its dramatic conclusion.

The diversity of characters, from different national and political backgrounds, are thrown together in the most intriguing way. Who are they, what is their objective and where is their allegiance? As the story unfolds, you will get to know them, what drives them and learn about their individual desires and ambitions.

Lawder has clearly researched the locations and the technology needed to make this story both plausible and unsettling. He will take you to different continents and introduce you to a leader with political aspirations that would have malign consequences. Also, being a story for today and tomorrow, intriguing advances in technology play their part.

This story will challenge your preconceived beliefs about the establishment and world politics.

This is a masterly début novel with a complex plot and brisk pace which will leave you looking for more from this author.”

Cilla Grain, author of “Watershed”
Lynne Sandbach, teacher and artist


A pacy page-turner
“Simon Lawder’s pacy page-turner zips around in time and space like a spook with a shady tail. An excellent, enigmatic start make you want to read on, to find out just why the Chinese wish to control the minds of UK’s movers and shakers. Will the Last Resort Squad rid to the rescue in time, or will the known world collapse in a welter of badness? Pack this hot rod of a spy thriller, and head for your favourite hide-out”


Best new spy novel
“A terrific debut novel by Simon Lawder: intelligent, well-researched and thoroughly entertaining. Can’t wait for the next one!”


Five stars
“Great yarn with pace and imaginative background theme Chinese power and new technology. Compulsive read to the end.”


Intelligent and fast moving
“Intelligent and fast moving. For once I agree with the promo on the back cover – ‘… memorable characters and thought provoking use of technology’. Give it a try.”

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