A thrilling adventure by land and sea and....well...read it to find out!
I read this novel after meeting the very courteous Mr. Jenkins on twitter @KornerKaff. I must admit that halfway through the book, I could not put it down. I had to shoo the kids and wife away to continue reading uninterrupted.
My initial impression of Mr. Jenkins novel was that the main character, a 60+ recent retiree named Duncan, was a coward. Duncan continually does the Chicken Little routine "The sky is falling". Duncan is driven by a personal conviction that a terrorist-fundamentalist group threatening to bring destruction to the heathen British will make good on their threats at any moment. He tries to convince friends and family to flee, but it's an inconvenient thing, they don't listen. Duncan goes it alone, and so begins his great escape adventure.
I found the pace a little slow at first. The author gives us a very detailed picture of Duncan's life and memories of his deceased wife. I don't want to give away too much, but I'll say that when the proverbial shit-hits-the-fan in the plot, I was hooked, and the pace rolled right along perfectly.
In the end, Duncan's metal is sorely tested, and he's found to be a far braver individual than he ever believed himself to be. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey discovering what kind of man he really is. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who wants an exceptionally written thrilling tale of adventure and perseverance through adversity.