‘Aaron Woolf sat down for breakfast, opened his newspaper, and read his obituary.’
A guy reading his own obituary? Tell me that’s not one of the most gripping first sentences you’ve ever read. It leaves you feeling instantly unsettled, and makes it impossible to put the book down until you know exactly how that could have come to pass.
A psychotic terrorist has his son. He will do anything to save him.
When a rogue cult turns deadly, the FBI call on former conman Agent Saul Marshall. FALSE PROPHET introduces a gripping new series from thriller writer Richard Davis.
Marshall is soon drawn into a cat and mouse chase with the leader of the cult, Ivan Drexler. As the scale of Drexler’s terrorist ambition becomes ever clearer, news arrives that he has taken Marshall’s son hostage. Removed from the line of duty, he must work alone, off-grid.
As the attacks intensify, Saul will stop at nothing to defeat Drexler.
But the FBI are questioning Saul’s own part in the carnage. He must work fast to save both his country and his life. Can Saul stop the carnage before it’s too late? And can he save his son?
As wave after wave of attacks break, the clock is ticking for Saul.
It’s easy to relate to Saul’s plight: because the Order of Babylon have his son, he has to decide whether to put family loyalty above his commitment to the job, and it’s an internal struggle that plagues him throughout the story. He had to abandon Samuel before he was born, so he doesn’t want to abandon his son again, but as it starts seeming likely that Samuel himself is a cultist which makes Saul’s decision even trickier.
At points Saul verges into antihero territory, but that comes with the training: as a member of the FBI he is ruthless and unemotional when it coems to killing, which is harrowing to read when he’s supposed to be the good guy. Richard Davis pulls no punches, allowing us to see both the good and bad sides of the law enforcement.
The extended cast of characters are all strong, and it’s going to be great to encounter them again in the future. Vann’s dry wit brightens up even the most harrowing scene, while Mort’s father-like affection towards the man that he arrested shows that criminals deserve love too: he’s the only reason Saul got a second chance, and even though he makes mistakes he ultimately saves more lives than he sacrifices.
‘Crouching among the dumpsters, her body pressed against the cold brickwork, Juliette Dein contacted the man who’d come to kidnap her sister.’
Saul Marshall is on the run.
As a wave of seemingly random assassinations engulfs California, Marshall finds himself drawn into a situation spiralling out of control.
He soon discovers some of the webs’ most secure protocols have been compromised by a rogue team of former Chinese agents. When Marshall realises what they plan, the stakes are raised…
And that’s before the Secretary of State gets involved. Can Marshall unravel the deceit and tricks before it’s too late? Can he stop the carnage, or will he become part of it? One thing is for certain: either way his enemies will never forget.
About the author:
Richard Davis graduated from University College London in 2011 and Cambridge University in 2012.
The Saul Marshall series was born from Davis’s extensive travels around the United States and his long-standing obsession with thriller fiction.
He lives in North London, UK, with his girlfriend.