Published by Orenda books on 28 February 2016 and available here
Claymore Straker is a fugitive with a price on his head. Wanted by the CIA for acts of terrorism he did not commit, his best friend has just been murdered and Rania, the woman he loves, has disappeared. Betrayed by those closest to him, he must flee the sanctuary of his safe house in Cornwall and track her down. As his pursuers close in, Clay follows Rania to Istanbul and then to Cyprus, where he is drawn into a violent struggle between the Russian mafia, Greek Cypriot extremists, and Turkish developers cashing in on the tourism boom. As the island of love descends into chaos, and the horrific truth is unveiled, Clay must call on every ounce of skill and endurance to save Rania and put an end to the unimaginable destruction being wrought in the name of profit.
Gripping, exhilarating and, above all, frighteningly realistic, The Evolution of Fear is a startling, eye-opening read that demands the question: How much is truth, and how much is fiction?
**** Evolution of Fear Blog Tour Review ****
Hello again Claymore Straker, hero in the making. He is the kind of man who attracts trouble for breakfast and seems to get shot at/attacked/assaulted at least once a day. He is back in The Evolution Of Fear.
The story takes place just after the ending of The Abrupt Physics of Dying. You need to know this background and relationship with Rania, to appreciate the book. Clay is not the easiest character, to get a grip on. He is complex, obsessive and suffering from PTSD. In the last book, he gave up everything to uncover the truth about an evil exploitative oil company. Clay now is living incognito, with a bounty on his head. Medved’s sister wants revenge. Events conspire to lead Clay to Istanbul and then Cyprus on the trail of his beloved Rania. Rania is off chasing a story of corruption and ecological devastation in Cyprus. Once again, profit is being put before heritage. Cyprus is divided politically into the Greek and Turkish parts. Politicians and big business seem to be eager to capitalise on the growth of the tourist industry and the boom in hotels, at the expense of wildlife. The turtles of Cyprus are in danger. Can Clay get to Rania in time? Will the turtles be saved?
The Evolution of Fear explores more of the mystery of Claymore Striker. I approve. Clay is the sort of man, worth knowing. He is a good man, trying to atone for his past. Although I’m not too sure about his taste in women. He will do anything to protect Rania. He just cannot allow himself to love her. He gets himself into a tangle with his relationships, being momentarily distracted by the gorgeous turtles expert Doctor Hope Bachmann. Baffling and slightly hilarious. Clay, what were you thinking? Really! The solidity of his relationship with his old buddy Crowbar did redeem him. I love their camaraderie.
This is all about surviving and survival, for the turtles and personally for Clay. Paul E. Hardisty brings us fights, blood loss galore and we are lead up many a dark alley way on the road to the truth. Action packed, we are thrust into this dangerous world of assassins and corruption. No one can be trusted. Yes, its the sort of book where you can barely pause for breath… It really should come with a warning!
This is a fast paced and intelligent thriller, with a dashing hero and some cute turtles!
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My review of The Abrupt Physics of Dying