It was planned that Aldershot Garrison would host a Team GB Training Camp for the 2012 Olympic Games. In the event the athletes went to Loughborough University.. this is the story of what might have happened if they had.
Sergeant Major Crane, is in a personal wilderness, being responsible for security on Aldershot Garrison, whilst Team GB and then their fellow Paralympians prepare for the 2012 Olympic Games. The assignment is set to run over 40 days and 40 nights. On Day One a soldier dies in the Garrison Sport Centre. Crane suspects murder but his Officer Commanding, Captain Edwards, insists it was an accident. However, when Crane discovers a group of Afghan Officers on Aldershot Garrison he is understandably suspicious.
Aldershot is besieged by elderly Gurkhas, Crane's pregnant wife has health problems and the Intelligence Corp keep sticking their oar in. Will Crane be able to keep the athlete's safe or will the terrorists win?
Here's a crime thriller with a topical plotline: as athletes descend upon Aldershot Garrison for the 2012 Olympics, it emerges that terrorists are planning a major attack. For Sgt Major Crane, the hero of a series of novels by Wendy Cartmell, this means a race against time to keep the athletes safe and ensure that the Games run smoothly.
40 Days 40 Nights allows the reader into the mind not only of Crane himself, but also of the terrorist leader. This gives the book an extra edge, and it's clear that Cartmell has done her homework. I've read a lot of books that attempt to give the terrorist's POV and end up being tokenistic, but 40 Days 40 Nights really pulls it off, turning what could have been a gimmick into a powerful piece of writing.
As for Crane himself, he's a charismatic leading man who clearly has the legs to support a whole franchise. This is the second book in the series, and hopefully there will be plenty more. Crane is one of the more interesting new genre protagonists I've encountered in quite a while and he's just one of a cast of well-realised characters in this gripping and memorable novel.
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