BLOG TOUR: “Ungentlemanly Warfare” by Howard Linskey (Review)

Many thanks to Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour, featuring the World War II-era espionage thriller “Ungentlemanly Warfare” by Howard Linskey. This book from No Exit Press was just released today!

Synopsis

A soldier and a spy, an officer but not quite a gentleman… Captain Harry Walsh is SOE’s secret weapon.

Loathed by his own commanding officer, haunted by the death of his closest friend and trapped in a loveless marriage, Harry Walsh is close to burn out when he is ordered to assassinate the man behind the ME 163 Komet, Hitler’s miracle jet fighter. If Walsh fails, there is no prospect of allied victory in Europe.

Harry Walsh is ruthless, unorthodox and ungentlemanly. He is about to wreak havoc. 

My review

“Ungentlemanly Warfare” is a detour from my usual reading. I enjoy a good thriller, but I typically don’t read spy novels.

I knew next to nothing about World War II-era espionage prior to reading this book about SOE agents. It was interesting to learn that spy novelist Ian Fleming, who makes an appearance in “Ungentlemanly Warfare,” worked for Naval Intelligence.

This book was full of heart-pounding action right from the get go, with the unorthodox Harry Walsh rescuing fellow spy and love interest Emma Stirling and escaping in a plane. From then on there’s lots of drama and intrigue. I didn’t always understand exactly what was going on, but the romantic chemistry between Harry and Emma drove a lot of the plot.

The story sometimes jumped from one scene to another, mid chapter, without warning. Characters were brought in with little to no introduction and were hard to keep track of. But overall, this book was full of interesting insights as to how the war was fought undercover.

I received a digital copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

3 stars

About the author

From the author’s website:

I am an author with Penguin Random House. My latest book, ‘The Chosen Ones’, is the fourth in a series of books that are set in the north east of England, featuring journalists Tom Carney & Helen Norton with detective Ian Bradshaw, who also appear in ‘The Search’, ‘Behind Dead Eyes’ and ‘No Name Lane’.

One of my other projects, the David Blake books, have been optioned for TV by Harry Potter producer, David Barron. They are published in the UK by No Exit Press, in Germany by Droemer Knaur and in the US by Harper Collins. The audio books are recorded by the hugely talented Dave Nellist and produced by W.F.Howes. The Times newspaper voted ‘The Drop’ one of its Top Five Thrillers of the Year and ‘The Damage’ one of its Top Summer Reads. Both books broke into the top five Amazon Kindle chart.

I’m also the author of the WW2 historical novel, ‘Hunting The Hangman’, which tells the story of the attempt to assassinate Nazi General, Reinhard Heydrich, in Prague in 1942.

Prior to becoming a full-time author, I led a number of different lives featuring a wide variety of jobs, including barman, journalist, catering manager and marketing manager for a celebrity chef, as well as in a variety of sales and account management roles. I can confirm that writing books definitely beats working for a living.

I started writing many moons ago and was first published in the Newcastle United football fanzine, ‘The Mag’. I then became a journalist and wrote for regional newspapers. I have also written for magazines and web sites and was once the English Premier League football correspondent for a Malaysian magazine.  I’ve stopped all of that nonsense now, preferring to make up stuff instead and call myself an author.

I’m originally from Ferryhill in County Durham but, like most of the people I grew up with, I left the north east in search of work and never quite made it back. I am now settled in Hertfordshire with my lovely wife Alison and wonderful daughter Erin. I’m still a long-suffering Newcastle United fan and can only assume that Mike Ashley is a punishment inflicted upon us for all of the crimes we committed in our past lives.

I am represented by the best Literary Agent in the UK, Phil Patterson at Marjacq. Sandra Sawicka looks after my foreign rights there. If you are Brad Pitt and you wish to play David Blake in a movie then Luke Speed takes care of Film and TV rights:

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