Book Review of “Darke Mission”

“Dark Mission” was published in 2014 and was written by Scott Caladon ( The is Mr. Caladon’s first novel and also the first in his “JJ Darke” series.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there are instances of Mature Language and Violence. This Thriller novel is set in contemporary times, with action taking place in London, Scotland and North Korea. The primary character is JJ Darke, a former MI5 agent, now working in finance.

There are two main plots that are going on through the book. First, American intelligence finds evidence of a Russian nuclear missile submarine in a port on North Korea’s west coast. Deciding that the North Koreans are up to no good, a risky plan is put into place to steal the submarine.

The second plot deals with the UK government on the brink of bankruptcy. JJ Darke is head of portfolio management and investment at MAM, in London’s financial district. Drake has held many positions and has been successful at all. However, he finds himself blackmailed by a treacherous former MI5 colleague into a crazy scheme to steal billions in gold from North Korea. This will save the government from downfall, as well as give him a chance to skim off some of the billions to line his own pockets.

These plot lines have many ups and downs, and they cross paths in unexpected ways. I enjoyed the 13 hours spent reading this James Bond like thriller. I did feel that there was just a little too much included with the plot, but overall I enjoyed the story and I liked all of the characters. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to 5) out of 5.

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