Book Review of “The Field of Blackbirds”


“The Field of Blackbirds” eBook was published in 2015 (May) and was written by Thomas Ryan ( This is Mr. Ryan’s first novel.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through I would categorize this novel as ‘PG’ as there are instances of Violence and Mature Language. This Thriller novel is set primarily in contemporary Kosovo. The primary character is Jeff Bradley, who has retired from the SAS and now has a vineyard in New Zealand.

Bradley travels to Kosovo to discover what has happened to his vineyard manager, Arben Shala. He meets Morgan Delaney who is there working with USAID, and who had briefly met with Shala. Bradley at first is unable to find any trace of Shala, but does encounter a few who he thinks are criminals and have something to do with Shala’s disappearance.

Before long Bradley is introduced to Lee Caldwell, a US official that appears to have ties to the CIA or another clandestine agency. Soon he finds that not only is he mixed up with organized crime, but that there are also ties to terrorist bombers as well. Things are further complicated with his growing attraction to the young Ms. Delaney.

I spent about 7.5 hours with this novel and found it to be engaging, though I do think that there could have been more to it. There was action and suspense. The plot was good enough, as were the characters. I give this novel a 3.5 (rounded up to 4) out of 5.

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