Book Review of “Close Quarters”


“Close Quarters” was published in 2015 (August) and was written by Adrian Magson ( Mr. Magson has written more than a dozen novels, this being the second of his ‘Marc Portman’ series.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there are instances of Violence and some Mature Language. This Thriller novel is set in contemporary times, mostly in the Ukraine. The primary character is Marc Portman, former military and special forces, now a contractor who takes on close protection jobs for various US and UK government agencies.

State department officer Edwin Travis has been sent to the Ukraine to try and establish contacts with pro-west groups. He is taken into custody by one of the groups of militia. Portman is sent in to facilitate the extraction of Travis, but things go wrong. Instead of protecting from the shadows, Portman must step in and perform the extraction himself.

They must dodge Russians, Ukranian militia groups that are pro-Russian as well as elements of the Russian mob. As Portman battles to save both Travis and himself, he, and his handlers at the CIA, soon discover that there is someone high in the US intelligence community that is working against them.

There were almost 6.5 hours of action and intrigue in this novel. I liked the plot and characters, though it felt like it ended more suddenly than it needed to. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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