“Jagger’s Secret Challenge” eBook was published in 2016 (original paper version published in 1964) and was written by Richard Townshend Bickers (https://www.fantasticfiction.com/b/richard-townshend-bickers/). Mr. Bickers has published more than 60 Fiction and Non-Fiction books, most dealing with the British RAF during World War II.
I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The novel is set in England during the early 1960s. The main character is RAF Flight Lieutenant Mike Jagger.
Jagger is a fighter pilot and superb athlete, a world level contender in the pentathlon. He is approached by RAF officers to take part in a secret mission. Enemies of England have developed and are using a radio based weapon to affect RAF pilots. Jagger is temporarily reassigned to an intelligence unit to find and eliminate the weapon.
Jagger has barely begun his new assignment when he is ambushed and barely escapes. He, and close friend and fellow RAF pilot Tommy Tyrrell, dodge one close call after another as together they close in on the ship from which the radio signal is being beamed.
Time soon becomes critical when an aircraft demonstration to be attended by Royal visitors is only hours away. Jagger and Tyrrell must step outside their orders to try and thwart the inevitable attack on the Royal party.
This was not a bad 4 hour read of this 140 page novel, though it was not the best read either. This tried to be a spy novel much like ‘James Bond’, but I felt that it fell far short of that mark. The story used Jagger’s pentathlon skills to thwart the ‘enemies’ of England. He also on several occasions when faced with opponents intending to kill him, used his pistol expertise to merely wound them in hand, arm or leg. I have to consider the time frame when this was written, but I really feel like it does not stand the test of time. I give this novel a 3.3 (rounded down to a 3) out of 5.
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