Book Review: “The Dark Shah”

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author Andrew Turpin published the novel “The dark Shah” on the 28th of September. This is the second book in his Jayne Robinson Thriller series and his 9th publication. I was able to interview the author in 2018. You can read the interview here.

I received an ARC of this book through the author in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this book as ‘R’. The primary character of this novel is Jayne Robinson.

Robinson has worked for MI-6. She is now a freelancer. She accepts work for the CIA, MI-6, or other western intelligence organizations. This adventure begins with a drone attack on an offshore gas platform. It is an Israeli development in the Eastern Mediterranean. US, British, and Israeli officials were on the platform at the time. Many are killed or injured.

Factions within Hezbollah have been responsible for the attack. Robinson is engaged by both the CIA and the Massad to track those behind the attack. Robinson and her colleagues find themselves the target of attacks as they investigate. There is little doubt that one of the intelligence organizations has a leak. She also uncovers information about her father’s death. Those responsible for the drone strike are connected to the bombing that killed her father.

She is teamed up on this mission with two Massad agents. While her romantic partner Joe Johnson has a minor role, this venture is all up to Robinson.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 9+ hours I spent reading this 444-page thriller. This is the fourth novel by Turpin that I have read. The others are The Last NaziThe Kremlin’s Vote, and The Afghan. They have all been consistently enjoyable. This novel can be read stand-alone, but I would recommend reading The Kremlin’s Vote first. Even better, start with The Last Nazi as the Joe Johnson and Jayne Robinson books are tied together. The author has regularly created very believable and engaging thrillers. I like the chosen cover art. I rate this book as a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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