Angels of Deceit by Nicholas Clark

The treacherous life of an aging international spy is on display in Nicholas Clark’s plot-heavy thriller Angels of Deceit. Jack Malaney has a few problems, primarily the amount of people that want to end his life. The British agent encounters trouble in Corfu, Greece and reconnects with a slick German from the past that can either change his life for the better or send him six feet under. It’s not an easy task to admit past mistakes and Jack travels across the globe in search of truth, as devastating as it may be.

Storytelling comes naturally for Clark. The precise details of each scene bring Jack Malaney to life along with brilliant phrasing and the author’s knack for comedy. Each character is developed slowly while the shifting of time creates just the right amount of tension as enemies collide. Clark also keeps the reader guessing with shocking, and often violent, twists. The flow of Angels of Deceit moves from dialogue to setup and the text never feels heavy or a burden to read. Clark has created quite an exciting world around Mr. Jack Malaney, however the decision-making of the agent may cause readers to occasionally scream out in frustration. For a man who relies on deceit to make a living, he often appears oblivious to the fact that he could simply be killed long before he finishes his recon. Clark does a fine job of explaining Jack’s decisions, but a couple chapters could have been extended while some of the agent’s past training missions, particularly one involving an airplane, could have been tightened up. In the end, the reader will want to know more about Jack Malaney and Nicholas Clark concludes his novel exceptionally.

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