A thriller about a damaged
ex-covert operative in Australia
Thriller, Espionage, Suspense in Rural Australia, with a touch of Romance
It was supposed to be a quiet place for a cyber-researcher to take up her new role after the attempt on her life. But the country town of Brimpaen bristles with an undercurrent of fear that Hella Solaris, recently retired from covert ops, can’t leave alone. The instincts that have kept her alive this long are burning worse than the scars from the last failed sting.
And this rot stinks like a shallow grave.
Like someone followed her. Like it’s personal.
When they try to kill the horse, she needs to use any asset she can, including a young girl and her overprotective-cop-father, to find the who and the why – or is she seeing shadows where there are none?
Hold onto your horses as this story gallops through the country town where secrets are held deep underground and high overhead … and all Hella wanted was a quiet life in the country!
– your book is amazing
– [it] held my interest till the end. Many parts made me laugh and smile.
– I enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
– It was a real page-turner! I couldn’t put it down, and want to read it again before I put it in [the library]. This reader was on the edge for the last 60 pages – Well done.
GoodReads Thanks, everyone! It’s enough to make a storyteller humble (don’t count on it …)
18 December 2018
I received my copy of The Old Woman and the Mad Horse as an ARC, and it sat on my computer waiting for a long time, because I’d never read a book in e-book form before. Bit of trog, but there you are.
I gradually became familiar with the art of e-reading and as I did the story grabbed me more and more.
The tale starts in the middle, then runs forward at an enormous pace, which I like, because we are always in the middle. Beginnings aren’t clean things.
I became conscious of how deeply I’d bought into this story of espionage and skulduggery when a threat to BB – a leading character – became real. The sense of restrained panic, and the suspense of the action at that point was palpably exciting and the story would not slow down from that point on.
I enjoyed the female leads – Hella and Cella very much. Engaged in a continuous game of bluff and counter-bluff while remaining firmly on the side of the angels.
International intrigue, high stakes, and an Australian setting that I might well have visited in person add appeal.I enjoyed this very much indeed, though I can’t say that I’m a convert to e-reading yet.
A few more like this and I’ll be hooked, I think.