‘Desert’ by Jack Dolan


A secret German mission during World War Two. A terrible weapon, lost beneath the desert sands.

When British archaeologist Jordan narrowly misses being shot while investigating a secret diary, ex-Military Intelligence Officer Roan Mercer and his team set out to track down the assassin. But the team soon learn there’s more to this job than an old wartime diary and a few Persian helmets.

Take a helping of Dan Brown, remove the boring stuff and the stupid concepts and add a ton of fast and furious action, loads of guns and a swift-moving plot, and you’ve got an idea of what a Jack Dolan thriller is like. This is the first book in the Roan Mercer Adventures and if this one is anything to go by, we’re in for a great ride. Mercer is a well-drawn proper action hero without any of the implausible idiosyncrasies that some thriller writers can’t resist. The story moves through several exotic (and not-so-exotic) locations, piling on the threats to the hero’s mission and leaving plenty for us to get excited about.

On the face of it, this is a great plot with great characters. The only problem is the book is crammed with typos. I bought a copy of ‘Desert’ after the author requested a review, and being the nice guy I am, I mentioned he might want to do another edit. So far he has not responded, which might indicate he doesn’t care. Oh well.

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  2 comments for “‘Desert’ by Jack Dolan

  1. 28/09/2019 at 9:19 AM

    I do not like Dan Brown, Colin. This book does sound better. Interesting about the pseudonym.


    • 28/09/2019 at 9:20 AM

      No, I don’t like him either – I think he’s been very lucky to have a of readers who don’t seem to care about good writing. 😉

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