Thank you to Emma for my spot on today’s Blog tour. Of Hidden Steel book 2 in the John Steel series.
In the UK, Detective John Steel is investigating the organisation who killed his family. When he comes across information that something big is going to happen in the cruise ship Neptune, Steel goes undercover. He has fourteen days to figure out what is going to happen – and to stop it.
In New York, Steel’s NYPD Partner, Detective Samantha McCall, is investigating a series of deaths. All seems run of the mill for the Homicide Detective until they find out that the deaths are somehow connected to the cruise ship John Steel is on.
McCall is convinced there is a mole in the department, but can she figure out who he is – and who he’s working for? Meanwhile, Steel is running out of options… and the clock is ticking.
Having just finished book one in this series introducing John Steel and Sam McCall. I was really looking forward to getting stuck straight into this. In book one the action was full on and gripping from start to finish.
Book two had a different feel to it, maybe because John Steel spent the whole of this book on the cruise ship Neptune, trying to find information as to who killed his family. But then getting caught up in a dangerous situation, the ship was heading to New York where there was planned to be more of a bang than expected. The story flicked back and forth between Steel on the Cruise ship, to Sam in New York. I really missed their interaction in this one.
Meanwhile, Sam McCall, who I love, I think she is great character as well as her work colleagues, is still in NYC. She is more than a little annoyed that she hasn’t heard from John until she gets a phone call from him asking her to look into something for him, and finds he is on a cruise ship. She is not impressed. She has her own investigation going on, with bodies turning up murdered, little do they know that in some way these two things are linked.
If you have read the first book you will know there was a suspected leak in the NYPD Homicide department, the leak is still there but who is it? I have to say I got it totally wrong, it wasn’t who I thought it was. The storyline is quite complex and Stuart Field managed to bring all the links in together, which in turn made everything makes sense.
I will be honest and say this one wasn’t always as fast paced as book one. But when the action was happening, it was happening, which then engages you again. Steel is a man who can appear and disappear like a flash, not a sound made.
If you like a bit of a mixture of Bond/Die Hard/mission impossible, crossed with a bit of Castle, an action man who doesn’t get injured despite everything he goes through, then this may appeal to you, the premise is good. Along with that you have the great Sam McCall she is good at her job and there is still a soft spot for John, despite her going on a blind date set up by the ME Tina. But then in this book Steel manages to attract a couple of the ladies. The Homicide team are tight, they work well together and have each other’s backs. Even when one is accused of shooting someone they needed for questioning. The one thing I have loved about these books is the characters, they are three dimensional, they are all likeable and believable. I am hoping in future Sam and John will be working together again.
ABOUT STUART FIELD:
Stuart Field was born in the UK, in the West Midlands. He spent his early years in the army, seeing service in all the known (and some unknown) hotspots around the world. He now lives in Germany with his wife Ani. When not engaged in highly confidential security work, he writes thrillers which perhaps mimic his life-experience more than the reader would like to believe.
Published in paperback and digital formats by Next Chapter Publishing on 25th December 2019