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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Extreme Prejudice by Gordon Bickerstaff is masterful storytelling about terrorism and the bold agents who stop them. Zoe Tampsin and her Lambeth Group team will be tested under time pressure, as a foreign embassy official warns the U.K. government of an impending bomb attack on London designed to take out a large number of casualties. The informant, Faraz Saheed, is given witness protection together with his family with new identities and a new life in Canada. Saheed had given Zoe plenty of information to consider. But Zoe doesn’t want to put too much trust in a traitor to his own country. She suspects that the informant is not giving her the whole story. As they infiltrate the bombers, she discovers that the attack has already started, and one of her colleagues has gone missing--presumed to be killed by terrorists.
Gordon Bickerstaff immerses you in the story, conjuring up characters, events, and the specific horrors of contemporary terrorism. His narrative reflects that he is a master of the genre and has learned to add inspiration to his writing process. Extreme Prejudice dives into the depths of the psyche of a determined agent and how she tries to think ahead of her enemies to beat them at their own game. The psychological cataclysm drives the protagonist through a plot full of energy, thrill, and horror, as well as fascinating insights into what moves terrorists to push their cause. It presents a moral reckoning as Bickerstaff deftly shows his readers a resilient, intelligent, and brave lead character who is complemented by equally formidable enemies. With a female lead, this book challenges the traditional space of a once masculine-dominated genre. This book was an absolute thrill to read.