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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
If you want a captivating military thriller that is filled with bad guys and nonstop action, then Nigel Seed’s North of Fifty Four will be a great pick. A Chinese man in a well-pressed, pale suit and shiny black shoes, a stranger, first meets Jim Wilson at a café with a strange proposition: to hire Jim as a pilot to fly in and out of a difficult landing site on a lake and use the Beaver aircraft that sits on the waterway by Jim’s cabin, the aircraft that belongs to the University of Vancouver. Jim declines the offer, but then a visit to his cabin makes it clear that if he refuses the offer, his wife, Megan, and his little daughter, Daniela, will not live. While he is away, Megan contacts Ivan Thomas and Geordie Peters for help, but their involvement only escalates the situation, and they quickly realize that a serious crime needs to be committed to prevent war in the Middle East.
I didn’t read any of the previous books in this series, but I must say that it is a satisfying and explosive conclusion to a series. The story has a strong premise with a compelling ethical dilemma thrown at the protagonist. The choices are between saving Jim’s family and joining a criminal gang. As the conflict grows in proportion, the characters find themselves in a dire predicament where they have to choose to commit a serious crime to prevent war. The author writes in beautiful prose and fills the pages with descriptive passages that are compelling. North of Fifty Four: A Crime Must Be Committed to Prevent a War is fast-paced, cleverly plotted, featuring characters that are elaborately written and believable. Nigel Seed is a master craftsman when it comes to writing conflict that transforms a story into a page-turner.