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Reviewed by Frances Phillips for Readers' Favorite
The Good Samaritan by Les Haswell is an adrenaline ride of note which has the reader hooked from the very first page. Rob MacLaine, ex UK Special forces, and co-owner, with Joe Harper, of Harper MacLaine Security, is to provide security protection for the demonstration by Savage Guidance Systems (SGS) of a drone-mounted weapon utilizing ‘smart bullet’ technology. The attempted kidnapping of one of the clients, a US senator, catapults the reader into a fast-paced thriller in which Rob, a genuine good Samaritan, attempts to locate the missing sister of an SGS employee. Haswell’s clever subplot involving a golf resort development on Rob’s family estate on the West Coast of Scotland allows the reader a brief opportunity to catch their breath.
Les Haswell’s The Good Samaritan is a real page-turner that I could not put down. Whenever I felt that resolution was at hand, a new twist appeared and the pace sped up again. I particularly enjoyed Haswell’s inclusion of Rob MacLaine’s young wife Justine, which allowed Rob to reveal his domestic side, and Haswell’s sub-plot involving Rob’s role as the incumbent laird on his family estate, Hillcrest, not far from the imaginary village of Archravie near Ardrossan on the Scottish West Coast. Haswell’s pride in his motherland is clear from his vivid descriptions. The Scottish dialect of the Archravie locals lends authenticity to the novel which rubs off on the entire story. The Good Samaritan by Les Haswell is a thriller with a difference – read it!