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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Twelve Lives by Nigel Seed is a gorgeous treat for fans of conspiracy theories, terrorist thrillers, and fast-paced, action-packed novels. A mission undertaken for the British Government creates a lethal enemy for Jim Wilson and his two companions. Now there is a contract on their lives and the lives of their family members. After moving the targets to safety, Jim works feverishly to get the contract cancelled. But he is just about to uncover one of the most disturbing secrets of the century—there is a plot to unleash a nuclear attack on the United States. Jim must discover the mastermind and stop the attack otherwise millions of lives are on the line. But how much time does he have and where does he start?
I enjoy stories with twisted plot points and compelling characters and Twelve Lives is one such story. It is a well-accomplished thriller with compelling characters and elaborately developed themes of terrorism, revenge, and conspiracy. Jim Wilson is a memorable character and his undercover work is explored against the backdrop of very complex and risky landscapes. The author plots in a cunning way, creating a shadowy enemy that the protagonist struggles to identify, and weaving suspense into the story which makes it a must-read. I found myself turning the pages, expecting a bullet in the head of the protagonist at any moment. The feeling of having a contract on one’s head without knowing who ordered the killing must be terrible. Nigel Seed’s prose is excellent, punctuated by terrific descriptions and interesting dialogues. From plot to character to the exciting and tense setting, this novel is a great achievement.