K2 by gwresearch

Description: The elderly owner of a Swiss bank has been murdered, the bank's ownership diverted towards a retired British Intelligence officer. The bank comes complete with its own commercial espionage unit, now in the middle of a small war. No one is who they seem, and they all have an agenda. "Groups within groups, secrets inside secrets, lies on top of lies."
Size: 2860 KB ( ~ 542,341 words)
Type: Thriller
Sex Contents: No Sex
Tags: Ma/Fa, Heterosexual, True Story, Historical

Review by Leo   [other reviews by Leo]

Reviewed: 2015-10-14

Bond. James Bond.

Johno. Just Johno.

Those that are of an age to remember Sean Connery as James Bond might remember that introduction when Bond first meets the bad guy in each of the movies. I imagine that same verve and elan in the character of Johno.

Geoff Wolak — GWResearch — is an author of more stories than what's hosted on SOL. They vary from really good to great! Check his blog for a link to his website.

But this is about K2.

Essentially K2 is a mystery and spy thriller rolled into one great story. As you'll note, I've rated it 10-10-10. And yes, it is that good.

Nazi gold. Caves. Italian mafia. Catholic church. Russian mafia. CIA. MI6. Mossad. Spies. Action. Adventure. More caves. Helicopter chase scenes. All very James Bond-ish.

If you've read any of Dan Brown's books — especially The Da Vinci Code — I think you'll like this one too.

No, K2 isn't a perfect book, the version here on SOL has some grammar and punctuation boo-boos, but they're few and far between.

All of the plot threads — and there are many — all seem to be tied up by the end of the book so there's no hanging chads to confuse things.

The characters seem to be developed sufficiently to give a real sense of their underlying personalities, but the descriptions are not so tedious as to be boring.

The caveat is that from time to time the plot does seem like the author is describing a video game, finding treasure, shooting bad guys and then moving to the next room in the game. Fortunately, this is not practiced throughout.

I can unreservedly recommend this story — and all the rest of Geoff's work — as being in the top few percent of all the thousands of stories on SOL.

Both K2 and Magestic (here on SOL) will provide hours and hours of reading enjoyment.

Plot: 10 | Technical Quality: 10 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10