Crucible

Crucible (Ogmios Team Adventure #5)
by Steven Savile (2014)

1996, London. The Troubles are in full flow. A young Irish officer, Ronan Frost, is deep undercover inside an IRA cell in London. Something big is happening. Something devastating. Something that will shake the foundations of Anglo-Irish relations and make sure the peace process stalls.

The Ogmios Team doesn’t exist.

Sir Charles is not confined to a wheelchair.

This is where it all begins.


Review
As I had read another Steven Savile book, I wasn’t too worried about being taken on a story that would waste my time. I gave his book ‘Immortal’ a 4/5 review.

This novel is a conventional thriller told in two parallel third person narratives.

It feels like an episode of a TV series like ‘The Professionals’, Sir Charles could be George Cowley. Boddy or Doyle any of the agents. Certainly well done, however it covers ground (UK-Irish troubles) that has been done a lot before.

This is episode five, supposedly an origins story, but for half the book it felt like being thrown in with established character I had just met. Reading the blurbs for the other four books, they appear to cover less conventional ground, so should be worth a read.