- Published: 12 February 2024 12 February 2024
I chose to read White Fire, the third in a series by Adam Hamdy featuring Scott Pearce, thinking I had read the previous two books (when you read a lot it’s easy to get confused). I soon found out I was mistaken as there are numerous references to Black 13 and Red Wolves which made no sense at all to me. I would not recommend starting with White Fire as there are narrative threads that seem to run through all three books.
Scott is part of a team, funded by a wealthy benefactor with seemingly unlimited resources, who are up against a shadowy organisation with members everywhere – this is not a new or unique scenario. In order to avenge a colleague, Scott goes undercover with a radical environmental group with links to the man they are trying to locate. His fellow team members, Leila and Kyle, are pursuing a different lead. Somehow, the opposition always seem to be one step ahead.
The characters are well drawn and believable, though some of the bad guys are a bit formulaic, and action scenes keep the plot moving along at a fair pace. I enjoyed reading White Fire on one level, but not enough to bother going back to read the first two books. This is a very crowded market and the author did not bring anything that had not been done before. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley for a digital copy to review.