Version Thirteen

By Martin Baker

A searing thriller that pitches the oil industry against the arms trade

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Version Thirteen: Latest Amazon Reviews

Many thanks to readers for some very kind notices for Version Thirteen. So far as I can see only two have definitely bought the book via Unbound. But that's irrelevant, really. I'm touched that readers would take the time and trouble to write and post their words - it feels like a compliment returned. I did work hard on the text, under the guidance of the truly brilliant Liz Garner - genius editor and novelist. So thanks to you the readers - and to Liz too.

Here are some highlights, and the link to the naughtily competitive Amazon site is pasted in at the bottom, for those who want to read them in full.


This is quite simply unputdownable! I read it in two days to the detriment of all else. A touch of  Le Carre, a touch of Martin Cruz Smith, a touch of Robert Harris… big characters, dark secrets, many layers…


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Full of excitement and tension … a book which will have you doing mental cartwheels…


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The writing is textured and intrinsically exciting, and the twists and turns of the plot highly entertaining. Yet the story is super-simple at heart…


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The book does a tremendous job of painting a picture of modern Russia… more importantly it is densely plotted and well written (a much less common thing than it should be!)


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Martin has “got something” here… he brings a place to life with careful, atmospheric and rich descriptions… Unlike many thrillers, it got better and better and tenser and tenser, with good twists at the end…


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The book is a thriller which builds momentum, but the action is also punctuated by prose which is worthy of a “serious” novel… I found myself dwelling on and rereading so many passages that wrought English in a masterly manner…


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I read Version Thirteen first, and enjoyed it enough to order Meltdown, the first book in the Spendlove trilogy…. I was drawn into the narrative by the simple desire to know how he would extricate himself from each dire predicament. I was also left guessing until the last moment about the motives and the true loyalties of many of the characters: another successful characteristic of a successful thriller… This is an intelligent thriller which makes demands on its readers.


If you want to read the reviews in all their glory, click here.


Thanks again, folks.


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