Deliberate Harm – J.R.Wolfe

Deliberate Harm – J.R.WolfeDeliberate Harm is a fast-paced thriller in the style of Cussler and other madcap action adventures where they leap from one crisis to another. I have mixed feelings about the characterisation – but it’s fun to read as long as you can suspend disbelief.

It tells the tale of Portia Marks, ex army protective detail, who’s fiancé, Dr Imma Thomas, was abducted and executed by Zimbabwean terrorists. Struggling to come to terms with life after this tragedy and blaming herself for a series of decisions, Portia is suddenly confronted with the possibility that Imma escaped. A chase ensues across southern africa and London – twisted with spies, terrorists, crime syndicates, dirty bombs and CIA traitors.

While the baddy is obvious fairly early, Ms Wolfe keeps you on the edge of your seat about how Portia, and her trusty sidekick Altan, will navigate the challenges they are presented with.

The characters are likeable, although I found the idea that an ex US Army PSU agent who had served in Iraq would quake with “sickening terror” when threatened, or wonder what it would be like to fire a rifle, rather implausible and out of character.

Despite this I enjoyed the read and it was fun to have an action adventure thriller with a real balance between the male and female characters, strong women leads and lesbians saving the day.

(publisher review copy received)

Product info:

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • First published 2015
  • Publisher: Ylva Verlag. (July 22, 2015)
  • ASIN: B0128N3WHE
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