Baptism

Baptism

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by Max Kinnings
     
 

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The London Times called Baptism "a tense blockbuster with worryingly credible characters."

In this modern-day thriller set in the subway tunnels beneath London, DCI Ed Mallory of the London police faces the greatest challenge of his brilliant, if somewhat unconventional, career as a hostage crisis negotiator. Blinded in a grenade blast during the

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The London Times called Baptism "a tense blockbuster with worryingly credible characters."

In this modern-day thriller set in the subway tunnels beneath London, DCI Ed Mallory of the London police faces the greatest challenge of his brilliant, if somewhat unconventional, career as a hostage crisis negotiator. Blinded in a grenade blast during the course of only his second official negotiation, Mallory has over the ensuing years developed other faculties to compensate for the lack of sight, including an acute sense of hearing and penetrating insight into the twisted workings of the criminal mind. Driven and obsessive, Mallory now faces a high-stakes showdown with a psychopath who combines religious fanaticism and a chilling disregard for human life. Will Mallory's skills be enough to save London from a baptism by blood?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 12/09/2013
Not for the faint of heart, Kinnings’s thriller propels readers into the murk of London’s Underground, where George Wakeham, a claustrophobic subway train driver, confronts Tommy Denning, a psychopathic ex-soldier and religious fanatic, who has trapped Wakeham’s train and its panicking passengers between the Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road stations. Earlier, Denning and a henchman entered Wakeham’s house and took his wife and children hostage. Det. Chief Insp. Ed Mallory, blinded 13 years earlier in only his second negotiating case, has to rely on his ears, his nose, and his hard-won experience to deal with a terrorist more dangerous than any he’s ever faced and an equally sinister plot by the “good guys,” an MI5 operative gone hopelessly rogue and a bureaucrat out for political fame and power. Kinnings (The Fixer) offers keen insights into the psychological ramifications of desperate hostage situations as he ratchets up the tension to near-unbearable levels. Agent: Anthony Topping, Green & Heaton (U.K.). (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-02-13
Kinnings' debut is a grueling, minute-by-minute account of the eight hours after a pair of religious fanatics seizes control of a train in the London Underground. Service on the Underground is so often disrupted by unscheduled maintenance or terrorist threats that it's quite a while before the 300-plus passengers realize Northern Line Train 037 has stopped in a tunnel between the Leicester Square and Tottenham Court Road stations for entirely different reasons. It's only the driver, George Wakeham, who knows from the beginning that the train has fallen under the control of ex-soldier Tommy Denning, 25, and his twin sister, Belle. But George can't do anything to stop the Dennings or his wife and children will die. Special Branch hostage negotiator DCI Ed Mallory, who's blind, is called in to talk the Dennings out of whatever they have in mind. He finds himself equally hamstrung by Tommy, a homegrown Christian psychopath who's cheerfully implacable about his plans for the hijacked train, and MI5 types like Mark Hooper and his boss, new director general Howard Berriman, who won't give Ed the support to do what he feels he must. When the Dennings pull off a nasty surprise that starts the clock ticking toward the deaths of everyone on the train, Ed realizes his only hope for a happy ending lies in professor Frank Moorcroft, an Underground expert who never met a qualifying clause he didn't like, and Conor Joyce, a former MI5 explosives expert who lost his wife and unborn child to the same Provos who blinded Ed 13 years ago and who's always blamed Ed for their deaths. A greased-lightning thriller that will doubtless make a perfect summer movie—preferably one to sit through on the hottest day of the year.
From the Publisher
"Baptism is a top class thriller... This book takes a well-established idea—think The Taking of Pelham 123 —and adds some highly original twists... [a] fast-paced and exciting thriller."—San Francisco Book Review"

A greased-lightning thriller that will doubtless make a perfect summer movie—preferably one to sit through on the hottest day of the year."—Kirkus Reviews"

A tense blockbuster with worryingly credible characters."—Peter Millar, The Times"

An exciting page turner."—Bestseller's World"

With lots of violence, steadily building tension, and an exciting finale, this one will find eager readers among James Patterson's fans."—Booklist"

Kinnings's thriller propels readers into the murk of London's Underground... Kinnings offers keen insights into the psychological ramifications of desperate hostage situations as he ratchets up the tension to near-unbearable levels."—Publisher's Weekly (starred)"

Nerve-racking, impeccably researched... ratchets up the suspense to an almost unbearable level"—Mystery People Magazine"

This a tense, power packed novel... a fun read, full of mystery, complex plotting and intrigue. That Kinnings makes the whole thing work in such a tight space speaks to his skilled writing and, no doubt, some fine editing. Definitely recommended. Had me always wanting to read more and that's very rare these days."—Gumshoe Review"

This thriller has more twists than a bagful of snakes—and as much bite... A must read."—Peterborough Telegraph"

Baptism is an exhilarating action-packed thriller"—Harriet Kalusner, Midwest Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781623651022
Publisher:
Quercus
Publication date:
02/04/2014
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

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Meet the Author

Max Kinnings was born in Shropshire in 1966. He attended Shrewsbury School before studying criminology at the Polytechnic of Central London. Prior to writing full time, Max worked in the music and entertainment industries for twelve years devising advertising and marketing campaigns for music festivals, tours, comedy shows and West End theatre productions. His first novel, Hitman, was published in 2000 and described by The Times as "a highly accomplished, confident first novel." Daily Mirror called The Fixer, published in 2002, as a "fascinatingly off the wall... a funny and stylish thriller." A collaboration with actor/comedian, Rik Mayall, resulted in Max co-writing, as an uncredited ghost-writer, Rik's spoof autobiography, Bigger Than Hitler—Bigger Than Christ which spent six weeks in the Sunday Times bestseller list.

A number of screenwriting projects followed with commissions from various television and film producers including Granada Television. In 2009, Max wrote the libretto for the musical, Hooked, which ran in London (Theatre 503), Edinburgh (Fringe) and at the Greater Orlando Actors' Theatre.

Inspired by the experience of being trapped in the Tube train behind the one in which Jean Charles de Menezes was tragically shot, Max wrote the first of a series of thriller novels featuring hostage negotiator, Ed Mallory. Baptism was described by The Times as "a tense blockbuster with worryingly credible characters." It has been optioned by award-winning director/producer, Phil Hawkins. Kinnings lives in Oxford with his family.

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Baptism 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was well written but a little unbelievable.