When a courier for the powerful crime family descended from Niccolò Machiavelli realizes he's being followed by a rival family assassin, he takes a detour through the English countryside to shake his pursuer. He manages to hide his precious cargo--a fortune in blood diamonds from Sierra Leone--before his pursuer collides with an English family on a holiday drive. The courier drowns in a swollen river; the mother and son die in the crash. The father is emotionally devastated, and retires in despair from his MI5 cipher career. Five years later, the head of the Machiavelli crime family, Alberto Lorente, is still in pursuit of his missing diamonds and is ready to launch an ambitious scheme to recover them. What follows is a twisted trail of murder, kidnapping and layers upon layers of subterfuge. The British Security Services are seriously compromised, but no one knows how or by whom. And suddenly, our former MI5 cipher expert is on everyone's shopping list.
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About the Author
JACK EVERETT is author and coauthor of a number of fantasy, science fiction, crime and thriller novels. Some are published, some are in progress and others are still in gestation. Jack also handcrafts stunning snooker cues and award-winning modern objets d’art from exotic and magnificently figured timbers. He collects books and playing cards though there is little space in a much overcrowded home. He dreams of having a bigger library, and hopes to one day have the extra room he dreams of.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“The Diamond Seekers” by Jack Everett and David Coles Philip Madden, only five short years ago, was thin, dark hair, pleasant smile, laid-back, and charming. Now: serious, dull, intense, no color whatsoever. He even has the gray streaks he tries desperately to ignore. His life has been anything but calm and serene for quite a while. Beginning with a deadly car crash. One day, Madden receives a call from a man identifying himself as Carl Fletcher and claiming to be his son. But how is it possible? The two men make plans to meet, however Carl never shows. Not really buying Fletcher’s claim, curiosity gets the better of Madden, and he calls a former associate of his, Brian Marley, who still works for the same Security Service Madden once worked for. After his search, Marley gets a call from Deputy Director Hamler to come into his office where another S.S. man, John Jenkins joins them. Offering nothing on Fletcher, Hamler does comment on ‘The Prince,’ a case Madden had been working on five years ago when he was involved in ‘that car accident.’ Alberto Lorente, a.k.a. the Prince may be sick, but he still rules his entire “family” without hesitation. Marley’s instructed to watch over Madden and was shot at as soon as he got to Madden’s door. Nice greeting, huh? Both men are unscathed physically and hunker down for the night. The following morning, through a case of mistaken identity, Marley is shot—so much for being a body guard of sorts—leaving Madden to run for his life to a friend of his named Rudi in Austria. Now the fun really begins. What’s the real deal behind the shooting? Who is the Prince and is he involved with Phillip’s troubles? What does Deputy Director Hamler know, if anything? Is Carl real and if so, where is he? Who can really be trusted? The questions mount and the mystery deepens with every page and I loved every word! This is my first Everett/Coles tale, but I dare say…not my last. Their writing is exquisite and fascinating. If you need a good book to curl up with, read “The Diamond Seekers.” You won’t regret a second! Reviewed by Terri Ann Armstrong, author of “How to Plant a Body”
Although I read a lot of philosophical and academic literature, before reading The Diamond Seeker by David Coles and Jack Everett a novel had not past my eyes for some time. Having had recently watched the film Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy I decided it was time to reacquaint myself with the joys of novel reading, and this time it would be a spy-thriller. Luck would have it then that I chanced upon the e-novel, The Diamond Seekers, having read its intriguing prologue via a link on twitter. The hero Phillip Maddon as a character it would seem is perhaps a cross between James Bond, Smiley and inspector Morse. He is a retired MI5 agent who's enjoying the solitude of his memories in a quiet rural English village. Suddenly out the blue his life is turned upside down as his past begins to catch him up. The prose is detailed and is especially good in terms of placing the narrative in a geographical context. This is very useful for developing a visual and atmospheric sense of story. The strong and convincing dialogue leads the narrative through a landscape of characters with conflicting interests and intriguing motives. As the author takes Phillip on an action packed adventure the reader is always asking, what will happen next!
Five years ago, M15 operator, Phillip Madden’s life became a painful hell from which he has never fully recovered. In a spilt second he lost his family when a mob courier, carrying a shipment of blood diamonds for one of the most powerful families around barreled into his family’s car. Now retired and fumbling through life, a shocking phone call leads him to question either his sanity or the truth of the events that terrible day. Is it a trap to snare him in case he knows where the missing diamonds are? The Machiavelli don wants his diamonds, and will do anything to get them back, including killing anyone who gets in his way. Hang on to your passports and your spy kit, as Jack Everett and David Coles take us on a twisted tale of kidnapping, deceit, betrayal and murder in The Diamond Seekers where who can be trusted is in question and who has the diamonds is the million dollar question. Why are all guns pointed at the bullseye on Phillip’s back? Can he outrun, outwit and outlast evil long enough to find the answers to this mystery? If you enjoy the grit and tension of the lawless vs the law, the intrigue of solving a mystery that has cost lives both physically and emotionally, and, THE CHASE, Jack Everett and David Coles have joined their creative genius and come up with a dark British thriller that will keep you glued to every page, visualizing each scene and ready to run with our hero at a moment’s notice. These two talented voices in the literary world have blended together seamlessly and pulled off edge-of-your-seat reading that is more twisted than a Gordian knot.