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July 2005: in the midst of Operation Theseus, the largest police investigation that the UK has ever known, Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan begins to ask difficult questions that lead to the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend and his sudden suspension from the Metropolitan Police.Who masterminded London's summer of terror? Why can't Flannagan make headway in theJuly 2005: in the midst of Operation Theseus, the largest police investigation that the UK has ever known, Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan begins to ask difficult questions that lead to the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend and his sudden suspension from the Metropolitan Police.Who masterminded London's summer of terror? Why can't Flannagan make headway in the sprawling investigation?Is Jake's absent girlfriend really who she claims to be?While hunting for the answers to the most complex case in British history, one man will uncover the greatest criminal deception of our time.Terror, extremism and fear of the unknown,Sometimes the answer is much closer to home....

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The Theseus Paradox Reviews

  • Jules
    2019-02-07 14:08

    The Theseus Paradox is a fast paced and unnervingly believable crime thriller based on London’s 7/7 bombings of 2005.I’m not a big fan of crime and police procedural novels, but was attracted to this book because I used to live in Bradford, have family in Leeds and Dewsbury, and terrorism absolutely terrifies me, possibly even more than sharks, and I find them really scary!I have to admit that I was also lured in by the line “I can’t tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story.” Ooh, the intrigue.I give this book an overall 4 star rating, but the last 20% gets 5 stars, as does the epilogue and appendix, which also had me glued to my Kindle screen. I was dying to talk about it with my husband, but he was still reading it, so I had to keep my mouth shut, which was really hard. He too loved this book and gives it 5 stars.I am confident that this will be an easy 5 star read for many of my friends who are crime and police procedural fans. I highly recommend this to readers of those genres, as well as those who enjoy action thrillers, as I think many of you will love this. I will definitely be recommending this to anyone who asks for suggestions of great crime thriller books.If you’re still reading this review, and I haven’t sent you to sleep, then you really must check out this book!I would like to thank the author for a copy of this book, via THE Book Club (TBC) on Facebook, in exchange for an honest review, and wish him the great success this book deserves.

  • Tracy Fenton
    2019-02-16 08:48

    A gripping and tense fast paced thriller which based on real events makes it rather uncomfortable especially as I remember 7/7 so well. With short chapters this book is one of those you can't put down. Fascinating and scary and sad at the same time. PIlgrim fans will love this!

  • Sean Peters
    2019-02-08 10:00

    Thank you to David Videcette for a personal copy for an honest review, and apologies, as reading this book only on my computer in between reading books on my kindle.A four star read, and a great debut author, who turns from a police detective to an author with ease.Given the background of the author David Videcette, a former Scotland Yard investigator within the Metropolitan Police, and who was a detective in the Anti-Terrorist Branch during the 7/7 London bombings in July 2005, the reader has to decide what is real and what isn't. A real brain teasing conundrum that leaves you wondering throughout the whole of the book, was is fiction and what is truth. The book is very cleverly written and it must have been a difficult book to write, given the constraints of the Official Secrets Act. As he writes on his website " "I can't tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story!"Terrorism is sadly something that threatens us all. We have all seen on the news or in the papers of what happens when terrorists attack but something the public don’t get to know much of, is the work that is involved in catching these people. Through Jake we get to have a better understanding of how hard our police force work in catching them. It would be nice though if they all had the great instincts that Jake Flanagan does, although very much a loose cannon, like Bruce Willis in "Die Hard"DI Jake Flannagan. is a real life character who has flaws in his personal life that most readers will be able to connect and identify with.The last third of the book turns into a rollercoaster ride as Jake goes through in his head everything that has happened and tries to make sense of everything and where is his girlfriend Claire.I found the inclusion at the end of the book about actual history events totally engrossing and jaw dropping and frightening.

  • Noelle
    2019-02-15 12:59

    I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.Well what can I say!? This book actually had me gripped from the start, so much so, that I literally read it within a matter of hours! I have to be honest and point out when the author first contacted me, I was intrigued but had (well still have) a massive TBR mountain, that I did not see myself getting to read this book until early next year. Plus, my book-cover-snobbery had reared it’s ugly head a bit, as I was not completely drawn to it. My bad! I really need to learn to manage it better as this book blew me away!As you can see from the synopsis, the storyline centres around the 7/7 bombings and delivers an alternative motive that DI Jack Flannagan tries to uncover. With the author being from the line of work himself, I did wonder how much if his own experience(s) could be found within the pages of this book.There were some great characters in this novel as well, but clearly it was Jack who stood out the most for me. What a guy! At times I felt he was a right arse – womaniser, rogue, did his own thing without thinking how the consequences would affect others. (I know ladies…typically bloke right!?! Ha ha) But then, equally, I was totally drawn to him – the anger, low self esteem, a bit of an adrenaline junkie. And towards the end we see how utterly messed up this guy can be…no spoilers…but I had to re-read because I thought to myself “WTF?!” – I mean this guy is a bloody copper! I definitely think that we only got a taster of Jack and definitely look forward to meeting him again.I enjoyed the humour that was also infused throughout the pages of this book. Such a serious topic, that has divided people, the humour gave the book that authentic feeling as it was not overtly in your face. Definitely added to my enjoyment of this book. The theory itself, that maybe the bombings were not specifically about terrorism as we have come to understand it…well I thought that was very plausible, so well done on getting my brain thinking!I also found the detail of procedures to be superb and tried to figure out the fact from the fiction –to no avail I might add. There was a whirlwind of action within this fast-paced thriller that left me, well, with a massive book hang-over! I hope I don’t have to wait too long to see what Flannagan is mixed up in next!So #bookjunkies, if you love fast paced, grab you by the throat and knock you down action thrillers –you NEED to read this book!

  • Claire
    2019-01-23 11:01

    'I can't tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story...'I remember the bombings in London quite clearly. I watched the events unfold on BBC News with my then-boyfriend (now husband). We'd booked a fortnight's annual leave and that Thursday we were having a lazy day, enjoying a cup of tea as the news overtook all the scheduled daytime TV. It was unbelievable the sight before us.So when I hear rave reviews about the Theseus Paradox, I knew I wanted to read it and I am really glad I did.I read the first two chapters...what a way to start! Fast paced with gasp moments. The story keeps pace, particularly gory in places. However I didn't want to read this too quickly; it felt a book I should take my time on; I felt I was there with DI Jake Flannagan. I loved the parts of the book based in Leeds (my current hometown). I remember the M1 not having roadworks so you could do 70mph and Millgarth was an ugly building (no longer there as it's made way for a new shopping complex). There are also little snippets of history and fact dropped into the story; they don't feel out of place in the slightest and give an element of authenticity to the story. For example Jake crawls through the Blackwall tunnel at one point; I lived in Dartford for 6 months and even in that small space of time, the tunnel was either closed or at a standstill during the day!"The question is, how much of The Theseus Paradox is real and how much is fiction? Only you can decide..."Thank you to the author and Biblophile Book Club for sending me a copy of this ebook in exchange for my honest review.

  • Eva
    2019-02-06 12:53

    “I can’t tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story.”And what an absolutely mind-blowing story it is too! I knew I was in for a fantastic read after just a few pages and this book is going straight onto my list of books of the year! Days after finishing it, I’m still reeling and trying to come up with words that will convince you to pick this up straight away!Inspired by actual events of the terrorist attacks on July 7th, 2005 in London, The Theseus Paradox takes you on a wild ride with DI Jake Flannagan who works for the Anti-Terrorist Branch.The Theseus Paradox is one gripping, fast-paced and tense read. Mr Videcette offers an incredibly believable theory as to the events of 7/7 that is still occupying a huge piece of my brain. It’s quite obvious the author knows very well what he’s talking about as DI Flannagan is blocked by red tape, suffering the aftermath of the bombings and becoming frustrated with the slow pace of the investigation causing him to throw the rule book out of the window on multiple occasions.I was glued to the pages from the start and terribly annoyed when I was forced to abandon this book around the 80% mark because of a dinner obligation. This is the kind of book that is so incredibly riveting that I would normally read it in one sitting and so to have that taken away from me … let’s just say I could have quite easily hurt someone 😉.With an intricate plot and a flawed, yet likeable, main character, this story will mess with your head in the best way possible. I can’t recommend this one enough! This is an absolute must-read and David Videcette moves right up onto my list of authors to keep an eye on! I can’t wait to read his next book, The Detriment!

  • Sarah
    2019-01-29 10:56

    The Theseus Paradox is a tense and steady read that certainly picks up pace the further into the novel you go.Jake Flanagan the main character is obviously very passionate about his work. He goes above and beyond what he needs to do, even working undercover which is something his bosses would not be happy with. Even though he is highly committed in his working life he is the total opposite in his personal life. Jake seems to just have a self destruct button when it comes to his own life. He had it all, a lovely wife, children, nice home, but after losing his mother his whole world just seemed to fall apart. Since then he just seems to be spiralling out of control.A lot of the novel is based in and around West Yorkshire, so for me, a reader who lives in Leeds, there are lots of areas and places that Jake goes to that I easily recognised. Though knowing of his reputation with women, I would probably steer clear if I was ever to bump into him!Terrorism is sadly something that threatens us all. We have all seen on the news or in the papers of what happens when terrorists attack but something the public don’t get to know much of, is the work that is involved in catching these people. Through Jake we get to have a better understanding of how hard our police force work in catching them. It would be nice though if they all had the great instincts that Jake Flanagan does.Jake actually reminded me of Bruce Willis in the Die Hard films. He’s a bit of a law unto himself. He goes with his gut regardless of what others say. He is a great character that I hope to see more of in the future.I think the fact that the author in his previous role as a Scotland Yard investigator really shows in this novel. Some of the story I almost felt like I was reading a non fiction book. His years of experience certainly comes across in this novel and it made the whole storyline, even though based on a real event, feel more true to life.I certainly hope that this isn’t the last we have seen of Jake Flanagan. This is a must read for any lovers of crime thrillers.Many thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Vicki - I Love Reading
    2019-02-17 08:48

    Firstly I would like to say Many Thanks to the author for a review copy of this book, in return for an honest review.​It was an absolute privilege to read it.​It's fast paced and has you gripped right from the beginning. Based around DI Jake Flannagan and his quest to find the perpetrators of the London bombings. His quest to attempt to stop terrorist acts before they happen.​This book certainly makes you think. There is not a week goes by without seeing something regarding terrorism on the news, and this book is so interesting, it really does make you think what is really behind a lot of what goes on.​Jake is certainly one of those coppers that has his own set of rules. And he will follow where his crazy mind takes him.​There has certainly been an awful lot of knowledge or research put into this book and it's really made it one of the Must read books of 2016. It's very well written, interesting and will hold your attention all the way through.You are taken on one hell of a ride through the pages.All the way through this book and long after you finish reading it, you keep asking, how much of it was JUST a STORY. It really does have you thinking about it. ​​I'm now hoping that there are going to be many more books written by this author.

  • Sibel Hodge
    2019-02-02 09:05

    The Theseus Paradox drops you straight in the action and carries you on a cracking roller-coaster ride to an explosive conclusion!

  • Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
    2019-02-16 10:12

    First off, massive thanks to the author for my copy of this book. I'm privileged to be the first to review it!I have literally just finished this book and I'm at a loss as to where I should begin with this review. I'll get the important but out of the way first!About the author: (via David's website)A former Scotland Yard Investigator with twenty years policing experience, including counter-terrorist operations and organised crime, David has worked as a Met detective on a wealth of infamous cases. He currently consults on security operations for high-net-worth individuals and is an expert media commentator on crime, terrorism, extremism and the London 7/7 bombings.About the book: (via Goodreads)We accepted it was terrorism.What if we were wrong?What if London's 7/7 bombings were the greatest criminal deception of our time?July 2005: In the midst of Operation Theseus, the largest terrorist investigation that the UK has ever known, Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan begins to ask difficult questions that lead to the mysterious disappearance of his girlfriend and his sudden suspension from the Metropolitan Police.Who masterminded London's summer of terror?Why can't Flannagan make headway in the sprawling investigation?Are the bombers the perfect pretext to mask a different plot entirely?Is Jake's absent Security Service girlfriend really who she claims to be?While hunting for the answers to the most complex terrorist case in British history, one man will uncover the greatest criminal deception of our time.Terror, extremism and fear of the unknown,Sometimes the answer is much closer to home.My thoughts:The Theseus Paradox is an expertly-written crime novel. I read a lot of crime novels, but in the interest of honesty, this is the first book I have read that deals with terrorism, religious fundamentalism and extremists in the UK. I went into this book with no idea what to expect but I was surprised at the level of investigative detail contained in The Theseus Paradox.The main character, DI Jake Flannagan, is similar in many ways to any other detectives in crime novels. His demons are there, loud and insistent at times, but Jake's intentions are good. Despite some minor flaws (hard drinking, womanising and so on), I found him to be an immensely likeable character. I was rooting for him and his partner, Lenny, the whole way through to book.The London bombings are a sensitive subject, and ten years on the scars are still there, physically and emotionally for those involved. I think Videcette has dealt sensitively with a subject he has first hand knowledge of. At the time of the bombings, I was only 19 so much of what happened at the time passed me by.During the course of his investigation, Flannagan comes up with more questions than answers. Oftentimes he (figuratively) runs into brick walls as the information gets swallowed up in the Police computer information systems. Those on Operation Theseus cannot see the wood for the trees, they have that much information and lead to sift through.Adding to Flannagan's woes, his girlfriend Claire disappears and he ends up suspended from the force. As he digs deeper into the bombings, and continues his search for Claire, his personal life and his work life collide giving Jake the breaks he needs for the information to collate in his brain.I sped through the remaining 20% of The Theseus Paradox as I was trying to figure it all out in my head and I was itching to know if Flannagan and I had come to the same conclusion! I could not have been farther off if I tried! I was not expecting what Jake uncovered during his investigation and this is what made me love the book even more!Videcette has done justice to a very sensitive subject. The Theseus Paradox is a wonderfully written story, with horrifying real life events at its core.I gave The Theseus Paradox 5⭐️ on Goodreads as it was a unique read for me and they don't come around very often.Thanks again to David for allowing me to read and review The Theseus Paradox.Happy reading!

  • Si Page
    2019-02-16 11:05

    What I enjoyed straight off the bat with David Videcette's, The Theseus Paradox, was the relentless pace of writing and short chapters (there are 129!) The arcs of the story are well plotted and feel natural, while the writing is of a very good standard throughout.As a protagonist our Detective, Jake, is edgy, real and morally deficient in his addiction to alcohol and cheap sex. It certainly made the protagonist hard to like or sympathize with, but he is hunting the 7/7 and 21/7 terrorists so we are still rooting for him throughout. What I thoroughly enjoyed throughout the story is the obvious insight, weight of knowledge and personal experience that the writer brought into Jake's world. Whether it is the fascinating detail of what could be contained in a dirty bomb (ch.77) or the frustrations he encounters with his superiors at the anti-terrorist branch and the secret service, it all feels real and stirs the emotions for the reader. On occasion I sighed in frustration at the volume of red tape dished out to him, particularly in the first half of the story, but this added to the tension and drew you in as your suspicions arose.There are for me, moments throughout the book were the description feels like it's been thrown in to slow the pace so the reader can catch their breath. It's a useful tool that can help with back story, and when done well, doesn't feel like an information dump. However, on occasion I was distracted by detail that mattered not to me or the story or the sometimes lengthy dialogue between characters that felt a bit over the top at times.Great writers write what they know, and what they don't know, they learn. For David's first novel, this is a very good read. I am sure he will be on the best seller lists very soon. A big 4 stars from me.I heard about this book through The Book Club on Facebook, and I received this book for free for an honest review.

  • Kath Middleton
    2019-02-14 13:01

    This thriller is based around the events of the London Bombings, which became known as the 7/7 bombings. I say based around, because the book is admittedly a story and therefore things have been made up. However, it’s evident that a good deal of solid substance lied beneath the tale. D I Jake Flannigan is working on the case and is getting insider information from his girlfriend, who is a secret agent. He acts, possibly irresponsibly and certainly outside the law, in order to get evidence which he uses to foil a later attack. He feels he is being thwarted from the inside. The story is pacey and exciting but I failed to warm to the main protagonist. Particularly at the end I wanted to shout at him. Police who break the law to get results are a bit of a cliché at the moment and I seriously hope that this is part of the fictional side of this book. I also felt that the ending fell of the cliff, rather. However, the time-line presented in the epilogue was extremely interesting and the whole book gives a great deal of food for thought. If you like a fast thriller laced with conspiracy theory, this is definitely the book for you.

  • Susan Hampson
    2019-02-09 12:10

    David Videcette says he can't tell you the truth but he can tell you a story. What he does deliver is an extremely fascinating chain of events with a plausible theory and it will stay with you. Then when you least expect it you will think about it again and again. This isn't just a story about the aftermath of the 7/7 bombings, which is riveting , it is also a story about the effects it has on the Anti Terrorist Officers lives. The battles with red tape decisions and the hours, days and weeks of watching suspects and following leads that can become an obsession. Some of what you read will be shocking but it left me feeling humble to be honest.I found the inclusion at the end of the book about actual history events totally engrossing and jaw dropping. My mind has been in overdrive since and each time I think of these I get that little tingle that brings the hairs up on your arms. Please make sure you read these. A brilliant book I can't recommend enough. Waiting for David Videcette's next novel now.

  • Andrew Webber
    2019-01-31 15:05

    If you are a fan of fast-paced crime thrillers then you'll love this. Set after the 7/7 bombings the story follows D.I Jake Flannagan and his attempts to uncover the real story behind the terrorist attack. Short chapters keeps the pace high and a series of excellent characters pepper the storyline nicely. I did, however, really struggle with Jake as a character. There's self destructive, and then there's this guy. I felt he was a little too cliched at times and strayed from the classic rogue cop style character to a nasty piece of work that I ended up disliking. Some of his actions were a bit too far-fetched and made him less credible as a character for me, and I would suspect this would also be the case amongst his colleagues. Toning him down a bit would have kept him in the perfect grey area in my opinion and the book would have been better for it.

  • Donna
    2019-01-30 11:52

    Absolutely brilliant, a real life story based on the events of 7/7 kept me hooked from the first page. A very in depth view of the events before, as and after it happened, from Leeds to London. This story was absolutely fascinating, I found myself taking time between chapters to really process how and why things happened as they did. I can't wait to read more from David Videcette, this is definitely one to recommend to friends

  • Lianne
    2019-02-01 11:03

    I absolutely loved this book. It will appeal to anyone who enjoyed I am Pilgrim. I found it a real page turner and couldn't wait to find out what happened next. I loved the main character Jake who was flawed but realistically so. It has been very well put together by the author and at times I wasn't sure what was fact or fiction. Would thoroughly recommend it def a must read book.

  • Sandra Foy
    2019-02-16 14:14

    What if everything you thought you knew about London’s 7/7 bombings was a lie?The book starts out with D.I. Jake Flanagan out on a limb trying to foil what he correctly believes to be terrorists plotting an atrocity. He wakes up in hospital to the news that bombers have exploded bombs on the London Underground and a bus.Jake works for the Metropolitan Police Anti-Terrorist Branch and is sent up to West Yorkshire as part of Operation Theseus to find out who was behind the bombings. He becomes frustrated as the investigation moves on at a snail’s pace. When his girlfriend, Claire, who works for the security service, comes up to Leeds with some secret intelligence for him about the bombings, Jake’s maverick side takes over and, without authorisation he goes about pursuing these leads. He ends up in dangerous territory, suspended from his job and losing most everything. Still he carries on, craving knowledge of what happened and justice.This book at times feels so real. David Videcette, using his background of twenty years’ policing experience including counter-terror operations (he worked on the 7/7 bombings in London), brings this story to life so effectively and it’s up to you to decide what’s fact and what’s fiction. Insights into some police procedures and tricks of the trade like “never seat a prisoner behind the driver in a car” are obviously real and help to lull you into the sense that everything so easily could be.Jake’s frustrations with the lack of communication between the security service and the police also rings true: “I don’t get how you can have all that intelligence and not see the wood for the trees. It was obvious.” A statement the general public often find themselves asking about the security services. How is it after every atrocity you know exactly where to go, but you don’t go beforehand?Jake is a very engaging character despite not giving too much of himself away. We know he walked away from his wife and two daughters after the death of his mother and he now has his sometime girlfriend Claire; but he has no real connection to anybody. He drinks too much,tries drugs and has sex with pretty much any woman that catches his eye. All meaningless; all guilt trips. Yet his heart comes through; he cares deeply for the job that he does, to the detriment of everything else. I really hope that Jake will be back as I really want to know him better.The author has created a fabulous book with an extremely plausible storyline. The short chapters keep the pages turning and the plotline never lets up. The denouement is more than believable and if you do or don’t is entirely up to you. What I would say is don’t miss it. One of the best thrillers this year.*****

  • L.M. Krier
    2019-01-17 13:55

    You would really have had to be on another planet not to have heard the buzz in the run-up to the publication of this book. I take my hat off to author David Videcette for the amount of advance publicity he scored for himself with this one.It's always hard to read a book which has had such a big build-up and a positive response as, inevitably, everyone's taste is different and on person's best-seller is another's rotten tomato. What follows is merely my own personal opinion.Firstly, for an Indie, it's a pretty impressive package, nicely presented, which is not always the case. It probably won't bother anyone other than grumpy, pedantic old copy editors like me, and I would happily overlook it in dialogue, but some of the grammatical issues in the narrative jumped out at me a bit. They in turn tended to make the correct use of the subjunctive in narrative a little pretentious, for me. I would have liked some tighter editing in places where there was a tendency to ramble, but only occasionally.The mix of fact and speculation was always going to be a hard one to handle. Personally, I felt occasionally uncomfortable with some of the detail about body parts, knowing that these were real people, whose relatives might well read this book. I know it's real, it's what happened, but I can only begin to imagine what it must be like for families of victims and I wondered if the detail was always necessary.This is clearly completely accurate in all aspects of police procedure, written by a police officer who was involved in the case, and that made it a compelling read. I did struggle to find anything likeable about Jake though, except his fondness for Ted the cat. I can understand how he is as he is but nothing about him made me empathise, whereas I am very fond of that other heavy-drinking rebel policeman, John Rebus, because of the way he is written.All in all it's a very good read and I hope it achieves the success it deserves.

  • Dee-CeeIt's all about the books
    2019-01-27 13:01

    Wow, what a read. Review to follow soon. Originally posted on When I read the blurb for this book I knew I was going to enjoy it straight away, I bought the kindle edition and got myself ready to get stuck in and I was gripped from page one, sadly real life got in the way and I didn't get it read as quickly as I wanted to. I was desperate to read on so while cooking the dinner I had my kindle in my hand and when picking my son up from school my kindle came along too.DI Jake Flannagan is a fab character, he's determined and passionate about his job but he's also a man under a lot of pressure who turns to drink and women to try and forget. He's a bit of a bad lad which actually made him more likeable.Everyone will remember the 7/7 bombing's, it was huge and all over the news. Terrorists attack London, but what if it wasn't how the news and media made it out. The Theseus Paradox get's you thinking and I was totally drawn in hook line and sinker. David Videcette has written a very powerful story, each chapter is headlined with the date and location which takes you along on the journey. I had goose bumps and found myself holding my breath at some parts. With David's background of twenty years police experience, including counter-terror operations and organised crime, he was also a detective in the Anti-Terrorist Branch during the 7/7 London bombings in July 2005 I was really trying my hardest to figure out what was fact and what was fiction as it's so well written.I'm really looking forward to reading more about Jake and maybe finding out a bit more about him soon.This is a must read for any crime thriller fans but just make sure you have peace to read it because you really wont want to put it down.

  • Nolene Driscoll
    2019-01-22 15:49

    I was given a copy of this book by The Book Club in return for an honest Review.The first line of the book was certainly intriguing and ensured that I wanted to read further. Putting dates and times at the beginning of every chapter was reminisant of the series 24 and I could almost hear the ticking of the clock as I read, urging me onwards faster and faster to capture the guilty. The ending to me was a little shocking and totally unexpected. The theory put forward for the reason behind the bombings is completely plausible and quite an interesting take on the whole situation.All I can say is "WOW", a great police procedural novel dealing with the 7/7 bombings. You can tell that the book was written by someone who had experience in this area. Great insight into how the security services work but also quite frightening because it also highlights their vulnerabilities as they are only human too so mistakes can happen and things get overlooked.The main character, Jake, is a bit of a maverick and loner who likes to do things his own way but also has huge flaws that he needs to overcome, whether he does or not is left to one's imagination. I found Jake to be a bit of a "man whore" living a very risky lifestyle in this day and age and not a very good role model. I also thought this was quite a refreshing change to the usual whiter than white heroes of other books. Altogether a great read, well written, captures the reader and keeps them gripped until the end. I have no hesitating in recommending this to others to read.

  • Mark Tilbury
    2019-01-22 12:47

    Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan is a law unto himself whilst investigating the 7/7 London bombings. When trying to explain why things should be done a different way doesn't work, Jake takes matters into his own hands. Doing things his own way had got him into trouble in the past, but again, he believes he has more efficient methods that will achieve quicker results.The author's own knowledge of counter-terrorism investigations is obvious. At times this does leave you wondering how much of what you're reading could be real and not fiction. The quality of the writing is outstanding and I like how the author successfully managed to add some humour into the story. Although a very serious topic, the humour made the characters and events all the more realistic.The layout of the book, with short snappy chapters, that were dated and timed also helped to maintain the pace of the story. It made me think about what a real case file would look like. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A good mix of characters, a plot that holds your interest and an excellent standard of writing/editing. If you like your books full of suspense and for them to make you think about things from different perspectives, then you'll enjoy this!

  • Susan Angela Wallace
    2019-02-03 16:52

    I received this as an arc from David himself in exchange for an honest review. I can't tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story. .......How much is real and how much is fiction, only you can decide! ........Wow. OMG. Wow. Absolutely fantastic read. I loved the story and the characters. Jack was my favourite character. The story centres around the 7 / 7 bombings. DI Jack Flanagan uncovers his own alteria motives. David is in the same line of work himself. I was trying to figure out what was fact and what was fiction. It's not easy. There is lots of action in this book. I'd love to see this book on the big screen. This is a must read and I would highly recommend this book. Definitely worth more than 5 *.

  • Nelly
    2019-02-10 12:53

    Whilst reading this I was willing there to be a traffic jam so that my journey time was extended and I could continue reading. It is a truly exciting read that has one of the most descriptive and heart pounding chase's I have read. The author pulls no punches with the realism and writes with flare and knowledge on the subject. And despite his flawed ways I found myself loving Jake completely, a triumph of a book on a subject I would never have expected to become engrossed in so quickly

  • Michelle Sibley
    2019-02-16 17:11

    The author can't tell us the truth, but he can tell us a story .... this story had me on the edge of my seat and left with my mouth hanging open like a fish. It's an uncomfortable read as we all know about the 7/7 events in London and reading anything based on real life is awkward. This book should be read, it give you a lot of thing to think about and leaves you wondering, like the main character Jake, who you can trust.

  • Wendy
    2019-02-08 13:44

    A thought-provoking book for sure, more accurately one that plays with your mind, The Theseus Paradox demonstrates a ‘fictional’ version of events leading up to the 7/7 bombings and the aftermath that ensued during the official investigation into the who and why.Sometimes the laws that are used to protect citizens also bind the hands of our authorities. Well, that’s what Jake’s are for, and our lead character is a complex soul. Detective Inspector Jake Flannagan of the Anti-Terrorist Branch can be described many things: a family man, a ladies man and an all-out action man when required, all rolled into one determined package.Ultimately, he never shirks his duty to discover the truth, much to his own detriment. In fact, he goes above and beyond what is required. And yet, the responsibility of endeavouring to save hundreds of lives is a heavy burden to carry and he’s only human after all. Often he finds the best way to anaesthetise his thought process by relieving the closest bar of their entire stock of alcoholic beverages, or spending time in the company of various ladies. Usually both.Despite the company he regularly keeps Jake still seems very much alone. There are few people he can trust in this line of work, and circumstances beyond the official investigation of that fateful date tie the truth in knots. The frustration of getting no where fast while your life is falling apart can lead to bad decisions, both personal and professional. With everything at stake to get results he takes chances, some of which may come back to haunt him when he least expects it.And that’s what so good about this predominantly action-lead storyline. Not only do we have a character that has guts and foresight to act as a barrier between the unscrupulous minds of lethal criminals and the unsuspecting public, but one who is also consumed by his experiences and despite his daily heroics is unable to save himself. You may judge him by his antics at first, I know I did, but you’ll soon appreciate his multiple predicaments and the difficulties they present.More importantly, The Theseus Paradox is a story that turns everything on it’s head. Open your mind to an intricate plot that will challenge any concept you think you had. It doesn’t bend the rules, it wrings them out. It’s devious enough to be genuinely unsettling, as this alternate vision appears almost too real at intervals. Given the author’s background as a former Scotland Yard Investigator of the 7/7 London bombings in July 2005, it does make you think – exactly how fine is that line between fact and fiction?Okay. To summarise: Seriously people, you need to read this book. It’s pretty darned good.(My thanks to the author for providing a digital copy of his book for review. I'm so glad I got the opportunity to read it.)

  • The Book Review Café
    2019-02-07 14:56

    I’ve been intrigued by The Theseus Paradox for a while now, I’ve read numerous reviews on social media, and all of them have rated it highly. The description of the plot sounded fascinating, but I wasn’t convinced I would enjoy this book, as much as my usual crime thrillers (sorry David). The Theseus Paradox throws new perspective on the anti-terrorist operations deployed in 7/7 bombings in London, making it a very chilling read. I find it hard to believe this is David Videcette’s debut novel, the caliber of the plot and writing is more in keeping with an author who has many books under his belt, it really is that good!David Videcette has managed to very successfully weave both elements of fiction and fact into a chilling, and very credible tale. From the first page the pace is set, as Detective Jake Flannagan chases terrorist across Yorkshire you know you are in for a hell of a ride. The chapters are fairly short, and each one starts with the time frame, which sets the pace and adds to the tension. David deals with the 7/7 events with sensitivity, he hasn’t used the events to sensationalise the plot, he uses them to build the foundations for an extremely well written and very believable tale.Detective Jake Flannagan is a very interesting character his methods are often unconventional and sometimes illegal, his superiors call him a maverick, which I think sums up his persona perfectly, he’s far from perfect he drinks to much, he’s left his wife and daughters, he sleeps around, personally I think these “far from Perfect” traits make him a very credible and likeable character. As the investigation intensify’s and the pressure begins to mount Jake’s life threatens to spiral out of control, he goes from being a gifted Detective on the anti-terrorist branch to an officer suspended from his job. As the Theseus Paradox reaches a nail biting climax, I was left questioning every thing I knew about the 7/7 bombings.What I found fascinating about The Theseus Pardox is, that although it isn’t my usual type of book,I found it to be a compelling read. David Videcette is a uniquely gifted story-teller, who draw’s the reader in by writing a chillingly and credible tale based on real circumstances, it’s so well written it’s difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. In fact I would say The Theseus Paradox is one of my top reads for 2015, it was unputdownable and kept me reading late into the night. I shall certainly look forward to reading David Videcette’s next offerin

  • Monica Mac
    2019-01-24 15:52

    This was a corker of a story and I wish that I had read it earlier, as it had been sitting on my TBR pile for quite some time. Sorry Mr Videcette!Jake Flannagan is a bit of a maverick but it is clear that he lives and breathes his job. He has sacrificed a great deal for his career and his private life is a bit of a mess. I have heard that police officers have very high divorce rates, and just from a little glimpse into Jake's world, I can see why. Jake is a bad boy and some of the things that he gets up to are pretty shocking, but at the end of the day he is a police officer, above all things, and he takes his responsibilities very seriously. As an Australian, I had some distance from the events of 7/7 but reading this book made the horror of that day very, very real. The author really knows his police procedures, particularly in the area of counter terrorism, and I found it fascinating and more than a little concerning how these types of events can unfold. A terrific read, highly recommended.

  • Shell Baker
    2019-01-23 12:07

    "I can't tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story..." this quote jumps out at me and left me wanting to know more so after helping the author do a giveaway for this book I thought I had better bump it up my TBR pile to see what all the hype is about. This is David Videocette debut novel and it's a very well written one to. The story starts off on Thursday 7th July 0301 hours Dewsbury West Yorkshire. The chapters are titled with date time and location which I found really helpful and good to follow has the third chapter flicks back to I6 months previously. Has well has a few others through the story but the book is written from the 7th July through to the 17th November.Centred around the london bombings.I have to say this is a truly original story and nothing like I have ever read before. David's policing experience with the London bombings is show throughout the whole of this story. With the immense detail of the investigation and the story has a whole. And although the London bombings took place 10 years ago it is still to this day a sensitive subject. David's outstanding writing skills show the sensitivity of the story.This book has took me a little longer than normal to read with it being such a tense read but nevertheless I was gripped from the start and it is most definitely a page turner.For me Jake Flannagan was a cross between Jack Reacher and the ladies man (not sure if that's the right word to use for him) side of him screamed out James Bond! Boy what a womanizer he is. His working life is totally different though Jake is very dedicated to his job and I did enjoy reading both sides of his character . I do feel there is more to come from Jake in the future as he really needs to sort his head out. I did love Lenny and the work relationship he had with Jake, he did make me giggle.Without giving anything away........ Wow what an ending this left me wanting more I can not wait to find out what's in store for Jake in David's next book.The big question is this a story Fiction or is this fact? grab yourself a copy and you decide.I highly recommend this book giving it 5 stars.Thank you to David Videcette for a copy in exchange for a honest review.

  • Jill's Book Cafe
    2019-02-01 14:09

    4.5 starsThis has been sitting patiently waiting on my Kindle for a while, but I finally put time aside to read it, much to the delight of my OH. This was one of the rare books that he enjoyed without the ubiquitous “but” when I asked him it what it was like. So with rave reviews, and a personal commendation, why the delay? If I’m honest, a part of me thought – do I really want to read about the 7/7 bombings and terrorist attacks? I remember the real events all too well and it didn’t particularly want to re-live the events on the page. Well for anyone with similar misgivings, please cast them aside. This is a book, which is essentially a police procedural, only this time the concentration is less on the who, but the why and were others involved. It had me hooked from the beginning and was finished in 24 hours.The story is told by DI Jake Flanagan, a flawed, maverick at the centre of the investigation. It’s a straightforward timeline plot (hurray), so no confusing time shifts and because it’s Jake’s story, no additional narrators to muddy the water. The fairly short chapters draw you in, help to ratchet up the tension and maintain a cracking pace. Despite Jake’s less than savoury behaviour lapses, he’s actually a sympathetic character. He’s intelligent, his heart is in the right place, he just has difficulty coping. His strategies are just less than ideal, especially for someone in his position.As well as following the investigation into the bombings, we also follow Jake on his self destruct journey with his personal relationships. With a broken marriage, daughters he doesn’t see as often as he should and a girlfriend that may or not be what she seems, this is clearly as problematic as his work life.I loved this book, because of the author’s background, it was well researched, well told and everything felt authentic. It’s impossible to unravel the fact from the fiction as all the events are documented and factual. I can remember the places and actions being referred to, it was real and all very plausible and when I got to the end – I didn’t see that coming.As the author says ‘I can’t tell you the truth, but I can tell you a story…’ and oh what a story!

  • Kelly Furniss
    2019-02-17 14:12

    This is David Videcette's debut novel. The author is a former Scotland Yard investigator and has based the novel on the devastating London 7/7 bombings.Right from the very start the intrigue sucked me in and naturally the pace to turn the pages quickened as I became totally gripped with the story.Our protagonist DI Jake Flannagan is cast as a career obsessed/ driven, selfish, handsome womaniser who bends the rules to get where and what he wants. As the story progresses though we see his vulnerable side, he's lost his Mum, Gran, Wife and see's his children occasionally and is not sure where his relationship is heading, he craves affection which he normally finds sexually with strangers much to the ribbing of his colleagues but when sober he berates himself for doing so and reflects on the things that have gone wrong in his life and the bad decisions he made which then gets him emotionally down further leading to his self-destruct downwards spiral of drinking heavily and occasional drug taking. Through all this though we are still routing for DI Flannagan our very frustrating loveable rogue because he manages to pull himself together every morning, shower and get out on the streets hell bent and determined to piece together the jigsaw of the lead to the events and reveal the suspects behind the terrorism that changed so many peoples lives on those days.One of the main themes focuses on his girlfriend Claire who passes him some secret information which he decides to investigate without telling anyone, this in turn gets him suspended but suspension will not stop him he's like a dog with a bone but could this mean danger for Claire too?.The experience and knowledge of the author in police and security red tape, investigations, procedures and minute detail are what really interested me and I felt I learn't a lot but yet was still left really pondering and shocked at the end.A brilliant, fast paced, police thriller and I'm looking forward to see what the author does with DI Flannagan next, hopefully he doesn't tame him down and make him a sensible good cop! :0).