GRIPPING GLOBE-TROTTING THRILLER WITH SURPRISES AND UNEXPECTED EVENTS
WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT
It’s 1992 and during a routine layover in Anchorage Alaska, Greg Wilton (a First Officer with British World Airways) disappears without trace.
Back at airline HQ near Heathrow, Mr Halford, Head of Security, is tasked with finding someone to investigate Greg’s case. His team are working to capacity and no one can be spared. So he scrapes the bottom of the barrel and assigns recent recruit, Terry Jackson to the investigation.
Fresh out of training school and awaiting his first posting, Terry flies to Alaska, brimming with enthusiasm at being trusted with such a mission. There he discovers Wilton rented a small plane while on his layover and both are now missing.
His last contact appeared to be with Coral, a waitress at the crew watering hole, The Golden Nugget, so with her help Terry sets out to find the missing airman.
Their quest appears to be hopeless, because Alaska is huge, but they do not give up. The action moves to Hong Kong, Miami, Oxford (England) and finally St. Petersburg for Tea with Rasputin, a ten year globe-trotting saga with many twists and turns.
Join Terry in his investigation, where intrigue, suspense, mystery, humour and even a little romance lie in wait.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK
Tea with Rasputin by Rolf Richardson with its promise for intrigue, suspense, mystery, humor, and even a little romance turned out to be a fairly good book for me.
It starts well. It is 1992 and during a routine layover in Anchorage Alaska, Greg Wilton (a First Officer with British World Airways) disappears without a trace.
Where could he have gone?
The first half made for a gripping read as I followed Terry on his mission to find out what happened to Greg. However, the pace slows down in the middle of the book and gathers steam in only the last 20%.
The action shifts location several times to Hong Kong, Miami, Oxford (England), and finally, St. Petersburg in Russia. I found the last part of the book set in Russia to be the most interesting. It was nothing short of a love letter to Russia that helped me to do some armchair travel as well.
I also liked how the author put forward arguments for every incredulous theory put forward for Greg’s disappearance and kept me invested in Terry’s journey through so many countries and years.
To conclude, Tea with Rasputin does not reinvent the wheel, but barring the meandering middle half, it was an engaging read.
Genre: Thriller || Published on July 22, 2020
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Many thanks to Shannon @ R&R Book Tours for organizing this blog tour. Many thanks to the publisher for my copy of the book. This does not affect my opinion on the book. I opted to provide an honest review on my blog.
ROLF RICHARDSON is a mongrel English/Norwegian who loves to travel, starting with service in the RAF, flying Britain’s first jet fighter, the Meteor; thereafter 25 years as a British Airways pilot on Argonauts, Britannias, VC10s and 747s.
He then became a roaming photographer, visiting around 110 countries, with over 15,000 photos now sold. He has worked his passage on cruise ships by giving lectures. Taken 3 months to drive round Australia.
A few years ago he set out to put his experiences to further use by writing a series of ‘Easy Read’ books: thrillers with a dash of history, romance and humour.