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Review: BAPTISM by Max Kinnings

Baptism cover

Baptism cover

A breathtakingly rapid-paced action thriller set in modern day London

From the back cover:

“07:45am. A monk lies dead in Snowdonia, a knife protruding from his throat. A young family is being held at gunpoint in a house in Wimbledon. The mission has begun.

08:56am. A London Underground train lies stationary in a tunnel, four hundred passengers trapped inside. All efforts to communicate with it have been met with silence.

09:15am. DCI Ed Mallory has just started his day. The Met’s top hostage negotiator is about to discover that, today, an underground train is not the only thing on the line.”

BAPTISM is told through the points of view of multiple characters, these viewpoints knit together to reveal the full story of the hostage situation, and the incidents that led up to it, through three interwoven storylines.

There’s the story of the members of the church of Cruor Christi. This is a religious group divided. Firstly, there’s Tommy and Belle, who are responsible for the hostage situation, and secondly there are, Simeon and Varick, who are trying to stop them carrying it out.

Then there’s the story of the claustrophobic train driver, George Wakeham, and his wife, Maggie, as they’re forced to help Tommy and Belle hijack a tube train under threat of their children being killed.

And then there’s that of the Police and other officials trying to contain and resolve the situation, and is predominantly told through the eyes of DCI Ed Mallory, a blind hostage negotiator.

As the three main storylines twist and turn together, the full impact of the terrifying situation becomes clear. The reader sees how  it effects those touched by the event – the hostages trapped in the tunnel on the hottest day of the year by their captors, the train driver who is desperate to get his wife and children back safely, and the negotiator who has to fight the demons of past failure to try and save the hostages.

It’s a tense, unnervingly believable story with a high body-count and moments of brutal violence.

From the shocking first chapter, through to the dramatic conclusion, this is a fast-paced, seat-of-your-pants action thriller that had me reading far later into the night than I intended because, quite simply, I couldn’t put it down. That said, I did find reading it as I sat on the tube going along the Northern Line rather unsettling!

If action thrillers are your thing, then this one is definitely worth checking out.

Highly recommended.


BAPTISM by Max Kinnings is out now, published by Quercus.


My Reading List

Piles of books

Piles of books (Photo credit: ollily)

So many crime fiction books, not enough time!

I’ve always been a real hoarder of books, but recently my ‘To Read’ pile seems to have grown far more than usual.

On my list at the moment I’ve got:

  • BAPTISM by Max Kinnings
  • Heart-Shaped Bruise by Tanya Byrne
  • Snakes & Ladders by Sean Slater
  • Dark Eyes by William Richter
  • Sleep Walkers by Tom Grieves
  • The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
  • 11.22.63 by Stephen King
  • A Wanted Man by Lee Child
  • Survivor by Gregg Hurwitz

And with the darker nights drawing in, it’s the perfect time to curl up by the fire and read my way through them.

What’s on your ‘to read’ list at the moment?

Events: Is Crime the new Literary Fiction


How to get to Kings Place, London

How to get to Kings Place, London

Do you love crime fiction?

If so, this event could be for you. On 12th November 2012 the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) are hosting a panel discussion on the topic “Is crime the new literary fiction?”

Chaired by Mark Lawson, the panel will be made up of best-selling crime thriller writers: Lee Child, Sophie Hannah, Peter James and John Banville.

It sounds like it’ll be a lively and entertaining debate.

For more information, and to book tickets, visit the Kings Place website at:

It’s in my diary and I can’t wait!