The Failsafe Query by Michael Jenkins – Book Review

The Failsafe Query by Michael Jenkins – Book Review

The Failsafe Query

The Failsafe Query by Michael Jenkins

The Failsafe Query

Author – Michael Jenkins
Publisher – Unbound Digital
Pages – 336
Released – 3rd July 2018
ISBN-13 – 978-1912618286
Format – ebook, paperback
Reviewer – Stacey
Rating – 4 Stars
I received a free copy of this book


Sean Richardson, a disgraced former intelligence agent, is tasked to lead a team to search for Alfie Chapman, an Intelligence officer on the cusp of exposing thousands of secrets to the media. This includes a long lost list of Russian moles embedded since the Cold War, one of whom remains a public favourite in the British parliamentary system.

The action moves with absorbing pace and intrigue across Central Asia and Europe as the puzzle begins to unfold through a deep hidden legacy.

Review 2017

Sean Richardson is an Ex British Intelligence Officer who is tasked with finding out if Iraq has weapons of mass destruction in the days after the terrible events that will forever be known as 9/11.

The book opens in Moscow 2005 with a well orchestrated ‘drop off’, then jumps back in time to Central Asia 2001 where Richardson is protecting his informant General Yuri Yakubova of the Uzbekistan Army and gaining his trust by thwarting the first attempt on his life.

The story is fast-paced in parts and unfortunately dragged a little in others due to the amount of detail explained and what sometimes felt like unnecessary filling. That being said, to those that love spy thrillers and read a lot of them this may be just what authenticity they require.

This is a modern-day spy thriller and those that are old enough to remember the events it covers will be sucked in immediately.

The plot takes us to multiple countries which we are informed of where and when at the beginning of each chapter, so thankfully I always knew where Richardson was and what time period.

You can certainly tell from the writing that the author has first-hand knowledge of certain situations and the British government, as well as various countries and counter-terrorism.

Overall I did enjoy it. It was eye-opening and certainly took me on an exciting ride and out of my comfort zone.

Reviewed by Stacey

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About the Author

Michael Jenkins

Michael Jenkins served for twenty-eight years in the British Army, rising through the ranks to complete his service as a major. He served across the globe on numerous military operations as an intelligence officer within Defence Intelligence, and as an explosive ordnance disposal officer and military surveyor within the Corps of Royal Engineers.

His experiences within the services involved extensive travel and adventure whilst on operations, and also on many major mountaineering and exploration expeditions that he led or was involved in. He was awarded the Geographic Medal by the Royal Geographical Society for mountain exploration and served on the screening committee of the Mount Everest Foundation charity.

He was awarded the MBE on leaving the armed forces in 2007 for his services to counterterrorism.

The Failsafe Query is Michael’s first novel. He has started work on his second spy thriller, The Kompromat Kill, and hopes to publish it the spring of 2019.

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12 Responses

  1. DJ Sakata says:

    This sounds adventuresome

  2. Jennifer says:

    This reminds me of Daniel Silva. I’m going to have to check it out

  3. Tasha says:

    I like the look of this. Fingers crossed for the giveaway. 🙂

  4. Gemma says:

    Sometimes it’s great to go outside your comfort zone. Especially when you find something you enjoy.
    Gemma @

  5. Sounds thrilling! I love a good suspense read.

  6. Great review Stacey. this book and author are new to me I’m glad you fully enjoyed this book. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.