Monday 13 February 2023

Too Secret Service 2 - Declan Finn - Too Secret Service Part Two

Too Secret Service Part Two
Williams and Miller Book 2
Declan Finn
(Omnibus Paperback 3 in 1)
ISBN 9798676902520
(eBook Part 2)

I have read 28 books by Declan Finn and 22 of them in the last 10 months. I have greatly enjoyed books in several other series. This is one of three in the Williams and Miller series, or Too Secret Service series that I am aware of. These were published a few years ago. Both the Saint Tommy and the White Ops series are greatly entertaining, and I cannot wait for the Pius trilogy of 5 books to be back in print. I am now working through his back catalogue. The first in this series was a surprising story, I had not read any description or reviews before picking it up, and this second part of the story amped up the action. I am currently cycling through a few of Finn’s series and just decided this one was up next, and after this will be White Ops 4 Gathering Storm. The description of this story is:

“The epic thriller continues in and below Rome and the Vatican itself.

When ten nuclear bombs are planted along the President's world travels, it's all hands on deck.

Wayne Williams is a Secret Service agent, called out of political exile. His mission is to stop the threat against the President, by any means necessary.

Catherine Miller is a CIA assassin who can be anyone at any time. Her mission is to find the threat and end it, permanently.

To find out who is behind the threat, they must travel from Ireland to Rome to Israel, face international terrorists of every stripe, hunted by the FBI, and perhaps even a threat from within.

Now that they found each other, in Ireland, can they survive the threats coming their way in Rome? Can they survive their enemies? Can they survive their allies? Can they survive each other?”

This story starts with Chapter 20, there are three parts to the eBook version of the story, but a single omnibus print edition. I will be clear this story ends on a cliff hanger and really leaves you desperate for the next volume. Two agents at the top of their field. Both apex predators. One CIA one Secret Service. Both tasked with the same mission, both given discretion about the other. 10 suitcase bombs missing and a threat to hit every city on the president’s itinerary. This one starts on the emerald Isle, then to London, and next to Rome. But both Williams and Miller have reached out to allies and friends and even family. The group working on this mission is constantly growing. There is a lot of action and adventure in this installment in the story. 

From the Prologue of part 1 we are informed that:

“As of January 1st, 1997, there had been more than twenty thousand backpack-size tactical nukes missing from the weapons stockpile of the former Soviet Union. Each of them had the power to vaporize midtown Manhattan. By January 1st, 2005, half of them had been located and neutralized. They were merely misplaced by the stupidity that came with every bureaucracy, with the extra dose unique to the Russian Empire: they had been labeled radioactive, so, many had been, quite logically, shipped to a radio station in Siberia. 

Ten THOUSAND had vanished. 

In an all-out search for the weapons, international search and destroy missions were launched by governments looking to either remove the bombs from the global market, or to obtain the weapons for themselves. In the frantic search, Russian Mafiosi, Middle Eastern terrorists, and United States strike teams came into conflict. Almost as frightening as the original disappearance were the two hundred found by the Federal Bureau of Investigations on United States soil. Fortunately, those who owned them were stupid enough to have tried to have passed them off as coffeemakers. 

By 02 January 2006, nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety of the backpacks were accounted for, ten remained missing.”

This story takes place between November 10th-12th 2006. It is action packed. The characters are wonderfully. The pace is breakneck. The plot both plausible and possible. It is infused with Finn’s typical humour. In many ways this reads like a Catholic John Wick, except both of them could be Wick and they both work for the government and live and work to serve, to be of service. 

This was another very entertaining story with Finn’s usual twists! I really enjoyed this offering from Finn’s pen. It is a great read. And leaves you wondering what happens in book 3. The three are available separately as eBooks, and as an Omnibus print edition. It is also related to the Dances with Werewolves books. But I have not got to those yet. A great read from Finn’s masterful pen.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2023 Catholic Reading Plan

Books by Declan Finn:
Love At First Bite Series:

Other books:

Anthologies contributed to:
Luna: Planetary Anhtology Series Book 2
Supernatural Streets
Starflight: Tales From The Starport Lounge
Mercury: Planetary Anthology Series Book 4
Venus: Planetary Anthology Series Book 5
Mars: Planetary Anthology Series Book 7
Places Beyond the Wild: A Z-Day Anthology
Shoot the Devil: Ten Tales of Humans Defeating the Demonic
Fantastic Schools, Volume 6

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