Tuesday 13 June 2023

Too Secret Service - Declan Finn - Omnibus Edition

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

I first read the three part of this story over a couple of months with several other books by Finn in between. I then went back and reread the whole as the omnibus edition. I admit the three installments were great and I loved them. But reading it as a continuous story was even more fun. 
I have read 40 books by Declan Finn and 39 of them in the last 10 months. I have greatly enjoyed stories in I believe all of Finn’s other series. And I am awaiting for the Pius Man and Love at First Bite to be back in print. This is one of two Williams and Miller series, or Too Secret Service the other is the Dances with Werewolves, which is available as 2 eBooks, or an eBook or physical omnibus edition. For this series there does not appear to be an eBook omnibus edition just the physical version. This was published a few years ago. I loved 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 almost through Finn’s back catalogue. Having read this in three separate pieces there were no surprises, but I still loved the action, the adventure, and the relationships in this story. The description of this story is:

“FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE EPIC THRILLER IS HERE, WHOLE AND ENTIRE -- AND IN PAPERBACK. Wayne Williams is a Secret Service agent sentenced to the outer darkness because his family pissed off the wrong president. Catherine Miller is a CIA assassin who specializes in becoming anyone. When terrorists threaten to nuke every spot on the President's world tour, they are both called in to handle the threat. To stop World War Three, they must travel from Ireland to Rome to Israel. They will have to face terrorist gunmen, professional assassins and nuclear suicide bombers... and perhaps even a threat from within. But first, they must survive each other.”

I loved this story as separate pieces but can easily recommend this single edition. I just wish the omnibus edition was available digitally as well. 

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. Both Williams and Miller have reached out to allies, friends and family. The group working on this mission is constantly growing. There is a lot of action and adventure in this story. 

From the Prologue 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 6th and 22nd. There is so much action in the story, 16 days of nonstop action. There are many wonderful characters in the book and across the two series. 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 great story with Finn’s usual twists! I really enjoyed this book Finn’s pen. This is a great read, no matter if you pick up the three eBooks or the single volume print edition. And the story continues in the Dances with Werewolves books. This is another great read from Finn’s masterful pen. And I can easily recommend it.

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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