Accidents, thefts, murders, terrorist plots....they all plague Sgt Major Crane who is not happy with his babysitting job of looking after Team GB as they prepare for the Olympic Games and Paralympics on Aldershot Garrison. He likens it to 40 Days and 40 Nights in a personal wilderness before he can get back to his real job of investigating; but it turns into 40 Days and 40 Nights of chaos. Aldershot is besieged by elderly Gurkhas, Crane's pregnant wife has health problems and the Intelligence Corp keep sticking their oar in. Will Crane be able to keep the athletes safe or will the terrorists win?
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Review: "Here's a crime thriller with a topical plotline: as athletes descend upon Aldershot Garrison for the 2012 Olympics, it emerges that terrorists are planning a major attack. For Sgt Major Crane, the hero of a series of novels by Wendy Cartmell, this means a race against time to keep the athletes safe and ensure that the Games run smoothly.40 Days 40 Nights allows the reader into the mind not only of Crane himself, but also of the terrorist leader. This gives the book an extra edge, and it's clear that Cartmell has done her homework. I've read a lot of books that attempt to give the terrorist's POV and end up being tokenistic, but 40 Days 40 Nights really pulls it off, turning what could have been a gimmick into a powerful piece of writing.
As for Crane himself, he's a charismatic leading man who clearly has the legs to support a whole franchise. This is the second book in the series, and hopefully there will be plenty more. Crane is one of the more interesting new genre protagonists I've encountered in quite a while and he's just one of a cast of well-realised characters in this gripping and memorable novel."
Chris Algernon Indie Book Spot