Condor and the Crown by John Simpson

Title: Condor and the Crown

Series: Condor 05

Author: John Simpson

Genre: Contemporary

Length: Novel (200pgs)

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (23rd September 2011)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating:  ♥♥♥♥4Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: When former President of the United States David Windsor is appointed the American ambassador to the Court of St. James, it necessitates a move to England. Uprooting his family and moving his staff, David and his husband, ex-Secret Service Agent Shane Thompson-Windsor, settle into Winfield House with their adopted son, Jack, and two feisty Scottie puppies.

Life is finally settling into a routine when Jack is abducted by Libyan nationals. No longer able to call directly upon US military forces, David turns to his successor as President, Victoria Wilson, to enlist her aid and gain her approval of a daring rescue attempt, and asks his cousin King William for help luring the kidnapper to British soil for retribution. It’s a mission that will ultimately involve the British Marines and even personal phone calls to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi as David will stop at nothing to see his son safely home.

Review: Another incredible story from John Simpson. David Windsor and Shane Thompson-Windsor are back along with their adopted son Jack in this new exciting installment of Condor. In this one, David and Shane work together along with the American Government to rescue their son from Libyan nationals; dealing with the fall out and exacting their revenge.

This is a brilliant addition to the Condor series and doesn’t let it down. The anger and fear that David and Shane feel when they find out that Jack has been kidnapped comes out of the pages at you.   The way that Jack tries to be brave for his dads is heart-breaking and the rage and vengeance that they feel to their son’s kidnapper is understandable.

I also loved that we saw quite a bit of Darren Wilson (President Victoria Wilson’s son) and he met a new love interest. I also liked all the details that were invested in this story as the descriptions of the Palaces were quite knowledgeable. I was a bit thrown with King William not being married in this and Prince Harry having two sons.

(Sorry…but this is a bug bear of mine.) I would also like to point out that in England (where I live ;-)) the police do not pull up in front of you to stop you, (as David told Shane they did).   They signal you with lights and sirens to pull over and they pull in behind you.  It is true that a diplomat is not required to stop though.

So all in all a brilliant story that I will recommend to everyone and advise them to buy, a definite for the ‘read now’ list.