Reading roundup 18/08/21

I really enjoyed this week’s book! After reading such a long book over the previous fortnight and a succession of “OK, but not amazing” ones previously, it was refreshing to find a book that I could relax into. The sort of book that draws you in and makes you forget the outside world.

Now, obviously, those kinds of books are very personal to the reader. In this case it was a fairly straightforward thriller…

Red Station by Adrian Magson

My book of the week was Red Station by Adrian Magson, #01 Harry Tate. Here is the blurb:

Having been made the scapegoat for a botched drugs intercept operation, MI5 officer Harry Tate is dispatched to ‘Red Station’, a remote outpost in the Balkans, ostensibly to avoid press scrutiny, but where in effect the security services send ‘problem’ agents they’d like to be rid of. But the outpost is thrust into the international spotlight when troops begin massing in the area; and, as the situation becomes increasingly dangerous, Tate discovers the real, truly shocking, purpose behind ‘Red Station’ – and decides to fight back . . .” 

A very, er, sparse blurb, but accurate! Anyway, I read this pretty quickly and this was my review on Goodreads:

Red Station (A Harry Tate Thriller)Red Station by Adrian Magson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I chose this book completely at random from the Library’s ebook collection. Having just finished it, I searched for more in the series or by the same author, but was very disappointed not to find any! So, that gives you an idea of my response.

The book was a quick and enjoyable read with some nice setting up for the next book in the series. The main character, Harry, was interesting and well developed, but with plenty more to be discovered. The setting was fairly dismal and bleak. Lesser characters were mainly rather unlikeable.

All in all, this is a good spy thriller, which has had a very mixed reception here, on Goodreads. I found that it held my attention well and was a satisfying read.

View all my reviews

So, once again, it is worth checking out other reviews!

At the moment, I have quite a few interesting looking books in my reservation queue. Most of these won’t be available until September at the very earliest. In the meantime, I am choosing ebooks at random and giving them a go. I have decided that, if they don’t grab me within a couple of chapters, I will move on. It seems to be so difficult to do this as I was brought up to  finish each book and not give up. But why should I waste precious time on something I am not enjoying?

I have started to read my next book and it is The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H Wilson. So far, it is really unusual and intriguing and I will give you my response in next week’s Reading Roundup post.

The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H Wilson

Happy Reading to you all!

Love and best wishes,



About The Librain

Retired School Librarian
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2 Responses to Reading roundup 18/08/21

  1. elizabethannh says:

    I agree with your comment about not finishing a book if you are not enjoying it. It has also taken me a long time to accept this, but life is too short and there are so many books to read!
    I am glad you are able to enjoy reading again.


    • The Librain says:

      Thank you so much for this comment! It has taken me such a long time too – some kind of weird guilt from childhood! Best wishes, Anne X


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