Charles Boxer, ex-army, ex-police, has found his niche in private security. His speciality: high-stakes kidnap resolution. But it's a rootless life that doesn't impress his teenage daughter, Amy, or her mother, Detective Sergeant Mercy Danqah. Alyshia D'Cruz, daughter of Indian tycoon Francisco 'Frank' D'Cruz, has grown up in London and Mumbai wanting for nothing. But one night, after a boozy evening out, she gets in the wrong cab home...
When D'Cruz hires Boxer to find Alyshia, Boxer knows Frank's colourful business career has made him plenty of enemies along the way. Despite the vast D'Cruz fortune, the kidnappers don't want cash - instead favouring a cruel and lethal game. But the UK government don't want their big new investor to lose his daughter in the heart of the capital. MI6 officers in India follow Boxer's leads and soon it seems more lives than Alyshia's are at stake, as the trail crosses paths with a terrorist plot on British soil.
To save Alyshia, Boxer must dodge religious fanatics, Indian mobsters and London's home-grown crime lords. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT is a journey to the dark side of people and places that lie just out of view, waiting for the moment to tear a life apart. Read by Steven Pacey. Steven Pacey is best known for his role as Del Tarrant in the third and fourth seasons of the sci-fi series Blake's 7.
He has worked extensively in Theatre, TV and film for many years and in 2009 played opposite Graham Norton in La Cage Aux Folles at London's Playhouse Theatre. He has read numerous audiobooks, including Sunday Times bestseller Joe Abercrombie, and abridged titles by Matthew Reilly. Produced by Peter Rinne.
©2012 Robert Wilson (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group
I purchased this after listening to the Falcon series which I thoroughly enjoyed so after reading the reviews I took the plunge!
Steven Pacey does an excellent job with the narration - I was hooked on the Jussi Adler-Olsen books which were also excellently narrated and wasn't disappointed with this one.
Great story keeps you listening to find out what happens next and finishes leaving you hanging for the next instalment which I'm off to get now!
"As absorbing as the Spanish series"
Keeping track of all the names and characters was something of a challenge here, but once into the tortuous twists and turn of this tale, I was unable to stop reading/listening till the end!
And Mr.Pacey's command of such a range of accents is amazing!
"I wish this book lasted for another hour or two"
mainly because of the excellent narration. I have enjoyed Robert Wilson 's books for years. please keep on writing.
"So Exciting, and so many Twists!"
Loved it. Already ordered the next in series (but 1, as I listened to 2nd one first on Special Offer). I agree it was a bit of a Boys Own story at times, but ... it was so exciting, with such believable, flawed characters, that it didn't really matter. Plus, having a 17 year old daughter of my own, ... I so get it!
"Great new author discovered on 2 for 1 offer!"
The offer tempted me to try out this author who I had not come across before - and what a bargain I got. With a kidnap as it's central theme this story has complex gangland and terrorist connections stretching from London to India - sees the private security sector jostling with the police and security services all of whom have different agendas; and also manages to very succinctly introduce you to the personal lives of the central characters so that you feel you really get to know them as the story progresses. It pulled me in from the very beginning and most importantly the ending is good - if not totally unforeseen. Steven Pacey's performance is extraordinary, coping as he does with strong male/female roles and a number of different nationalities all of which he makes just subtly different so that you are always aware of who you are listening to. I very nearly gave this 5 stars throughout but I did struggle a little on occasions working out the links and grievances of some of the characters - but I am quite sure someone with a better memory won't have that problem. I am now going to look to see what else there is from Robert Wilson - another Charles Boxer story I hope - a great character!
Interesting characters, but not wholly believable characteristics. Found I had to listen for longer periods in one go, as the number of characters and complicated politics required my proper attention. Overall, I enjoyed it.
"A brilliant narrator for a great book!"
This was my first Robert Wilson book and I absolutely loved it! Steven Pacey as a narrator is just phenomenal. He manages to bring every single one of the characters to life. This is a great listen that sweeps you along with it!
I am a great fan of Robert Wilson's thrillers. He has the knack of moving the story along at a good pace, his plots are full of twists and turns, and the tension never lets up. So I was really looking forward to this book.
But it is a real disappointment. All the ingredients for a good thriller seem to be there but it just doesn't work. It is as if he were writing by numbers. No pace, no tension, a limp plot, and characters that are difficult to like or find interesting. The narrator does his best, but cant make up for a pretty mediocre book.
It is obviously the first in a new series, but I will not be tempted to get the next book. Nor would I recommend this one. Instead, try one of Wilson's other books which are available in Audible. They are top class.
"Capital Punishment - I got bored with this book"
Capital Punishment - I got bored with this book.
Book started out good but over time I just wanted to give up only thing really that kept me going was where Alicia came out alive or dead.
Narration really good, another reason why I kept with this book until Capital Punishment - I got bored with this story until the end.
"Good, but ......."
I did enjoy this story, I felt it was well written and the characters were well formed, however, I did find it a trifle confusing - there were so many characters with similar sounding names, so many different gangs - so many different 'danger/threat' lines and I am not sure I really got the point of various rivalries and hatreds. Overall though, it was a tense well written story.
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