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Scotched Nation

A Willie Morton Mystery
Narrated by: David Sillars
Series: A Willie Morton Mystery, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
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Five months after Scotland’s Independence Referendum, freelance journalist Willie Morton discovers he has a look-alike who works for pro-Union group, GB13, which aims to prevent Scotland leaving the Union. Morton wants to discover how far they are willing to go to frustrate democracy. What are the group’s connections with MI5 and is the Prime Minister involved? 

It’s a game of high stakes and soon Morton is in the Palace of Westminster fleeing for his life up into the dusty dereliction of the roof space. He needs to confront the reclusive leader of GB13, whisky magnate Lord Craile, in his remote mansion on Mull and ask him one question - why? 

But some questions are too incendiary, too dangerous.... The Union is sacrosanct, greater, it seems, than democracy itself and Morton seems to be a threat to it, their top target.

©2019 Andrew Scott (P)2019 Andrew Scott

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Conspiracy at the heart of Wsstminster.

it is almost a year since Scotland voted in the referendum not to leave Great Britain. Whilst in London, following up a story for the Standard, a chance encounter convinces free lance journalist Willie Morton, that he must have a double, a man called Philip. Curious, and with time to kill, he decides to visit the gentleman's club frequented by Mr.Philip, knowing the man himself is out of town. The impersonation went well and Morton further learns of a seemingly secret meeting and decides to find out more.

This is a story of corruption, conspiracy and greed, a political thriller and spy story which combines fictional characters within a non fictional backdrop. Once started, it is a complex, interactive web of characters and ideas, all skillfully presented as mystery, with cunning, self centered and very plausible characters giving an air of realism combined with excitement.
Narration is by David Sillars, whose rich English voice and pleasantly soft Scottish accent is very easy on the ear and his performance is good, slow delivery but well paced and modulated, his character voicing s just sufficient. His reading helps to further enliven this already intelligent and, sometimes amusing thriller. The most irritating aspect of the book is the prolonged pre-start chapters, over two minutes to give title, author and narrator names, plus listing other books. To avoid this, skip straight to chapter five.

My thanks to the rights holder of Scorched Nation, book 2 of the Willie Morton thriller series, who at my request freely gifted me with a complimentary copy via Audiobook Boom. It was an enjoyable and satisfying mystery cum political thriller which I recommend to all readers who enjoy spy action stories with very realistic and possible settings

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  • 22-01-20

Incredible Story

Journalist Willie Morton has made an intriguing discovery that he looks remarkably like Phillip Gallimont, a member of GB13, a discrete pro-union organization. Willie attempts to pass a Gallimont and gather some information that he can use - this essentially starts a deadly chain of events as the secrecy and new found threat to Morton's life (due to his involvement) begins to unfold.
This thriller has many great qualities, it cal classify as a political thriller, legal thriller, and has elements of action that would resemble any spy story such as James Bond. Author Andrew Scott has done an incredible job with keeping the suspense going from start to finish, and the vivid details of scenes and characters paints an image and brings the story to life.
Narrator David Sillars was absolutely perfect for the audiobook version of this story.
I highly recommend this book.