The Icelander by David W. Stokes
A gripping international thriller that is as up to date as tomorrow’s headlines! When on the 2nd of August 2007, two Russian submersibles were sent to the bottom of the Arctic Ocean to plant the national flag on the seabed to reinforce the country’s blanket claim over the oil rich territory, controversy follows swiftly.
Four years later, in a seemingly unconnected event, a three strong hit team led by a man known as The Icelander is by chance intercepted in the heart of the Italian city of Venice. What the authorities don’t know is that they are on the way to carry out the assassination of two Norwegian government aides, who are covertly working in their own self-serving interests to upstage Russia’s plans.
The gang ends up trapped in Venice’s Doge Palace, and when it is established that one of the terrorists is former IRA bomb maker Seamus O’Callaghan, Nick Savvas, a retired British Army bomb disposal expert, is called in. But when it all goes wrong, the Icelander takes matters into his own hands and all hell breaks loose.
From the snowy wilderness that is the Arctic Circle, and the mean streets of Northern Ireland, to the romantic Italian city of Venice and the sparsely populated islands of the Venetian lagoon, this is a fast moving story that will grip you to the very last page!
The author has rated this book PG (not necessarily suitable for children).