Seconds to Midnight

Philip Donlay has given us a fast-paced, action packed spy thriller that hooks you from the first paragraph and doesn’t let go – long after you’ve finished the book!


When I selected Seconds to Midnight, I knew nothing of Philip Donlay, his primary protagonist – Donovan Nash – nor did I realize that it was an espionage thriller. How fortuitous that I was unaware of these things or I might not have read this incredible thriller.

Seconds to Midnight is the latest in a series of spy thrillers by Donlay. However, despite my knowing nothing of the primary characters, their history and relationships, this book could easily have been read as a stand-alone. Donlay does an excellent job filling in the characters’ backstory as the main character, Donovan Nash, catches up with others in the book.

Nash works for an NGO, “Eco-Watch” and uses this to “solve” world-wide incidents. In the beginning of Seconds To Midnight, the crew discover a mysterious woman who either was escaping from some very nasty fellows, or she was part of the group and the only survivor. She cannot remember and has left no clues to her identity. As the tale twists and turns, we are introduced to a myriad of spies, thugs, heroes and mercenaries and, often, it is difficult to distinguish between any of them. As their machinations unfold, we are  us thrust down the path toward a very climactic conclusion.

As with any spy thriller, there is a massive amount of violence, near misses with death and, to some extent, a pass on believability. However, Donlay has woven together an exciting, well-written novel full of action and suspense. If espionage is your thing, you will find this one to be very satisfying. If you are fan of Tom Clancy’s older novels or James Rollins’ Sigma Force series, then you will love Seconds to Midnight.

Thank you to #Edelweiss, #PhilipDonlay and Oceanview Publishing for this thriller.

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