The Watchlist Book Review

The Watchlist was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Book: The Watchlist

Author: Joseph Mitcham

Publication Date: November 26th 2019

Genre: crime thriller

Rating: 3 stars


68 dead and nearly 300 injured in a hostile vehicle and bomb attack on a community festival in Birmingham, the country is in shock.

Battling the mental turmoil of the aftermath, Alex, a former Army communications specialist, stumbles across the UK Terror Watch List – he cannot resist the challenge of stealing the list from under the nose of his contract supervisor, Lucy Butler, a razor sharp and headstrong Intelligence Corps corporal with big ambitions.

Wrestling with his conscience and the ethics of tackling unconvicted suspects, Alex enlists the help of famed former UK Special Forces Warrant Officer, Craig Medhurst. Alex struggles to win the respect of Craig’s core team, but together they hatch a daring plan to act on their selected targets.
Can Alex use his charm to persuade Corporal Butler to join them? 

My Review

What would you do if you had your hands on the UK terror watch list? This is a question that gets explored throughout this novel. We follow our main character Alex who is on a job for the security unit of the army and comes across the watch list and decides he needs to do something due to a terrorist attack.

This was a really difficult topic approached where many ex army men decide to take action on people who are on this terror watch list. We follow Alex’s internal struggle dealing with the decisions and plans he started, unsure about if he made the right decision getting the ex special forces involved.

This was a really gruesome and graphic novel involving things such as murder, poisoning, torture, terrorist attacks and so much more triggering content that may affect you so be careful heading into this one.

The only problem that I had with this story was that the writing was overly descriptive and really long for the sake of descriptive writing. Every sentence was really long and way too descriptive just for simple sentences that could have easily just been simple sentences.

About the author

Joseph Mitcham served with the British military in elite and technical units for over 16 years. His service not only gave him a thorough tactical and technical understanding of some of techniques and processes employed in his first novel, it also provided him with the opportunity to develop himself, earning a first class honours degree in business leadership by the end of his service.

The inspiration for writing ‘The Watch List’ was taken from personal experiences from the roles that he has served in and characteristics from some of the people that he has served with. Joseph has written an incredible, yet compellingly credible story that plays out in our world as he sees it today.

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