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I am pleased to be on the blog tour for The Expansion by Christoph Martin.


Genre: Thriller, suspense

Stars: 4

Links: Amazon UK and Amazon US


The Blurb

In politics and big business, truth is a matter of opinion.

Straddling the storyworlds of Panama, Washington and London, The Expansion follows British-born geomatic engineer Max Burns, whose revolutionary water-saving system wins him the esteemed position of head engineer for one of the 21st century’s most politically contested megaprojects: the expansion of the Panama Canal.

For Max it is a dream come true: not only is he able to work closely with construction giant and old high-school friend Godfredo Roco in one of the most beautiful tropical environments, but it’s the kind of job Max has been working toward his entire career.

Yet in the arena of global trade and diplomacy, stakes are high, and when a senior official of the Panama Canal Administration is found dead, Max finds himself in the frame for sabotage and murder, and at the centre of a web of political intrigue and betrayal that reaches far beyond the idyllic shores of Central America. The only person Max can trust is his new-found love, Karis Deen, a scientist with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Except Karis herself holds a secret that could not only destroy Max, but could change the entire balance of world power.


My Review:

Thrills, spills, and intrigue galore in this tropical political thriller…

Max Burns, engineer, gets the opportunity of a lifetime to work on the expansion of the Panama Canal with his old school friend. But when a senior official is found dead and the evidence is pointing at Max, secrets and sabotage threaten everything he has ever worked for…

With a punchy opening scene and plenty of pace, this thriller managed to pack in fraud, deception, and murder into its pages. There was plenty of plot to sink your teeth into, and some great crescendos. The pace was so fast that, when it occasionally slowed, the change in pace felt out-of-place, but the suspense was tight and the read a fun one. Recommended.

*Thank you to the author for my free review copy via Authoright PR.


About the author: Christoph Martin is the writing team of Christoph Martin Zollinger and Libby O’Loghlin. Christoph Zollinger is a Swiss entrepreneur whose career spans legal, military, corporate and private enterprise. Christoph graduated with a law degree from the University of Zürich, after which time he went on to live and work in Panama in corporate and private enterprise for more than a decade. In 2012 he returned to Switzerland with his wife and children. He divides his time between his home in Zürich and a tiny Alpine village in Graubünden. Libby O’Loghlin is an Australian novelist and prize-winning short story writer who has a career in narrative media production, including film and television, as well as print and digital publishing. She has lived in the UK, USA and Malaysia, and she now lives with her family in Switzerland.


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