Review: Yearn to Fear by Chas Murrell

Today I am reviewing “Yearn to Fear” by Chas Murrell courtesy of Anne at Random Things Tours.

About the Book:

Publisher : Chas Murrell (13 Nov. 2020)

Paperback : 352 pages

ISBN-10 : 0645006203

Buy on Amazon UK here.

The greatest scientific invention of modern times…

Capable of curing humanity…

But more adept at controlling it…

Sydney scientist, Marcus Hall, is developing a radical 5G Wi-Fi receiver for CSIRO. With access to secretive Lamarr computer chips – this technology promises billions to repair Australia’s ravaged economy. On a caffeine boosted whim, he inadvertently discovers a therapeutic breakthrough in neuroscience. Or so he thinks…

His seemingly trustworthy lab partner, Henry, is an unlikely Australian spy. His official duty is keeping tabs on the project and their Lamarr chips. But the whole project is now classified top-secret.

Marcus remains blissfully unaware of the many secrets surrounding him, until he witnesses the graphic murder of a colleague. Could this event reveal Henry as a master deceiver and ruthless double agent? Will the scientific discovery be fatal for Marcus, those he loves, and the one he yearns for? Marcus faces a soul tearing dilemma: is the only means of stopping the carnage to weaponise his prototype?

Foreign intelligence agencies realise the top-secret breakthrough is priceless. One particular spy leads the race to seize the invention. A psychological master of the long game, espionage, and extortion, his only rule according to Kung Fu: Win.

Friend and foe alike confront this psychotic mastermind. All will FEAR him, but is their FEAR real? Only the next six minutes will tell…


About the Author:

Chas Murrell has been a Police Officer, Senior Fire Commander, Customs Coastwatch surveillance mission co-ordinator, heavy machinery mechanic, emergency medical technician/ instructor, film extra, and General Manager of an event company. He has published academic papers on liquid hydrogen and held a worldwide provisional patent for a nonlinear mathematical calculation. He survived Australia’s largest gas BLEVE in 1987, and has provided operational support to some of Australia’s largest natural disasters in North Queensland.

On a personal level he has suffered from relentless and debilitating migraines all his life, is father to four and pop to two. He and his artistically entrepreneurial wife live in Tasmania, which looks very much like Scotland and they wouldn’t have it any other way. A direct descendant of Robert the Bruce (King of Scots), history runs deep in Chas’s veins, along with a profound knowledge of both World Wars. You may even come across him online playing World of Tanks.

In his Australian spy thriller books you will get to know Chas’s knowledge of technology, intrigue, crime, espionage, weaponry, banter, romance and even whisky… yet above all, there is believability and no loose ends.

Twitter @MurellChas


My Review:

If you have hung around here for any time, you will know that I love a good spy thriller so I definitely jumped at the chance to read this one, especially as it is an Australian author – I need to broaden my exposure more in 2021!

Firstly, I loved the fact that the device they were developing was something to help with insomnia, something I suffer with a few times a year. I loved that it paid attention to that development and didn’t rush into the ‘spy trope’ of exciting challenges, fun gadgets and baddies!

This book didn’t disappoint on the spy thriller front – twists and turns with plenty action and adventure thrown in, all with great narration so as not to lose you in the melee! I also liked the addition of humour throughout the story – I have a very sarcastic sense of humour and it really appealed to me.

The characterisations in the book are fabulous – I love that there was great female representation and that they were strong women too. I also like the smattering of Australian history and culture – this is not something I have any real knowledge of and therefore enjoyed learning it.

This is the first book in a planned trilogy and I am very excited to read the next two instalments – they are definitely on my Wish List TBR!

Loved it and would highly recommend it to anyone .. especially if you like a spy thriller!

My Rating:


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