How long can the past remain buried?

A simple message in a local newspaper. A set of highly sensitive documents left in the back of a London black cab. Both events collide to cause Isabel Faraday’s life to be turned upside down.

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Growing up believing her parents died in a car crash when she was five, Isabel learns the shocking truth; a truth that places her own life in danger by simply being a Faraday. Detective Inspector Jack MacIntosh of the Metropolitan Police races against time to save her, and at the same time unravels long forgotten secrets involving MI5, MI6, the KGB and NASA. Secrets that have lain dormant for twenty years. Secrets worth killing for. With kidnap, murder and suicides stretching across four continents, just what is the Phoenix Project?

The Phoenix Project is the first Detective Inspector Jack MacIntosh novel.

My Review

This was certainly a rollercoaster of a ride. It took a while for me to understand what was going on. At first I thought it was going to be too complicated with all the different characters, but eventually I managed to work out who they were. Until they changed. All those different identities. Phew! I’m exhausted.

The pace never let up. In fact the further into the book the faster it got, racing from London to Paris and back again, then back to Paris, to America and even to Europe. The bodies piling up. The mystery more intriguing by the hour.

I’m not going to attempt to outline the plot. It would be far too complicated and I’d probably get it wrong but suffice to say Isabel Faraday is caught up in a web of lies and deceit that began when she was five years old with the death of her parents. What they were involved in was top secret involving an off shoot of NASA known as PRISM and an experiment in space called The Phoenix Project. And when it all went disastrously wrong the truth had to be covered up. Even if it meant innocent people had to die. Including Isabel herself.

But Detective Inspector Jack MacIntosh of the Metropolitan Police is not going to let that happen. Like a terrier with a bone he will never let go until the truth is out and Isabel is safe. What a great TV series this would make! Another one for my favourite actor David Tennant (though I can’t remember how old Jack is supposed to be) or that guy from Silent Witness. Look out for book number two in the series. I wonder where it will take us.

Many thanks to @damppebbles for inviting me to be part of #damppebblesblogtours

About the Author

Michelle Kidd is a self-published author known for the Detective Inspector Jack MacIntosh series of novels.

Michelle qualified as a lawyer in the early 1990s and spent the best part of ten years practising civil and criminal litigation.

But the dream to write books was never far from her mind and in 2008 she began writing the manuscript that would become the first DI Jack MacIntosh novel – The Phoenix Project. The book took eighteen months to write, but spent the next eight years gathering dust underneath the bed.

In 2018 Michelle self-published The Phoenix Project and has not looked back since. There are currently three DI Jack MacIntosh novels, with a fourth in progress.

Michelle works full time for the NHS and lives in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. She enjoys reading, wine and cats – not necessarily in that order.


The Phoenix Project (DI Jack MacIntosh book 1)

Seven Days (DI Jack MacIntosh book 2)

The Fifteen (DI Jack MacIntosh book 3)

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