#BookReview #GoingBack Neil Lancaster @neillancaster66 @Burning_Chair

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Source: ARC copy via author

I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on Neil Lancaster’s Going Back, the third in the Tom Novak series. Thanks to the author for the review copy.

Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:

The war is over, but some scars never heal…

Novak is back.

Answering a call from his old friend and comrade-in-arms, Mike Brogan, Tom Novak finds himself back in the one place he does not want to be, the home of his childhood nightmares: Sarajevo.

Undercover and thrust into the centre of a Black Op, Tom and his team are double-crossed and forced to rely on their wits as a deadly new threat emerges.

Forced into a race against time to stop a terrifyingly effective new weapon, can Tom fight against the odds once more to save not just those he loves, but the world as we know it?

My thoughts:

OK I’m starting off this review with a confession…Going Back is the first of Neil Lancaster’s Tom Novak books I have read. I shall write my review and then go stand in the naughty corner for the rest of the day!

Going Back is the third in the series and as I have just read it without reading the others, I can confirm you can read this as a standalone and not be confused. You might be pretty pissed off at yourself for not reading them all but you will not be confused!

Having said that, I shall be extra careful in my review so as not to give away any spoilers for those who are sensible and have read the others. So rather than too much about individuals and situations, this one is about all the feels for me!

Going Back left me feeling breathless, exhilarated and totally fired up. What an emotional rollercoaster ride of a read. INTENSE, powerful and explosive. I really felt as though I needed a lie down in a darkened room to return my heart rate to normal!

Even just having read this one, I truly believe that this series is begging for a place on the big screen. Neil Lancaster has created a story that played out movie style in my head. The streets of Sarajevo came alive as every sense was tantalised and sometimes that worked out to be pretty painful, I can tell you this author packs one almighty punch in his writing.  

There is action, and I mean seriously good action. Yet it didn’t ever feel over exaggerated rather always terrifyingly real but there was also that human touch, I really enjoyed Pet’s character and even a touch of some dry humour along the way, so don’t worry, you do have time to take a breath in amongst it all!

Obviously as a new reader I’m not up to speed on Tom Novak’s background and so I shall be careful what I say I. The author has created a well-defined and relatable character in Novak, he’s clearly a man with a past and even as a new reader I was aware that this operation brought him some personal conflicts to deal with as he returned to his country of birth. There is something very intriguing about his character, something that definitely piques your interest and makes you want to find out more as he undertakes a bit of a personal journey in this book. I really loved his working relationship with Pet and felt a real connection between them both.

It is clear that the author is writing from knowledge and this is evident throughout but it is still done in a way that does not alienate readers who are not so familiar with hi-tec warfare methods and machinery.  The pace is fast and sharp with the nail biting tension rising on every page. This is an author with a real edge to his writing and definitely one to be watching!

Going Back is available to purchase from:


Amazon UK

Amazon US

About the author:

Neil Lancaster

Neil was born in Liverpool but grew up in Kent, leaving aged seventeen where he served for six years in the Military Police with the RAF. He left the Metropolitan Police in 2015 where he served for over twenty-five years, predominantly as a detective, leading and conducting investigations into some of the most serious criminals across the UK and beyond.

Neil acted as a surveillance and covert policing specialist, using all types of techniques to arrest and prosecute drug dealers, human traffickers, fraudsters, and murderers. During his career, he successfully prosecuted several wealthy and corrupt members of the legal profession who were involved in organised immigration crime. These prosecutions led to jail sentences, multi-million pound asset confiscations and disbarments.

Since retiring from the Metropolitan Police, Neil has relocated to the Scottish Highlands with his wife and son, where he now writes crime thriller books, walks his dog, and looks out of the window at the view a little too much.

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