- Publisher: Vanguard Press
- Edition: 1st Edition
- Available in: Paperback and Kindle
- ISBN: 978-1843868590
- Published: 29th October 2012
What do you do when you are hunted run and hide or, like the leopard, turn and hunt the hunters? As his family struggles to cope with the aftermath of their kidnapping, Ian Vaughan s worst fears are realised when news reaches him of the release of two terrorists intent on revenge against him and the powers that thwarted their anti-imperialist ambitions. Faced with the prospects of a normal life disappearing fast and his marriage disintegrating within the confinement of a safe house, Vaughan chooses to emerge from hiding, but then the terrorists succeed in a daring attack to free their leader. When fresh terrorist outrages are committed Ian Vaughan finds himself becoming inexorably embroiled in a deadly game of sleuthing and survival; for when the body bags begin to fill before the clues can be pieced together, even the professionals are playing catch-up.
Amazon 5 Star ***** 9th July 2016
Richard Frankland is a very talented and knowledgeable writer, who keeps us gripped with a different kind of thriller. Continuing the story so expertly crafted in A Cast of Hawks, we are once more plunged into the deadly and terrifying world of Ian Vaughan and kept on the edge of our seats with another great read.
5.0 out of 5 stars
It gets better and better
By Mrs Caroline Hodgsonon 31 October 2015
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The fast moving book follows the exploits of a bunch of terrorists loose in the UK. A believable plot enhanced by diverse characters. A fabulous and exciting read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, intriguing thriller, 19 Feb 2013
By Sherman Glendenning (Portsmouth, England) – See all my reviewsThis review is from: Batsu (Paperback)
I had read Richard V Frankland’s debut novel “Cast of Hawks” prior to reading “Batsu” and was glad to have done so, as the story and characters have evolved from it. However “Batsu” is an unputdownable book and stands in its own right as a good read.
I enjoyed the authenticity of the locational descriptions and events, suggesting that the author has gone to great lengths to research the book. He writes in a direct, nitty-gritty, mo-nonsense style. The plot is multi-faceted, unpredictable and completely absorbing.
“Batsu” has for me served up entertainment, suspense and travel in exactly the right balance. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews
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Review by Author Richard Hardie 24th June 2014
My reasons for buying a book vary from the fact that one of my favourite authors, Terry Pratchett, or Bernard Cornwell has a new release, to the need to buy research material for my own writing projects. In the case of Batsu, I met Richard Frankland at a book signing and was intrigued enough both by him and by what he had to say to break the habit of a lifetime and buy a book by an author I’d never heard of and in a genre I don’t normally read. A decision I didn’t regret.
Batsu is Japanese for “retribution” and is a sequel to the first in the series of books about Ian Vaughan. In the first of the series, Vaughan and his family are kidnapped by the Japanese Red Brigade terrorist group, although Vaughan manages to foil the terror gang’s plot and rescue his family, killing a couple of the terrorists in the process including the sister of one of the terror group leaders. The whole episode does irreparable harm to his marriage, which is where “Batsu” starts.
Two of the Japanese terror gang have been released from prison and sent under cover to the UK with other terrorists, via Canada. Once in the UK they rescue the leader of their terror group and having joined up with agents from North Korea, they put their plans into effect for a major coup against the West. You’ll have to read “Batsu” to find out what the coup is and Richard Frankland keeps you guessing until the end with numerous satisfying red herrings.
I mentioned that this isn’t a genre I normally enjoy, but “Batsu” is superbly written and crafted and I would put it on a par with Fredrick Forsyth at his best. Frankland’s Japanese terrorists are chillingly ruthless as killers, and yet have the perfect manners and humility that is inherent is the Japanese psyche.
Frankland’s hero, Ian Vaughan, is a likeable character and one that you have sympathy for both initially and more so as the book progresses. His wife has left him and taken his children, allowing him the absolute minimum of visiting rights and one of the terrorists is determined to take revenge on Vaughan for the killing of his sister. Ian tries to stay out of trouble and let the secret services deal with the situation, but when the terrorists arrive in the West Country very near to where he’s staying Ian decides he needs to act.
“Batsu” or “Retribution” is aptly titled. Is it Vaughan’s retribution for the destruction of his marriage and family, or is it the vengeance of one of the terrorists for the death of his sister? Is it the retribution of a violent Japanese terrorist group against Western capitalism, or the revenge of the terrorist leader whose plans Vaughan wrecked in Richard Frankland’s first book.
“Batsu” is highly satisfying as a thriller on every level. The twists and turns are not there to annoy the reader, as they are in so many books, they’re logical and intrinsic to the plot. None of the characters are superfluous and are all well structured. Most importantly the ending is fist-pumpingly good. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it to anyone.
Roger Smith review for club newsletter Ebb and Flow February 2013
Batsu (Japanese for Retribution)
When I heard that the sequel to ‘A Cast of Hawks’ was out I had to get a copy.
The story takes up where the original left off – the surviving terrorists seeking revenge and their associates out to destroy security measures being put in place by the west. With all this going on, our hero’s family are struggling to come to terms with what has happened to them previously.
Various government agencies are involved, here, in the US and Japan and the action soon picks up. Once again the settings are largely places familiar to us sailors – Newton Creek on the Isle of Wight, the river Itchen and even right on the clubs doorstep and many more besides. The “ordinary” people in the story are people you feel you almost know – even a couple of the baddies are almost identifiable, all of which adds to the realism. Attention to detail is also given to the sailing aspects, notably the handling of his new boat – a heavy, long keel, Saltram 36 (I sympathised with his remarks about going astern!).
All in all a good action story that I finished off in remarkably short time for me (my previous read was ‘The Riddle of the Sands’ which I found quite hard work and took ages to finish).
There is another book in the pipeline (he sneakily left things open at the end of ‘Batsu’) and I plan to get that as soon as I can.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read – great follow up, 24 May 2013
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Enjoyed this book very much. Just two points – you really need to read Cast of Hawks first to get the most out of it – some references back will be lost if you don’t. And it took me a while to get clear who all the main characters are because of the unfamiliar Japanese names.
Helen Cooper, Librarian Tavistock Library. 4th July 2013
I have finished Batsu – when is the next one being published???? Couple of unpleasant surprises in there. Did Weaver have to die I was rather fond of him and I probably would have done in the ghastly receptionist person. Lovely character, I seem to have met several people like her!! The depiction of Kingsbridge is done well. Another fast paced book I do find myself turning the pages faster and faster to see what happens next! I really need to know what happens so write very quickly please!
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for weekends!, 20 Jan 2013
By pec – See all my reviewsThis review is from: Batsu (Paperback)
Warning ! Do not start this book if you’re going to have to put it down any time soon. This is the second book in this series. ( Please Richard Frankland tell me there are more coming. ) As the previous reviewer explained, it certainly helps to have read ” Cast of Hawks ” in that the continuity adds so much to the ongoing story. This book ,like the first , is a page-turning , multi-national , multi-locational rip-roaring thriller .I read this book yesterday thanks to a very understanding husband who kindly left me to my avid reading and quietly cooked dinner too. As I said in my title to this review—-thank God for weekends ! Enjoy !
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and engaging action packed story, 19 Dec 2012
By Naoyoshi Yamakawa (Tokyo, Japan) – See all my reviewsThis review is from: Batsu (Paperback)
This is a very dynamic and engaging story. I could finish the book in a few days which is unusual for me. Events develop simultaneously at multiple locations involving Japanese and North Korean terrorists on British soil. This is the second book by the author and obviously his in depth knowledge in sailing, civil engineering and Japanese culture help to make the story very realistic and authentic. If you like action packed stories, I highly recommend this new book, Batsu.
5.0 out of 5 stars Non stop page turner, 27 Nov 2012
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I bought “A Cast of Hawks” as a result of meeting the author in a bookshop in Brighton. To be honest, the cover didn’t inspire, but meeting him persuaded me to buy a copy. I really enjoyed reading that book, and bought the sequel “Batsu”. Again, I’m not sure I like the cover, but I enjoyed the book thoroughly. It’s a real adventure, and although it stretches the imagination here and there, it is eminently believable. You can imagine the characters are real people as they have ups and downs like the rest of us, even if they have adventures that test belief on occasion. It’s not major literature, but it is a very good read if you like that kind of book. Once started, I couldn’t put it down.
If you are thinking of buying this book, read “A Cast of Hawks” first. “Batsu” stands alone, but reads better as a sequel as this places it in context.
Great books to take on holiday…and I hope there will be more adventures to follow?