Friday, October 5, 2012

Vengeance Wears Black

Vengeance Wears Black
By Seumas Gallacher

Reviewed by R. Murry

The plot has been used many times: The good guys against the bad guys.  However, Mr. Gallacher’s intriguing spin on that basic theme has flashes of believably events that brings in the reader.  We know that drugs and prostitutes are sold around the world, but what is being done to curtail these criminal activities.

Seumas Gallacher, in his detailed novel, gives a plausible and creditable counter measure – a group of black operations experts who work under the legal radar for Interpol.  They are International Security Partners (ISP.)  Former SAS members brought together to do what the legal system are not allowed to do, which is to eliminate international criminals by whatever means possible.

One bombing incident, at the Peking Garden restaurant, brings about a turf war between two criminal groups, one Chinese and another East European, for the control over distribution of drugs and prostitution in the United Kingdom.
An ISP comrade is killed in the bombing, which intensifies their already on going contracted policing of these malcontents.

The plot thickens to the point that it hard, at times, to tell who the bad guy is.  Mr. Gallacher’s character driven story takes us into the background of the international underground.  His characters are many, but they come alive to the point that you believe they are real.  Three characters propel the story forward and keep you attentive: the leader of ISP, a Chinese elder, and a drug lord lieutenant.  Their actions drive the story forward and to an acceptable conclusion.

Seumas descriptive prose delivers an interesting and colorful journey through Europe and Asia, where the drugs and women are imported from to major cities across the world.  Unfortunately, there is much truth to what is in this fictional novel. You won’t put the book down.

Seumas Gallacher’s links are below after his interview:



  1. A very timely plot. I'm looking forward to reading this. It's nice to every once in a while run across a book that both I and my guy can both enjoy. Lets face it, crazy cay lady and the 'I'm retired so I fish' guy have few fiction points in common

  2. Nice review. Vengeance Wears Black is in my TBR stack. I'll have to move it up. It sounds like a good story, and the former SAS members will add interest. Thanks, Seumas and Roy.