Damnation
Damnation is the opener to Peter Beck's acclaimed high-octane series, complete with high stakes, plenty of action and an unforgettable hero in Tom Winter - a thrilling mixture of Jack Reacher and George Smiley, but with a Swiss twist.Dead clients are bad for business, something that Tom Winter, head of security at a private Swiss bank, knows only too well. When a helicopter explosion kills a valuable client and a close colleague, Winter teams up with the mysterious Egyptian businesswoman Fatima Hakim to expose the truth behind their deaths.Together they follow the money trail around the world and back into the Swiss mountains, the NSA watching their every move. As they start closing in on the truth, Winter and Fatima turn from being the hunters to the hunted, finding themselves in a deadly, high-stakes race against the clock.

Damnation Details

TitleDamnation
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 1st, 2018
PublisherOneworld Publications
ISBN-139781786073273
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Crime, Suspense

Damnation Review

  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    This is a high octane Euro-thriller set primarily in Switzerland with ex-cop action hero, Tom Winter, the Head of Security for a private Swiss bank. It begins with a helicopter crash in Hollentobel, on board is an important bank client, Muhammed Al-Badar, Anne, part of the bank security team and the pilot, all are dead. Tom is shattered when he learns of the crash, he had been in a personal relationship with Anne and he feels he owes to her to learn precisely what happened. It soon becomes clear This is a high octane Euro-thriller set primarily in Switzerland with ex-cop action hero, Tom Winter, the Head of Security for a private Swiss bank. It begins with a helicopter crash in Hollentobel, on board is an important bank client, Muhammed Al-Badar, Anne, part of the bank security team and the pilot, all are dead. Tom is shattered when he learns of the crash, he had been in a personal relationship with Anne and he feels he owes to her to learn precisely what happened. It soon becomes clear that a military explosive set off the fire that led to the crash. Al-Badar's destination was a remote meeting place with executives from Orafin, a company leading the efforts to build Egypt's first nuclear power station to meet the demand for energy there. Winter goes to Egypt, only to witness the killing of Kaddour, the CEO of Orafin. Winter follows the trail to Bergen in Norway, where Al-Badar had been attending a conference, and Boston, in the US, getting acquainted with Professor Farmer, who heads the Pyramid Investment Partners, whose clients include a number of wealthy Middle Eastern investors, including Al-Badar, financing a number of US projects.Winter, along with new personal interest, Fatima, the new CEO of Orafin, find themselves entangled with the US security services who suspect Al-Badar of funding terrorist groups and are keeping a close eye on Pyramid Investment Partners. Winter finds himself in numerous hairy situations where his life is in danger. As he follows the evidence, he begins to wonder if there is a mole within the bank itself. Fatima finds herself a target, like her predecessor before her, and there are a number of individuals who have entered Switzerland from the US who belong to a far right nationalist group, showing interest in Winter and the bank. Many of the action sequences take place in the beautiful Swiss landscape of mountains, rivers and lakes. As Winter gets closer to the truth, he becomes aware of a devastating plot designed to unsettle global financial markets and leave many dead in its wake.Peter Beck has written a solid, fast paced, action thriller that is well plotted and raises tension and suspense, set in the traditional banking industry that Switzerland is famous for. Perhaps the greatest weakness is Beck's characterisation, although that might just be my expectation to want characters that I can emotionally invest in more. Tom Winter is a likeable enough central protagonist, willing to do whatever it takes to find out who killed Anne, only to find there are powerful and ruthless forces willing to kill whoever gets in their way. Beck's descriptions of Switzerland's magnificent landscape was a particular highlight for me. An entertaining and absorbing action packed read which I enjoyed. Many thanks to Oneworld Publications for an ARC.
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  • Tripfiction
    January 1, 1970
    Thriller set in SWITZERLANDThis review first appeared on our blog, where the translator, Jamie Bulloch also shares some thoughts and insights: https://www.tripfiction.com/thriller-...Damnation is a brilliant thriller, everything a page turner should be… It is firmly set in Switzerland with side excursions to Egypt, Norway, and New England. Tom Winter is head of security at a discrete Swiss private bank. He is embarking on a non-work relationship with Anne, his assistant. She is, though, killed i Thriller set in SWITZERLANDThis review first appeared on our blog, where the translator, Jamie Bulloch also shares some thoughts and insights: https://www.tripfiction.com/thriller-...Damnation is a brilliant thriller, everything a page turner should be… It is firmly set in Switzerland with side excursions to Egypt, Norway, and New England. Tom Winter is head of security at a discrete Swiss private bank. He is embarking on a non-work relationship with Anne, his assistant. She is, though, killed in a helicopter crash in the Swiss Alps along with the pilot and major Saudi investor, Muhammed Al-Bader. Al-Bader is related to the Saudi Royal family and a very important client for the bank. Tom should have met him at Zurich Airport for the helicopter transfer, but sent Anne in his place. He is overcome by both guilt and grief. Both emotions are accentuated when it turns out that the helicopter crash is far from accidental…Tom sets out to find the truth behind the crash – both for his personal satisfaction, and to protect the bank he works for. He flies to Egypt to meet Kaddour, the head of Orafin – a company raising money to build a nuclear power plant in Egypt… a project in which Al-Bader intended to invest. Kaddour is blown up, and Winter teams up with Fatima Hakim, Kaddour’s assistant, to investigate – and to see if the helicopter ‘accident’ is connected to Kaddour’s death. He is thrown together with Fatima. They head for an under the radar investment conference in Norway, and on to New England where they meet with Professor Farmer, the chief executive of Pyramid Investment Partners – a partnership seeking Arab money to invest in global infrastructure projects. Al-Bader had apparently being working with him as well as the bank.Tom and Fatima return to Switzerland where most of the action in Damnation happens. The bank’s annual conference is taking place in Interlaken and up on the Jungfraujoch. The bank’s CEO, Von Tobler, is in fine form entertaining both senior staff and important clients. Winter has already been ‘warned off’ his investigations by being thrown into a gorge by a mystery assailant – only to be saved by a bungie rope, by being shot at on a golf course, and by being shot at again when traversing the Trift Glacier suspension bridge with Fatima – but it is around the conference that Damnation moves to its frightening finale. Murders most foul, betrayals most devastating. And bravery quite exceptional. Swiss banking, as we know it, can carry on…I read Damnation when I was recently in Switzerland, a country I know well. And the book represents quite perfectly the raison d’être of TripFiction. An extremely good read with a very firm sense of location. Apart from Interlaken and the Bernese Oberland, Bern and Zurich are strong characters, as is a beautiful restaurant high above Lake Geneva. You can absolutely sense the country you are in. For me, the events that took place on the Trift Glacier suspension bridge were particularly evocative. I do not have a head for heights and my legs turned to jelly just reading Beck’s text… I have seen the bridge from afar, and that is quite close enough for me!Damnation is certainly up there with the best thrillers I have read. And luckily it is the first of a trilogy – I really look forward to the next in the series…
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  • Eadie
    January 1, 1970
    This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.Damnation is the first in the series written by Peter Beck. When Tom Winter's colleague and lover, Anne Arnold, is killed in a helicopter along with Muhammed Al-Bader, who is a relation to the Saudi king, he is determined to prove it was not an accident. Tom is the head of security for a discrete Swiss private bank. Tom finds that he will have to follow the money trail around the world as a nuclear power plant in Egypt and a global infrast This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.Damnation is the first in the series written by Peter Beck. When Tom Winter's colleague and lover, Anne Arnold, is killed in a helicopter along with Muhammed Al-Bader, who is a relation to the Saudi king, he is determined to prove it was not an accident. Tom is the head of security for a discrete Swiss private bank. Tom finds that he will have to follow the money trail around the world as a nuclear power plant in Egypt and a global infrastructure project in the US are about to be built and invested in by Arabs from Saudi Arabia. When Tom and Fatima, an Egyptian business woman, start to hunt answers, they find themselves the hunted very quickly. I enjoyed this action-packed thriller very much. Beck gives us a real sense of place through his excellent writing. As I went from Switzerland to Egypt to Norway and then on to the United States, I felt as through I was experiencing all the beauty of these places. I got lots of great information about how Swiss banking works along with fascinating characters. The good ones that you love and the bad ones that you love to hate. The plot was fast-paced and action-packed with breathtaking adventure scenes that made the novel a page-turner until the very surprising ending. I look forward to reading the next in the series and I would highly recommend this book to those who love thrillers with lots of action and adventure.
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  • Priscilla
    January 1, 1970
    Tense action packed thriller that grips you from the start and takes you on a fast paced adventure keeping you on the edge of your seat. Brilliant!
  • Abira Rajput
    January 1, 1970
    I am so freaking excited to read this book. I won it and it arrives just now, I am just so excited and squealing right now. Thank You!!!!!!!!
  • Peter Beck
    January 1, 1970
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