"The De Heerden brothers have some big plans for South Africa which they intend to see through to fruition, whatever the cost. South Africa’s fledgling democracy is not working in their opinion and they have a platinum edged solution. Max Thatcher is drawn in to preventing the conspiracy spiralling South Africa’s constitution back to the dark days of Apartheid. In this, a fast moving story, there can ultimately only be one winner. With none of the protagonists prepared to take a backward step the cost to secure victory is measured in terms of life and death.lanes inexplicably colliding, economies in disarray. "
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read, March 23, 2014By kenneth l branham - This review is from: The Platinum Solution (Max Thatcher Series) (Paperback)
Mike Smart's books seem to hit on current topics even though they are fiction. Look forward to reading the newest book. Recommend this to anyone who likes action series books as I do.
4.0 out of 5 stars A captivating story from cover to cover, March 18, 2014By T. Wilds - This review is from: The Platinum Solution (Kindle Edition)
This second book in the series is a fun read and I found it hard to put down. A few surprises for those that have read the first book Gatekeeper. Stock market manipulation, racial tension, lies, deceit, murder, greed for total power over a country, and of course Mike Smart's "Dirk Pitt" Max to set things right. What else do you need for a great story?I read a great number of books from Cussler and Du Brul and find this series from Mike Smart as enjoyable. Looking forward to the next in the series.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Riveting Thriller!, February 18, 2014By Believer This review is from: The Platinum Solution (Max Thatcher Series) (Paperback)
In South Africa Mandela is dying, and a formidable organization of white Afrikaans with a platinum solution is bent on returning the political structure to the dark days of isolation and Apartheid. "The Platinum Solution" is a fast-paced, heart-stopping thriller that encompasses cities from South Africa to England, and even Madeira, a small island off the North African coastline. It begins when insurers hire Falcon Services to solve the disappearance of the lead analyst from London's BDS Bank which has been negotiating a deal with PG Mining. With Max Thatcher on assignment overseeing protection of a British contingency at a conference in Madeira, his associates Greg and Patrick take on the mission. What they don't expect is to find a connection between both undertakings that will not only lead them into danger, but could mean the disruption of political systems at home and abroad.The plot is a well-written roller-coaster ride filled with murder, mystery and intrigue. The action never stops from beginning to end as clues are unravelled and the danger escalates. Even in victory the ending holds a shocking surprise and paves the way for another Max Thatcher novel.The core characters are memorable with all their weaknesses and strengths. Max Thatcher the head of Falcon Services is a sharp-edged, tough investigator with keen instincts who reveals a tender and considerate side in his relationship with Clare Pryce, a smart, humorous, sexy professor. Like Max's colleagues Greg and Patrick, Sara Brown the M16 agent is fearless, determined and astute; all three face danger without hesitation.But in this story the antagonists are both chilling and heartless as they murder and destroy to get what they want. The Der Heerden brothers are a study in contrasts; one an intelligent womanizer with political aspirations, the other a hot-tempered madman with evil intentions that go far beyond the mandate of their Fraternity. Their henchmen Henk Gerber and Joost are killers without any scruples. All these characters add excitement and energy to a novel that is riveting from beginning to end.I thoroughly enjoyed "The Platinum Solution" and look forward to reading Mike Smart's novel "Gatekeeper" which I'm sure will be just as entertaining.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Platinum Solution is a book you can't put down!, 5 Jan 2014By Bob Marsden
This review is from: The Platinum Solution (Max Thatcher Series) (Paperback)
From the very beginning, I found this story completely compelling. Mike Smart seems to have the knack of keeping you needing to know what happens next. Global business, corruption, violence and sex are woven into this chilling version of reality. I admire the way he writes completely contemporaneously with actual world events. His story line seems to anticipate real events, then they happen, and then they become pivotal to the action in the later stages of the plot. It is uncanny.I can't wait for the next in the series.When will someone make a film of these great adventures?
5.0 out of 5 stars A Platinum read....seriously!, 17 Feb 2014By gem.b This review is from: The Platinum Solution (Max Thatcher Series) (Paperback)
Great second book in the Max Thatcher series...only takes a couple of days to read because you can't put it down! Totally unpredictable plot, an abundance of characters, very fast-moving and set in extremely well-researched current political circumstances. All but the dull and ignorant, will have an opinion on its content!Mr Smart weaves in some very clever and considered development of the main character, Max, making you feel a sense of familiarity and connection with the first book, Gatekeeper, coupled with a degree of empathy with the variety of personal and professional situations in which he finds himself.And I sense a hint of darkness brewing in Max, that may or may not be significant in 'Without Warning'....the third book, out in March I believe, and on the wish list.The Platinum Solution is a page-turner and if you want to generate some juicy debate and banter about issues like South Africa, terrorism, the Secret Services, Government cover-ups/cock-ups etc etc.... get it on your Book Club list!
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Thriller, 12 Feb 2014By Robin - This review is from: The Platinum Solution (Max Thatcher Series) (Paperback)
Having thoroughly enjoyed Gatekeeper, I was pleased to receive for my birthday The Platinum Solution , the second in the Max Thatcher series. It's superb,well written and keeps you waiting ( not for long) for the next exciting chapter.I heard the interview on BBC radio yesterday with the author. It was good to hear his background and enthusiasm and can see why the book is so enthralling.Written in the style of Jeffrey Archer but more factual and thrilling.Well done, Mike Smart, bring on the third as soon as possible.Robin
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth its weight in..well platinum!, 6 Feb 2014By Ian.jones
This review is from: The Platinum Solution (Kindle Edition)
This is Mike Smarts second novel featuring his protagonist Max Thatcher.Once again he delivers a "smart" fast paced thriller which is also just about as contemporary as you can get.Short on frills, long on thrills with unexpected twists and turns all the way. Buy it in the evening and you will be turning pages long into the night.Waiting for the next one sir!
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book, action packed, tense and interesting., 28 Jan 2014By Mrs M R Winchester
This review is from: The Platinum Solution (Kindle Edition)
Loved this book, it grabs your attention and keeps you guessing the whole way through. You start to think you you know where the story is leading and it changes direction abruptly