The Tempus Project by Antony Johnston: High-Tech Methods Fuel a Very Old-School Thirst for Revenge

The Tempus Project

The Tempus Project

by Antony Johnston
Series: Brigitte Sharp Thriller , #2

eARC, 353 pg.
Lightning Books, 2020

Read: May 22-26, 2020

This is the second in a series—but it’s not essential to read the first. Bridge will cover everything you need to know in her narration.

Following a botched pickup of a journalist who wants to give some evidence to the British government, Brigitte Sharp—cyber-analyst extraordinaire—is out for payback. Her hunt for those responsible to the op going wrong, as well as a hunt for those to behind a cyber-attack at G20 summit in London, puts her neck-deep in international intrigue (her early guess that there’s a connection between the two just adds impetus).

The motives behind these two attacks—in addition to some other cyber-hijinks—is beyond her ability to guess. So Bridge focuses on the how and who, leaving aside the considerations of why for later. It’s an exciting ride, full of enough twists and turns to satisfy any thriller reader.

I’ve always been bugged by it, but Dreyer’s English has emboldened me in this particular hang-up: there are significant, multiple-page long, sections in all italics. It’d make the reading process nicer if we didn’t need to wade through that. It’s a minor thing, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say it bugged me.

The tension is played just right. The technobabble* feels authentic—or at least enough to get away with. The plot’s intricate without becoming Byzantine. There’s plenty of character development, but it felt…forced? By the numbers? Heartless? I can’t put my finger on it, but it’s like Johnston knew he needed some character development and did what he could to put it in, even if it didn’t feel natural or earned. That shortcoming colored the rest of it for me. Still, I liked Bridge and the rest of this cast of characters.

* That’s not a term of derision, just trying for an all-encompassing term.

I have a friend who will regularly upbraid me for not liking things as much as he does (he doesn’t comment here, it’ll be via text, email, or in-person—depending how much he has to say about my wrong-ness). I can easily see where this is one of those books where he—or others—will feel like scolding me for not liking it enough. And they really might be right to do so. I liked this, I recommend it, I just wanted a bit more from it. I can easily see me coming back for another installment, too, I should add.


3 Stars

My thanks to damppebbles blog tours for the invitation to participate in this tour and the materials (including a copy of the novel) they provided.

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: The Tempus Project by Antony Johnston

Today I’m pleased to welcome the Book Tour for the Cyber Thriller The Tempus Project by Antony Johnston. Following this spotlight post, I’ll be giving my take on the novel here in a bit. But let’s start by learning a little about this here book, okay?


Book Details:

Book Title: The Tempus Project by Antony Johnston
Release date: May 25, 2020
Publisher: Lightning Books
Format: Paperback/Ebook
Length: 353 pages

Book Blurb:

In The Exphoria Code, MI6 officer and elite hacker Brigitte Sharp foiled a terror attack on London that used stolen military drone software to deliver a ‘dirty bomb’.

Now Bridge is back, battling a series of hacks and ransom-ware attacks, masterminded by a hacker known only as ‘Tempus’, who is targeting politicians and government officials with impunity.

Discovering that this campaign is linked to a cyber-attack on the London G20 summit, she is drawn into the dark-web world of crypto-currencies, Russian hackers and an African rebel militia.

In another compelling cyber-thriller from the creator of Atomic Blonde, Bridge races against time to prevent a disaster that could alter the balance of global power forever.

About Antony Johnston:

Antony JohnstonAntony Johnston is a New York Times bestselling writer. The Charlize Theron movie Atomic Blonde is based on his graphic novel; his Brigitte Sharp thriller novels are critically acclaimed; and his first videogame, Dead Space, redefined its genre.

Antony’s books, graphic novels, and videogames include The Exphoria CodeThe Tempus ProjectThe FuseDaredevilShang-ChiShadow of Mordor, the Alex Rider graphic novels and the adaptation of Alan Moore‘s ‘lost screenplay’ Fashion Beast.

He also hosts the podcast Writing And Breathing. Find him online at twitter.com/AntonyJohnston and antonyjohnston.com.

He lives in Lancashire.

Social Networks:

Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Website ~ Instagram

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK ~ Amazon US ~ Waterstones ~ Foyles ~ Google Books ~ Kobo

My thanks to damppebbles blog tours for the invitation to participate in this tour and the materials (including a copy of the novel) they provided.

WWW Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Hey, it’s the middle of the week already–time’s already difficult to keep track of in self-isolation, but throw in a three-day weekend? Fuhgeddaboudit. So, I guess it’s for WWW Wednesday!

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived on Taking on a World of Words—and shown to me by Aurore-Anne-Chehoke at Diary-of-a-black-city-girl.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Easy enough, right?
What are you currently reading?
I’m reading City of Hate by Timothy S. Miller and am listening to North! Or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson, Peter Sandon (Narrator).

City of Hate North! Or Be Eaten

What did you recently finish reading?
I just finished Antony Johnston’s The Tempus Project and Promises Forged by Devri Walls, Daniel Thomas May (Narrator) on audio.

The Tempus Project Promises Forged

What do you think you’ll read next?
My next book should be American Demon by Kim Harrison and Point Blank by Anthony Horowitz, Simon Prebble (Narrator) on audiobook.

American Demon Point Blank

Hit me with your Three W’s in the comments! (no, really, do it!)

Life in Books Tag

Life in Books Tag
I don’t know where this one came from (if you know, I’d love to credit them), but this looked like a fun tag to tackle, and I was in the mood to try one.

1. Find a book for each of your initials

High Fidelity Changes Needle Song

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

Changes by Jim Butcher

Needle Song by Russell Day


2. Count your age along your bookshelf – what book is it?

The Snapper

The Snapper by Roddy Doyle


3. A book set in your city/country

Boise Longpig Hunting Club

Boise Longpig Hunting Club by Nick Kolakowski

Boise isn’t my hometown, but this book takes place in Boise and many surrounding areas—Jake Halligan would have to drive by my town several times in this book, so I’m counting it.


4. A book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to

 The Naming of the Dead

The Naming of the Dead by Ian Rankin

I’m not really that big on travel, but my wife and I have often talked about going to Scotland, and it doesn’t get more Scottish than Ian Rankin?


5. A book that’s your favorite color

The Run-Out Groove

The Run-Out Groove by Andrew Cartmel

Haven’t read this yet, but it’s sitting on my TBR Shelf for ages—love that orange.


6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

The Fellowship of Fear

The Fellowship of Fear by Aaron J. Elkins

This was hard, really hard. There are a handful I could think of here, but they’re the ones I can’t shut up about. But as I tossed ideas around (which was a lot of fun, and I spent more time doing than I’m going to admit), when I stumbled onto this one, I mentally threw in the towel. My first encounter with Gideon Oliver, this kind of mystery (it might have been my first amateur detective who wasn’t a lawyer), Forensic Anthropology—literary love at first sight.


7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

The Sound and the Fury

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

There are a few that fit here, too. But I remember struggling mightily with this one—which bothered me, I loved the Faulkner I read in college and often figured I’d turn into one of those guys with a deep familiarity with his opus. Instead, I’ve got Douglas Adams, Robert B. Parker, and Jonathan Tropper. Not exactly equivalent.


8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

The Border

The Border by Don Winslow

The Cartel kicked my butt, and ThePower of the Dog left me shell-shocked, to imagine there’s one to tie off the series really intimidates me. But I really want to find out how he wraps it up.


As usual, I’m not tagging anyone in this—but I’d like to see what you all have to come up with.