Book Tour – Airside by James Swallow

What would you do if you found a duffle bag filled with 2 million euros? This is the foundation of today’s review and book tour.

Thanks to welbeck publishing for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review, and for inviting me to take part in this book tour…

📚Book Review 📚

Airside by James Swallow

Two million in cash.
Nowhere to run.
Nothing left to lose…

Would you risk it?



This is the basis of James Swallow’s new novel, Airside.

Businessman, Kevin Tyler becomes stuck airside overnight in an airport as he gets bumped from his flight. However, this is just one thing which has gone wrong today and this may just be the last straw.

After what may have been the worse day of his life, he suddenly discovers a duffle bag full of cash, 2 million euros to be precise. All he has to do is survive the night and make sure the people who owns the money don’t catch him!!

I love going to the airport, the trepidation and excitement of a holiday, but I have also had the experience of waiting for hours due to a delay to get home. The long wait, the tension as you eagerly await the announcement that your flight is finally ready to board. However I have never had to wait airside (in the airport past security checks) overnight before.  But this is the position that Kevin is left in when he discovers his scheduled flight is overbooked and is then bumped as he is one of the only single travellers there. As the next flight isn’t until the morning he has a long wait ahead and as the beginning progresses we get a good idea and image of what this would be like. The small smattering of travellers having to wait overnight, settling down to sleep.

The first half of the novel sets the scene well. We find out more about the main character as well as some of the other people who aren’t in the airport to travel but to conduct some dodgy business transactions. As you can imagine the first part is pretty slow paced but this reflects the dragging of time perfectly. With many hours to wait there isn’t much to do except read or try to sleep. However, after going to the bathroom and discovering a large duffel bag of cash the action really starts to ramp up.

This is a tension filled, airport thriller with some raw, brutal scenes which will have you cringing and wanting to look away from the action. The authors use of description brings the scenes to life in a bleak, grey landscape of a stormy night in a German airport which is the ideal setting for what happens next.

Airside is a story of a small airport which seems insignificant but plays a big role as the setting of a seedy, underground, criminal enterprise. It is a tale of Greed, crime, desperation and of how far one man will go if given the chance to change his life completely from the mess he is currently in.

After the initial setup this novel will have you hooked, sitting on the edge of your seat desperate to know what happens and why this all came about in the first place.

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 – a tense, slow burn (at first) thriller which depicts the dark underworld of a small airport and how far one man will go to try to change his life!!

Airside is out now!!

About the author

James Swallow is a British author. A BAFTA nominee and a New York Times, Sunday Times and Amazon #1 best-seller, he is the author of several original books and tie-in novels, as well as short fiction, numerous audio dramas and video games.

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