Last Act of Vengeance is a story told in two inter-connecting episodes. It begins in 2008 with the hero of our story, Mat Kennedy. He is a retired ex-soldier and MI5 covert opperative who embarks on a personal mission to avenge the death of his pregnant wife and six year old son. The interconnecting episode begins in 1969, when Mat becomes a private soldier of the British Army, in the Royal corps of Signals. He meets a young officer, Nigel Powlette-Jones, the Son of a serving General. The two men hate each other on sight and though Mat has the full support of his direct superiors, he nevertheless must follow the orders of his ultimate superior, Nigel Powlette-Jones. Mat ultimately becomes the more successful of the two, rising through the ranks by virtue of his hard work and diligence of duty and his almost inevitable secondment to covert operations with M.I.5. as a (Fully Fledged sneaky bastard) international assassin. Powlette-Jones however is a misplaced misfit, who constantly makes erroneous judgments and finds himself irrevocably in the realms of hot water with his superiors and only progresses to the upper echelons of power, by virtue of his Father's under the table dealings with his many friends and influence, in an attempt to save the honour of his family, for a Son he knows to be a complete fool. Each of the inter-locking sagas of this novel, as it leaps through time, from one era to the next, leads the reader through the past and into the present, so the reader can catch up with all the events of a time before, up to the present day and understand Mat's motivation. Mat and Powlette-Jones see little of each other throughout their years of service but when they do meet, the simmering embers of hatred are easily fanned into flame. The General helps his Son to murder Mat's family and though Mat takes some immediate revenge, the ultimate act of vengeance must wait until the very last. The second and interlocking saga of this story is told from a standpoint of time-honoured military precision. Mat sets out to devour, under the cloak of death, the entire Powlette-Jones family and their assistants. With due diligence, the reader will, through understanding of Mat's past, be able to fully understand his methodology, his conception and his full dedication in his plan to take revenge. At the very outset of the story, there is mention of a mysterious letter. This letter is contained and mentioned within the story throughout, though neither its contents nor its author are revealed until the last chapter. This forms a twist in the tale, that I defy any reader to predict. There is intrigue throughout this double edged sword story; it covers government sanctioned international assassination, secret military missions, domestic murder, cover-up at the highest levels and M.I.5 and C.I.A. collaboration, even the involvement of prime ministers and Presidents alike. Kidnapping gives rise to the theft of one and a half million pounds in international bearer bonds and only one man can walk away.