Monday, 30 April 2018

#BlogTour: Dead Man's Badge by Robert E Dunn @WritingDead @BrashBooks #DeadMansBadge #RandomThingsTours

Published by Brash Books, Dead Man's Badge is available now. You can get your copy here. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on to the blog tour.

Career criminal Longview Moody, on the run from killers, assumes his dead, twin brother's identity as the new Chief of Police of a Texas town that's being terrorized by a Mexican drug cartel. To pull off the deadly deception, Longview desperately works to become the kind of cop and man that his brother was. But when the two lives he’s living converge, he’s forced to embrace the violence within him to get justice...and vengeance.  

My Thoughts:

Dead Man's Badge is a thrilling slice of noir with a pace that will take your breath away and it leaves the reader with no let up, it is relentless and exciting. 

As the novel begins Longview Moody is digging his own grave in the desert. The drug cartels that he works for finally catching up with him. When his brother is found dead Longview assumes his identity, which incidentally is as the Chief of Police of a town where the so called drug cartels are running rife. This is something that was never going to run smoothly. Longview Moody is out for revenge and knowing who can be trusted and who can't is another matter.

Dead Man's Badge is gripping but it is also extremely gritty and often brutal. The author has written his characters well, they become alive on the page and are mostly unreliable. Themes included are violence and corruption.

If you are looking for a thrilling read and don't mind a bit of violence then I can recommend this one. There was plenty to keep the reader turning the pages of this frenetically paced novel, which has a great sense of place. 

About the Author:
I wasn't born in a log cabin but the station wagon did have wood on the side. It was broken down on the approach road into Ft. Rucker, Alabama in the kind of rain that would have made a Biblical author jealous. You never saw a tornado in the Old Testament did you? As omens of a coming life go, mine was full of portent if not exactly glad tidings.

From there things got interesting. Life on a series of Army bases encouraged my retreat into a fantasy world. Life in a series of public school environments provided ample nourishment to my developing love of violence. Often heard in my home was the singular phrase, "I blame the schools." We all blamed the schools.

Both my fantasy and my academic worlds left marks and the amalgam proved useful the three times in my life I had guns pointed in my face. Despite those loving encounters the only real scars left on my body were inflicted by a six foot, seven inch tall drag queen. She didn't like the way I was admiring the play of three a.m. Waffle House fluorescent light over the high spandex sheen of her stockings.

After a series of low paying jobs that took me places no one dreams of going. I learned one thing. Nothing vomits quite so brutally as jail food. That's not the one thing I learned; it's an important thing to know, though. The one thing I learned is a secret. My secret. A terrible and dark thing I nurture in my nightmares. You learn your own lessons.

Eventually I began writing stories. Mostly I was just spilling out the, basically, true narratives of the creatures that lounge about my brain, laughing and whispering sweet, sweet things to say to women. Women see through me but enjoy the monsters in my head. They say, sometimes, that the things I say and write are lies or, "damn, filthy lies, slander of the worst kind, and the demented, perverted, wishful stories of a wasted mind." To which I always answer, I tell only the truth. I just tell a livelier truth than most people.

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Sunday, 29 April 2018

#BlogTour: Escape and Evasion by Christopher Wakling @chriswakling @FaberBooks #EscapeandEvasion

Escape and Evasion by Chris Wakling is published by Faber & Faber on 3rd May 2018. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy and inviting me on to the blog tour. 

'Escape and Evasion reads like a Network for the Bitcoin era.' Tony Parsons
City banker Joseph Ashcroft has stolen £1.34 billion from his own bank.
He has given it - untraceably - to impoverished strangers worldwide, and has fled.
Why has he done this? And will he get away with it?
Joseph knows that if he leaves the country, he will easily be tracked down. So he opts for hiding close by - first in the city, then in the woods near the home of his estranged family. An ex-soldier, he's adept at the art of camouflage.
On Joseph's trail is Ben Lancaster, the bank's head of security and, as it happens, a former army friend with whom he shares a violent, guilt-ridden past.
The hunt is on.
Escape and Evasion is a tragicomic tale of buried secrets, the lengths a man will go to win back those he loves, and the fallout from a monumental change of heart.

My Thoughts:

Escape and Evasion is the first book that I have read by Christopher Wakling. It is the sort of book that I possibly wouldn't consider, banking, soldiers etc. I am pleased to tell you how wrong I was. This is a book that moved me and made me think. I am still thinking about it long after finishing it. 

Joseph Ashcroft is a banker and he steals over a billion pounds and distributes it across the world to poor people. He then goes on the run, on his trail is the Bank's Head of Security. Will he catch up with Joseph and why did Joseph do what he did in the first place?

The pacing in this novel is perfect and the writing is sublime and memorable. It is thrilling and exciting, wondering if somebody can shift all of that money and get away with it. 

This book is more than a thriller though, there is real heart, depth and morality here. This is the story of Joseph Ashcroft and all of his emotions and motivations. 

Fascinating and highly readable. I loved this interesting and intriguing read. I wish the author every success. 

About the Author:
Christopher Wakling is a novelist and travel writer whose previous books include On Cape Three PointsThe Undertow and Towards the Sun.
Born in 1970, he was educated at Oxford, and has worked as a teacher and lawyer. He lives in Bristol with his wife and children.
Twitter: @chriswakling
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Monday, 23 April 2018

#BlogTour: Wheelchairs, Perjury & The London Marathon by Tim Marshall @Authoright @AuthorightUKPR

Published by Clink Street Publishing. Wheelchairs, Perjury & The London Marathon is available now. You can get your copy here. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy and Rachel for inviting me on to the blog tour. 

The top wheelchair athletes of today enjoy the same high-profile exposure and admiration as their able-bodied counterparts. This has come about partly through wheelchair participation in mass fun-running events such as the Great North Run. Wheelchairs, Perjury and the London Marathon charts disability sports pioneer Tim Marshall MBE’s journey from the rock-climbing accident which left him paralysed, to becoming a trailblazer for wheelchair racing. The fun-runs of the 1980s enabled wheelchair road-racing to flourish, and Marshall took part in marathons and half-marathons where wheelchairs were welcome to compete. This did not, however, include The London Marathon, from which wheelchairs were banned for the first two years. This is the story of how this prohibition was overturned, told from the competitor’s point of view. Tim and many others campaigned for the inclusion of wheelchairs in The London Marathon in the face of huge opposition from the organisers. Finally, in 1983 the efforts of sportsmen and women, the press, the Greater London Council and members of parliament resulted in a breakthrough just ten days before the 1983 marathon, which at last agreed to wheelchair participation. Wheelchairs, Perjury and the London Marathon reveals the tenacity and resolve required to achieving sporting greatness in the face of adversity. Tim Marshall’s story — and the legacy he has helped build for disabled sports — are a testament to his love of racing and his passion for disability equality.

My Thoughts:

It is rather apt that I am able to talk to you today about Wheelchairs, Perjury & The London Marathon. I really enjoy reading non fiction of good quality and this one is no exception to that. The Author is himself disabled after enduring an injury to his spine when he was younger. 

Tim Marshall has written a blow by blow account of his battle to allow Wheelchairs to be included into the London Marathon. This is something that didn't happen until 1983 after a great amount of opposition and red tape. I found this absolutely shocking given the seeming appeal of the race and the inclusivity that always seemed evident. 

The fact that Tim Marshall was so persistent in his quest is inspirational and something for everybody to admire. The Press, other sports people, The Greater London Council and even Parliament had a hand in over turning the original ban. 

I am so glad that Tim Marshall was able to succeed in his quest for equality for those with disabilities and that he is able to remind us of his story. I hope that The London Marathon continues to be the celebration and spectacle that we have at the moment. 

Wheelchairs, Perjury & The London Marathon is highly readable and although descriptive it is a fairly short book. It gave me a great insight into the plight faced and disabled sports as a whole. 

About the Author:
Tim Marshall was born in 1946 and gained an M.Sc in Statistics from the London School of Economics, working at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris before taking up a position at Birmingham University. His lectureship in the Medical School followed by his appointment as Associate Professor in Epidemiology and Public Health ended with his retirement in 2006. He has enjoyed a lifelong love of sport including wheelchair racing, skiing and sailing.

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Sunday, 22 April 2018

#BlogTour: The Picture by Roger Bray @rogerbray22 @rararesources #ThePicture

The Picture is available now. My thanks to the author for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on the blog tour. You can find out more here.

A warehouse in Japan used as an emergency shelter in the aftermath of the 2011 Tsunami. A distraught, young Japanese woman in dishevelled clothes sits on a box, holding her infant daughter. Ben, a US rescue volunteer, kneels in front of her offering comfort. They hug, the baby between them. The moment turns into an hour as the woman sobs into his shoulder; mourning the loss of her husband, her home, the life she knew. A picture is taken, capturing the moment. It becomes a symbol; of help freely given and of the hope of the survivors. The faces in the picture cannot be recognised, and that is how Ben likes it. No celebrity, thanks not required.

But others believe that being identified as the person in the picture is their path to fame and fortune. Ben stands, unknowingly, in their way, but nothing a contract killing cannot fix.

My Thoughts:

The Picture is the second book I have read by Roger Bray and I am fast becoming a fan of his writing. The plot for this one is memorable and original and I was just sucked right in to the beautiful writing. 

Roger Bray excels at his characterisations and making the reader feel for them and follow along with them rooting for a positive outcome all of the while. I felt emotionally invested and hung on every word. This is truly a very captivating and absorbing read. 

The plot centres on a picture that is taken after a disaster, a picture that captured a moment in time. A picture that shows the best of humanity, a young woman being comforted by Ben who was a volunteer. A picture that even in the worst of times, there is always hope to cling on to and the fact that life will go on. 

On the other side of coin the positivity is marred by some who are trying to identify those in the picture and make themselves rich and famous. I feel that The Picture is a unique take on the Good vs Evil debate and how we can triumph over adversity. 

This is a wonderful story that I will remember for a long time. Roger Bray is a really brilliant writer and I can't wait to read more from him in the future. What I appreciated most is the fact that I was made to care about the characters and the events and disasters that happen to our beautiful planet. An examination of the vulgarities offset against decency.

I can highly recommend this one. 

About the Author:
I have always loved writing; putting words onto a page and bringing characters to life. I can almost feel myself becoming immersed into their lives, living with their fears and triumphs. Thus, my writing process becomes an endless series of questions. What would she or he do, how would they react, is this in keeping with their character? Strange as it sounds, I don’t like leaving characters in cliffhanging situations without giving them an ending, whichever way it develops.
My life to date is what compels me to seek a just outcome, the good will overcome and the bad will be punished. More though, I tend to see my characters as everyday people in extraordinary circumstances, but in which we may all find our selves if the planets align wrongly or for whatever reason you might consider.

Of course, most novels are autobiographical in some way. You must draw on your own experiences of life and from events you have experienced to get the inspiration. My life has been an endless adventure. Serving in the Navy, fighting in wars, serving as a Police officer and the experiences each one of those have brought have all drawn me to this point, but it was a downside to my police service that was the catalyst for my writing.

Medically retired after being seriously injured while protecting a woman in a domestic violence situation I then experienced the other side of life. Depression and rejection. Giving truth to the oft said saying that when one door closes another opens I pulled myself up and enrolled in college gaining bachelor and master degrees, for my own development rather than any professional need. The process of learning, of getting words down onto the page again relit my passion for writing in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school.

So here we are, two books published and another on track.

Where it will take me I have no idea but I am going to enjoy getting there and if my writing can bring some small pleasure into people’s lives along the way, then I consider that I will have succeeded in life.
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#BlogTour: Without Consent by Sid Spencer @mr_sidspencer #WithoutConsent #RandomThingsTours

Published independently Without Consent is available now. You can get your copy here. My thanks to the author for the review copy and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on to the blog tour. 

A childhood in the care system, a boarding school in the remote countryside, a boy forgotten and abused.
This is the true story of how I, as a small boy, went from my neglectful, volatile parents, to controlling, uncaring foster carers and to a boarding school rife with sexual abuse, perpetrated by the adults there.
Experience the court trial, the fear of having to face my abuser, my fight to be believed and the final outcome.
This is a story of hope, of strength and of justice. This is a story that, sadly, too many children experience.
This is a story that should never have to be told by anyone again.
25% of ALL Sales will be donated to Survivors UK.

My Thoughts:

I knew when I was asked to read Without Consent that I would find it a tricky read but an important one. I am glad that I read it and I am glad that I can talk about it with you here today. 

Without Consent is Sid Spencer's story in his own words. It is moving, haunting, often brutal but it is real and honest and I implore you to read it. It will be tricky for some, trigger emotions in others but it is a story that needs to be heard.

Sid Spencer grew up in care and later went to boarding school. In a place were he should have been safe and nurtured. He was abused by someone in a position of authority. This story is told in all its detail, yes it made me feel uncomfortable, but I am glad that the author is now in a position to be able to tell his story and hope that even one more person steps forward and can say that it has happened to them too. 

Also within this story is the court cases and the authors fight for justice. I really hope that in telling his story it has been a somewhat cathartic experience, and helped in a small way to begin to heal the mental and physical anguish of the events. 

Important and made me angry. Emotive and incredibly moving. I hope that you read this one too. 

About the Author:
Sid Spencer has been a father since 2010 when, with his husband, they fostered and adopted their two children.
Sid soon realised that in order to help his two children to heal, he needed to help the boy that we was to heal as well.
Sid leaves in West Sussex where he writes, paints and is the dad at home.

Twitter @mr_sidspencer

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Friday, 20 April 2018

#BlogTour: Blind Dates, Big Love & Six Tinder Weeks by Bena Roberts @benaroberts @rararesources

Blind Dates, Big Love & Six Tinder Weeks is available now. My thanks to the author for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the blog tour.

Helen's children leave home at eighteen. She sleepwalked through her marriage of twenty years for their sake. But when they go, she leaves her husband. Her house is a mess, as is her image and Helen breaks down. Through her pain, she draws blood and allows the universe to guide her and her decisions.
The unexpected happens, scientist Helen gets thrown into a new life of hedonism, dating, and self-discovery. A charming lawyer steals her heart, but is Helen ready for the fast lane? Will the local village firefighter provide the romance of her dreams? Or the military spy CJ, who is convinced that Helen is part of a Romanian smuggling gang.
With the help of her sister Portia, Helen starts to transform her life. The universe guides her to finding something in herself.
Debut author Bena Robert's provides a unique perspective in this witty black comedy. Dark humor meets chick lit with a robust and realistic voice.

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My Thoughts:

Blind Dates, Big Love & Six Tinder Weeks is a change from my usual type of read. I absolutely loved this funny quirky romance that had me giggling throughout. 

This book tells the story of Helen, in her forties and newly single, looking to transform herself and her life. The book follows a time line of six weeks, and what Helen gets up to during that time and the men she meets. 

There is a lot to like about this book but predominately for me was the host of entertaining and unique characters. The storyline is enjoyable and realistic and could be about any of us. 

I found it refreshing that the story centred on someone in their forties dating, it goes to prove that not all on line dating is done by young people. 

The story flows well and was engaging enough to keep me entertained throughout. It was so funny I had finished reading it before I knew it. 

A refreshing look at the dating scene and all of its consequences, all packaged up in a hugely comical and uplifting read. 

I really enjoyed this one.

About the Author:
Bena Roberts was a journalist and analyst. Now she prefers the title romance adventurist! She graduated in England 1994 and then with a Masters in 1997.

Born in 1973, Bena lived in West London until she was 24. Then she lived and worked in Budapest, Bruges, Prague, Amsterdam, Vienna, Hamburg and Munich. She currently resides in Germany, between Heidelberg and Frankfurt. Although she still refers to London as 'home.'

Bena successfully created a technology blog which gained funding, had lunch with Steve Ballmer and was 'top 50 most influential woman in mobile.' Her blog also won several awards including Metro Best Blog. However, her technology career ended after she was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer in 2009. Since 2012, Bena has taught English in Germany and managed a small relocation business.

Bena has two children, loves small dogs and always writes books with a cup of Earl Grey.

Six Tinder Weeks, now Blind Dates, Big Love and Six Tinder Weeks is her debut novel. Other books include The Forever Night Stand, with Tammy & Lisa: Mum Detectives at the Village School available in 2018.

Twitter - @benaroberts

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Thursday, 12 April 2018

#BlogTour: Visions by Helen J. Christmas @SFDPBeginnings @rararesources #Visions

Visions is available now and you can get your copy here, or enter the giveaway towards the end of this post. My thanks to the author for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the blog tour. 

Visions is a psychological thriller set in rural England. The year is 1985. It’s been 12 years since Eleanor escaped London, discarding the fragments of her tragic past to discover a new life. She is hiding in a remote country village, a place where she truly believes she is safe.
Her neighbour, James Barton-Wells is desperate to save his historic country house from ruin but this has attracted the attention of a wealthy property developer from London whose seemingly altruistic offer to ‘bankroll the restoration’ masks a sinister game plan. Suspicious of his motives, Eleanor consults her friend, Charles Bailey. But Charlie has his own story, fearful that Perry Hampton is the man who undoubtedly destroyed his own life.
The characters are drawn together in a battle to save Westbourne House, oblivious to the menace that surrounds them. Threats, stalking and deception lie at the root of the Hamptons evil. Yet it is not until Eleanor comes face to face with them, she recognises a deadly enemy from the past.
Can Eleanor unravel the clues that conceal an evil crime committed in the 70s? This book will draw you into a world of suspense with shocking psychological twists you will never see coming…
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My Thoughts:

I am very happy to be able to talk about Visions today which is the second book in the Same Face Different Place series. The first Beginnings was reviewed here in January.

Visions sees the reader leave the 1970's behind and finds them smack in the middle of the 1980's the cultural references do well to tie the book to the time frame. Eleanor Chapman has spent years trying to get over the terrible gangland stuff that occurred in the 1970's. She leaves a peaceful life and she is settled in the countryside. The locals know her and she fits right in to the community. 

The peace is about to be shattered though when ghosts of the past turn up and the glorious Westbourne House is under threat what ensues is another battle of wills. Can Westbourne House be saved and peace restored?

Visions can be read perfectly well as a standalone but I would recommend reading beginnings first for the background and also it would be great to follow the series all of the way through. 

I very much enjoyed reading visions, the suspense was there as with beginnings but the pace was slightly slower. The characters came even more to life and this author is adept at scene setting and characterisations. The trademark suspense and intrigue are there throughout, a genuine battle of good versus evil. 

I can't wait to see what happens now in Book 3. 

Really recommended. 

About the Author:

Helen J. Christmas lives on the south coast with her husband. With a love of writing since childhood, she
started her decade spanning thriller series 'Same Face Different Place' in 2011 and published her debut novel, 'Beginnings’ in 2012. Visions was the second book of the series and published in 2013; a suspense novel which explores British culture and social history in the 80s as well as the most evil traits people are capable of. The 16th Century cottage in which Helen lives with her husband (restored in 1991) provided endless inspiration for Visions, along with some very special places in Sussex that she loves. Writing is something she fits around her family and social life. Helen is a self employed web designer and works from home with her husband, Peter. They enjoy the company of a faithful border collie and a beautiful white cat, though Helen confesses to have dreamed up many of her storylines, whilst walking Barney around the nearby beach and park.
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Saturday, 7 April 2018

#BlogTour: The Generation Game by Sophie Duffy @sophiestenduffy @legend_press #TheGenerationGame

I am delighted to be taking part in the blog tour today. Legend Press are reissuing some of its most popular titles from over a decade of publishing. April 5th 2018 sees the turn of The Generation Game by Sophie Duffy. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy.

Philippa Smith is in her forties and has a beautiful newborn baby girl. She also has no husband, and nowhere to turn. So she turns to the only place she knows: the beginning. 

Retracing her life, she confronts the daily obstacles that shaped her very existence. From the tragic events of her childhood abandonment, to the astonishing accomplishments of those close to her, Phillipa learns of the sacrifices others chose to make, and the outcome of buried secrets. 

Philippa discovers a celebration of life, love, and the golden era of television. A reflection of everyday people, in not so everyday situations. 

My Thoughts:

The Generation Game is a book I hadn't come across until I was approached recently to read it for its reissue. I am so glad I agreed to read it as it was like a breath of fresh air and I enjoyed it very much. 

This book centres on Philippa Smith who has just had a baby, she is on her own and The Generation Game is her trip down memory lane as she recounts the story of her life. Crammed full of nostalgia that could have been wistful but wasn't. There are references to television programmes and anybody that was around in the 70's and 80's would love this book. 

A cast of lovable and unique characters underpin this story and evidence the fact that family are not always those that we are born into but those that we choose for ourselves. 

The Generation Game is an absolute joy to read, light and uplifting but never fluffy. There is of course touches of the serious and the author manages the perfect balance between the two. Beautifully written with characters that come alive and jump off of the pages. I raced through this wonderful book. 

A narrative that is littered with humour and characters that captured my heart, I couldn't help but become entranced by this trip down memory lane. Sophie Duffy is a writer that has her own unique style and one that I liked very much. 

About the Author:
 Author of 'The Generation Game' (2011), 'This Holey Life' (2012), 'Bright Stars' (2015) and 'Betsy and Lillibet' (2018)
Sophie Duffy is the author of The Generation Game (2011), The Holey Life(2012), Bright Stars (2015) and Betsy And Lillibet (2018). Her work has won the Yeovil Literary Prize and the Luke Bitmead Bursary, and has been nominated for the Guardian Not the Booker and the Harry Bowling Prize.
She is a writer and creative writing tutor and mentor for CreativeWritingMatters, as well as an administrator for the Exeter Novel Prize and other literary competitions.
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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

#BlogTour: The Outer Circle by Ian Ridley @IanRidley1 @Unbound_Digital #TheOuterCircle #RandomThingsTours

Published by Unbound Digital The Outer Circle is available now. My thanks to the author for the review copy and Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on to the blog tour. You can get your copy of the book here.

It's the morning after the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in London. The city is relaxed as rarely before, delighted with itself at how spectacularly it has hosted the uplifting event. 

The capital, however, will be rudely and brutally awoken from its self-congratulation by a shocking atrocity committed upon innocent Muslims at the London Central Mosque in Regent's Park. 

How could it happen? Why did it happen? Is this a terrorist attack? Is it political? Or is it personal? 

THE OUTER CIRCLE is concerned with the culture of modern Britain. It follows five characters caught up in this tragic event and the aftermath of anxiety and reprisal as the answers dramatically emerge.

My Thoughts:

The Outer Circle is a bold and accomplished novel from the writer Ian Ridley. This is his first work of fiction and I certainly hope that it won't be his last.

Set in London 2012 mere days after the high of the Olympics. Everyone is warm and friendly and there is a camaraderie amongst strangers. On the next turn of the coin though an atrocity takes place at a Mosque in Regent's Park, this strikes fear into everyone. This book really deals with the aftermath.

The characters were wonderful vessels for telling this story, a story that had me engrossed. The London landscape was set perfectly, the unravelling of events was handled sensitively. I very much enjoyed following them throughout the story. 

The author has shone a light on subject matter that is sadly very current and very relevant. He has handled it with care but also produced a story that engages the reader and makes them think.

There is also a reflection of journalism as it is today and also racism. All subjects that were wonderfully handled.

The Outer Circle is a unique book on subject matter that everyone is aware of and is touched by. This thrilling read is really highly recommended by me. 

About the Author:
Ian is an award-winning football writer and the author of 10 books. A former chairman of Weymouth and St Albans City, he has been writing about football for over 30 years, having worked for various newspapers including the Daily Telegraph, The Independent on Sunday and The Observer.

Twitter: @IanRidley1

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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

#BlogTour: 88° North by J.F. Kirwan @kirwanjf @HQDigitalUK @rararesources #88North

Published by HQ Digital 88° North is available now. My thanks to the author and the publisher for the review copy and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for inviting me on to the blog tour. You can get your copy here.

The deadliest kind of assassin is one who is already dying…

As the radiation poisoning that Nadia Laksheva was exposed to in Chernobyl takes hold of her body, she knows she has mere weeks to live. But Salamander, the terrorist who murdered her father and sister has a deadly new plan to ‘make the sky bleed’. Nadia is determined to stop him again, even if it is the last thing she ever does.
The only clue she has are the coordinates 88˚ North, a ridge in the Arctic right above one of the largest oil fields in the world, three thousand metres below the ice. If Salamander takes hold of the oil field, he could change the climate of the whole planet for generations to come…
But can Nadia stop him before her own time runs out?
The gripping third and final novel in J.F. Kirwan’s brilliant spy thriller series. Perfect for fans of Charles Cumming, Mark Dawson and Adam Brookes.
My Thoughts:

88° North is the final instalment of the Nadia Laksheva spy thriller series. I am somewhat saddened by that, but my what a ride it has been. 

This book follows on from the last. Nadia is determined to defeat Salamander, he has already cost her so much and she has nothing left to lose. She doesn't have much time and the only information she has are some coordinates. It is a deadly and dangerous mission but one she is determined to carry out for the good of everyone.

This whole series has been exceptional and this final book does not disappoint the action ramps up a gear, the chapters are exciting and exhilarating. The pacing is phenomenal and the characterisations are excellent throughout. 

I have really enjoyed reading about the character of Nadia, it has made a really pleasant change to have that strong female lead and I liked her very much. 

88° North is absolutely full of suspense and page turning events, trying to keep up with Salamander was quite a task. The twists and turns are plenty and I never quite knew what was happening until right near the end. 

This is an outstanding series in a genre that I didn't know that I would enjoy. I loved it and think a lot of people will too. 

Sad to see it end but happy that others still have the pleasure of reading it. 
About the Author:
J. F. Kirwan is the author of the Nadia Laksheva thriller series for HarperCollins. Having worked in accident investigation and prevention in nuclear, offshore oil and gas and aviation sectors, he uses his experience of how accidents initially build slowly, then race towards a climax, to plot his novels. An instructor in both scuba diving and martial arts, he travels extensively all over the world, and loves to set his novels in exotic locations. He is also an insomniac who writes in the dead of night. His favourite authors include Lee Child, David Baldacci and Andy McNab.

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