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The Takers (Sam Pope Series Book 2) by Robert Enright

February 23, 2019 - 7:17 pm No Comments

The Takers (Sam Pope Series Book 2) by Robert Enright

Published on 19th February 2019

301 pages  

Sam Pope is back and he is not taking any prisoners. Following on after Pope had taken down The High Rise, killing Frank ”The Gent” Jackson and uncovered a Police corruption, Pope is now a wanted man. Mark Harris wanting to be Mayor of London, saw a way of getting more votes, by trying to get Pope of the streets. However, Pope has other thoughts and when a father’s plea for help to find his daughter goes ignored by the Police, Pope knows he needs help.

Pope is still a man on a mission and whilst he was wanted by the police, it still didn’t stop him helping the father whose daughter was missing. As with the previous book, Pope never lets anything get in the way of his objective, with the added danger of the Police Task Force and a tenacious Inspector Amara Singh, he still remained calm and collective. DSI Adrian Pearce is still on the force and yet again is put in a difficult position. Regardless of who Pope comes into contact with, he always changes their lives whether it is a good or bad outcome. More of Pope’s Army life in Afghanistan is revealed as Ethridge, another old Army buddy is introduced to the series.

From the moment you start this book, you are straight into an action fuelled story. The read was fast-paced and I read it in less than a day. Whilst Pope is wanted by the Police, you will be rooting for him, as he is cleaning the streets of crime.  The addition of a European gang opens up this series to more missions further afield and I can’t wait to read what Pope will do next. This is an explosive read and a good addition to the series.  

A Heart in the Right Place by Heide Goody and Iain Grant

January 22, 2019 - 6:48 am No Comments

A Heart in the Right Place by Heide Goody and Iain Grant

Published by Pigeon Park Press on 30th November 2018

228 pages

As soon as the blog tour was announced for this book, I knew that I had to be part of it. One thing I love about these authors is that I will always get a laugh reading their work.

Nick always thinks he is the failure out of the 2 sons. Planning a special trip for his terminally ill father, he orders a special gift for his dad’s birthday. Finn is a killer for hire, paid to do the dirty work for corporate bodies, she has been paid to get a heart. When their paths cross, what follows is a comedy of errors.

Nick and his dad Tony were 2 great characters. Nick a Generation Y, was not practical, thought outside the box and things tended to go wrong, Tony was the complete opposite, a typical dad, hardworking and practical. At the start of the book, their relationship was disjointed as Nick was trying too hard, but as disaster, after disaster followed, they started to get closer. Some of my favourite scenes happened when their lives were in danger and they were discussing films and survival techniques.

The description of Finn as the terminator was spot on, a no-nonsense woman who got the job done regardless of how bloody it got and who had a fascination of cataloguing the people she met.

Throughout the book, everyday items were put to unusual uses and I never knew how versatile Duct tape was. The imagination of the authors is incredible and I always wonder where they get their ideas from. Who else would come up with Finn abseiling down using intestines attached to the man she just killed. 

This book had it all, action, horror and comedy all rolled into one fast-paced thriller. Whilst the story is bloody and gory, you don’t notice, as you are giggling about the situation that caused the mess. This was a quick loveable read and if it was not for real life I would have read it in one sitting. Whilst this is a standalone story, I would love to see Nick and Tony tackle other chaotic adventures.

Blackwater by TWM Ashford

February 19, 2018 - 9:06 pm No Comments

Blackwater by TWM Ashford
Published by White Inc on 17th January 2017
301 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Blackwater has its issues. Residents are disappearing, parts of the slums are being torn down. People are rioting and bodies are turning up. Hunter is a vigilante moving in the shadows and seeking information about it daughter Amy.
Hunter was a brooding loner. He only had a few close friends Liandra owner of The Engine Room, who also got Hunter his jobs and Abdul, a librarian and fount of all knowledge. They were there for him when he needed it. Good at what he did, in fact he was too good which made a lot of enemies. He only went for people who deserved to die, trying to find out what happened to his daughter.
This story is very descriptive, the sights and smells of Blackwater come to life whilst you are reading. This a quick pace book as there is always something going on. The story is full of action and some of the scenes will make you wince. There were times that I could not get over how many injuries Hunter had and how he could carry on, but he showed how determined he was. Throughout I was routing for Hunter which made it a page turner.
Whilst the story did not finish on a cliff-hanger, the story was not over and the Blackwater vol2 is already published so you carry on Hunter’s journey. If you like dystopian, fantasy and action all thrown into one then pick up this book

Gideon’s Passage by Ben Laffra

January 30, 2018 - 9:29 pm No Comments

Gideon’s Passage by Ben Laffra
Published by Optimus Maximus Publishing LLC on 10 October 2016
435 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Being a fan of Horror, I have purchased a lot of books from Optimus Maximus Publishing and can always guarantee a good read. Knowing that the publishers always sign great authors I purchased Gideon’s Passage without hesitation. Not having read much historical fiction, I did not know what to expect, however I was up for the challenge.
We are first introduced to Gideon Roland de Boyne when he is studying at the University City of Orleans in France, a son of a renowned business man, he was a man of learning. Keeping with family tradition, he finished his studies and enlisted with The Knights of St John. Progressing through the ranks he is sent to battle against the Ottoman, a mighty force that are taken over Europe.
The story tracks Gideon’s life and it shows how he grows into an honourable man. He treated every man equal regardless of rank or the colour of their skin, this caused everyone he meets to love and admire him. He was willing to pass on his knowledge and learn from others and even when he engaged with the enemy, his diplomatic nature saved numerous lives. However, whilst he had an easy-going nature, he did not take to fools and would not waste his energy with them.
Throughout Gideon’s life he encounters 3 strong female characters, each very different but all of them add to Gideon’s life and his is love of learning. Catherine, his first love in France, a woman of dual nationality, who helps him understand more about the Ottoman. Gonul Femi, the doctor employed by the Ottoman not only saved his life but helped him understand and learn the Persian language and finally Marina di Andrea Gamba who was not afraid to fight.
Even the minor characters played a big part in this story and I enjoyed reading about Daniel Nourtie, a giant of man, a regular soldier who became a good friend of Gideon.
Whilst reading this story, I learnt so much about the 16th Century, an era that I hardly knew. The story is well researched, and I wanted to learn more. This book was full of passion whether it be a sex scene or a battle scene, with the minutest detail added to make an exciting story. I actually delayed finishing this book as I did not want the adventure to end, I just wanted to carry on reading and if it was a further 435 pages I would not have minded as the story sucked you in. This is the first novel I have read by this author, but it will not be last as I can carry on reading about Gideon. This definition of a wordsmith is a skilled user of words, but if you look further down the definition you will find Ben Laffra’s name there. This is author has helped me love historical fiction