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Dragonfly by Trisha Hughes – Review

Next up on David’s Book Blurg I’m reviewing Dragonfly by Trisha Hughes.

Here’s the blurb

Genre – Mystery/Thriller

Ex-police detective Jack Curtis thought he’d seen everything.That is until he found his friend Joe naked and sobbing on the steps of his house, a gun lying beside him and his fiancée Shannon dead in a pool of blood.All the evidence points to Joe as the murderer, yet he professes his innocence. But if Joe didn’t do it, who did?Jack digs deep for answers but what he finds reveals Shannon was playing a more sinister and dangerous game than he could ever have imagined. Now he is questioning everything he thought he knew.

Review

I was immediately interested in reading Dragonfly as it’s a change in genre for the author who was more familiar to me as a historical fiction writer.. Will a mystery/thriller live up to the same standards.. lets find out.

Jack Curtis an ex-police detective is about to have his night ruined when he receives a phone call from his friend Joe.. Joe’s fiancée is dead.

Things don’t add up from the start and Jack quickly decides he’s going to be involved one way or another.

A web of lies and deception is soon uncovered. The twist in this tale is just how far these deceptions go and how far will Jack go to uncover the truth… nothing is what it seems.

The author feeds you all the right words to make you feel you know the truth pretty early on..but wait a minute..that’s too easy right? There has to be more too it but what?.. oh trust me it’s worth the wait for the big reveal.

As a mystery/thriller goes this is really good, I must admit I didn’t really warm to Jack as quickly as I’d like.. There’s a lot of back story for the reader to follow and I needed time to learn his motivations but once I’d worked him out everything fell into place and I found myself connecting with Jack more and more.

If you are looking for intense build-up that drives you crazy this is the book for you..

I seriously hopes there’s more to come.

4/5 Stars.

To find out more head to Goodreads or Amazon

Hunting Ground by L J Morris – Review

Next up on David’s Book Blurg I’m reviewing Hunting Ground by L J Morris. This is part of the blog tour to celebrate the release of the book which is  out today!!!!

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Here’s the blurb

Genre – Thriller.

Freed from prison and back in Europe, Ali Sinclair has one job… find Frank McGill.

The information he has is vital if they are to end the conspiracy that threatens to bring down the Government and push NATO to the brink of war.

With terrorist attacks increasing and a mole at the top of the establishment, Sinclair and McGill will need to use all their skills to follow the clues across the continent in a deadly treasure hunt that drags them back towards London.

But when you’re being hunted by assassins and the authorities… going home isn’t always the safest option.

Review

We are back Ali Sinclair and Frank McGill.. a fantastic duo who have a talent for getting mixed up in trouble that could really end up getting them killed.

Frank McGill has gone missing.. the only one who can find him is Ali Sinclair but she’s been banged up in prison.. her reward for the last time she helped the government out.

Sinclair has a break of sorts.. but it’s not going to be smooth sailing… she’s freed from prison to track down McGill to bring in him and his asset in from the cold.

There’s a conspiracy afoot and the asset may be able to shed some light on the matter.. Unfortunately Vadim the mole who escape the clutches of Sinclair in their last meeting reappears ready to cause trouble…and this time he’s in the endgame.. time is ticking.

What I really enjoyed about this book is the fact the author not only added new characters to the mix which complemented Ali and Frank but we also see the relationship between Frank and Ali explored. After their last adventure that’s the only thing I really felt was missing but the author hits all the right notes this time and gives me that connection I was craving.

Have I grown to love Ali and Frank since this instalment.. yes.. oh I’m not one for verbal displays of connection.. I like to feel the connection.. see it grow.. but the author managed to keep on the right side of things quite well.. it’s a fine line in a thriller.. I prefer the silent and deadly type ha.

I like to bang on about development a lot.. I know… but it’s important.. Hunting Ground is an important book for L J Morris as not only does it give real development in the characters and plot but shows development for the author themselves.. no holes to pick at… just well paced adrenaline fuelled action that keeps you gripped!

It’s an easy read but it flows perfectly.. (I hate when the suspense is over too quickly!) and it’s written in such a way so you can’t help but be hooked in.

Overall 5*.. I loved the previous offering but Hunting Ground offers sooooo much more and ticked the box left blank for me last time.

To find out more head to Goodreads or Amazon.

My thanks go to the author and Book On The Bright Side Publicity for having me on the blog tour!

Author Bio:
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L J Morris is an author with a lifelong love of books and storytelling that he developed as a child. He spent most of the 80s and 90s serving in the Royal Navy as a Weapons Engineer and now lives in Cumbria, with his family. He currently works within the defence industry and continues to write at every opportunity.

His short stories have appeared in several anthologies including Volumes 1 & 2 of Best-selling author Matt Hilton’s anthology series ‘ACTION: Pulse Pounding Tales’.

Other anthologies he has appeared in include ‘Happily Never After’, ‘Wish You Weren’t Here’, and ‘Liminal Time, Liminal Space’ where one reader described his tale ‘True Colours’ as “Riveting and powerful

His first novel ‘Desperate Ground’ was published in May 2018 and attracted good reviews.

Desperate Ground: (Ali Sinclair #1) by L J Morris – Review (FREE BOOK ALERT!!)

Next up on David’s Book Blurg I’m reviewing Desperate Ground: (Ali Sinclair #1) by L J Morris which is currently free on Amazon!

Here’s the blurb

Genre – Thriller.

When the secrecy of a nuclear weapon agreement is thrown into doubt, a disgraced intelligence operative is recruited to find out if the deal is still safe…

Ali Sinclair, wrongly convicted and on the run from a Mexican prison, is enlisted to infiltrate her old friend’s inner circle and find the evidence.

The only people on her side are an ex-Cold War spook and the former Royal Marine that was sent to find her. Together they discover that the stakes are much higher than anyone knew, and the fate of the world is at risk…

But when you live in the shadows who can you trust?

Review

Ali Sinclair and Frank McGill are not to be messed with.. Ali has quite a skill set and with Frank backing her up with fire power when needed you are in deep trouble if they come calling.

Sinclair has spent time behind bars for a crime she didn’t commit.. she took the blame for the right reasons but she will never trust those in power again who left her in a hell hole of a prison.

When Sinclair breaks free Frank is their waiting.. nows she’s keeping her head down as she will be sent back to jail if caught.

When Simeon Carter learns of a potential situation that could use the skills and knowledge of Sinclair it’s Frank who must act as a middle man and gain Ali’s support… this is a chance for her to come home..to be free.. it’s not one she can pass up. She’s the ideal candidate.. she’s got the skills and a past connection on the inside to help… or are they part of the madness also?

As Frank and Ali set out on their mission Simeon is also doing his bit..he’s got an expert working with him to uncover the threat but with limited info it’s not going to be easy.

It soon comes clear there is more to this threat than originally thought and it could have devastating results… and worse still there’s a mole.. someone on their side is calling the shots..but who? and why?

Everything comes to an explosive conclusion but the threads are left to set the scene for the next book in the series which I’m excited to read.

What I really enjoyed about the book was the plot..the whole idea of how the bad guy thinks he can get his hands on nuclear weapons was fascinating.. the whole idea that security put in place to protect these system could be exploited was right up my street.

The story is quite plot driven and I would have loved a little more character development as I didn’t feel like I knew the team well enough by the end of the tale..Sinclair and McGill are a tight but I’d like to explore the background to this more.. hopefully we will see their connection grow further in the next instalment.

Desperate Ground is a spy thriller full of action and violence.. it’s the perfect thriller.. reminds me of Mission Impossible/James Bond and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Ali is such a strong and fearless force it’s hard not to love her.

My thanks to Bloodhound Books and the author for the chance to read/review the book. Get your copy now while it’s on offer for free!!!

To find out more head to Amazon or Goodreads

Deadly Harm by Owen Mullen – Review

Next up on David’s Book Blurg I’m reviewing Deadly Harm by Owen Mullen.

Here’s the blurb

Genre – Thriller.

It’s been five years since Mackenzie Darroch was abducted and held captive in a derelict house.

She thought she’d found her way out of the darkness. She was wrong.

When she witnesses a car crash and saves the driver’s life, it sets in motion a chain of events that will alter both their futures.

The two women get involved in a high profile police case and draw the attention of a ruthless reporter. Gina Calvi is convinced Mackenzie is not what she appears and is prepared to do anything to prove it.

Meanwhile, across the city, Kirsty McBride, a young single mother, is persuaded to leave a violent relationship. Her partner, Malkie Boyle a Glasgow hardman, is due to be released from prison. Once back on the street and bent on revenge, Boyle is determined to find the people responsible for stealing his family from him.

Can Mackenzie save them or will Boyle get his revenge?

Review

Do you know what the first thing that stands out after reading this book? It’s not just how good the book is but also how good the author is in linking his books while at the same time allowing you to read as standalones… for an avid fan like myself I loved the name drop of Charlie Cameron :).. (If you’ve not read the Charlie Cameron series yet you should do!)

So we’ve met Mackenzie previously in a tale called In Harm’s Way..a thriller that packed a punch. To give you a bit of a background without spoilers Mackenzie is a survivor after she was abducted and held captive.. it’s been around 5 years and she’s trying to rebuild her life by supporting others who have suffered domestic abuse… she will never forget and the scars run deep but inside she knows just how lucky she was and she’s willing to pay it forward.

Little does Mackenzie know her life will take a sharp turn after a chance meeting at the scene of a car crash..can she save this woman?

The worst happens when Mackenzie must turn away another in need.. she simply can’t help everyone and this has deadly results and sends her life into a spiral downhill fast!

Racked with guilt Mackenzie won’t let this happen again so when she’s asked to help by a concerned mother will she step over the line to get the job done? You bet she will! The issue is she’s came so far in her life that there’s a chance of love on the cards… but can she hide the truth of recent events?

Deadly Harm has a gripping plot that’s packed full of detail..There’s no holes in the tale.. it’s simply perfect and paced so that you are just hooked.

For me there’s quite an important message within the tale and that’s the whole domestic abuse angle..while the physical scars may heal the emotional ones will never truly heal and it’s important we all remember this.

I felt for Mackenzie.. she’s so strong and to have her as the female lead was an excellent choice.. she’s also backed up by an amazing ensemble of characters, each play their part to perfection.

The addition of DI Andrew Geddes into the mix was the perfect move. Deadly Harm really give him a chance to develop as a character and his struggles made him human and relatable.. I think it’s one of the real reasons I get sucked into Owen’s work..he gives you characters you can’t help but get invested in… you actually care what happens to them.

As thrillers go this has to be one of the best and Owen knows how to ramp up the action just when it’s needed… he never fails to give you hard-hitting thrillers that have moments that will stay with me forever.. If ever a tale needed to hit the small screen then this is it.. Get on it Netflix!

To find out more head to Amazon or Goodreads

The Silent Dead by Keith Nixon – Review

Next up on David’s Book Blurg I’m reviewing The Silent Dead by Keith Nixon.

Here’s the blurb

Genre –  Crime Thriller/Police Procedural

A gruesome discovery. A secret long-buried. The past uncovered.

When Detective Inspector Solomon Gray is called to a quiet residential property what he discovers is truly shocking – the mummified body of a new-born baby. The tiny corpse, hidden inside a cardboard box at the back of a wardrobe, is only found after the death of the homeowner, Andrea Ogilvy.

Until a few years ago Ogilvy was a foster carer for the local council, looking after hundreds of children during her career. But something made her give up her role. But what? Nobody truly knows.

DNA analysis on the child leads Gray to three women; one of which may be the abandoned baby’s mother. As Gray digs deeper he uncovers painful family secrets and a multitude of lies. It seems vulnerable young women were being exploited by a man in a position of power. But who helped them cover everything up? And why?

And someone is setting a dog onto teenagers – criminals early in their careers. Seemingly a vigilante is operating, doing what the police won’t. And, as usual, Gray’s complex personal life interferes with his job.

Who is the baby? Why was it hidden? What lives will be shattered by Gray’s investigation?

Review

The Silent Dead is book 6 in the Solomon Gray series by Keith Nixon. To enjoy this book you don’t necessarily need to have read the rest of the series but it would certainly help you understand Sol’s personal situation. The great thing is the author very nicely links back to past events so a new reader can get an idea of what has happened whilst also keeping the loyal readers hooked.. you get sucked in..it brings everything back.. I found myself playing out bits and pieces in my head remembering the past events in Sols life… it sticks with you.

So Sol once again has his work cut out for him when a baby is found…but the poor little thing has been dead for years.. but how did they die and why was the death hidden for so long.

There’s twists and turns and dark secrets come out left, right and centre.. the author plays with you.. always misdirecting your thoughts..keeping the truth tantalizingly close until the right moment! Loved it.

Let’s just say a few people have their lives turned upside down from these events.

Sol has his personal life to deal with too and more than one stained work relationship causing him a headache. I really love this side to the story, not only does it increase the suspense, it also delivers in bucket load the character development I always yearn for.

The Silent Dead is the perfect thriller.. it’s packed with some cracking moments when the action hits. There’s also quite a harrowing side to the tale that will stick with you long after you’ve finished.

If you like thrillers this books for you… if you like suspense this books for you.. if you like police procedural novels this books for you.. if you want a heart wrenching plot this is for you.. if you want.. oh you get my drift ha. I can’t see anyone not loving this book.

Let’s talk characters for a moment.. Sol in particular.. while the ensemble cast certainly play their part well it’s Sol who sticks with you.. as he should.. he’s flawed.. he’s dealing with a lot of past pain and it shows sometimes when he really needs to step back.. but that’s what I love about the guy.. it’s real.. I’ve make errors.. I’ve needed to apologise at times.. but I always have the best intentions.. that’s Sol.. I identify with this character as I can see his thought process and would act the same as he does and this connection will keep me coming back time and time again.

I know from the author’s notes that Sol will be back.. just not soon.. While that’s hard to take I can’t wait to see what Keith comes up with next.

My rating – 5/5 Stars

To find out more head to Amazon or Goodreads

Nexus by Alison Morton – Review

Next up on David’s Book Blurg I’m reviewing Nexus by Alison Morton.

Here’s the blurb

Genre –  Crime Thriller

Mid 1970s. Ex-Praetorian Aurelia Mitela is serving as Roma Nova’s interim ambassador in London. Asked by a British colleague to find his missing son, Aurelia thinks it will only be a case of a young man temporarily rebelling. He’s bound to turn up only a little worse for wear.

But a spate of high-level killings pulls Aurelia away into a dangerous pan-European investigation. Badly beaten in Rome as a warning, she discovers the killers have kidnapped her life companion, Miklós, and sent an ultimatum: Back off or he’ll die.

But Aurelia is a Roma Novan and they never give up…

Review

Nexus is a novella in the Roma Nova series by Alison Morton and the first thing I’m going to say is you don’t need to have read the series to enjoy this book but it certainly would help you understand the character motivations.

Ever wonder what would have happened if Rome never fell? Well look no further. Rome lives on through Roma Nova.

Roma Nova still holds many values and one of them in integrity.. they are a respected people who have very strong female leads… one being Aurelia Mitela.

Aurelia is a fun character, she’s an ex solider who can’t seem to shake that past. In Nexus Aurelia’s skills are put to the test when a connection is made between a series of unexpected deaths.

Whilst the investigation continues she also lends her skills to tracking down a friends missing son..but does he want to be found?

She can’t do this on her own and the enigma that is Miklós is along for the ride. I love Miklós and his approach to life which varies so much to that of Aurelia. They need each other in my ways.

Nexus is full of twists and turns to provide the reader with plenty of suspense and the ending packs quite a punch.

What the author manages to do really well with this book is mix a normal base for a thriller.. mysterious deaths.. with her own unique setting to give the reader a wondrous tale.. you might have read thrillers/mysteries before but this edge the tale has gives it a different feel.. it’s fun and exciting and the plot is simply riveting.. the setting for the tale really gives it that extra something I’m always looking for.

As a fan of the series what I really enjoyed was the character development of Miklós.. it felt like he had a bigger part to play and as much as he’s still quite an unknown it was so great to see him have his own part to play.. although he does seem to get himself in rather a lot of trouble ha.

If you enjoy thrillers but need something a little different..something fresh..then this is the book for you.

Nexus builds nicely on the foundations set in previous novels for fans but also offers a chance for new readers an easy way into the authors world.. you can’t not enjoy it.

Alison’s work for me is a go to if I need a refresh.. I’ve never read anything like this before and I doubt I ever will.. nothing can live up to the high standards set by Aurelia Mitela!

My rating – 5/5 Stars!

To find out more head to Amazon or Goodreads

Blog Tour – The White Scorpion by Rob Sinclair

Next up on David’s Book Blurg I’m reviewing The White Scorpion, book 5 in the James Ryker series by Rob Sinclair!

Here’s the blurb

Genre – Thriller

Rule number one for an agent of the secretive JIA is to follow orders, no matter what.

But James Ryker has never cared much for rules. He only wants to do what is right.

Assigned to join of crew of elite security personnel in Chabon, Africa, Ryker’s mission objective is clouded by politics and obfuscation, and he knows only that to protect British interests in the region, he is to infiltrate the close protection team of the government of Chabon, a country with a dark and violent past.

Arriving in Chabon’s crumbling capital, Kilpassa, Ryker finds a country on the brink of civil war. A growing civilian rebellion threatens peace, with claims of atrocities committed by both sides, in-cluding the frail government run by enigmatic President Benyu – a former military general who took control of the country in a violent coup.

Drawn into Benyu’s inner circle, it soon becomes clear to Ryker that in Chabon, the lines be-tween good and bad, and right and wrong, are nearly impossible to identify.

With a crisis of epic proportions unfolding before his eyes, Ryker knows one thing for sure: with or without the backing of his superiors, he must take drastic action, and quickly, or risk putting mil-lions of innocent lives in danger.

Review

The main issue with a long running series is how do you keep things fresh and engage the readers time and time again.. Well Rob Sinclair certainly has the magic formula as we are back with James Ryker for his 5th instalment which for me is quite honestly the best yet.. the series just gets better and better!

The White Scorpion starts with an explosive prologue.. Ryker is on a mission and things have went south once again! it’s not just his life on the line either as he’s got a team backing him up on this one. At first it seems like a simple hostage exchange.. but nothing is simply in Ryker’s world.

After that blood pumping start we are catapulted 3 weeks previous to learn of the events leading up to the hostage exchange and we see Ryker slowly sucked back into the life he so desperately wished to leave behind.. but he knows deep down this is where he belongs, he just wants to do things on his terms with full disclosure… its more than a job to him.. this is his life.

Peter Winter is back as Ryker’s handler and for me I loved his development in this tale as he really gets his hands dirty.

Ryker is sent to Chabon under the guise of him being part of an elite security team.. not far from the truth, but he’s got another mission too!

We get the usual spy craft we’ve come to love of Ryker, sneaking around trying to obtain data, playing his cards close to his chest not only to keep himself safe but everyone else too.. he doesn’t know who is trustworthy…

The plot develops quickly as the risk of civil war increases with every turn of the page.. you never know if someone is good or bad.. or in Ryker’s world, bad or really bad.. Can Ryker stop this before things go too far?

There’re quite a few twists along the way, things that certainly have that wow factor.. let’s just say not everyone is being truthful with Ryker and he’s not going to stand for that once he finds out.

Action packed would be an understatement.. brutal and thrilling just wouldn’t do this book justice…outrageously perfect is the only way to describe this one!

If you like you action thrillers or spy novels this is certainly a must have book for the collection!

My thanks go to the author and Bloodhound Books for the chance to read/review the book as part of the blog tour! I’ve followed Rob Sinclair for a while now and he never disappoints!

To find out more head to Amazon or Goodreads

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About the author

Rob Sinclair

 

Rob is the author of the critically acclaimed and bestselling Enemy, James Ryker and Sleeper series of thrillers. His books have sold over 900,000 copies to date with many reviewers and readers having likened Rob’s work to authors at the very top of the genre, including Lee Child and Vince Flynn.

 

Rob began writing in 2009 following a promise to his wife, an avid reader, that he could pen a ‘can’t put down’ thriller. He worked for nearly 13 years for a global accounting firm after graduating from The University of Nottingham in 2002, specialising in forensic fraud investigations at both national and international levels. Rob now writes full time.

 

Originally from the North East of England, Rob has lived and worked in a number of fast paced cities, including New York, and is now settled in the West Midlands with his wife and young sons.