Border Son by Samuel Parker
Books / February 27, 2019

Set in Nuevo Negaldo, Mexico, a Border Town with El Paso , this is a tale about the drug Cartels and a young American , Tyler Kazmierski, who is caught up working with them. Tyler’s dad Edward Kazmierski , estranged from his son for over 6 years receives a mysterious phone call, “come to Mexico to save your son “ , having not seen or heard from Tyler and his last known knowledge of him being In a prison in El Paso, Ed has turned his back on his son, but this strange call has woken his fatherly instinct Ed is then assaulted in his own shop by 2 thugs looking for Tyler? What’s going on? The Tension builds and Ed decides to pack up and take the long trip to Mexico and get to source of the strange call and find his son and if so help him. I felt genuine intrigue and excitement around this point In the meantime , Roberto, a cartel member is telling his side of the story, he appears to be trying to help Tyler at his own very dangerous risk, Why? Roberto’s story also revolves around his mother , Camilla and his need…

And When I Die by Russel D.McLean
Books / February 27, 2019

Glasgow 2011, Gangsters, the Scobie family mourn the death of their son Raymond in a car bombing. An already fractured family, while it brings them together, it only serves only to create more chaos amongst them all. Told from the POV of the two main characters John, a depressed, and a deep undercover copper who has infiltrated the Scobie crime gang and has gotten in too deep and Kat Scobie, adored Niece , who walked away from crime to become a Nurse , and lead her own life before being called back to mourn her cousin because family is family. She is drawn back in to the life, like it or not. It quickly becomes apparent that Ray isn’t Dead, his family se tup the car bombing, believing he had turned traitor, he just about survives , albeit with horrific injuries , and he’s now dead set on revenging those who have wronged him. As it turns out John and kat were a couple so there is a lot of tension in their stories and this unravels through the book as we find out why they are no longer together Ray is an absolute man mountain, he’s a beast of…

Colombiano by Rusty Young
Books / February 24, 2019

Wow, this book is epic in both size and the story it’s telling. The Author , Rusty Young starts out telling us how he worked for the US government as a manager for Anti kidnapping in counter terrorism; this led to Rusty meeting the main protagonist, Pedro Juan Gutierrez Gonzales who tells the story of his childhood and the small Village he lived and grew up in while the FARC Guerrillas and the Colombian army battled for control. The book itself is a work of fiction based on the events he experienced and it’s a massive book broken down into 164 chapters I guess to help pace the book. Which is done well, you get that , “just one more chapter” feel. We are told how a young Pedro learns to gain his fathers trust and begins to help with things in the close knit community and starts to learn exactly what it going on, the first few chapters bring us to his 15th birthday. Witnessing his fathers cruel, vicious execution at the hands of the Guerrillas , His family is then thrown off their own Finca (farm) , and Pedro swears revenge. Joined by his best friend Palillo, they…

Twelve: A Date With Obsession by Alan Reynolds
Books / February 18, 2019

This is a Tense physiological thriller, about obsession and the dangers we all can now face with the internet and social media and in particular online dating. Sarah Gooding, single, good job, but clearly very lonely, lives on her own with her cat ,Moses, she is looking for mr right online,she’s rejected 11 suggestions so far, then she comes across no 12,charming Jez. He’s seems perfect and they arrange to meet and a relationship begins but little snippets of temper, attitude and arrogance begins to surface. It quickly becomes apparent Jez is not all That he seems, he lives with this very controlling mother, and the have a taut relationship. Jez real character begins to shows and he really is deeply disturbing. As the book progresses Sarah starts To become more irritated and is with Jez more for pity than attraction. After receiving a promotion at work Sarah spends less and less time with Jez and and starts a relationship with a colleague: Adam Jez meanwhile, is hit with a tragedy just as Sarah decides to cut ties and this sends him Over the edge leading into an interesting and unexpected end to the book involving dodgy bankers and South…

Drug Gang by Neil Walker (Drug Gang Trilogy 1)
Books / February 17, 2019

Where to start with this bad boy! Manchester 2001, John Kennedy has just arrived in Manchester after a year travelling Thailand and Australia. Fed up living hand to mouth in dead end jobs In Belfast, where he is originally from, He’s come to meet a friend Micheal who he met on his travels,. Micheal says he has a friend who has some work… Introduced to Doug, it quickly becomes apparent this work is of the physical type, he is going to become part of a drug gang, the brotherhood. This is a brutal, bloody, ultra violent look into what is a gang ran with military precision, it’s scary to imagine this type of thing could exist but it’s also cracking good reading. The tension increases as doubts creep in as the beatings, jobs and dealing becomes more intense and lead to worse and worse things. The finale builds toward one of the most awful, powerful chapters I’ve read of any book. I am hard to shock, this particular chapter left me close to disturbed but it fits into the essence of the story and as shocking as it is , it’s almost essential to the story, The ending is a…