The Bowery Slugger by Leopold Borstinksi (Alex Cohen 1) #BlogTour
Books / November 21, 2019

A turn-of-the-century Jewish boy works his way up through the gangs of New York.   When Alex Cohen arrives in 1915 America, he seizes the land of opportunity with both hands and grabs it by the throat. But success breeds distrust and Alex must choose between controlling his gang and keeping his friend alive. What would you do if the person you trusted most is setting you up to die at your enemies’ hands?   The first book in the Alex Cohen series is a violent historical novel, which rips through the early years of the Jewish New York mob. Leopold Borstinski’s gripping crime noir beats at the chest of every reader with a bloody fist.   Review Thanks to Emma at Damppebbles Blog Tours and Leopold Borstinski for my copy of ‘ The Bowery Slugger’, Book 1 in a new series introducing Alex Cohen. This is the third book I’ve read this year by Leopold Borstinski, following reviews of The Heist and The Case. This is quite different from both of those books and one I really enjoyed as we are introduced to Alex Cohen, a young Jewish boy who arrives in America in 1915. With his family struggling…

Don’t Get Involved by F.J. Curlew #BlogTour
Books / October 14, 2019

A missing shipment of cocaine Three street-kids fighting for their lives A Mafia hitman intent on killing them A naïve expat who gets in their way Who would you bet on?  Ukraine, 2001. A time of lawlessness and corruption. Three street-kids stumble upon a holdall full of cocaine, belonging to the Mafia. Mafia hitman, Leonid, is given the job of retrieving the cocaine and disposing of the street-kids. To do so he is forced to step back into his old life and he doesn’t like it. The children run on their wits. Leonid hunts them down. Nadia, a young woman with her own dark past, arrives in Ukraine looking for a fresh start. She wasn’t expecting this! “She had no idea of what, or who, she was supposed to be running from. Right now everything was a threat. Definitely militsiya, but who else? Everyone. Right now it felt like everyone.”   MY REVIEW Firstly my thanks to FJ Curlew for the invite on the tour and copy of her new book, Don’t Get Involved. It’s always nice when an author takes their time to check out the site and then ask for a review, so when i had an email…

Boxer Boys Collection by Nick Rippington #BlogTour
Books / September 6, 2019

Some Family feuds just won’t go away… For 40 years the Dolans and the Marshalls have lived side by side on the same rundown housing estate in east London. While teens Gary Marshall and Arnie Dolan forge a close friendship, fighting constant battles to survive both on the streets and closer to home, the relationship between their parents is complicated and, at times, toxic. Gradually family secrets emerge which have their roots in the early 80s… and Gary and Arnie realise their entire upbringing was built on lies. MY REVIEW Thanks to Sarah at Book on the Brightside Tours and Nick Rippington for me e-book copies of his Boxer Boys Collection. Beginning with Crossing the Whitewash, it’s 1996 and we are introduced to the Dolan and Marshall families who live on a neglected, hard, London estate Gary Marshall is a young lad with dreams of playing for West Ham, and Arnie Dolan, a tough, uncompromising lad, who dreams of being a gangland kingpin. Fate brings the 2 together, then forming the basis of ‘the boxer boys’. After a life changing event, that ends Gary’s dreams, he moves away from Arnie, his best friend and the gang and from London. He…

Seventh by Lewis Hastings (The Seventh Wave Book 1)
Books / August 19, 2019

  Firstly my thanks to the Author, who goes by the pseudonym of Lewis Hastings, for my gifted copy of the first in his Seventh Wave Trilogy , Seventh. In this first book, we are introduced to John ‘Jack’ Cade, a seemingly off grid, ex British Police Officer amongst other things, now living the quiet life in New Zealand. Inexplicably drawn back in to his old life by Elena, a mysterious Bulgarian visitor,  who turns up seeking Jack out. A story ensues that takes us back to Jack’s earlier life and career, via Hong Kong and Nottingham on to the streets of London, as Jack battles with an Eastern European Crime Syndicate deeply rooted in financial crime and far ahead of its time , headed up by the evil ‘Jackdaw’ Whilst opening with a slower pace, Lewis Hastings soon launches us into a fast paced, riotous and chaotic tale, as Jack takes no prisoners in his quest, to both serve and protect. Introducing some fantastic characters, Carrie O’Shea and Jason Roberts in particular, Hastings writes both likeable but equally flawed characters, his characters feel very human, especially Jack himself – there is one character I hope to read again after his…

Drug Gang Vengeance by Neil Walker (Drug Gang Trilogy 2)
Books / June 11, 2019

Following on from the events of Drug Gang, http://www.alexjbooks.com/review/drug-gang-by-neil-walker-drug-gang-trilogy-1/  John Kennedy returns in the follow up, Drug Gang Vengeance. John is now living in Sydney, running a new drug gang and living with love of his life, Lisa, unbeknown to Lisa , John is still in the drug world in a big way, but he plans to get out soon. Unfortunately the past is about to return to haunt him. Savagely attacked by the returning Brotherhood, John and Lisa’s life in paradise is shattered. Returning first to Belfast , then Manchester, the scene of Book 1, John swears to get his final lasting vengeance and retribution on the new risen again Brotherhood, now ran by crazed Simon and the equally sadistic girlfriend Kate, a new member of the gang. As with the first book this is an absolute firecracker, it’s loud, brutal, offensive, explicitly violent and completely chaotic. Even more savage and sadistic than it’s predecessor this book delves more in to the drug trade and introduces some new characters aswell as some from the past you don’t expect. Action packed and rip roaringly paced, there’s a huge twist to come and shock you down to your boots. The scenes in…