Thanks to Random Things Tours and Gordon Brown for my copy of the 4th in the Craig McIntyre series, ‘Highest Lives’.
Having very recently read no 1 in the series I was looking forward to picking this one up and getting started even though I have yet to read 2 and 3 ( I will be though).
Firstly I’ll say it’s not a problem not reading the others in the series but I can vouch for the first in the series, Darkest Thoughts being a great read , and that on the basis of how good this 4th episode was that 2 and 3 must be great to!
Using the word episode almost fits these books for me because they do have that type of story that’s shouting out to be picked up by an American tv company and turned into a series ...
Craig McIntrye is an unusual protagonist, very likeable but very unlucky and trouble seems to look for him and find him and he has a strange ‘power’ that can lead to him setting people against each other in the most violent of ways.
This power appears to have been augmented on him or at least nurtured out of him by the dastardly villain and presidential candidate, Senator Tampoline, also the head of a dark government agency.
Teaming up with a local police officer, after again finding himself and best friend and sidekick , Charlie back in the midst of trouble, McIntrye and the local cop Sarah, investigate some very strange killings. A body found impaled atop a 60 ft tree, another body found missing its entire insides, just a sack of skin left behind are just two of the crazed killings.
It becomes apparent that there is an ‘elite’ drug on the scene. Only afforded by the very richest, is the drug causing these freakish crimes?
Sharply plotted, vivid and violent, this is a cracking adrenaline pumped thriller, I can’t pigeonhole these stories, crime, science fiction,action, spliced with black humour.
This series has quickly become one of my favourites in the reading of the 2 so far, with echoes of the tv series ‘Fringe’ , elements of ‘Heroes’ and more, I love these stories and again will say I would love to see these on Netflix or the like soon.
Gordon Brown has seven crime and thriller books published to date, along with a number of short stories (including a story in an Anthony Winning anthology). His latest novel, Highest Lives, is the fourth in the Craig McIntyre series. He also helped found Bloody Scotland, Scotland's International Crime Writing Festival (see www.bloodyscotland.com), is a DJ on local radio (www.pulseonair.co.uk) and runs a strategic planning consultancy. Gordon lives in Scotland and is married with two children. In a former life he delivered pizzas in Toronto, sold non-alcoholic beer in the Middle East, launched a creativity training business, floated a high-tech company on the London Stock Exchange, compered the main stage at a two-day music festival and was once booed by 49,000 people while on the pitch at a major football Cup Final.