Zero Days by Ian Williams
Books / January 13, 2020

Thanks to Red Door Press for my copy of Zero Days by Ian Williams, in exchange for my impartial review.   As described on the cover, this is very much a cyber thriller, it’s very techie, though never weighing the reader down as it’s all explained very well for even the biggest technophobe. Hacking, Cyber terrorism, computer viruses and more, this is an action adventure spliced with tech and its spread across the globe from Berlin to Myanmar. Burma or Myanmar is very prevalent as is much of Asia and it’s excellently described. Chuck Drayton is a decent protagonist, and there are plenty of bad guys to keep him busy. Thrills and spills, and twists a plenty. It’s very much a switch off and enjoy type of book with an action movie type vibe. A clever, entertaining and eye-opening read into the world of the internet and it’s darkest corners. A cracking ‘Cyber’ Thriller and I happily recommend. 4 🔥🔥🔥🔥

Going Dark by Neil Lancaster (Tom Novak 1)
Books / January 13, 2020

Following an invite to the blog tour for the upcoming Going Rogue by Neil Lancaster, I thought I would read the first in the series staring Tom Novak Tom came from Bosnia as a 12 year old orphan, taken in by foster parents, now a police officer, Novak is a cold calculating character with a strong sense of justice. When an undercover job goes badly wrong he finds himself having to go ‘dark’ to escape the Serbian mafia and corrupt police. A blistering adrenaline rush of action adventure follows, which takes us from the streets of London to the Scottish highlands. Packed full of pounding exploits, bad guys and violence, guns and more, this is a Crackerjack. A real powder keg thriller. Tom is incomparable to others in this genre, any similarities to Jack Reacher and the like are far and wide. He is his own indomitable character, cold as ice, he’s a bit of a machine but you can feel and see his humanity. He’s one cool guy. With a quality backing cast of characters, great settings and descriptions of the weapons and the fights this one kept me glued and enthralled until the end and I can’t wait to…

Stasi Winter by David Young (Karin Muller 5) #BlogTour
Books / January 10, 2020

n 1978 East Germany, nothing is at it seems. The state’s power is absolute, history is re-written, and the ‘truth’ is whatever the Stasi say it is. So when a woman’s murder is officially labelled ‘accidental death’, Major Karin Müller of the People’s Police is faced with a dilemma. To solve the crime, she must disregard the official version of events. But defying the Stasi means putting her own life – and the lives of her young family – in danger. As the worst winter in living memory holds Germany in its freeze, Müller must untangle a web of state secrets and make a choice: between truth and lies, justice and injustice, and, ultimately, life and death. Review Thanks to Compulsive Readers Tours and Zaffre books for my copy of the 5th book in David Young’s outstanding ‘Stasi’ series, ‘ Stasi Winter’ featuring Major Karin Müller. This 5th book in this series finds Müller again faced with difficult decisions in with regards to the Stasi. Resigned from her job and struggling to make ends meet and a young family and grandmother to care for, Karin is forced back into service to investigate a women’s death close to the Baltic Sea….

Holmes Volume 2: The Return of Boro’s Greatest Detective by Melvyn Small
Books / January 7, 2020

When Sherlock Holmes is pulled from Flat 1B, 22 Baker Street, to be thrown into Holme House prison, his only hope of release sits squarely on the shoulders of Doctor John Watson. As Watson does his utmost to free his friend, he becomes wracked with uncertainty. Does he really know Holmes? Is Holmes innocent of the crime? Can he get him out? Of course he can… otherwise this would be a very short book. Volume 2 sees our heroes embroiled in more intriguing mysteries. Armed only with logic, deduction and copious amounts of alcohol, they investigate the cases that have the police of Middlesbrough perplexed, edging slowly closer to a final confrontation with destiny. Who is the mysterious Professor and what are his plans for our Holmes? Review Thanks to author Mel Small for my gifted copy of the 2nd in his series of reimagined Sherlock Holmes tales set in present day Middlesbrough, Holmes Volume 2: The Return of Boro’s Greatest Detective Following on from Holmes Volume 1 this further volume of 6 stories brings back the duo of Holmes and Watson. As with the first book, its narrated by Dr Watson as he tells his tales of the investigations and…

Seven Degrees by Lewis Hastings (Seventh Wave 2)
Books / January 2, 2020

An Eastern European crime syndicate has appeared on the radar of the British authorities. Known as the Seventh Wave they have arrived in the heart of the most important financial centre in the world. Systematically they target the banks and financial institutions before fleeing the city for the safety of mainland Europe. Their leader, a man who calls himself the Jackdaw has sent a clear message. Interfere with our operation at your peril. The group carry out one last task – striking at the heart of London’s jewellery centre. What they leave with is worth more than any jewel and capable of impacting on the future of Europe. John “Jack” Cade is recruited as the Metropolitan Police’s answer. Newly promoted, out of his depth but quick-witted, skilled and surrounded by a dedicated team who fall under the banner of Operation Breaker, he faces two choices, both of which he knows will lead to serious harm. Protect the city or protect his team. He cannot do both. ›Review‹ Thank you to Lewis Hastings for my copy of the 2nd In his thrilling seventh wave trilogy ‘Seven Degrees’ Picking up from book 1, it’s 2004 and John ‘Jack’ Cade is now working…