Appetite For Risk by Jack Leavers #BlogTour
Books / September 17, 2019

A fast-paced action thriller inspired by real events in the aftermath of the Iraq War. With Saddam Hussein deposed and an entire country in need of rebuilding, former Royal Marine John Pierce hears the siren call of adventure and opportunity. His fledgling UK business is struggling to support his young family and he has connections in the Iraqi capital – fate seems to point one way. In early 2004, Pierce rolls the dice when he jumps into a taxi in Jordan and heads for the turmoil of postwar Baghdad to grab a share of the reconstruction gold rush. But when Iraq spirals into the hell of a full-blown insurgency, he must rely on his wits and his local friends if he’s to evade the rampant bloodshed. As the action rolls across the blood-stained Iraqi landscape and embraces London’s seedy underbelly, Pierce tangles with the authorities at home and finds himself thrust into the heart of British and American covert operations against Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Having set out with little more than ambitious goals and an appetite for risk, can a determined ex-bootneck survive the mounting chaos unscathed and succeed in hitting the jackpot?   My Review Thanks to Emma at…

Stasiland by Rolf Richardson #BlogTour
Books / September 1, 2019

After a messy divorce, Ed Blake is trying to forget the past by spending the summer driving around Europe in his silver Porsche. He gets no further than a small town on the river Elbe when he is arrested for a crime he did not commit.  Although in what is now a united Germany, this is the former Communist East, once ruled by the feared secret police, the Stasi. This is Stasiland. The past has not gone away, Germany’s political tectonic plates are shifting, maybe heading for the sort of chaos last seen in the 1930s. Ed finds himself pulled into a whirlpool of violence as right-wing extremism starts to shake the foundations of Europe.  This is a novel about here and now. What happened to Ed Blake could happen to you. My Review   Thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours and Matador books for my copy of the fascinating ‘Stasiland’ by Rolf Richardson. I have always held an interest in the Stasi and any tv shows or books on the subject always pull me in, I’m a massive fan of the Stasi series by David Young, so when I seen this one I was instantly interested. Ed…

A River of Bodies by Kevin Doyle (Solidarity Book 2) #BlogTour #Excerpt
Books / August 30, 2019

  In this sequel to his impressive debut novel To Keep A Bird Singing, Kevin Doyle delves further into the murky world of the powerful Donnelly family and their association with the Catholic church and the security forces. The clock is ticking as Noelie and his friends try to uncover the network of corruption and deception that the family have used to protect themselves and their operations. But Albert Donnelly is onto Noelie and there’s nothing he won’t do to stop him. Edgy, dark and sharp, Kevin Doyle’s A River of Bodies is a cracking political thriller – restless, brilliantly plotted and topical. Thanks to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours and Black Staff for my copy of ‘ A River of Bodies’ by Kevin Doyle. On my stop on the tour today is an Excerpt from the book.. ▪️▪️▪️▪️▪️ Noelie Sullivan returns to the flat. Katrina, Hannah’s other best friend is already there. Katrina announces that she wants to help with finding out who was behind Hannah’s murder …   Katrina sat down on an edge of the windowsill and stared out at the river too. There was silence for a while. Noelie figured she was in her mid-thirties….

A Single Source by Peter Hanington
Books / April 27, 2019

A new author and new genre for me. I’m not sure how to “categorise “ this, I’m going to say it’s a political thriller, which almost reads as a classic spy novel. A gently paced opening introduces the 3 story strings in this book. Set in 2011, at the time of the “ Arab spring” Veteran BBC reporter William Carver and his trusted producer Patrick are in Egypt covering events as the insurrection and riots begin to break out. Whilst in London.  Ex journalist and colleague of Carver’s, Rob Mariscal now head of Comms at the MOD, is working on a project to both protect the MOD’s interest , in a weapons and arms company from the treasury budget cuts while ensuring the Involvement is not of pubic knowledge In Eritrea , Africa, the tale of 2 young brothers, looking to escape the county is also being told. Soloman and Gebre, with the help of their scheming smuggler grandfather ,set off with people traffickers , in hope of reaching Europe. In Egypt. Carver comes across what appears to be tear gas canisters made by a British company Rob is working Hard trying to cover up any involvment Eritrea. The journey…

Stasi 77 by David Young (Major Karin Müller 4)
Books / April 13, 2019

This is the 4th book in the Karin Müller series. I’ve enjoyed the first 3 books so as soon as this popped up on netgalley I had to request it! Set in East Berlin, 1977, Karin of the serious crimes department of the Kriminalpolizei is called and rushed back from her family holiday to investigate what appears to be the murder of a local political party official, Found in an old Mill, tied up and locked in a room then left to sufficate on smoke fumes. Similar murders follow, Müller attempts to investigate but the Stasi block her at every turn whilst her deputy and sometime love interest Weiner Tilsner seems to be acting very strangely about the investigation. Is he somehow involved? Kicked off the case,  Müller goes to her boss, to try and get back on the case, he pointedly refuses and she backs off until she receives a mysterious letter offering information on the murders. There are flash backs throughout to a 1943 prison camp and the tale of 3 French brothers. These are harrowing, disturbing and the darkest I’ve read from David Young in the 4 Muller books, nothing is sensationalised, it feels very grim and very…