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September 2016

GIVEAWAY – Killing Pablo by Mark Bowden

Hi all, I am very happy to announce that I have another giveaway to run on my blog đŸ™‚ this time, it’s for ‘Killing Pablo’ by Mark Bowden, the description of which can be found below;

‘A tour de force of investigative journalism, Killing Pablo tells the story of the violent rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, the head of the Colombian Medellin cocaine cartel. Escobar’s criminal empire held a nation of thirty million hostage in a reign of terror that would only end with his death.

In an intense, up-close account, award-winning journalist Mark Bowden exposes details never before revealed about the covert sixteen-month manhunt that was led by US Special Forces and intelligence services. With unprecedented access to important players – including Colombian president Cisar Gaviria and the incorruptible head of the special police unit that pursued Escobar, Colonel Hugo Martinez – as well as top-secret documents and transcripts of Escobar’s intercepted phone conversations, Bowden has produced a gripping narrative that is a stark portrayal of rough justice in the real world.’

So for all of you ‘Narcos’ fans out there, this will be a real treat!

To be in with a chance of winning, all you need to do is retweet this tweet (https://twitter.com/dannygokucross/status/776086278710370304), it’s as easy as can be!

Unfortunately, this competition is open only to UK residents, sorry, it’s not my fault, I promise! But, if you’re interested in buying the book, it can be found here: http://amzn.to/2ciWu3U

The closing date of the competition is 29th September 2016.

And last of all, good luck đŸ™‚

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*BLOG TOUR* For the Love of Grace by Andy Blackman

andy-blackman-cover Hello, and welcome to my stop on the blog tour of Andy Blackman’s ‘For the Love of Grace’!

Here is a little about the book (and the blurb, of course);

Grace Backer had a life full of tragedy. But despite everything, she raised her son, Tom, with her secret intact. Tom is a prodigal child, destined to escape the slums of the East End of London for a better life; circumstances will make him flee his loving mother and their home much sooner than expected.

‘Tom starts a new life in Odessa, Russia, and with the help of new-found friends starts a business. At last, he is finally accepted into a new and loving family, but one which holds its own dark secrets. A chance meeting with the son of a duke of the realm leads to close friendship and a new business partnership. When Tom decides to move his company to London and have his regal new friend run it, the firm thrives. However, not everything is as it seems, and Tom’s business soon conceals dangerous secrets of its own.

Years later, when Tom finally decides to return to London, he is a wanted man, one hunted by the intelligence agencies. If he is finally to be reunited with his beloved mother and his best friend, he must fight to put the past behind him. But keeping secrets is never easy.’

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though it wasn’t what i thought it would be. Let me explain…

When you start reading this book, it seems like a real slick thriller that is full of action, acronyms, and alliteration pretty women. But this isn’t, it’s so much more. What I think the author has done well is he has given this story some heart, and this creates a foundation for the characters, and as a result of this, you start to really find yourself enveloped in their world.

The portrayal of mid-war London and of the ‘Motherland’ is just enticing. The scenes are set very well, and without the need for useless, endless description and with a sure hand. the streets of London are immediately vivid in your mind and the lives of the people living there feel so familiar. They are heavily affected by the war and they all suffer their loves, and their losses. The war is not lost within this book and provides a great backdrop for the story.

The characters are one of my favourite things about this book, and their respective journeys are winding and long. Grace is the adoptive mother of Tom, the story’s protagonist, and her story contains many losses, many through her devotion to her son. What i liked about Grace is her willingness to provide him with the best life possible, and her enduing faith in him. This love that is shown for Tom shapes him and his decisions, the continuity throughout the characters is perfect.

Tom is a character who I warmed to immensely. He is one who hasn’t yet realised his brilliance, but when he does, wow, he really does. With a brilliant mind and an eye for business, Tom is just fantastic. I also enjoyed how he was made to be  shadowy, threatening character through the eyes of the authorities, but actually, you already know him, and you know how his experiences have shaped him.

I really enjoyed reading this book and you can count me in for Andy Blackman’s next story!

Rating

4/5

Where to buy ‘For the Love of Grace’: (click the image for the link)

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Book Review – Hope and Red by Jon Skovron

Hope and Red (Empire of Storms Trilogy #1) by Jon Skovron

Published June 30th 2016 by Orbit Books

The book blurb;

‘IN A FRACTURING EMPIRE SPREAD ACROSS SAVAGE SEAS, TWO PEOPLE FIND A COMMON CAUSE.

HOPE, the lone survivor of a village massacred by the emperor’s forces, is secretly trained as a warrior and instrument of vengeance.

RED, an orphan adopted by a notorious matriarch of the criminal underworld, learns to be an expert thief and con artist.

Together they will take down an empire.’

Click to read the full review

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