#BlogTour #Review Life and Other Dreams by Richard Dee @RichardDockett1 @rararesources

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Title: Life and Other Dreams by Richard Dee

Date Published: 14th February 2019

Genre: Sci-fi/Thriller

Description:

Rick lives here on Earth now, with Cath. His life is boring, writing adverts for cat food and exotic holidays. When he’s asleep, he dreams vividly.

In his dreams, he lives as Dan, spending his time with his wife Vanessa. They live six-hundred years in the future, half a galaxy away. They’re explorers, searching for valuable minerals on Ecias, an alien paradise.

Dan has no dreams about Rick’s life, he lives on Ecias, loves his life and Vanessa. 
When the two worlds overlap, Rick starts to question what is real. Events in his waking and sleeping lives are mirrored, similar people inhabit both and coincidences mount up. Then disaster strikes in each world at the same time. In his dreams, Dan is accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Meanwhile, after one coincidence too many, Cath thinks that Rick’s dreams are hiding an affair and leaves him.

Is Rick going crazy, or can he be living in two places, in two times, at once? If not, then which one of them is the reality? Will one life carry on when the other is on hold?
Richard Dee’s fast-paced, edgy science fiction -cum- psychological thriller will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page!

You can buy your copy here:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Life-Other-Dreams-Psychological-Thriller-ebook/dp/B07KVHG384

US- https://www.amazon.com/Life-Other-Dreams-Psychological-Thriller-ebook/dp/B07KVHG384

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Review:

In life and other dreams, we follow Rick in his seemingly ordinary life on Earth. When he sleeps he had vivid dreams of a paradise like planet called Ecais and a couple named Dan and Vanessa. Their life is full of adventure and spontaneity but that all ends when a group of plant hunters come to the planet and Dan is accused of a crime he didn’t commit.

The lines between dreams and reality blur and Rick finds his life is falling apart. What is real and what’s not?

I always enjoy when an author combines two genres I enjoy, in this case sci-fi and thrillers, to make a really original and intriguing novel. I won’t lie, it is a bit of head trip but in a good way.

There’s some fantastic world building too, Richard Dee takes the normal and the not so normal, to create the planet Ecais, it was so vivid I could almost picture it in my head.

I have to be honest, the pacing in this novel was a little up and down. Sometimes I was on the edge of my seat, only to be distracted by a lot of information or a change in perspective, which slowed the pace down but of course that’s just my opinion.

Life and other dreams is an original and out of the box sci-fi thriller for anyone who is looking for something a bit different.

About The Author:

Richard Dee is a native of Brixham in Devon. He left Devon when he was in his teens and settled in Kent. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then went to sea andAuthor 1200 travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986.
Coming ashore to be with his growing family, he used his sea-going knowledge in several jobs, working as a Marine Insurance Surveyor and as Dockmaster at Tilbury, before becoming a Port Control Officer in Sheerness and then at the Thames Barrier in Woolwich.

In 1994 he was head-hunted and offered a job as a Thames Estuary Pilot. In 1999 he transferred to the Thames River Pilots, where he regularly took vessels of all sizes through the Thames Barrier and upriver as far as HMS Belfast and through Tower Bridge. In all, he piloted over 3,500 vessels in a 22-year career with the Port of London Authority.

Richard is married with three adult children and three grandchildren.

His first science-fiction novel Freefall was published in 2013, followed by Ribbonworld in 2015. September 2016 saw the publication of his Steampunk adventure The Rocks of Aserol and of Flash Fiction, a collection of Short Stories. Myra, the prequel to Freefall was published in 2017, along with Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café, a murder mystery set in space and the start of a series featuring Andorra Pett, an amateur detective. Sequels to Ribbonworld and The Rocks of Aserol have been published, together with a second Andorra Pett story, Andorra Pett on Mars. He also contributed a story to the 1066 Turned Upside Down collection. Richard is currently working on prequels, sequels, and new projects. 

You can find out more about me on my website at richarddeescifi.co.uk. Head over there to see what I get up to, click the FREE STUFF tab or the PORTFOLIO tab to get all the details about my work and pick up a free novel or short story.

I’m on Facebook at RichardDeeAuthor and Twitter at Richard Dee Sci-Fi

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#BlogTour #Review The Courier by Kjell Ola Dahl (translation by Don Bartlett) @ko_dahl @OrendaBooks #RandomThingsTours

Title: The Courier by Kjell Ola Dahl (translated by Don Bartlett)

Publisher: Orenda Books

Date Published: 21st January 2019

Genre: Thriller/Historical/Espionage

Description:

In Oslo in 1942, Jewish courier Ester is betrayed, narrowly avoiding arrest by the Gestapo. In great haste, she escapes to Sweden whilst the rest of her family is deported to Auschwitz. In Stockholm, Ester meets the resistance hero, Gerhard Falkum, who has left his little daughter and fled both the Germans and allegations that he murdered his wife, Åse, Ester’s childhood best friend. A relationship develops between them, but ends abruptly when Falkum dies in a fire.

And yet, twenty-five years later, Falkum shows up in Oslo. He wants to reconnect with his daughter Turid. But where has he been, and what is the real reason for his return? Ester stumbles across information that forces her to look closely at her past, and to revisit her war-time training to stay alive…

Written with Dahl’s trademark characterisation and clever plotting, The Courier sees one of Norway’s most critically- acclaimed authors at his best, as he takes on one of the most horrifying periods of modern history. With its sophisticated storytelling and elegant prose, this stunning and compelling wartime thriller is reminiscent of the writing of John Le Carré and William Boyd.

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Review:

I want to thank Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me on this blog tour and providing me with a copy of The Courier.

The Courier is told using multiple timelines, 1942, 1967 and finally 2015. We follow the story of Ester, a young Jewish woman who risks her life to be part of the resistance. After a near miss with the police, Ester flees to Sweden leaving her life behind. Later she finds out that her friend was murdered and blamed on her partner, Gerhard Falkum.

Twenty five years later Gerhard is back, to reconnect with his daughter Turid but is that really why?

The terror and uncertainty of WWII really oozes from the pages of The Courier. It’s packed with vivid descriptions and fascinating characters that will transport you back in time while sitting in the comfort of your own home.

As many of you know if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, I love a novel that teaches me something. I had no idea that the Nazi managed to infiltrate countries like Norway and started persecuting Jews too.

I liked the character of Ester, she’s so strong, having to face such danger and heartbreak, having to run from her own country leaving behind her family and friends, determined to survive.

This is a really intricately plot novel but sometimes I felt that I got a bit lost between the back and forth of the timeline.

I’d recommend The Courier to anyone who loves a good historical spy thriller, full of tension, terror and intrigue.

About The Author:

One of the fathers of the Nordic Noir genre, Kjell Ola Dahl was born in 1958 in Gjøvik. He madeKjell Ola Dahl-Rolf-M-Aagaard his debut in 1993, and has since published eleven novels, the most prominent of which is a series of police procedurals cum psychological thrillers featuring investigators Gunnarstranda and Frølich. In 2000 he won the Riverton Prize for The Last Fix and he won both the prestigious Brage and Riverton Prizes for The Courier in 2015. His work has been published in 14 countries, and he lives in Oslo.

#BlogTour #BookSpotlight Killing State by Judith O’Reilly #LoveBooksGroupTours

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Title: Killing State by Judith O’Reilly

Publisher: Head of Zeus

Date Published: 15th August 2018

Genre: Thriller

Description:

WHAT IF THE PERSON YOU’RE ORDERED TO KILL IS THE WOMAN YOU WANT TO PROTECT?

Michael North, assassin and spy-for-hire, is very good at killing bad guys. But what happens when his shadowy bosses at the dark heart of the post-Brexit British government, order him to kill an innocent woman and North can’t bring himself to do it?

The woman is a rising political star, Honor Jones, MP. She has started asking dangerous questions about the powerful men running her country. The trouble is, Honour doesn’t know when to stop. And, now that he’s met her, neither does North…

Praise for Killing State:

A terrific future-shock thriller.’ LEE CHILD

A gritty, action-packed page-turner.’ ANDY MCNAB

New thriller writers come and go. I suspect this lady will stick around.” FREDERICK FORSYTH

“Thought-provoking, pacy and thrilling.” SUNDAY MIRROR

“Gripping and twisty” INDIA KNIGHT

“Grabs you from page one and won’t let you go… Action-packed from start to finish – but with tenderness and great characterisation too. Fast, sharply-written, clever and intense.” JEREMY VINE, BBC2

“A high-octane plot that centres around the dark heart of British political power. A great debut.” SUNDAY TIMES

You can buy your copy here:

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About The Author:

Judith O’Reilly is the author of Wife in the North, a top-three Sunday Times bestseller and BBCJudith Radio 4 Book of the Week. Judith is a former political producer with BBC 2’s Newsnight and ITN’s Channel 4 News, and, when she isn’t writing novels, she writes forThe Sunday Times. Judith lives in Durham.

 

#Review Freefall by Jessica Barry @vintagebooks @PenguinRHUK

Title: Freefall by Jessica Barry

Date Published: 28th February 2019

Publisher: Vintage

Genre: Thriller

Description:

Surviving the plane crash is only the beginning for Allison.

The life that she’s built for herself – her perfect fiancé, their world of luxury – has disappeared in the blink of an eye. Now she must run, not only to escape the dark secrets in her past, but to outwit the man who is stalking her every move.

On the other side of the country, Allison’s mother is desperate for news of her daughter, who is missing, presumed dead. Maggie refuses to accept that she could have lost her only child and sets out to discover the truth.

Mother and daughter must fight – for survival and to find their way through a dark web of lies and back to one another, before it’s too late…

Heart-stopping and addictive, FREEFALL is a stunning thriller that explores the deep and complex bond between mothers and daughters.

Review:

This is quite a difficult book to review because I think you need to go into with as little information as possible, just so you can get the most out of the story.

The story is told from two viewpoints, Alison and her mum Maggie. They were both very realistic characters, both strong in their own way.

Maggie is struggling without her husband, now she thinks she’s lost her daughter who she hasn’t spoken to in two years.

Alison, after struggling to make ends meet for a long time, thinks when Ben proposes that it’ll be the last of her worries but after miraculously surviving a plane crash has to battle her way down a mountain while someone is hunting her.

While this is an interesting book, with good characters and plenty of twists and turns, I wouldn’t say it blew me away. What’s annoying is I can’t give you a definitive reason why, I think you’ll just have to read it yourself and decide.

Freefall a terrifying and taut thriller with well rounded characters that will to keep you entertained until the end.

About The Author:

Jessica Barry is a pseudonym for an American author who has lived and worked in London forfreefall jb the past fifteen years. Freefall, her debut thriller, has sold in more than seventeen territories around the world and has also secured a major Hollywood film deal.

 

#Review Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce @harriet_tyce @Wildfirebks @headlinepg #newrelease

Title: Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce

Publisher: Wildfire Press

Date Published: 21st February 2019

Genre: Domestic Noir

Description:

AN ELECTRIFYING DEBUT THRILLER FOR FANS OF APPLE TREE YARD AND ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL – INTRODUCING A STUNNING NEW VOICE IN PSYCHOLOGICAL SUSPENSE

Alison has it all. A doting husband, adorable daughter, and a career on the rise – she’s just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems…

Just one more night. Then I’ll end it.

Alison drinks too much. She’s neglecting her family. And she’s having an affair with a colleague whose taste for pushing boundaries may be more than she can handle.

I did it. I killed him. I should be locked up.

Alison’s client doesn’t deny that she stabbed her husband – she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself.

I’m watching you. I know what you’re doing.

But someone knows Alison’s secrets. Someone who wants to make her pay for what she’s done, and who won’t stop until she’s lost everything….

Review:

Blood Orange is a novel I’ve seen about since I went to the Harrogate crime festival last year and I had the opportunity to go to Headline New Voices last month and got my hands on a proof copy, I can’t tell you how excited I was!

Blood Orange is classed as a domestic noir, which means it’s a little slow burn at the beginning but there’s that sense of foreboding that makes you want to read on. I’d also say it’s got aspects of a legal thriller in there too, the author really draws on her experience as a former barrister to give it that realistic edge.

This is a real character driven novel, each are flawed and believable. I may not have liked her the whole time but I understood Alison. She’s a driven barrister, settled with a husband and daughter but she’s also insecure and unhappy. She turns to alcohol and starts an affair with another barrister Patrick. Both the men in her life, her husband Carl and Patrick, are just well horrible in my eyes. Patrick takes advantage of her and Carl makes sure she feels like a failure as a mother and wife.

While certain aspects of the ending were a little predictable, there’s a few shocks in there that made it a really enjoyable and intense ending.

I will also say that there is a fair bit of legal jargon, which will explained in a straightforward way, still went a little over my head.

Blood Orange is a fabulous debut, packed with tension, intrigue and flawed characters that will really stick in your mind once you’ve finished reading it. I can’t wait for Harriet Tyce’s next book!

About The Author:

51341483_10157594551183974_8314397678159003648_oHarriet Tyce was born and grew up in Edinburgh. She graduated from the University of Oxford in 1994 with a degree in English Literature before gaining legal qualifications. She worked as a criminal barrister for ten years, leaving after the birth of her first child. She completed an MA in Creative Writing – Crime Fiction at UEA where she wrote Blood Orange, which is her first novel.

#BlogTour #Review Locked Down by G.B Williams @GailBWilliams #NewRelease

Title: Locked Down by G.B Williams

Date Published: 18th February

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

What DCI Piper dredges up when investigating the cold case of Terrence Whittaker’s disappearance is unexpected and unwelcome – especially when it links to a current missing persons case.

Charlie Bell’s only goal in life is ending the tyranny of the Mansel-Jones crime family.

While Ariadne Teddington recovers after a car crash, her missing brother’s case is reopened, and a past she has always struggled to deal with comes back to haunt her.

Finding the new lodger isn’t who she was expecting makes life a rollercoaster she can’t get off.

What will it take to get a criminal locked down for once and for all?

Can the present overcome the past?

And can any of them afford the price?

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Review:

I absolutely love this series, having read the first two (you can read my review of Locked Up here and Locked In here), so when I was approached by GB Williams to review the third in the series Locked Down I immediately said yes.

This book starts where the last one left off (I would highly recommend reading the other two books first before diving into this one).

DCI Piper has been forced to investigate cold cases, so he decides to look into Terry’s disappearance from twenty years. He finds similar cases from around that time but more worryingly there’s links to recent abductions. He stumbles into a conspiracy that dates back to the 80’s and 90’s, risking his career and all those he holds dear.

Ariadne is a shadow of her former corset wearing kick ass self in the novel but I suppose a second near death experience will do that too you! She’s forced on another emotional journey, reliving the day her brother Terry was taken and admitting out loud things that happened to her that day.

Charlie is holding down a steady job but he really wants to take down the Mansell-Jones family once and for all. Can he lead a normal life and leave it alone?

Wow I was a bit of an emotional wreck after the end of this book! I wasn’t sure where this story was heading after the last book but I didn’t expect that.

I thought I knew the characters pretty well at this point in the series but GB Williams still managed to surprise me and show a different side to the characters.

I will warn you, it does contain some upsetting scenes/themes like child abuse/abduction, that I found a little upsetting because it seemed so authentic and brutal.

I’m still not sure about the ending, whether I like it or not but it was definitely something I will be thinking about for a long time.

Locked Down is a realistic and intense read which explores some dark themes which leave you a little emotional after finishing it.

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About The Author:

GB Williams specialises in complex, fast-paced crime novels, book one of the Locked Series, “Locked Up”, was released in 2017, “Locked In” in Feb 2018, and “Locked Down” releases Colour Portrait 10February 2019. GB was shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Margery Allingham Short Story Competition with the story Last Shakes, now available in Last Cut Casebook.

Crime novels are her stock in trade, but she has also penned a steampunk novel, published September 2017. She has also had success with short stories in various genres including steampunk, horror, and erotica. And she hates every photo ever taken of her. Find out more at www.gailbwilliams.co.uk.

#BlogTour #Review Russian Roulette by Keith Nixon @knntom @BOTBSPublicity

Title: Russian Roulette by Keith Nixon

Date Published: 4th May 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

A reluctant investigator, a sordid English seaside town, a criminal underbelly.

Trouble has a habit of seeking out Konstantin, whether he wants it or not. Starting from the moment he arrives in the seedy seaside town of Margate where he’s supposed to be in hiding from his ex-employers. All Konstantin wants is to keep his head down and be left alone. But it’s not to be. People have their problems and Konstantin can’t help but get involved.

Konstantin has to overcome the drug dealer, the loan shark and a Liverpudlian gangster. Then there’s the so-called good guys, the councilors and lawyers who are worse than the criminals. Enter Fidelity Brown, aka Plastic Fantastic, a dominatrix who has her own mélange of secrets and lies, and nightclub owner Ken who’s connected to all the wrong people. Both help Konstantin solve the cases dropped on his doorstep.

Cue deception, murder, mayhem as the Russian settles into his new life. Margate will never be the same again. And neither will Konstantin…

Meet the enigmatic Konstantin, a man with a dark history and darker future in the start of a unique crime thriller series laced with a healthy dose of black humour. Pick up Russian Roulette to find out what all the fuss is about.

Review:

I want to thank Sarah Hardy at Books On The Bright Side Publicity for inviting me on this blog tour.

So this is the first in the Konstantin series, and my first book by Keith Nixon. I was a little hesitant at first, an ex KGB agent living in Margate, who has runs ins with a Liverpudlian gangster and a dominatrix didn’t quite seem up my alley but I’m glad I took a chance.

If you’re tired of the same old mystery/thrillers and you’re looking for something a bit different then I’d highly recommend this book!

Russian Roulette is a fast paced and fascinating crime novel, focusing on the underbelly of society. It is also told in a unique way, through interlocking short stories and short chapters that will have you flying through those pages.

I love Konstantin. He’s a big burly Russian who tends to make his own rules and enjoys a good fight but he’s also got a moral compass, helping out anyone in need and defending those who need it.

Keith Nixon also thankfully manages to avoid many Liverpudlian stereotypes which I really appreciated.

Overall Russian Roulette is a quirky crime novel incorporating black humour with a weird and wonderful cast of characters.

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Author Bio:

Keith Nixon is a British born writer of crime and historical fiction novels. Originally, he trained asarches 1 a chemist, but Keith is now in a senior sales role for a high-tech business. Keith currently lives with his family in the North West of England.

Readers can connect with Keith on various social media platforms:

Web: http://www.keithnixon.co.uk

Twitter: @knntom
Facebook:
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Blog:
www.keithnixon.co.uk/blog