Happy Wednesday, folks! Today, I’m thrilled to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for Shadows by Conrad Jones which is so bloody awesome you should go buy it right now!
Author : Conrad Jones
Pages : 284
Publisher : Bloodhound Books
Publication date : June 13, 2017
Suicide. Drugs. Murder.
DI Braddick is put on the case when a hijacked drug deal has resulted in murder and an eye witness goes missing. When victims are discovered strung up from the rafters of an abandoned fish factory on the Anglesey coastline, the police are baffled as to what went on. A deserted trawler found at the scene helps Braddick put the pieces together.
Could this be the work of a notorious Russian crime family?
When an undercover officer goes missing, everything points to an informer for the family and it is clear they will stop at nothing to silence the leak and have their revenge.
As the body count rises, Braddick will come to realise that no one is safe.
Holy flying mackerel!!! (Because of the fish factory, get it? Sorry.) What an absolutely thrilling ride this book is! By the end of it all, I was utterly exhausted and as I write this review, days later, I’m still reeling!
The book kicks off with an apparent suicide but it’s obvious quite early on that there’s more to it than that. And that’s all I’m going to say because the less you know, the better. But when a story makes me gasp in shock from the beginning, I just know I’m on to a good thing! I mean, really! Cruelest thing ever!
Shadows is phenomenally action-packed from the first page. It had me glued to the pages and completely enthralled until the very end. This has everything to keep you hooked. Suicides, drugs gangs, murders, corruption, explosions and a bunch of very, very bad and vicious Russians who will stop at nothing. Nobody is safe in this story! I’m telling you know, make sure you have a chunk of time so you can read this in one sitting because you won’t want to put it down!
What we have here, is the most brilliantly constructed plot and while there are a lot of players, it never gets confusing. I have no qualms whatsoever in admitting that this is one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read! At 284 pages, I raced through this like my life depended on it and loved every minute of it!
This was my first introduction to author Conrad Jones (I know, I know. I swear I don’t really live under a rock) but I will most definitely be reading more of his work! Highly recommend!
Many thanks to Sarah and Bloodhound Books for my advanced copy and inviting me on the tour!
Shadows was published on June 13th.
I am Conrad Jones, a 50-year-old author, originally from a sleepy green-belt called Tarbock Green, which is situated on the outskirts of Liverpool. I spent a number of years living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which I class as my home, before starting a career as a trainee manger with McDonalds Restaurants in 1989. I worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working my way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.
In March 1993 I was managing the Restaurant in Warrington’s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day I was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. I began to read anything crime related that I could get my hands on.
I link this experience with the desire to write books on the subject, which came much later on due to an unusual set of circumstances. Because of that experience my early novels follow the adventures of an elite counter terrorist unit, The Terrorist Task Force, and their leader, John Tankersley, or `Tank`and they are the Soft Target Series, which have been described by a reviewer as ‘Reacher on steroids’.
I had no intentions of writing until 2007, when I set off on an 11-week tour of the USA. The Day before I boarded the plane, Madeleine Mcann disappeared and all through the holiday I followed the American news reports which had little or no information about her. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the terrible kidnap would inspire my book, The Child Taker years later. During that trip, I received news that my house had been burgled and my work van and equipment were stolen. That summer was the year when York and Tewksbury were flooded by a deluge and insurance companies were swamped with claims. They informed me that they couldn’t do anything for weeks and that returning home would be a wasted journey. Rendered unemployed on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, I decided to begin my first book, Soft Target. I have never stopped writing since. I have recently completed my 17th novel, SHADOWS, something that never would have happened but for that burglary and my experiences in Warrington.
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