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Brick

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Brick by Conrad Jones

When a teenager is the victim of an unprovoked attack while walking his dog, a murder investigation begins. A cruel twist of fate makes his innocent family the targets of a vicious campaign of terror.

As the detectives of Liverpool’s Major Investigation Team try to contain the violence, several key members of an organised crime family begin to topple, causing shockwaves across the world.

Why was the teenager attacked?

And will the villains be brought to justice?

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Author’s Bio

 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.

As far as my favourite series ever, it has to be James Herbert’s, The Rats trilogy. The first book did for me what school books couldn’t. It fascinated me, triggered my imagination and gave me the hunger to want to read more. I waited years for the second book, The Lair, and Domain, the third book to come out and they were amazing. Domain

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.

As far as my favourite series ever, it has to be James Herbert’s, The Rats trilogy. The first book did for me what school books couldn’t. It fascinated me, triggered my imagination and gave me the hunger to want to read more. I waited years for the second book, The Lair, and Domain, the third book to come out and they were amazing. Domain is one of the best books I have ever read. In later years, Lee Child, especially the early books, has kept me hypnotised on my sunbed on holiday as has Michael Connelley and his Harry Bosch Series.

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My Review

5 stars

Bryn Evans is your typical 14 year old boy. He keeps his nose clean just like his older brothers. His parents are useless but they are all he has. One day while walking his dog he comes across the wrong person. Words are exchanged and Bryn finds himself on the wrong side of a beating. Trying to find some way to get out of this he picks up a brick and uses it. This puts Bryn’s family on the radar of some serious criminals. Detective Inspector Marcus Braddick is the one who gets this case and his own reasons to stop those at the top of this chain. It’s going to be a fast paced race to catch the killer before he takes care of Bryn and his family.

This is a great, dark and gritty crime thriller. It’s pretty gory but that is what you experience with gang violence and the upper level criminals. It broke my heart that poor Bryn got the crap beat out of him; of course he is the innocent that is in the wrong place at the wrong time. But I admire him for doing what needed to be done to get out of the situations he was in. Marcus had his hands full stopping the gang but he was the perfect person for this role.

This is my first book from author Conrad Jones but it will NOT be my last. The story flowed well and it was easy to get drawn into it. This is a great crime thriller and one that I strongly recommend.

I received Brick from Bloodhound Books for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Seeing Double

Seeing Double by Nancy J Alexander

Seeing Double: An Elizabeth Reinhardt Thriller (Olive Branch – 1) by Nancy Alexander

“A chill ran up her spine, triggering an alarm that spread through her system. Her eyes studied him as his eyes studied her. In the recesses of her mind, a fragment of a memory tingled…a tiny blip from long ago. An image spiraled, then vanished. There was something about this young man, this Ari Ben Aviv. There was something about him she couldn’t pinpoint.”

On the heels of her last mystery, Elisabeth’s new patient is more than meets the eye, and unraveling his secrets will throw her team into a desert storm of double agents and religious extremists. All that stands between love and war are two families, two brothers, and two conflicting versions of the truth.

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 Nancy J Alexander

Author’s Bio

Love of the mystery/thriller genre combines with psychotherapy training and experience to produce an emotionally supercharged dramatic novel. Nancy Alexander has devoted much of her professional life to helping survivors of childhood trauma; their distress has been ingrained and works to create characters who give voice to their plight. To analyze the evil minds that prey on others and the intricacies of law enforcers who pursue them seemed a natural interlacing of professional, literary and creative interests.

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My Review

4 Stars

Five friends made a promise years ago to keep the hatred between their countries from ruining the world. They decided to do what they could to stop the wars. Years earlier one of the women attended college in America and needed help from Elisabeth. Now her son and daughter are going to need her help. Then back at home, two of the other friends has made a life on an olive farm but their daughter was in the wrong place at the wrong time and has been kidnapped. It’s going to be up to the friends, Elisabeth Reinhardt, and the Chevra Hatzollah to help save Jamila and to stop the radicals from creating a bomb to destroy everything and start the holy war.

This book has a lot of characters and events happening at once. It took me a little bit to get into the story because of all the characters. But once I figured out what was happening it was easier to follow along. But I will admit that I really enjoyed the portions with Elisabeth in them and no so much the other subplots. Don’t get me wrong, they are well written well and do make the story flow.

I liked Relentless and was eager to see how Seeing Double was going to play out. I did enjoy it although there was more substance to it compared to Relentless. It is also the start to a new series so there are some things that are left unresolved. I’m eager to see what happens to the in the future books.

I received Seeing Double from iRead Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

Nancy J Alexander

Guest Post 
 
Authenticity is the Key by Nancy J Alexander
I am who I am. That identity is reflected in everything I say and do, in the words I write and the stories I create.

First and foremost, I am a woman. I think and feel, see the world and understand its people from a woman’s point of view.

Secondly, I am a Jew. I see and understand the world from the perspective of a member of a religious group who has suffered death, violence, rejection and persecution at the hands of others.

Third, I am handicapped. I had polio at 10 months of age and carry residual effects from that disease. As a result, my empathetic connection with others is greatly enhanced; I can see what they see and feel what they feel.

Lastly, I am a therapist. My profession is part of my identity; it’s not what I do, but who I am; a culmination life experiences that made me who I am.

In everything I do, from social advocacy, to political engagement, to legislative activism, to being a therapist, to being a writer, I am always coming from the same place. I am a sum total of the factors that made me the person I am and as such I am always working to make the world a better place. I am always working to communicate something meaningful, to raise people’s consciousness, to effect change.

I come to my life’s work from a place of hope and confidence. I believe that people can change; I see good in the world. I see the potential for life, people, countries, governments to be better. At the same time, I’m realistic. I see the problems that exist and know the obstacles are there but at the same time I am determined to work toward opening peoples’ minds and offering new creative ways of seeing, understanding and working toward solutions.

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