Today, I am over the moon to be sharing the blog tour stop for Brick by Conrad Jones, with Dave over at David’s Book Blurg.
This is actually a re-sharing of my review as I read Brick last year, when I was just starting out as a blogger. Having reread the book again earlier this year (it was still as brilliant the second time round!) I decided that I wouldn’t alter my original review, those were the thoughts I had when I finished it after one sitting and I’m rather proud of this little review!
Here’s the blurb …
Bloodhound Books (23 May 2017)
A hard-boiled and utterly gripping crime thriller from a best-selling author
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?
My thoughts …
Brick is story about wrong place, wrong time.
Fourteen-year-old Bryn Evans takes his dog, Alice, for a walk and gets into a bit of a silly argument with a random bloke in the street. A run-in which he thinks is immediately over. But this is Liverpool and the random bloke is an instrumental element to part of the city’s criminal underworld; which means he won’t take some little twerp giving him lip and just leave it.
The chain of events that follow, lead the police on a race against time to try and prevent serious repercussions, revenge attacks and more blood being spilled.
And what a race it is!
Brilliantly written, Jones has a way of writing that is rather unique in that the character dialogue is natural, you get the swearing, the slang and the grit that comes from being involved in this lifestyle and the raw emotions from even the hardest of criminal are so apparent, that at some points I actually felt sorry for them!
This is the third book of Jones’ I have read and it didn’t disappoint.
Jones creates a world in which you have no choice but to fall in to. With plot twists and turns that will leave you breathless, and relentless gore and brutality, Brick is not for the feint-hearted but is by far one of the best books I have had the pleasure of reading this year!
This is an absolutely gripping, high-octane, gruesome thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat!!!
It really is one of the best books, Jones is a super writer! You can get your copy over at Amazon UK and be sure to follow the rest of the tour …
About the author …
You can find out more; http://www.conradjonesauthor.com
firstname.lastname@example.orgI am Conrad Jones a fifty-year-old athor, 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.
On March 20th 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 enigmatic leader, John Tankersley, or `Tank` and they are the Soft Target Series, which have been described by a reviewer as ‘Reacher on steroids’; You can see them here:
had no intentions of writing until 2007, when I set off on an eleven-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 15 novel, ‘Brick’, something that never would have happened but for that burglary and my experiences in Warrington.
The Child Taker was the 6th book in the Soft target Series but it also became the first book in the Detective Alec Ramsay Series when I signed a three book deal with London based publishers, Thames River Press. The series is now seven books long with an average of 4.8 stars from over 2000 reviews. The first two books are always free with over 1100 5-star reviews.
You can see them here:
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 sever 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.