Welcome to Love Books Group, I have had a little absence due to illness. But I am back with lots of reviews for you over the coming weeks.
Today I am over the moon to bring you my review of The Wanted Man by Robert Parker. A crime fiction novel with grit and substance.
–Back of the Book
It’s down to fathers and fatherhood.
Ben Bracken, ex-soldier, has just got out of Strangeways.
Not by the front door.
With him, he has his ‘insurance policy’ – a bag of evidence that will guarantee his freedom, provided he can keep it safe – and he has money, carefully looked after by a friend, Jack Brooker.
Rejected by the army, disowned by his father, and any hopes of parenthood long since shattered, Ben has no anchors in his life.
No one to keep him steady.
No one to stop his cause…
The plan: to wreak justice on the man who had put him in prison in the first place.
Terry ‘The Turn-Up’ Masters, a nasty piece of work, whose crime organisation is based in London.
But before Ben can get started on his mission, another matter is brought to his attention: Jack’s father has been murdered and he will not rest until the killers are found.
Suddenly, Ben finds himself drawn in to helping Jack in his quest for revenge.
In the process, he descends into the fold of Manchester’s most notorious crime organisation – the Berg – the very people he wants to bring down…
This action-packed and fast-paced story will keep you turning the pages. Manchester is vividly portrayed as Ben races around the city seeking vengeance.
Robert Parker is a married father of three, who lives in a village near Manchester, UK. The author of the Ben Bracken books A Wanted Man and Morte Point, and the standalone post-Brexit country-noir Crook’s Hollow, he enjoys a rural life on an old pig farm (now minus pigs), writing horrible things between school runs.
He writes full time, as well as organising and attending various author events across the UK – while boxing regularly for charity. Passionate about inspiring a love of the written word in young people, he spends a lot of time in schools across the North West, encouraging literacy, story-telling, creative-writing and how good old fashioned hard work tends to help good things happen.
If you enjoyed Jack Reacher and have a thing for Luther then Ben Bracken should be next on your list. This stunning debut from Robert Parker ticks all the boxes.
I love the grey and black cover with the bright orange and blue font, it really works. It captures the essence of the book perfectly.
This fast-paced read gets your heart pumping from page one and it does not stop. It played like a movie in my head. Ben Bracken is top notch, in an emergency you want him on your side. With realistic characters and breathtaking chapters, I was hooked. It was so unpredictable which was very refreshing, I had no clue where it was going.
The actions scenes were beautifully written and you felt all the drama and action as it unfolded. With just enough oomph so it wasn’t far-fetched in any way shape or form.
Robert Parker is an author to watch add his books to your TBR today. A Wanted Man has everything you could want from a crime fiction novel. The good news is there is a sequel already available too called Morte Point. Review for that to come very soon.
So do yourself a favour for 2019, visit your local bookstore or head over to Amazon and make this your first read of the new year.
I highly recommend this roller coaster of a book, extremely well written. Robert Parker is one to watch!
Review by Kelly Lacey
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