Today I am thrilled to be taking part in the blog tour for Deepest Wounds. I’ve been wanting to read something by Gordon Brown for sometime so when this tour came up I jumped at the chance. Many thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours and Strident Publishing for having me on this tour, and to the author for the signed copy of the book.
Blurb: The past is a dangerous place. Craig McIntyre’s mere presence removes people’s inhibitions and turns their darkest thoughts into actions. As Craig McIntyre tries to escape bounty hunters from the Dark Web, he discovers that his details are linked to a clandestine government project. Might it hold answers to his past as well as dangers for the present? Back on the run in North America, McIntyre hooks up with some unlikely allies. But can he trust them any more than those who want to use him to shape the future…and to further their personal ambitions? Have those behind Factor really given up on their pursuit of him? Or is McIntyre being reeled in with some politically toxic bait? McIntyre is the key to an explosive secret that could change mankind forever.
My Review: As well as an ever growing to-read list I also have a fairly long list of authors whose work I want to try. One of the names that I can now tick off that list is Gordon Brown who has been on it for a few years, ever since I discovered Bloody Scotland and his name cropped up. However I didn’t just read this book to tick a name off my list, I chose to read it because the blurb intrigued me.
This book quite different from my usual reads, but in a good way. It’s the latest in a series but I think it can be read as a stand alone. I certainly read it with no prior knowledge of the other books and didn’t feel I was missing anything.
Craig McIntyre has been trying to lay low for a while, aware that people are chasing him for various reasons that are explained in the book (I don’t want to reveal too much here). However, his plans are disrupted by people who have been hired to find him and have managed to trace him despite his best efforts to remain hidden. What follows next is Craig and his friend Charlie trying to keep one step ahead of those trying ti find him while also trying to work out how to solve their problems and keep themselves safe.
It’s a pretty hectic ride, as we follow Craig and Charlie across America, trying to get to safety but also stay out of trouble, something which Craig tends to bring with him wherever he goes. The story grabs hold of you and refuses to let go, you’re dragged along for the ride whether you want to be or not. Once you get on this journey there is no getting off, no hopping on the next bus/train home, you’re with Craig for as long as it takes to resolve things. There’s a layer of tension throughout the story, even when things seem safe and calm there was still the thought in the back of my head wondering how long it would last, was it really safe, what was going to happen next.
The characters in the story are all really well written and leap off the page, even the ones who are only in for a few lines or a few pages are so real you could almost believe they actually exist. The settings and locations are vividly drawn and add to the tension and pace in the story. Having read this book I now want to go back and read the previous two and find out more about Craig and how he got to the position which he was in at the beginning of this book.
If you’re looking for something different, something that will be gripping and make you loose track of time and place then this is definitely the book for you.
About the author:
Gordon has been writing since his teens and has six crime thrillers published – his latest, Deepest Wounds, being the third in the Craig McIntyre series, is out now. Gordon helped found Bloody Scotland – Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival and lives in Scotland. He’s married with two children. Gordon once quit his job in London to fly across the Atlantic to be with his future wife. He has also delivered pizzas in Toronto, sold non alcoholic beer in the Middle East, launched a creativity training business called Brain Juice and floated a high tech company on the London Stock Exchange. He almost had a toy launched by a major toy company, has an MBA, loves music, is a DJ on local radio, compered the main stage at a two-day music festival and was once booed by 49,000 people while on the pitch at a major football Cup Final.
Want to know more – go to http://www.gordonjbrown.com/
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