- File Size: 1755 KB
- Print Length: 326 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0989767108
- Publication Date: November 30, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00E6WK0XU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,235 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Mind-blowing!!!" (Sonja Myburgh, author of A Bullet For You)
"Afghanistan war veteran Bill Conlin is trying to stay straight and out of trouble. What follows is a nail-biting slalom through the streets of New York, as Bill tries to dodge the unwanted attention of Mexican and Russian gangs, as well as keeping on the right side of Sullivan and out of the clutches of the law. However, along the way there is a trail of destruction and collateral damage. A good read."
"An atmospheric tale of violence and greed" (Charles R Stubbs, author of Web of Deceit)
"Bill Conlin has only one real skill - a special forces skill for weapons, combat, survival. From the poverty tracks to the 24/7 murky money-making machines of drugs, slavery, prostitution, organized crime and moral ambiguity. This is neo-noir, totally compulsive, one man who may seem like he his taking on the world but is, in the final analysis, taking on himself."
"Ambiguous Compulsive Noir" (Chloe Thurlow, author of Sophie's Secret)
"This book shows a very interesting look at what happened to a great deal of the veterans who are coming home from that war. They are shunned, stepped on and made to feel less than human. Immerse yourself in this tale and see the mental destruction that takes place from within."
"Bourbon and Blood" (James M. Copeland, author of Bottom Bones)
From the Author
'Bourbon & Blood' is a modern &gritty story of war hero who is thrust into New York City's brutal world of organized crime. It's really hitting home readers hard as it takes the veryreal setting of a drug underworld and encapsulates a character few wouldassociate with it - namely a war hero.
This story is timely, plausible and shockingly vivid. The visceral andsometimes terrifying downward spiral of an under-appreciated United StatesMilitary hero will entertain most hard-boiled crime fans. While Bill Conlinsurvived the risks and rigors of serving in Afghanistan, can he find his wayout of New York City's dark drug underworld with his life and dignity intact?
All Conlin wants is a normal life, but his life spirals out of control as hetries to find good in a brutal city. This is a very real reality for manyreturning from war. Therefore, the book isn't as far-fetched as it may firstappear.
'Bourbon &Blood' proves that, while it may appear to be a million miles away from a warzone, home soil is often far from safe.
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Having now finished the book, I do still feel that way. The story was at the same time familiar, and original. Unlike the video game series, it's set in modern times, but the basic premise is the same. A war veteran is down on his luck and struggling to find work, and he gets roped up in the mob by doing a relatively "simple" task, but things quickly escalate from there.
It's well plotted, with lots of twists and turns, and they all seem to resolve themselves quite satisfactorily.
Editing-wise, it starts out good, but the writing quality starts to slip more and more the deeper you get into the book. I'd hardly call it "unreadable", but there were some things that ripped me out of the world, like missing quotation marks and some missing or incorrectly used words here and there.
The other thing is that it ends on a cliffhanger. Generally, I don't like cliffhangers and avoid books that have them, but I re-checked, and there was no mention of a cliffhanger in the blurb. It's not such a huge problem in this case because I was really enjoying the story when it ended. So, I'll probably end up reading Book 2 - but based on my track record, that could be a year or more from now, and I worry that by the time I get to it I'll have forgotten where our hero was... which is one of the reasons why I seldom read series, full stop.
Before long, Bill finds out nothing is as it seems. He needs to be on his guard at all times. This is a war of a different kind.
When you begin this book, it has the feel of an old black and white movie. Each page pulls you in deeper and deeper. You'll feel as though you are there witnessing it in person. My breath was taken away by the writing of this book. Everything just flows so well. The characters are terrific. I found it impossible to put this book down. I was rooting for Bill and Dana throughout. This is one book you will read again and again.
I found no issues with this one.
I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it is wonderful. It's graphic but wonderful.
~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
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Now, this title has the distinction of being my first downloaded book. I read a few short stories before it, but this book kept me hooked from beginning to end. I have read other reviews for Bourbon & Blood and some have been favourable (rightly so) and some not so much. The problem is, the unfavourable reviews seem to sometimes miss the point of the book and its protagonist, Bill Conlin.
Hayes evidently has a love for the crime genre. As you read the book, it is bred from being exposed to the world via the movies and books. Exposed and inspired. Something I can relate to. With such a love for his craft, Hayes portrays a realistic, gritty, violent portrayal of New York that can only be created from living in the city itself. Knowing Hayes is a resident of New York, it makes sense that he uses this as his setting. It helps keep the book grounded and real. He is also able to minimise the clichés, something that benefits the story as a whole.
Being a huge movie fan myself, its clear that Hayes knows when cliché has a risk of ruining the text. We may have seen this sort of tale before, from many other authors, but Hayes conveys the story from a first person narrative that is both addictive and mesmerising. His spin is truly unique. True, he may veer into unrealistic territory now and then with the shoot outs, the lone hero who takes on the world and violence only comic books would make cool. But isn't this the point of fiction? To suspend your belief and let the ride take you wherever the author chooses? Conlin is clearly a trained soldier who is simply looking for work. Using his skills in a dangerous world is second nature to any soldier. My point is, the book harks back to the days of 80's action movies, quality gangster flicks such as The Godfather and noir thrillers from the 60's and 70's. Whether this was the intention or not, it really makes for a great read.
The book flies by at a rapid pace, not letting up. This is something rarely seen in crime fiction. Personally I love a book that goes into detail and takes it time to get to the point but sometimes I love to sit down, read a book, and let it take me along without stopping. Bourbon & Blood did just that. It had detail, enough to keep you informed, but the action, pace and plot was so frantic, it really gave you an idea of Bill Conlin's plight. Caught up in a world of crime, conspiracy and corruption, our main character is thrown from one dangerous situation to the next, hardly able to breathe or rest. Writing of this nature really allows you to step into the characters shoes and get a taste of what he was experiencing. At one point, I swear I could taste Knob Creek on my lips...during one chapter, my doorbell rang and it made me jump. I was really immersed in the world itself.
Bourbon & Blood is one of those little gems that come along now and then. I can now say I have completed my first Kindle novel, and what a way to debut on the device. Why not five stars? For me, it seemed a little short. Which is a good thing, it means I will definitely buy any sequels to this. There were also a few spelling errors, but this never took away from the story itself. Overall though, this was a great debut novel for a writer who clearly has big things in his future. For this price, you won't find anything better.
Without wanting to give too much away this is a thoroughly enjoyable read containing all the elements of a good crime thriller. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a new writer in this genre, I'm sure Hayes has more in store for Bill Conlin and I look forward to reading more by this talented writer.
Toes from the get go. Can't wait for the follow on,
Let's hope it's soon.