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BROTHERHOOD is an ultra-fast-paced thriller with a tightly interwoven plot and more action than your typical action movie. The Crime Review
I thought that the suspense surrounding the rollercoaster events was brilliant. If you're after an action packed, intense novel then 'Brotherhood' will certainly tick those boxes. The Writing Garnet
This is going to be one hell of a series to get on board with. The action is instant as I was thrown head first into the seedier side of Manchester. This story just buzzes from beginning to end. What a start! Books From Dusk Till Dawn
- Publication date : September 21, 2019
- Print length : 265 pages
- Publisher : Long Stop Books; 3rd edition (September 21, 2019)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- File size : 4613 KB
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07Y7KX42Y
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #879,329 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This is a dark and gritty read. The Manchester story is interspersed with the making of a sociopath in Africa backstory. While Philip's family, and Adam, the uncle's best friend, resonate the remainder are unlikable. Mugisa/Matthew does not generate sympathy despite the violent, heart rending background. The pace is good and it is well done.
The story starts in Manchester, England with Mugisa and his teenage gang killing a gang member, Liam, perhaps accidentally, for stealing from the gang. Liam happens to be the nephew of Ritchey McLaughlin, the most notorious gangster in the area, who plans to avenge his death. One of the teenagers, Phillip Mason, who is peripherally involved in Liam’s death, seeks the help of his uncle, Byron Mason, who becomes the main protagonist in the story. Byron has a major beef with Ritchey McLaughlin that started during their childhood encounters, and Byron steps in to defend his nephew by hiding him from the gangster and trying to solve the murder.
When Liam’s body is found, Siobhan Quinn heads up city’s investigation team. Siobhan is a newcomer to the police department. She was recently brought in from out of town as the chief inspector and becomes the second protagonist trying to solve the murder.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel’s storyline, character development, and dialogue. The story was captivating throughout, easy to follow, and easy to read. I did have problems with editing errors, but learned that the copy I read was a proof copy, so it has gone through another edit before going on sale.
I would highly recommend this novel to young adult and adult readers, and I give it a four star rating.
Book Reviewed on Whispering Stories Blog
*I received a free copy of this book, which I voluntarily reviewed
Byron and his friend Adam launch their own investigation to help Philip while DCI Siobhan Quinn thinks Philip is guilty of murdering his friend. They would have probably made more progress if they could have worked together, but in spite of an attraction between Siobhan and Adam, it appears they are working on opposite sides. All three of the main characters are fleshed out really well, and I like the story remained fast-paced but the reader was able to get to know details about Byron, Adam, and Siobhan. Organized crime in Manchester, England plays a large role in the story, so the book contains strong language and a lot of violence. Some was more intense than I prefer, but was authentic for the subject matter of the book.
This book is full of action from the very beginning, but has a bit too much going on. There are scenes with Adam on the job as a firefighter, love scenes with him and someone else involved in the investigation, gang violence, a police investigation, Adam and Byron's investigation, and flashbacks to atrocities occurring in Africa. With everything going on, I enjoyed getting to know the main characters and I was interested to see how it would all come together. I would rate the book 3.5 stars and think fans of Lee Child or Robert B. Parker will enjoy this book.
I received this book through the courtesy of Sapere Books. The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
Top reviews from other countries
This book includes violence, gangsters, family loyalty and a young life changed forever by the violence from his past.
A 'trial' for betrayal goes wrong and sparks the start of a race to stop gangster attacks, vendettas and revenge.
Can Adam and Byron save Philip?
Will links to a gangster cost the family dearly?
A must read, thrilling & intertwined stories from past to the present kept me hooked!
A very well written and enthralling book, looking forward to the next book
I'm not usually a fan of this genre but I couldn't put it down! I can't remember the last book I read that had me reading as much, the characters were well developed, the pace just right and I ended up finishing it in 2 days.
Mugisa's story is not something that I've personally come across in fiction before and it was quite a refreshing concept to see the contrasting worlds of Manchester and Africa collide. The thoughts about the character that this generates adds an extra dimension to the story.
All of this, backed up by a solid plot and setting makes for one of my favourite books from this year. I'll definitely be keeping a look out for any future releases by David Beckler.