“Written with a tempo that will blow you away” – Thomas Waugh
Welcome to Vengeance by Roger A Price – Book review as part of my very first book tour.
First off I would like to thank the author for letting us review and read his book as part of this book tour. Vengeance by Roger A Price – A fast paced crime novel with plenty of twists and turns thrown in.
Meet the author, Roger A Price:
My name is Roger A. Price a crime fighter turned crime writer. I used to right the wrongs but now I write the wrongs. Ok, enough with the puns, but I do love language and playing with it, I guess all writers do.
I spent over thirty years in the police retiring as a detective inspector in charge of a covert undercover drugs unit which achieved national acclaim. I served on various units and squads and saw service across the UK, Europe and beyond. I can’t write about those events but I can base my crime fiction writing from my many experiences of them. Some of which were good, some not so good.
My first two novels are in the ‘Burrows and Lee’ series; ‘By Their Rules’ and ‘A New Menace’ and chart the adventures of Jane Lee and John Burrows in their work for the secretive ‘Special Projects Unit’ where they take on the bad guys with no rules of engagement.
‘NEMESIS’ is the first in the new ‘Badge and the Pen’ series which follows the fortunes of detective inspector Vinnie Palmer who finds an unlikely ally in TV news reporter Christine Jones, as they chase common threats but from very different agendas. This book was an Amazon Bestseller for a while in Canada and Australia and has received rave reviews in the UK.
‘VENNGEANCE’ is the second outing for Vinnie and Christine in the ‘Badge and the Pen’ series where they both face the most unlikely of threats, as they race to save lives.
I have also had a couple of short stories published and am trying to write for TV whilst currently also working on my next Badge and the Pen novel.
I found Vengeance fast paced from the word off, non stop action all the way through. A real crime thriller novel with an exciting look into the underworld.
I particularly love the short chapters which are too the point and keep you on your toes. They keep you reading wanting more.
Follow the police inspector and police reporter while they try to uncover a series of murders which appear to have been done by some serious hitmen. It contains lots Factual evidence and some interesting detective work full of intrigue and mystery.
Meanwhile alternate chapters featured the criminals themselves with some nice gritty gruesome torture thrown in for good measure. You feel like you get to know the characters as they embark on terrorising theirs victims.
I liked the fact it was centred all around the area of Lancashire and Manchester, being familiar with these areas it added some more interest and drew me in to the book. I feel like i want to go and find all pubs and areas now to get a better insight, not that the author didn’t do justice in describing them.
The terrorism angle with just that little bit of politics was an added bonus making the storyline just that bit more interesting and believable.
Gripped till the end will you see the twist coming? Will you know who’s really involved? I can throughly recommend this book.
Read the Blurb on the book:
Jack Quintel is a hit man. When a job comes in to kill the Deputy Chief Constable of the Greater Manchester Police Jim Reedly, he contracts it out to a new guy, Charlie Parker. Watching in the shadows, Quintel sees Parker shoot out Reedly’s windscreen, then drag him into the woods and thinks the job’s been done. But when Parker tries to pass off a pig’s heart as Reedly’s, things start to go very wrong. Jack’s right hand man Jason kills Charlie, who it turns out is an undercover police officer.
Detective Vinnie Palmer is with the Preston police. He was called in when they received the information about the impending hit. Now he has to figure out how to clean up the mess. And he wants whoever killed Parker bad. He finds the man who put Parker in touch with Quintel, a low life hood named Dempter, living in an estate in Preston. He doesn’t know much, but motivated by money, agrees to be an informant for the police.
Christine Jones is a TV reporter. She and Vinnie had worked together before, chasing a serial killer. They meet again at the warehouse where Charlie was killed, and realise their relationship could be more than professional. But first, Christine wants to know what’s happening. Vinnie agrees to keep her in the loop.
Meanwhile, Christine is working on a documentary about positive discrimination against non-Catholic officers in Northern Ireland since the peace process. She makes contact with a former police officer in Northern Belfast named Paul Bury, who feeds her some of the information she needs.
Meanwhile, as the bodies start to pile up in Preston, there’s another attempt on Reedly’s life, when a grenade is thrown at him at his brother in law’s funeral. As Vinnie fights to keep Reedly alive, suddenly Christine’s life is in danger. And they both start to wonder if the contract against Reedly has anything to do with her documentary on Northern Ireland. But how could it?
Filled with twists and turns and gritty detail, this is must read for crime fans everywhere.
If you would like to read this book you can purchase it from amazon here.
If you would like to have a look at what the rest of the people participating in the book tour thought you can have a look here.
I would also like to thank Emma Mitchell at EDM Editorial and Publicity Services for inviting me on this tour which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Thank you for joining me on Vengeance by Roger A Price – Book review