Super excited that my guest reviewer, Claire Knight, is hosting Jack Steele’s LONG SHOT blog tour today! Claire has written a cracking review, but first – let’s find out a bit about the author and this book!
About The Author
I was born in Hackney, London and grew up on the Bannister House Housing Estate in Hommerton. I now live in Nottinghamshire and married with two grown up children who now have lives of their own, leaving me time to indulge in my favourite passions, reading and writing. I still work full-time in the printing industry which is where I have been for the past 40 years. On many occasions it interferes with my writing, working extra hours or weekends, so it can be a balancing act but one I seem to manage along with an understanding wife of course.
I spent five years researching books, magazines, documentaries, movies and internet articles on various subjects as well as completing a creative writing course and attending workshops run by the Nottingham Writers Studio.
It was a great achievement in 2016 when I published my first Crime Thriller novel ‘Loose Cannon’ with great reviews. It was the first in the Detective Joe Stone series and I was encouraged to write the sequel ‘Long Shot’ which is due for publication on July 29th 2017.
My writing style is a fast-paced page turner with cliff hangers, moral dilemmas and believable characters.
I would like to thank all my readers, editors, bloggers and Crime book club friends who have been so supportive through this process. Their encouragement drives me on to write the next book in the series.
About The Book
Detective Joe Stone and his team investigate a major terrorist attack on one of London’s most iconic buildings. They soon draw up a list of suspects who are highly respected members of the community and government. When most of his team is attacked, it soon develops into a war of nerves and a race against time before a deadly weapon is unleashed with horrific consequences.
Claire’s Rating: 4/5
Long Shot starts with an explosive opening chapter!! St Pauls Cathedral has been bombed, one of the symbols of the UK capital has lost its dome!!! Could you imagine such an iconic and historic building being attacked? God forbid this ever to happen – it’s been decimated once by World War II which is enough! What follows is a sinister investigation with suspects that would be viewed with great respectability!
I really liked the investigation team, the dynamic between them and particularly the partnership between Joe and Carl. I could imagine these two gents chasing round London interviewing suspects.
If your interest has been piqued by this fast paced novel, I would highly recommend that you read the author’s previous novel Loose Cannon. I didn’t and I felt I was missing something relating to the characters’ backgrounds.
The author’s technique of using short chapters meant I raced through this novel. With the explosive start, you hit the ground running and don’t stop until the end!! I found the writing really easy to read and kept my attention throughout!
Many thanks to Jack Steele for my copy of Long Shot and a big squeeze to Noelle for letting me host the #CrimeBookJunkie stop of the blog tour!
Great review Claire! I am glad I have a copy of this now to read alongside Loose Cannon. #BookBinge – If this sounds like your cup up tea, grab a copy of Long Shot! Loose Cannon (Book 1) is currently FREE OVER CHRISTMAS, so why not grab that too!