#BlogTour No Way To Die by Tony Kent

 It’s my turn on the BlogTour No Way To Die by Tony Kent.

About the Author

Tony Kent is a practising criminal barrister who draws on his legal experience to bring a striking authenticity to his thrillers: Killer Intent, Marked for Death, Power Play and now No Way To Die. Ranked as a ‘leader in his field’ Tony has prosecuted and defended in the most serious trials during his twenty years at the Criminal Bar – specialising in murder, terrorism, corruption, kidnap and organised crime. His case history is filled with nationally reported trials and his practice has brought him into close professional contact with GCHQ, the Security Service and the Ministry of Defence. He has also defended in matters with an international element, involving agencies such as the FBI.

Tony also appears as a criminal justice expert on a number of TV shows, including Meet, Marry, Murder (coming soon to Netflix), My Lover, My Killer and Kill Thy Neighbour (both Channel 5).

Prior to his legal career Tony represented England as a heavyweight boxer and won a host of national amateur titles. He lives just outside of London with his wife, young son and dog. Follow @TonyKent_Writes on Twitter, Visit tonykent.net

About the book

When traces of a radioactive material are found with a body in Key West, multiple federal agencies suddenly descend on the scene. This is not just an isolated murder – a domestic terrorist group is ready to bring the US government to its knees.

The threat hits close to home for Agent Joe Dempsey when he discovers a personal connection to the group. With his new team member, former Secret Service agent Eden Grace, Dempsey joins the race to track down the bomb before it’s too late. But when their mission falls apart, he is forced to turn to the most unlikely of allies: an old enemy he thought he had buried in his past.

Now, with time running out, they must find a way to work together to stop a madman from unleashing horrifying destruction across the country.

Review

The unexpected and brutal death of a security guard is the starting point for a chase across country to catch a militant group with a deadly mission. Joe Dempsey finds himself pulled between saving many and finding someone who may or may not be at the middle of an insidious plot.

Kent spins a web a little bit like someone attached pins to a board and drawing string from one pin to the other. Connecting places, people and events – all driven by a common denominator. I kind of liked the way the author takes the reader into one corner and completely submerges everyone in the here and now, only to whip them straight out of that moment and into a another in the blink of an eye.

It gives this thriller an element of mystery, whilst also giving it on point political vibe. The drive of fanatics and the very real danger of domestic terrorism. Not a new concept, but a very divisive one at the moment. Does the goal justify the means depending on the message? Has a new kind of division created the kind of wedge it’s hard to remove?

I think that’s certainly a strongpoint when it comes to Kent’s books. You get the action, the humanity, the brotherhood, but also the realism.

Buy No Way To Die at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Elliott Thompson  / pub date 18 November 2021 / HB – £16.99. Buy at Waterstones.

#BlogTour The Light in the Dark: A Winter Journal by Horatio Clare

It’s my pleasure to take part in the BlogTour The Light in the Dark by Horatio Clare. It’s a memoir, a personal journey from despair to holding out a reluctant hand for help.

About the Author

Horatio Clare is a critically acclaimed author and journalist. His first book, Running for the Hills: A Family Story, won the Somerset Maugham Award. His second book, Truant is ‘a stunningly-written memoir’, according to the Irish Times. A Single Swallow: Following an Epic Journey from South Africa to South Wales, was shortlisted for the Dolman Travel Book of the Year; Down to the Sea in Ships: Of Ageless Oceans and Modern Men won the Stanford-Dolman Travel Book of the Year 2015. Horatio’s first book for children, Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot, won the Branford Boase Award 2016 for best debut children’s book. He lives in West Yorkshire.

Follow @HoratioClare @eandtbooks on Twitter

Buy The Light in the Dark: A Winter Journal

About the book

A moving winter diary that reveals the healing power of the natural world.

As November stubs out the glow of autumn and the days tighten into shorter hours, winter’s occupation begins. Preparing for winter has its own rhythms, as old as our exchanges with the land. Of all the seasons, it draws us together. But winter can be tough.

It is a time of introspection, of looking inwards. Seasonal sadness; winter blues; depression – such feelings are widespread in the darker months. But by looking outwards, by being in and observing nature, we can appreciate its rhythms. Mountains make sense in any weather. The voices of a wood always speak consolation. A brush of frost; subtle colours; days as bright as a magpie’s cackle. We can learn to see and celebrate winter in all its shadows and lights.

In this moving and lyrical evocation of a British winter and the feelings it inspires, Horatio Clare raises a torch against the darkness, illuminating the blackest corners of the season, and delving into memory and myth to explore the powerful hold that winter has on us. By learning to see, we can find the magic, the light that burns bright at the heart of winter: spring will come again.

Review

This is a very personal insight into the authors struggle with depression. The beginning of the book reads like a nostalgic trip into his past, and those memories interrupt the present as he gives a perspective on his life and his childhood.

At first everything appears to be idyllic, as he speaks about the remote farm he grew up on and his family. Then just like the remote steep Welsh hills, his words, thoughts and life start a descent, then an ascent and so on. The downwards and upwards scale of emotional turmoil inside his mind is connected viscerally to the seasonal changes, especially the months of winter.

The colder it gets the more oppressive it feels, which is countered simultaneously with the stark contrast of the beauty of winter. The contrast is important, especially if one replaces the beauty of his surroundings with the assumption that everyone else sees the world that way, whilst he experiences something completely different. This is an excellent example of how people with mental health issues experience the world in comparison to others.

I think one of the most poignant moments in the book is when Clare acknowledges he needs help and in doing so makes it clear why so many people, but in this case men in particular, don’t reach out and are unwilling to take medication. There is still so much stigma attached to mental health issues in our society – it helps when stories like this shed a light on the issues.

It’s a memoir, a personal journey from despair to holding out a reluctant hand for help. Leaving aside the beauty of the prose and the honesty with which it is written, I think it is commendable that the author has opened a door into his heart, mind and soul for us.

If just one person takes away something from this journal of struggle and darkness, and they will, then he can take a moment of positivity and strength from knowing he has built a bridge others can use to find a way through their own darkness.

It’s a brave, beautiful and a very honest account of a personal struggle

Buy The Light in the Dark: A Winter Journal at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer.

Publisher: Elliot & Thompson, Pub. date 1 November 2018