I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour today for Shadows, written by Conrad Jones and published by Bloodhound Books.
Suicide. Drugs. Murder.
DI Braddick is put on the case when a hijacked drug deal has resulted in murder and an eye witness goes missing. When victims are discovered strung up from the rafters of an abandoned fish factory, on the Anglesey coastline, the police are baffled as to what went on. A deserted trawler found at the scene helps Braddick put the pieces together.
Could this be the work of a notorious Russian crime family?
When an undercover officer goes missing everything points to an informer for the family and it is clear they will stop at nothing to the silence the leak and have their revenge.
As the body count rises Braddick will come to realise that no one is safe…
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am Conrad Jones a 50-year-old Author, originally from a sleepy green-belt called Tarbock Green, which is situated on the outskirts of Liverpool. I spent a number of years living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which I class as my home, before starting a career as a trainee manger with McDonalds Restaurants in 1989. I worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working my way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.
In March 1993 I was managing the Restaurant in Warrington`s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day I was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. I began to read anything crime related that I could get my hands on.
I link this experience with the desire to write books on the subject, which came much later on due to an unusual set of circumstances. Because of that experience my early novels follow the adventures of an elite counter terrorist unit, The Terrorist Task Force, and their leader, John Tankersley, or `Tank`and they are the Soft Target Series, which have been described by a reviewer as ‘Reacher on steroids’.
I had no intentions of writing until 2007, when I set off on an 11-week tour of the USA. The Day before I boarded the plane, Madeleine McCann disappeared and all through the holiday I followed the American news reports which had little or no information about her. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the terrible kidnap would inspire my book, The Child Taker years later. During that trip, I received news that my house had been burgled and my work van and equipment were stolen. That summer was the year when York and Tewksbury were flooded by a deluge and insurance companies were swamped with claims. They informed me that they couldn’t do anything for weeks and that returning home would be a wasted journey. Rendered unemployed on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, I decided to begin my first book, Soft Target. I have never stopped writing since. I have recently completed my 17th novel, SHADOWS, something that never would have happened but for that burglary and my experiences in Warrington.
As far as my favourite series ever, it has to be James Herbert’s, The Rats trilogy. The first book did for me what school books couldn’t. It fascinated me, triggered my imagination and gave me the hunger to want to read more. I waited years for the second book, The Lair, and Domain, the third book to come out and they were amazing. Domain is one of the best books I have ever read. In later years, Lee Child, especially the early books, has kept me hypnotised on my sunbed on holiday as has Michael Connelly and his Harry Bosch Series.
MY REVIEW: I would like to thank Conrad Jones, Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for allowing me the opportunity to read an ARC of Shadows prior to taking part and being a stop on the blog tour. I can confirm that I chose to read this ARC and all opinions in this review are my own and are completely unbiased.
I will start this review with a question and it’s a question that I’ve repeatedly been asking myself all throughout reading Shadows … ‘where on earth have I been hiding?’ Conrad Jones?????? Oh man, what an author.
When I was first asked to take part in the blog tour for Shadows and I was given the blurb, I thought Shadows was just going to be another run of the mill police detective / crime novel that I would float through and at the end shrug my shoulders and say ‘next’ to my TBR pile, but I was wrong! Shadows was good, very VERY good and with an opening chapter that was breath-taking and had me gripping my Kindle tight, I didn’t think it was going to get any better, but I was wrong AGAIN – I was breathless throughout. The short snappy sentences full of punch was like a thrill ride into a dark world of crime like no other, where nobody is safe.
Crime. The Underworld. Suicide. Drugs. Murder. Torture. The list could go on. Shadows has it all and it gives the reader quite a graphic depiction of the criminal underworld that actually left me thinking if it’s real, I do not envy the police for one moment for having to deal with such people and I’ll say ‘wow’ to the other world that exists behind my back.
Enthralled throughout, I highly recommend Shadows and would definitely say it’s worth more than 5 stars. Now, what I have to do is firstly, go and buy more Conrad Jones novels and get myself from out of the rock I’ve been hiding under for so long and secondly send out a warning signal to anybody who is going to be picking up Shadows to read!
BLOG TOUR DETAILS:
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