This is the author’s debut novel, part one of a trilogy. I was looking forward to reading this book, but I was so disappointed. The story is about John Cooper, a troubled Detective, happily married to his devoted wife Kathy, who has helped him through a period of alcoholism after losing his friend and partner in an arrest that went wrong. He is proud of his achievements in always solving crimes. One night, out for a meal with Kathy, he receives a strange call from someone saying he has been chosen as a worthy opponent in The Game. Murders begin to take place, the caller called Erebus tells John he is the Tracker in this Game and tells him he has to follow the set of clues to discover the answer. John Cooper has no idea why he has been chosen and finds himself dragged deeper and deeper into the game, and starts drinking again. His marriage is falling apart. Erebus appears to know his every move. The ending is quite shocking and we never find out who or what Erebus is. The idea of the story is a good one, which is why I did read to the end, but I have a few issues with this book. The first being – it needs proofreading! There are far too many words missed out, or words left in that shouldn’t be there – very confusing and meant I read paragraphs twice to see if it was me. It is quite repetitious in places, and I find character’s thoughts written in italics, of which there were many instances, quite irritating, but that’s just a personal view.
Monthly Archives: October 2013
Eddie Barrow Jr. is broke and struggling to get his first book published. His girlfriend has just broken up with him and he has been laid off work. Things couldn’t get any worse. He is sick of his parents criticizing him and comparing him unfavourably with his sister. His best friends, Corey and Jordyn come up with a preposterous plan to get his face in the papers, which they think will help him get noticed. Jordyn is a dominatrix and suggests that she can persuade her boss to let Eddie become a maledom for one night – taking the place of the usual one to meet a particular woman client. Eddie is shocked when he hears what the plan is and turns it down, even though he is assured that no sex is involved and the police will be tipped off before anything untoward happens. He changes his mind and agrees to the plan after a furious row at his parents’ house leads him to walk out. What follows is an entertaining read about a plan that backfires and a complicated plot with many twists and turns.
I could picture the three main characters immediately, which is always a good sign, and I thoroughly enjoyed the story
Slate, (the name he likes to go by) is a lawyer dealing with psychological problems after the death of his family in an accident. He takes to living on a boat and runs a bar on the beach. In his spare time he finds missing people for clients. A man called Kramer approaches him to find his missing daughter. He doesn’t think the police are doing enough to find her. Slate arrives in the city, but is only there two days when a captain from the Homicide Division gets in touch. Kramer’s body has been found on the railtrack, with Slate’s business card in his pocket. Is there a link between the missing girl and the death of her father? What part do Kramer’s wife and son play? Sally, the missing girl’s sports coach becomes involved. It is a good story, well written and I look forward to reading more Slate stories in the future.
Six friends, all now aged twenty seven, re-unite several years after leaving university. Life has treated them all differently since those days and the story is told through each individual character. Dave, coasting through life finds he is made redundant on his birthday. Andy and Renee are married. Katie has just returned from teaching in India. Steve has his own business. James, the most successful of them all, has a high powered job, a happy marriage and is the only one of the seven with a child, and is envied by the rest. But all is not as is seems, they all get invited to a wedding and you’ll need to read the book to find out what happens!
This book was recommended to me and I enjoyed reading it. I liked the characters.
The Manhattan Puzzle by Laurence O’Bryan is published today. I am delighted to welcome him as a guest on my blog and wish him every success with his latest book.
The Themes of The Manhattan Puzzle
By Laurence O’Bryan
What has been hidden in Manhattan by the most powerful people on earth?
What would you do to a Manhattan banker who treated ordinary people like slaves?
What magic is buried under Manhattan that allows it to rise again from anything the world throws at it?
These are the themes of The Manhattan Puzzle. The story sees Sean and Isabel (my characters from The Istanbul Puzzle and The Jerusalem Puzzle) reunited in Manhattan at the headquarters of one of the world’s largest banks, BXH. There’s been some grisly murders, and now the plot takes a new twist. The contents of the book they found in Istanbul are revealed.
My personal journey with this story grew out of my disgust at the financial crisis that has brought many so low. I am interested in the myths and the beliefs of those who value money above everything.
But The Manhattan Puzzle is about other things too. For instance, what would you do if your partner didn’t come home one night? And what would you think if the police turned up at your door the next day looking for him?
Relationships are under stress everywhere, because of the demands placed on us by our jobs, but few of us will face what Isabel has to face when Sean goes missing.
There is violence from the start in The Manhattan Puzzle too, but the opening has a woman inflicting it on a man. I am tired of reading about men inflicting sexual violence on women. I think it’s time for the handcuffs to swap wrists. And they certainly do in The Manhattan Puzzle. You can download the first chapter here as a pdf.
But don’t get me wrong. I love Manhattan. It’s a city in a snow globe of dollar bills. So look in your bookstore and on your E-readers and order it too, if you want.
To visit: http://www.lpobryan.com
And thanks for reading this and for buying The Manhattan Puzzle, if you do. I hope you find it entertaining and the themes interesting.