Blog tour ~ Review ~ Brick by Conrad Jones.

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Book Description:

When a teenager is the victim of an unprovoked attack while walking his dog, a murder investigation begins. A cruel twist of fate makes his innocent family the targets of a vicious campaign of terror. As the detectives of Liverpool’s Major Investigation Team try to contain the violence, several key members of an organised crime family begin to topple, causing shockwaves across the world.

Why was the teenager attacked?

And will the villains be brought to justice?

Review 

I would like to thank Bloodhound books, Conrad Jones and blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy for the ARC copy of this book,  in return for an honest review.

Brick is a gritty, often violent depiction of a life turned upside down by a moment of madness.  Set amongst the council estates of Liverpool and the violent gangs that control the streets young Bryn Evans has grown up on.

Conrad Jones delivers a tense, nerve wracking tale of gang warfare and the terror they bring into one family caught up in their world.  He reels you into the nightmare Bryn and his family are sucked into.

There is no attempt to shield the reader from the horrors of drug related violence, giving this novel its addictive edge.  You are compelled to read on to see if Bryn and those that surround him survive the maelstrom they’re drawn into.  Page by nerve wracking page you read on, sucking in the revulsion you feel towards the sickening violence, the drug gangs inflict on their victims.

Cleverly though Conrad Jones tempers this with a family many of us will have sympathy with.  Bryn’s family live on a council estate, mostly unaware of the violence and drug dealing going on around them. His parents hit by illness and bad luck, sit around absorbed in daytime TV, using alcohol to dull the pain.  He makes us care that they can rise above the hostile forces determined to wreck vengeance against them. One son makes a dreadful mistake and each of them face the consequences.

The author shows us that this could happen to us.  Wrong place, wrong time and we could be thrown headlong into a hopeless situation, forced to run for our lives.  He makes you care about their lives, wanting them to survive.

If you like your drama gritty and realistic, then the appropriately named Brick is the book for you. Its certainly one I will be recommending to my book reading friends.

Brick and Conrad Jones other books can be bought via Amazon

Author bio:

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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 Mcann 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

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 Mcann 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 Connelley and his Harry Bosch Series.

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