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Today I am honoured to be kicking off the blogtour for Going Rogue by Neil Lancaster. Thanks to Emma at https://damppebbles.com/damppebbles-blog-tours/ for organising this tour and to Neil Lancaster and Burning Chair for a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Tom Novak is back.
When a spate of deadly terrorist attacks hit the streets of London, Tom finds himself thrust into the middle of a fight for the survival of all he holds dear.
When the attackers hit closer to home than he could ever imagine, Tom is forced to make a choice between his duty or his conscience. In doing so, he enters a series of increasingly dangerous worlds, in the darkest corners of humanity.
Can Tom and his colleagues get to the bottom of a plot which threatens the very fabric of society?
Will they stop the terrorists before it’s too late?
When faced with the ultimate choice, which way will Tom go?
After all, as Cameron always says: “Always do right, boy…”
Going Rogue is the follow-up to the hugely successful thriller, Going Dark: the book that introduced Tom Novak as the hero who, in the words of best-selling author Tony Parsons, “makes Jason Bourne look like a vegan Pilates teacher”.
Get Going Rogue today, and start a rollercoaster ride of a thriller that you won’t ever want to put down.
Despite being book 2 in the Tom Novak series this novel works perfectly well as a stand alone. Doesn’t mean I’m leaving it at that though. I’m off to read book 1 whilst eagerly anticipating book 3.
The blurb for this novel really caught my attention but in reality it doesn’t do the roller coaster ride of a novel complete justice. The whole time I was reading this it played like a film in my head – intense and fast paced and I don’t think I let out a breath while reading.
Move over Jack Reacher!
The plot grabbed my attention from the very first pages and didn’t let go until the very end. I personally cannot think of anything worse than being thrust into a setting and having to become part of a group containing people whose ideals and morals you despise. Just this particular plot-line had me turning the pages like a crazy lady and when you add in the additional twists and turns the whole novel is just addictive.
The character of Tom (Dave undercover) is written so cleverly that despite claiming he lacks a normal level of emotion, his moral and ethical stance is clear. What comes through is his passion for his job and to protect people where he is willing to risk his own safety to do the right thing. His character has been written beyond just another action hero. Yes he’s tough, cool as a cucumber and incredibly handsome (or so I imagine) but he is a deep and intelligent character too. I also loved the character of Tom’s team mate Buster as I felt he was the one who kept Tom grounded and provided him with hope and support.
The theme of the novel is very current too, in a world where there is still a divide over race, religion and colour it’s important to bring the impact to people’s attention. Although I never felt it was written with a moral intention, I still think the events and dialogue are shocking but realistic.
Overall I loved this novel and it was so much more than I expected. Tom Novak may just be my new action hero.
Author Bio – Neil Lancaster
Neil was born in Liverpool in the 1960s. He recently left the Metropolitan Police where he served for over twenty-five years, predominantly as a detective, leading and conducting investigations into some of the most serious criminals across the UK and beyond.
Neil acted as a surveillance and covert policing specialist, using all types of techniques to arrest and prosecute drug dealers, human traffickers, fraudsters, and murderers. During his career, he successfully prosecuted several wealthy and corrupt members of the legal profession who were involved in organised immigration crime. These prosecutions led to jail sentences, multi-million pound asset confiscations and disbarments.
Since retiring from the Metropolitan Police, Neil has relocated to the Scottish Highlands with his wife and son, where he mixes freelance investigations with writing.
Publisher’s Website: www.burningchairpublishing.com
Published in ebook and paperback formats by Burning Chair on 21st November 2019.