On behalf of Zoe at https://zooloosbookdiary.co.uk/zooloos-blog-tours and Martin Tracey, I am excited and honoured today to be reviewing Mind Guerrilla. Thank you to Martin Tracey for a copy of this novel in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
When a high-end escort is discovered murdered in her plush waterside apartment, so begins the hunt for a serial killer known as The Crucifier due to the unusual slaying and positioning of his victims.
In parallel there remains the need to locate a dangerous and elusive doomsday cult.
DCI William Chamberlain and DI Judd Stone have an acute thirst for justice on both accounts.
Stone is an ex-football hooligan turned cop. Riddled with guilt and anger, he is used to getting results – albeit somewhat unconventionally.
Chamberlain suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, but curiously, as his health deteriorates, his ability to perform acts of telekinesis increases. When faced with life or death, Chamberlain progresses from manipulating physical matter to controlling minds and sets in motion a dramatic chain of events. But why do things spiral out of control, placing an unknown high-profile target in danger?
Assistance comes from the most unlikely of sources but who is also working against the wheels of justice?
And just what is the connection between The Crucifier, the cult and the high-profile target?
With Spaghetti Western overtones, the chase from Liverpool to London and through both Birmingham UK and Alabama, finds both detectives having to confront their darkest demons in pursuit of the sweet taste of revenge.
If you love a detailed slow burner with an edgy twist then this is the novel for you. Characters with strong motivation and resolve, a dark plot with a historical link and a little supernatural makes this a must read.
I loved how the past and present are linked through the victims and villains and I found myself eagerly turning pages between the timeline so I could return to the other one and find out what was coming next. It gave an insight into all the main characters too and their backgrounds. I also loved the historical knowledge about gangsters and Birmingham.
I love the city of Birmingham and the gritty and vivid description really brought it to life – warts and all. I always enjoy getting to know the deepest, darkest corners of thriller setting and Tracey has created an atmospheric and malevolent feel which sets the overall tone of the novel perfectly.
The characters are superbly developed and really crawl under your skin in a variety of different ways. The villain is deplorable and vile, making my skin crawl but I couldn’t get enough. Judd Stone and William Chamberlain are characters who took a while to get used to because they are real! They are both highly skilled and highly motivated officers with very different ways of working. They both have their demons and neither are always easy to work alongside or get on board with. This makes them 3d, real and engaging.
The plot is intense and riveting and despite being a longer novel, I couldn’t put it down and the pages turned themselves. There are constant surprises and twists that catch the reader off guard, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Author Bio – Martin Tracey
Martin Tracey is an author who likes to push the boundaries of reality. Even when injecting elements of the supernatural, the terror that grips you is very real. Not necessarily a genre specific author, psychological thrills are a plenty.
He has a passion for The Beatles & Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. Both music and football/soccer often find their way into his stories.
Martin lives in Birmingham, UK and is married with 2 daughters.
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