Tunnel Vision: A Rock Ghost Story by Robert Daws – 5 star – a short read, full of suspense and atmosphere @RobertDaws @urbanbooks #review #BookReview #Mystery #Suspense #ShortBook

Tunnel Vision
By Robert Daws
Rated: 5 stars *****

I always said I wouldn’t read anything ghostly. I was adament about it. That has changed. I have discovered one more book starring Tamara Sullivan. This is a stand-alone book, but she is one of the main characters in The Rock, Poisoned Rock and The Killing Rock, which is a fantastic crime series, set in Gibraltar. Anyway, back to the book in-hand. This is a short book at 20 pages, so read on to find out what it’s all about and why it is worth 5 stars.

Tunnel Vision cover by Robert Daws

Blurb

A ‘DS Tamara Sullivan Short’
The Summer heat on the Rock of Gibraltar is intense, but deep within its dark interior, a chill horror awaits Detective Sargeant Tamara Sullivan. The shock of the supernatural sends the police officer into an emotional spin of pain and confusion. As a murder detective, Sullivan is used to the grisly truth of death. Can she come to terms with the possible fact that life – of a kind – survives its mortal bonds? This is her statement.

Review

This is a fantastic quick story, full of suspense and mystery. The length is perfect for anyone wanting a quick read. Readers are taken to an account of the events of 15th and 16th September 2016. The story starts in picturesque surroundings in Gibraltar and innocently enough, as the words float by with consumate ease. The story, then, very quickly changes pace, that and the atmosphere becomes very intense within the tunnel and not all is normal… An investigation is mounted to try to discover who it was within the tunnel and all turns more mysterious. It is far from your average journey through a tunnel. Read the book to find out more about what Tamara saw in the tunnel…

The inspiration for Tamara to be a police officer, also starts to materialise, as does her passion and determined personality. This is good, because then it really is okay if you’ve not read any of the actual series before or not, although hopefully this novella (although different from the novels), will whet your appetite to try others, since they are very much worth reading.
These are available from online sources, such as bookshops via online services – both large companies and indpendent bookshops and as e-books. Reviews of all Robert Daws Books (those featured below), can also be found on my blog.

 

Review of The Old Dragon’s Head by Justin Newland #JustinNewland @matadorbooks #LoveBooksTours #fantasy #review #Fiction #Newbook #history #historical

The Old Dragon’s Head
By Justin Newland
Rated: 4 Stars ****

Today I have the pleasure of closing the blog tour for Love Books Tours with my review for the book The Old Dragon’s Head by Justin Newland. There have been reviews and extracts that can be found online, including the review I am presenting to you today. It was with honour that I received a signed copy of the book and accompanying bookmark. Please note, my review is impartial.

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About the Author

Justin Newland with copies of his books, at Waterstones book store.After a long career in I.T., Justin’s love of literature finally seduced him and, in 2006, he found his way to the creative keyboard to write his first novel.

Justin writes secret histories in which historical events and people are guided and motivated by numinous and supernatural forces.

His debut novel, The Genes of Isis, is a tale of love, destruction, and ephemeral power set under the skies of Ancient Egypt, and which tells the secret history of the human race, Homo Sapiens Sapiens.

His second is The Old Dragon’s Head, a historical fantasy and supernatural thriller set during the Ming Dynasty and played out in the shadows the Great Wall of China. It explores the secret history of the influences that shaped the beginnings of our times.  

He is currently working on a novel set in East Prussia during the Enlightenment in the 18th Century which reveals the secret history of perhaps the single most important event of the modern world – The Industrial Revolution.

Justin does books signings and gives author talks in libraries in South West England. He has appeared at many Literary Festivals, including Bristol, Weston-super-mare and Exeter. He regularly gives interviews on BBC local radio and local FM radio stations.

Blurb

The Old Dragon's Head CoveerConstructed of stone and packed earth, the Great Wall of 10,000 li protects China’s northern borders from the threat of Mongol incursion. The wall is also home to a supernatural beast: the Old Dragon. The Old Dragon’s Head is the most easterly point of the wall, where it finally meets the sea.

In every era, a Dragon Master is born. Endowed with the powers of Heaven, only he can summon the Old Dragon so long as he possess the dragon pearl.

It’s the year 1400, and neither the Old Dragon, the dragon pearl, nor the Dragon Master, has been seen for twenty years. Bolin, a young man working on the Old Dragon’s Head, suffers visions of ghosts. Folk believe he has yin-yang eyes and other paranormal gifts.When Bolin’s fief lord, the Prince of Yan, rebels against his nephew, the Jianwen Emperor, a bitter war of succession ensues in which the Mongols hold the balance of power. While the victor might win the battle on earth, China’s Dragon Throne can only be earned with a Mandate from Heaven – and the support of the Old Dragon.

Bolin embarks on a journey of self-discovery, mirroring Old China’s endeavour to come of age. When Bolin accepts his destiny as the Dragon Master, Heaven sends a third coming of age – for humanity itself. But are any of them ready for what is rising in the east?

Review

Firstly I love the quotes that are throughout the book at the top of the chapters. I have in general come to like books that have quotes. I think it is the way they are so intelligently used. They are not just used because they sound good, they really fit the story and Justin Newland has also managed to accomplish this well.

This is not just any fantasy book, this is a fantasy with history, murder, mystery, legend, myth and of course the supernatural. There are villains and heroes and action and adventure. All of this works well together to create a fascinating story. It is fascinating to be transported to Chinese culture in this way.

Bolin (main character) and we meet him with Wen who is the maintainer of the most eastern end of the Great Wall of Ten Thousand Li, a Provence in China. It is home to the old Dragon Laolong and they are standing on the Dragon’s Head – the Laolongtou. The wall also belongs to the military, the Monks and the Great Wall Mummers and Wen, especially is fiercely protective of it. I became quickly interested in the wall and where this book was heading. There’s a quest to follow to find out what happened to the Dragon Master and a pearl and action along the way. I liked meeting the variety of characters within this book and getting to know their roles and desires. I liked that the book concluded well.

I wasn’t so sure at first how much potential this book had to be a good one, but once a few pages in, it really is quite some story and I found myself immersed in the world created by Justin Newland. I was impressed by the fact there is a grounding to this world he has crafted, perhaps because the Wall of China is so familiar, but also the way the characters are written. If you are looking for something new within the fantasy world I definitely say try this one out. Even if you aren’t so sure about fantasy, try the book out because this crosses genres and does it very well. I think this is a fantasy author who is worth reading and watching to see what his next creation will be. I felt Justin Newland had done his research and the book feels quite original for this genre.

Below are links to the author’s website and Facebook page.

 http://www.justinnewland.com/

https://www.facebook.com/justin.newland.author/