Deep Down Dead by Steph Broadribb #Review @crimethrillgirl @OrendaBooks #2017MustReads

 

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Book description

Lori Anderson is as tough as they come, managing to keep her career as a fearless Florida bounty hunter separate from her role as single mother to nine-year-old Dakota, who suffers from leukaemia. But when the hospital bills start to rack up, she has no choice but to take her daughter along on a job that will make her a fast buck. And that’s when things start to go wrong.

The fugitive she’s assigned to haul back to court is none other than JT, Lori’s former mentor – the man who taught her everything she knows … the man who also knows the secrets of her murky past. Not only is JT fighting a child exploitation racket operating out of one of Florida’s biggest theme parks, Winter Wonderland, a place where ‘bad things never happen’, but he’s also mixed up with the powerful Miami Mob. With two fearsome foes on their tails, just three days to get JT back to Florida, and her daughter to protect, Lori has her work cut out for her. When they’re ambushed at a gas station, the stakes go from high to stratospheric, and things become personal.

Breathtakingly fast-paced, both hard-boiled and heart-breaking, Deep Down Dead is a simply stunning debut.

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First a word of warning before you start reading this book, make sure you read it when you aren’t going to be interrupted, it’s one of those books you just can’t bear to put down because it’s just so damn brilliant. I actually loved every page of this fast paced and innovative thriller. Deep Down Dead has to be one of the most original thrillers I’ve read in a long time, and believe me when I say I’ve read more than a few! the characterisation is second to none and I can honestly say I think this book is going to be a HUGE best seller on its release in January 2017. 

I won’t go into detail regarding the plot as it’s all there in the book description, but suffice to say it’s one hell of an adrenaline fuelled read. what sets this book apart for me is the way the author has not only depicted characters who are rich in personality but they are also highly original. I absolutely loved the protagonist Lori Anderson a bounty hunter (see what I mean by original, when was the last time you picked up a book where the bounty hunter was a woman?) who certainly knows how to kick ass, she’s tough, she’s fearless but she’s also a mother who will do anything to protect her young daughter which adds an extra dimension to her character that I wasn’t expecting. As for JT he’s a man who oozes character, the relationship between the pair crackles with tension, frustration and unfinished business. Steph Broadribb has created characters that are very well rounded and an intriguing bunch, the dialogue is also authentic and fits the characters perfectly.

There is no let up in the pace, it’s non stop action from the opening chapter, sometimes violent and never dull, every chapter is filled with bucketfuls of action. As Deep Down Dead reaches its highly charged conclusion I really felt I had been on a hell of a ride thanks to Steph Broadribb’s ability to draw the reader in. The pace of Deep Down Dead is relentless, there’s no room for meaningless scenes just to pad the novel out. This book reads like an action packed Hollywood movie and it would never surprise me if it ends up on the big screen, it certainly reads like an action blockbuster. In my humble opinion Deep Down Dead is a rare and exceptional well written debut, and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an action packed read, with fantastic characters and settings.

5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️out of 5

Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: Orenda (5 Jan. 2017)

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**Christmas With Bookouture** James Carol @bookouture @JamesCarolBooks

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Another day closer to Christmas 🎄 and personally I can’t wait, I’m one of those people who just love to give presents. If you are still frantically running around looking for gifts, sorry I can’t help you there! but I can encourage you to put your feet up, grab a mince pie and see what the awesome James Carol had to say when I put my Christmassy questions to him.

What is your favourite Christmas memory?

The first Christmas I spent with my wife has to be right up there at the top of the list. The weather was gorgeous so we spent most of the day at the stables. Mid-morning we went for a long ride on the horses, and because everyone else was indoors, it was like we had the whole world to ourselves. That was pretty magical.

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Where will you be spending Christmas?

At home with my wife and two children. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Do you have any Christmas traditions?

Like every family we’ve build up our own traditions over the years. Christmas morning starts with pancakes, presents and overexcited children. For the last couple of years we’ve staggered dinner – something I definitely recommend. We have our starter for lunch, the main meal mid-afternoon, and pudding in the evening while watching a film. This way you can eat more, but you don’t end up feeling overfull. A win/win if ever there was one.

What was your best ever Christmas present?

A Vic 20 computer. What you’ve got to remember is that this was back in the eighties when hardly anyone owned a home computer, so this was a really big deal. And yes, I was a computer geek. Guilty as charged.

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What was your worst ever Christmas present?

My gran used to get me and brothers these horrible jumpers each year. We eventually persuaded her to give us money to buy our own presents instead.

Favourite Christmas tipple?

Sparkling elderflower juice – I’m teetotal these days.

What are you hoping for this Christmas?

Two happy children!

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Have you got a Christmas message you would like to share with readers and bloggers?

I’m truly blessed to do a job I love, but I’m also aware that I wouldn’t be able to this without the support of readers and bloggers … so thank you! Other than that, I’d just like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas. I truly hope that 2017 is everything you want it to be.

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James Carol is the bestselling author of BROKEN DOLLS, the first in a series featuring former FBI profiler Jefferson Winter. The novel was released in the UK in January 2014 to rave reviews and reached number 1 on the Amazon fiction and thriller charts. In addition James is writing a series of eBooks set during Winter’s FBI days. PRESUMED GUILTY is the first of these. Under the pseudonym J.S. Carol, he has also written THE KILLING GAME.

James was born in Scotland and moved to England in the early-eighties. At various times he has worked as a guitarist, sound engineer, guitar tutor, journalist, and a horse riding instructor. When he’s not writing, James spends his time training horses and riders. An accomplished guitarist, he relaxes by writing and recording music. He lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two children.

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http://www.james-carol.com     Twitter: @JamesCarolBooks

J. S. Carol books published by Bookouture 

Book description

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Imagine you are having lunch at an exclusive restaurant, filled with Hollywood’s hottest stars.

And a masked gunman walks in and takes everyone hostage.
You must bargain for your life against a twisted individual who knows everything about you.
He also has a bomb set to detonate if his heart rate changes.
If he dies. You die.
You have four hours to stay alive.
What would you do?

‘THIS BOOK IS SIMPLY OUTSTANDING, and completely blew me away … one of the most tense novels I have read in a long time.’ The Book Review Café

‘A brilliantly compelling read. A nail-biting 5 stars from me.’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews (5*)

‘If any thriller deserves to be called unputdownable it’s this one.’For Winter Nights (5*)

‘Wow! Just, wow! … a fantastic, heart stopping, adrenaline rush of a read! … so many twists and turns that you really can’t imagine how the book will end … I was gripped until the very last page.’ Brew and Books Review (5*)

’Incredibly difficult to put down and it hurtles along at breakneck speed, to the point I almost felt travel sick! … a cracking thriller and if you are after a read that gets your heart pounding and makes your blood pressure rise look no further than this book.’ Bloomin’ Brilliant Books

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My thanks to James Carol for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer my Christmassy questions 🎄🎁