Welcome to my stop on the Hunting Angels blog tour, this is the box set of books A Child for the Devil and Dark Angel before we get to what I thought here is what the book is about…
When an author is asked to help the police with the investigation into a double murder by identifying occult symbols, which had been carved into the victims, he is plunged into a nightmare and forced to go on the run. Hunted by law and a powerful cult, he has to stay one step ahead to survive.
This for me has been quite a hard book to write a review for because; now stick with me on this; I didn’t like it but it was kind of brilliant.
At first glance, it seemed like a book that I would really enjoy a far-reaching cult and mysterious murders, and I honestly can’t put my finger on why but no matter how hard I tried I just couldn’t enjoy it. I’m putting that down to me and not the book though because I could not stop reading.
I washed the dried blood from my hands in the freezing water and I looked at my reflection. I hardly recognised the man that I saw. He frightened me. I looked like a maniac.
Mr Jones has this writing style that just keeps you turning the pages, desperate to find out what happens next. With enough description to give you what you need without taking away from the storyline this is a book you can very easily get lost in for a few hours.
It was quite graphic in its violence which I’m not used to but I thought it was well done and with what was going on in the story it wasn’t out of place, I could easily picture what was happening and at points I was cheering it all on.
I won’t go too much into the storyline because I think these are the kind of stories that you need to go into with a blank slate to really appreciate. But it was clever. Everything was very well conceived, the cult, the plot and the characters, even though admittedly I wasn’t really enamoured with any of them.
Conrad as a character, though I didn’t particularly like him, I was cheering him on as he went through many trials and I admired how real he was. He was upfront with his faults and wasn’t some guy with a hero complex, he was just doing his best to get out of the situation he found himself in.
We were on the run from every police force in the British Isles and we were being hunted by a murderous satanic sect, but obviously it was tummy-tickling time. She had her priorities right.
Well actually I told a bit of a lie, there was one character I loved, Evie Jones, the Staffie. I loved that she was a character, not just plot filler and that she could hold her own, I really hope that she is real.
Because that’s the thing with this book the way it is written it could easily convince you that it is a real life story. The author is talking to you directly and a lot of what is mentioned is, in fact, a real thing. I did actually do some Google searching as I was reading and it was scary to find websites and information from the book on my phone, it did make me second guess myself. Maybe that’s why I didn’t enjoy it as such because it was so real?! I don’t know but I will happily stay in my bubble of ignorance.
Even though I didn’t 100% click with these books I would still highly recommend them. If you enjoy fast-paced books, with twists you won’t expect, that will mess with your head a little and make you question everything, this is definitely a series for you.
There’s still a few days left on the tour and here is where it will be going next.
Conrad is the author of seventeen novels, eight author guides and two biographies. He has three series;
The Detective Alec Ramsay Series; seven books Gritty Crime Thrillers
The Soft Target Series; Gritty Thrillers six books (Reacher Style)
The Hunting Angels Diaries; three books Horror Thrillers
You can find out more; http://www.conradjonesauthor.com
I am Conrad Jones, a fifty-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.
On March 20th, 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 enigmatic leader, John Tankersley, or `Tank` and they are the Soft Target Series, which have been described by a reviewer as ‘Reacher on steroids’; You can see them here;
I had no intentions of writing until 2007, when I set off on an eleven-week tour of the USA. The Day before I boarded the plane, Madeleine McCann 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 fifteenth novel, ‘Brick’, something that never would have happened but for that burglary and my experiences in Warrington.
The Child Taker was the 6th book in the Soft Target Series but it also became the first book in the Detective Alec Ramsay Series when I signed a three-book deal with London based publishers, Thames River Press. The series is now seven books long with an average of 4.8 stars from over 2000 reviews. The first two books are always free with over 1100 5-star reviews. You can see them here;
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 Connelly and his Harry Bosch Series.