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Sunday, 18 September 2016

‘His Life Was Revenge’ by Jonathan S. Harvey

Published by Book Guild,
25 February 2016.
ISBN: 978-1-910878149

Adam recently retired from the Special Forces, turns his hand to doing odd jobs for people, more to keep himself occupied than to earn a decent living. He starts doing work for a sad old man Raymond Black who lives on his own and is still grieving for his wife who was tortured and murdered by a notorious Brighton family going by the name of Townsend. To make matters worse the family were found not guilty thanks to bent police officers and clever lawyers.

One day when Adam is working around the house Raymond's daughter Sandra comes to see her father and they learn from the television that the same family/gang have seriously beaten up someone else and once again have got away with it. They then tell Adam about the death of Raymond's wife and how the Townsend family actually seemed to enjoy killing her

Adam having a strong sense of justice and being used to making sure people got their just desserts, offers to kill all the people involved in the murder of Raymond's wife Ann. He engages the help of his friend Brian whom he served with in the Special Forces. The more they look into the Townsend family and their activities involving drug running, prostitution, blackmail etc., all carried out with extreme violence, the more determined they are to rid the world of them.

So begins the unrelenting tracking down of all the members of the Townsend family especially those involved in the murder, can they possibly get to them all before they are found out and caught? The pace never lets up and races between Brighton and Nerja and Cutar in Spain where the corrupt Townsend family also have connections. Brian and Adam have to move really fast to keep one step ahead of the family and police and have many a close shave.

This is a really good book, it was definitely one of those that I could not put down, it certainly gets the pulse racing, the action is nonstop and knowing Brighton quite well, I found it even more interesting and exciting.
The story culminates in some surprising twists and leaves the reader asking many thought provoking questions.
Reviewer: Tricia Chappell

Jonathan S Harvey served for thirty years as a Police Officer in Sussex retiring as a  Detective Inspector. His debut book was His Life Was a Lie was published in October 2014. His Life Was Revenge is his second book.

Tricia Chappell. I have a great love of books and reading, especially crime and thrillers. I play the occasional game of golf  (when I am not reading). My great love is cruising especially to far flung places, when there are long days at sea for plenty more reading! I am really enjoying reviewing books and have found lots of great new authors.

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