Thursday 24 June 2021

The Watchman by Rob Parker BLOG TOUR @robparkerauthor @lume_books @Lovebookstours #TheWatchman #BenBracken #BookReview


One last mission for an old friend. What could go wrong?

It's sold as an in-and-out jaunt to The Big Apple, to pick up a harmless envelope. But when Ben Bracken is offered the assignment, he's a little hesitant. He's a family man now, with a duty to stay alive for his loved ones.

But, with the request coming from fellow former military man and trusted friend William Grosvenor, not to mention the eye-watering payout, one last job can't hurt, can it?

So begins his American road trip, one that takes him from the city that never sleeps to the misty swamps of Florida, all in pursuit of one highly coveted envelope. But it turns out, this job isn't the walk in Central Park it was promised to be.

As he's pursued by New York's most dangerous mobsters, factions of federal law enforcement, and American Intelligence, Ben's hunch is that their joint quarry must hold something of international significance.

He's not wrong. The contents that's slipping through these influential fingers contains evidence of the world's biggest cover-up. Evidence that will rewrite history books and incriminate one of the most powerful men on the planet.

It's probably best it winds up in the right hands.

The Watchman is packed with action, underpinned with believable conspirative intrigue, world-class writing and twists you just won't see coming. 

The Watchman by Rob Parker is published today, 24 June 2021 by Lume Books and is the fifth in the Ben Bracken series. 
My thanks to the author and publisher who sent my copy for review, and Love Books Tours who invited me to take part on this Blog Tour. 

The Watchman is the fifth in the Ben Bracken series. Regular readers will have followed Ben through his crazy past, from military man, to prisoner, and now to a settled family man. Don't worry if you haven't met Ben before though because this author cleverly weaves the important issues from his back story into the novel. However, I would recommend that you do read the prior books if you can, they really are too good to miss. 

So back to The Watchman. Ben has agreed to take on a job from a trusted mentor. He'd rather not have to fly over to the States to collect an envelope, contents unknown. He'd far rather stay home with his new family but his sense of loyalty overcomes his sense of homely duty and off he goes. 

It seems like such a simple mission, if a mysterious one. Do not be fooled!  This is one of the most explosive, tension filled, fast paced stories that I've read for many a year. It seems that the contents of that one little envelope could potentially alter the history of the world. With governments from the US, Russia and the UK all involved, and all desperate to prevent the contents from being exposed, Ben finds himself in some pretty hair raising situations. 

There are killings, some are pretty brutal and prepare yourself for the scene with the fan, and the gators. You will never be able to unread those pages, the images are seared onto my brain! 

I love Ben's character, he's complex and quite damaged. He's ruthless, but fiercely loyal and intent on justice. Nothing will stop him in his mission for the truth. 

It's a brave author who takes one of the biggest world events from our history and unpicks it and re-writes it, but Parker does it so very well. So well that I've pondered over it for a couple of days, and whilst I know this is fiction ....... I'm very suspicious. That's clever stuff folks! 

Wonderfully taut, exciting and with an amazing lead character. The Watchman is seamlessly constructed, with all the hallmarks of the finest of thrillers.

Rob Parker is a married father of three, who lives in a village near Manchester, UK.

Author of the Ben Bracken series A Wanted Man, Morte Point, The Penny Black and Till Morning is Nigh, The Watchman, and the standalone post-Brexit country-noir Crook's Hollow, he enjoys a rural life on an old pig farm (now minus pigs), writing horrible things between school runs.
He writes full time, as well as organising and attending various author events across the UK, while boxing regularly for charity.
Passionate about inspiring a love of the written word in young people, Rob spends a lot of time in schools across the North West, encouraging literacy, story-telling, creative-writing and how good old fashioned hard work tends to help good things happen.

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