When Gordon McGhie Grab This Book asked me if I wanted to take part on the #blogtour for Michael J Malone’s Dog Fight, I almost bit his fingers off through messenger…...HELL YEAH…Like I was ever going to turn down a chance of being on one of Michael’s #BlogTours.
I am absolutely buzzin, wired and hyper about opening up the tour for a book that has just smashed its way into my top ten of 2017 and we haven’t even reached Easter yet! A massive thank you to Contraband Books and Michael J Malone for the ARC of Dog Fight and to Gordon for arranging the #BlogTour. So let’s just cut to the chase and get this tour kicked off!
What the blurb says:
“A terrific read.” – Martina Cole. Kenny O’Neill, a villain with a conscience, returns in a hard-hitting thriller of exploitation, corruption and criminal gangs. When Kenny’s cousin, Ian, comes to the aid of a fellow ex-squaddie in a heap of trouble, he gets caught up in the vicious underground fight scene, where callous criminals prey on the vulnerable, damaged and homeless. With Ian in too deep to escape, Kenny has no option other than to infiltrate the gang for the sake of his family. Kenny is an experienced MMA fighter, as tough as they come, but has he found himself in the one fight he can never win?
Kenny O’Neil is back and he pulls no punches in this latest book! Dog Fight takes us into the seedy and violent world of underground fighting and sees Kenny’s cousin, Ian, caught up smack bang in the middle of it all! Kenny is one of the toughest guys out there but this time he may just have bitten off more than he can chew! Michael answers some of those questions readers of Bad Samaritan were left with – but are they the answers you were looking for…you will just need to read and see! Dog Fight is an exhilarating, heart-pounding read. It’s set in Glasgow but it’s more than just on the streets of Glasgow – it gives a very real sense of being underground in the illegal fight clubs.The smell of adrenaline, testosterone, blood, sweat and fear all pour out of the pages and claw their way into your senses. A fantastic novel with many plot layers which kept me captivated and reading into the wee small hours!
Kenny O’Neill, what can I say – I have a major girl crush going on there and he just hooks me in deeper and deeper every time I meet him! He’s the bad boy we all want to meet! Kenny has grown and developed over the series and I feel we get to know him a little more in Dog Fight; he still has relationship and trust issues, preferring relationships that involve a transactional element as opposed to one based on emotions. In Dog Fight we see, dare I say, a softer side to Kenny, he has feelings hidden under that tough exterior and this is evident with his latest “relationship” with Christine, his strong sense of family loyalty blown wide open in this book and of course the almost paternal way in which he treats Myleene, the most streetwise and cutest kid ever! Myleene exists on every city street corner and I just wanted Kenny to take her home and adopt her! Oh, Michael please find a way to bring Myleene back into another book! DI Alessandra Rossi also makes an appearance in Dog Fight and she is as strong and tough as she ever was!
Another character who stole my heart this time round was Dom Hastie, some of the scenes between him and Ian had me sniffing into my hanky so they did! Dom’s character really highlighted the impact of PTSD on former service personnel and it was harrowing to read.
Michael introduces us to some real bad boys in Dog Fight, the kind of guys you just don’t want to be messing with, like serious nasty bad guys! The kind that made me want to reach into the pages and punch their ugly faces into next year kind of bad! These guys are picking up ex-service men off the streets and using them as bait in illegal fighting – they are rotten to the core bad!
Gallacher, one of the oldest crime lords in the East End of Glasgow, may seem like a harmless old man running his cafe on Duke Street – but that man is bad to the core and his grandson – oh my god just let’s say don’t be going near him if he has a staple gun!
Dog Fight is a vicious tale of illegal fight clubs but it also explores the indignity of ex-service men thrown onto a scrap heap by a government that doesn’t care; the very real terror of PTSD and mental health faced by these men and the vulnerability that lays them open to exploitation by others.
I could actually have read this in one sitting if it hadn’t been for bloody work! My heart was pounding and I read the end so fast such was my adrenaline rush that I had to read it again to take it all in! Dog Fight is an attention-grabbing read, it will give you that hit you are looking for and leave you begging for more!
Michael Malone was born and brought up in the heart of Burns’ country, just a stone’s throw from the great man’s cottage in Ayr. Well, a stone thrown by a catapult, maybe.
He has published over 200 poems in literary magazines throughout the UK, including New Writing Scotland, Poetry Scotland and Markings. His career as a poet has also included a (very) brief stint as the Poet-In-Residence for an adult gift shop. Don’t ask.
BLOOD TEARS, his debut novel won the Pitlochry Prize (judge: Alex Gray) from the Scottish Association of Writers and when it was published he added a “J” to his name to differentiate it from the work of his talented U.S. namesake.
He can be found on twitter – @michaelJmalone1
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