I was delighted when Anne over at randomthingsthroughmyletterbox asked if I wanted to be a part of the blog tour for Gordon Brown’s latest in the Craig McIntryre trilogy, “Deepest Wounds”.
I have to confess that I hadn’t read the other two in the series but this could easily be read as a standalone (although after reading this one, I now have the other two on my #TBR!)
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
The past is a dangerous place. Craig McIntyre’s mere presence removes people s inhibitions and turns their darkest thoughts into actions. As Craig McIntyre tries to escape bounty hunters from the Dark Web, he discovers that his details are linked to a clandestine government project. Might it hold answers to his past as well as dangers for the present? Back on the run in North America, McIntyre hooks up with some unlikely allies. But can he trust them any more than those who want to use him to shape the future…and to further their personal ambitions? Have those behind Factor really given up on their pursuit of him? Or is McIntyre being reeled in with some politically toxic bait? McIntyre is the key to an explosive secret that could change mankind forever.
What a cracking #KillerHook! Right away I’m asking the questions, who, why, how and I want to know more! Without giving away any spoilers the description in this opening scene was so realistic that I found myself gasping for a breath!
Although I haven’t read the first two in the series, I was not at a disadvantage, there was enough backstory to keep me up to speed with what had been happening in the life of Craig McIntyre. What a character he is, very quickly I formed a picture of him in my head, he is a mass of contradictions, dark, brooding and verging on being a psychopath yet at the same time there is something more human within him. Well, superhuman to be more accurate, Craig’s mere presence can turn others into killers without him even having to lift a finger! (not going to lie, I did ponder over how useful it would be to have that power!)
A tense and thrilling read, the fast pace of the plot matched with short sharp chapters and backed up by a similar sentence structuring. This style of writing leaves you in no doubt that you are in for a thrilling read and one that will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way through! I know that I was!
Cyber bounty hunters, genetics, the dark web and government corruption are all tied up in this thriller of a plot; it just does not let up from start to finish! From the USA to Canada to Irvine in Scotland I was taken on a breakneck journey alongside Craig and the slightly bizarre folk he meets on the way!
As well as being an action-packed thriller, I found Deepest Wounds to be an excellent study of character and human nature as through Craig McIntyre we are treated to an analysis of the ordinary people around us as well as finding out what keeps Craig and his longtime ally, Charlie, together, despite what has gone on between them.
Deepest Wounds had me hooked right from the very start until the very last page, so much so, it was a one sitting read for me!
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About the author:
Gordon has been writing since his teens and has six crime thrillers published – his latest, Deepest Wounds, being the third in the Craig McIntyre series, is out now.
Gordon helped found Bloody Scotland – Scotland’s International Crime Writing Festival and lives in Scotland. He’s married with two children. Gordon once quit his job in London to fly across the Atlantic to be with his future wife. He has also delivered pizzas in Toronto, sold non-alcoholic beer in the Middle East, launched a creativity training business called Brain Juice and floated a high tech company on the London Stock Exchange.
He almost had a toy launched by a major toy company, has an MBA, loves music, is a DJ on local radio, compered the main stage at a two-day music festival and was once booed by 49,000 people while on the pitch at a major football Cup Final.
Want to know more – go to http://www.gordonjbrown.com/
Follow him on Twitter @GoJaBrown