#BookReview #TheResurrection #Reaper Steven Dunne @ReaperSteven

The Resurrection: Reaper trilogy - Part 3 (The Reaper Trilogy) by [Steven Dunne]
Source: Purchased via Amazon

The wait is finally over! The Resurrection is here! And I’m delighted to share my review!

Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:

A month after the death of a retired FBI agent in a remote field, DI Damen Brook is in limbo while his role in the fatal shooting is investigated. Faced with a difficult balancing act between saving his career and preserving his liberty, Brook can at least console himself that his struggles with the Reaper are over.

But then, during the course of the investigation, Brook meets ambitious detective DS Kelly Tyson and is stunned to discover new information about his old adversary, Victor Sorenson, and events surrounding the Reaper murders in his old stamping ground of London.

Before he can make sense of the new information, a further Reaper killing in Derby plunges Brook back into the maelstrom but, to his dismay, he is now outside the investigation and powerless to influence events. Even more galling, an old rival has taken over and is determined to side-line Brook and humiliate him to avenge past slights.

Forced to act alone, Brook realises that, to put an end to the Reaper killings, he must leave Derbyshire and travel halfway around the world to face his nemesis.

My thoughts

Oh DI Damen Brook how I have missed you! It feels like I have waited a lifetime for the final instalment of the Reaper trilogy from Steven Dunne but it was seriously well worth the wait! There is so much I want to say about this book and there is so much I just can’t tell you! You are going to have to just read it yourself! But trust me when I say Steven Dunne has not lost any of his magic when it comes to plotting and storytelling. It is so beautifully crafted, it’s intelligent, it gives you food for thought, the twists just keep on twisting and there are more than a few jaw dropping moments to be had!

As soon as I opened the first page the memories of just how damn good Steven Dunne’s writing is came flooding back. He is up there along with Sarah Hilary, Lin Anderson and the likes. He brings the book alive and has the knack of drawing the reader right into the world he has created and the lives of those who inhabit it.  

Although Damon Brook has been side-lined while under investigation, if you know this character then you will know that rules mean little to him at the best of times and there is no chance that he is going to sit back and twiddle his thumbs awaiting the outcome of the investigation! His frustration as DI Greatorix takes over is palpable and I, for one, would have happily knocked Greatorix into next year on behalf of Brook! He boiled my blood!

Damon Brook is up there in my all-time favourite Detectives and I have to admit having a bit of a character crush on him! The Resurrection reminded me of just how much I have missed this series. His acerbic wit is second to none; his little quirks such as his intense dislike of Americanisms still make me smile but it is his internal conflict that really defines him. For those of you who know the Reaper series, you will know that the Reaper carries out his own brand of social engineering and his victims tend not to be those that society will lose any sleep over. You can almost see Brook’s brain ticking away, his loyalty to justice is greatly challenged throughout this series as he ponders just what justice is more effective for some.  The Resurrection addresses some of the very real fears and feelings of the public in relation to modern day policing; the feeling that “low level” crime often goes unpunished and the impact this has on the public who live with it day in and day out. The showdown between Brook and Greatorix on this topic was simply sublime! And Brook completely came into his own in this scene! The idea of the Reaper as a concept created for the greater good, as opposed to a person was a fascinating one and it drove much of the theme of the book and certainly got me thinking!

For those of you who are fans of this series and might be worrying that it’s been so long since you read the others, please don’t worry. There was a real sense of settling down with old friends as a host of well-known faces join Brook in this book and in addition to this there is enough backstory to bring you back up to speed. And for those of you who are new to the series, yes, you can read it is a standalone but why would you, you are missing out on such a well thought out and thought provoking read. There are 6 books in total in the Damon Brook series but if you only want to read the Reaper trilogy, then you would read the first two in the series (The Reaper and The Disciple) before reading The Resurrection and I’d hope that you would fall in love with it and go on to read the rest! (and at the time of writing this review all three books in the trilogy are available for less than £4 at the moment! What are you waiting for!)

The Resurrection gave me all the feels, cat and mouse tension, well rounded and believable characters, moral dilemmas, a fantastic sense of place and a head spin of twists as twisty as the twistiest rollercoaster ever!

I hope I have managed to pique your interest and not give away any spoilers and I really do hope you go on to read Steven Dunne’s books because if you are a fan of crime fiction and police procedurals then you really do not want to miss it!

The Resurrection is available to purchase via

Amazon UK

Amazon US

About the author

Steven Dunne

Steven Dunne was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire. He went to the University of Kent after A levels and studied as little as possible, yet somehow emerged with a second class honours degree. He began writing articles for quality newspapers on dull subjects before writing the book for the Latchmere Theatre’s award-winning fringe production of Hansel and Gretel in 1989. He co-also co-wrote the revue, It’s Mad Mad World, We’re Plastered performed at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre in Woking the previous year and played the role of Teddy in the same theatre’s production of Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming the same year.

In the 1996 he moved up to his adopted home town of Derby. In 2007, he self-published Reaper, a thriller set in the city, featuring the hyper-intelligent but mentally troubled detective, DI Damen Brook. The rights were optioned by Harper Collins and five more critically-acclaimed books followed.

A Killing Moon, the 5th book in the series, won the coveted literary prize the East Midlands Book Award in 2016.

The 7th book in the series, The Resurrection, is the long-awaited final book in the Reaper trilogy.!

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