I am delighted to be participating in the blog tour for Rob Parker’s latest in the Ben Bracken series. And I am totally buzzing to be one of the bloggers kicking off this tour!
This is the 5th book and oh boy are you all in for a treat!
Sit back, buckle up and enjoy the ride!
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
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. Because 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.
OH MY LORD! I’m literally just out of recovery after that mind blowing extravaganza from Rob Parker and I am really not sure that I’ll ever be quite the same again! A prologue so intense it left me shaking with an adrenaline rush and eagerly anticipating the pages awaiting me! Yes, once again Rob Parker dragged me helter skelter into the world inhabited by Ben Bracken.
In Ben Bracken, Rob has created one of those characters, that as a reader, you can’t help but fall in love with a little more every time you join him. And as a writer he leaves you seething with jealousy at his magnificent character building skills.
In The Watchman, we join Ben in an everyday setting, in the midst of a food court in a shopping centre trying to juggle feeding time with his loved ones, a life far removed from his extraordinary exploits of the past. Ben Bracken is a family man now…but readers will already know from the blurb that that this scene of blissful domestic chaos is going to be shattered when he accepts “one last “assignment.
While readers have got to know Ben as quite an extraordinary character in terms of his experiences and lifestyle throughout this series, the author has also, managed to make him relatable and believable to his audience. This is no stereotypical action man hero, there is a very real sense of Bracken being an everyday man with relatable feelings and emotions and as such I have become firmly invested in his life throughout the books.
My Spidey senses tell me that the author is living out the adventures he may have dreamed of as a child, through his character and you know what, this makes Ben Bracken even more more authentic; it’s almost as though there is a little bit of Rob Parker in him and it causes him to step from the pages and into your life.
Rob Parker also brings the story to life, alongside his characters; it feels current and topical throughout. Politics both at home and internationally are brought into play but never to the point where they overshadow the experience or alienate readers who would shy away from a political thriller. Such is the authors skill, he makes this element of his writing relatable to a wide audience as possible. It revolves around a conspiracy so big it could blow the world apart and sees past and present seamlessly merge as bit by bit clues are revealed: involving the UK, Russians, CIA, the secret service, the president and the Mafia, the pace is quick fire and heart thrilling and the cause of many jaw drops and OMFGs! And I am not even going to mention the Everglades!
Rob has managed to make me hold my breath, snort with laughter and hide behind the cushions throughout this series and this book is no different. Despite the taut and tense storyline there are some cracking one liners, some dry acerbic wit that lightens the mood and some kick ass women not afraid to dole out their own form of revenge on men who are not so gentlemanly!
The tension is taut right to the end, an astounding but wholly satisfying finale left me slumped in my chair totally wiped out. Bravo Rob Parker, once again, you have nailed it!
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About the author
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.