David had requested a review of the first 15 pages (Ch-1) and I plan to read the rest when i've worked down my current (virtual and actual) stack of books!
The book is a first person POV from Patrick, an ingenuous combination of accountant and what sounds to be vigilante- come hitman. Nor being a big thriller/crime reader I thought this an excellent idea for a character and the thoughts and actions are well written. The pace of the first chapter is enough to tug your curiosity about both Patrick and the character he is 'investigating' along with some nice digs about modern estates and the North-west.
The style is easy to read, although some sentences jar a little. The exclamation marks are a bit intrusive on the first page and could probably use toning down- but maybe that's me.
Look forward to reading the rest.
Author Atkinson has offered up quite a page-turner here! Very unusual premise, with a writing style that keeps one engaged and lusting for more. I'll not be satisfied with 15 pages for sure! Now I must know the rest of the story. Very captivating! Congrats to the author!
The author has a somewhat unique style of writing - but in a good way.The introductory pages give a taste of what is about to follow, a good read in the mystery/thriller genre. I like how the action seems to be staring off slowly but,the reader gets the impression that high octane action will follow.
The second Patrick Steele novel promises more action and daring from the hero. The 51st State gives the premise of a book not to be passed by. Great cover by the way, tells the reader what is between the pages.
The strength of Steele's convictions over matters of right and wrong draw him into a situation which brings him into conflict with corporate influences on the government and their effects on the ordinary people of the UK. Steele uses the full range of his influence with the Gurentai to try and deliver truth and accuracy and so give succour to a bereaved family and draw attention to corruption in high places. This story is in the mould of the pacey Steele novels that precede but in this one there are consequences to the well-defined central character and his relationships that may be unresolvable. An intriguing read that ends with a potentially disastrous puzzle and leaves the reader wanting more.
An interesting exploration into the events surrounding this mysterious true story. Using Steele and his supporters to examine the details behind the loss of this aeroplane and the 239 people is a fascinating departure from the purely fictional action that Steele has been involved in latterly. At the same time the story has all the action and ruthless outcomes associated with our hero.
By the end of the story can you be really sure that what you have read is not true?
A pacey and enjoyable read with the undercurrent of voracity.