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The Grower
The Grower
by Robbie Smith
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original and highly entertaining thriller., 27 Nov. 2010
This review is from: The Grower (Paperback)
So you thought allotments were nice quiet friendly places. Think again. This intelligent and darkly humourous thriller by Robbie Smith centres around the small town allotments tended by champion grower, Malcolm Pottle and his sleazy brother-in-law, Tony Hunter. When newcomer, Rupert Clemence arrives on the scene, taking the adjacent plot, he quickly begins to outgrow them both. Malcolm does not take kindly to this and begins a campaign of sabotage on Rupert`s plot. Little can he know Rupert`s past - he has just served twenty five years for the murder of the last person who offended him, or rather his vegetables. Throw into the mix an ex prostitute called Mary, hell bent on revenge, and Tony`s disabled but spiritually gifted son, Jonathan and you have the makings of one of the most interesting novels I have read. The book is presented in short chapters that drive the plot along really quickly. The writing is fluent and the characters vivid, with the killer, Rupert being one of the most ruthless and unsettling villains I have encountered. By the time you get towards the end of the book, the pages are flashing by and you are running to keep up. Brilliant!

Dead in the Water
Dead in the Water
by Brian Woolland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead in the Water by Brian Woolland, 7 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Dead in the Water (Paperback)
Dead in the Water is a fast paced, modern - almost futuristic - political, ecological (without being preachy) and in some ways psychological thriller. It tells the story of Mark Boyd - ex-environmental activist turned government advisor - and his daughter, Rachel.
While working in the Venezuelan rainforest, Rachel witnesses and films the massacre of an entire village. She escapes into the jungle, carrying with her the footage. But the powers behind the massacre know she has survived. They also know who her father is and what it would mean to their plans if he were to acquire that footage.
Meanwhile in London, there has been a bombing. An unknown environmental group has claimed responsibility. Rachel`s father, Mark is in the thick of it, not just politically - as an advisor to the PM - but also on a personal level, and with his own suspicions of who is responsible.
Of course the two incidents are linked.
Mark and Rachel find themselves at the centre of a conspiracy that threatens much more than their own safety. Rachel needs to reach London, and Mark needs to know, who - if anyone - he can trust before the bombers strike again.
I really like this book. It is very well written with a great plot and plenty of action. The prose is elegant and easy, and the settings put you right in there. Brian Woolland`s writing style reminds me a little of Robert Harris, though the perpetual rain in his globally warmed London, and the downbeat internal dialogue of his protagonist, Mark Boyd are also reminiscent of the cult Sc-fi classic Bladerunner.
Great Read. I look forward to his next title.

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