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The Blue Ridge Project: A Dark Suspense Novel (The Project Book 1) by [Rochford, Neil]
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  • Print Length: 262 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01F6ET3Q6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
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By Terry Tyler TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Sept. 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
Reviewed by me as a member of Rosie Amber's Review Team

This is a complicated and cleverly thought out thriller with three main strands that come together smoothly; it's a jolly good plot, original and unusual. Murders, evil politicians, psychosis, mind control, dark secrets from the past—it's got the lot. I wasn't quite sure at first, it just seemed like another forgettable crime suspense thriller type book, fairly readable but not that memorable, but then at about 25% it suddenly got more interesting, and I started to get seriously into it about half way through. There's a well placed 'before' section that explains how all the situations you read about first have come about; the planning gets a tick from me.

Two things made this book not work as well as it might have done, for me. One was the characterisation, or lack of it. Most of the characters remained one dimensional, their dialogue mostly used as a vehicle for the plot, and with little insight into their heads. The exception to this is main character Robert, who I could 'see' a bit more than the others (and psycho Lyons was good, too), but female cop Andrea was a man in all but name (why is it than women writers can usually write men better than male writers can write women?). Because there were so many characters and they didn't walk out of the page and into my imagination, I sometimes got confused with who each one was. Even when the plot is the star of the show, if you don't connect with the characters you don't care what happens to them. I'd also be tempted to trim the cast list down.

My other minor complaint is that I thought the book could do with final proofread, and another edit. Example: 'She pushed open a door to reveal a spacious lounge.
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An unusual and cleverly woven story and a definite page-turner. There are some strong personalities amongst the characters, some of whom are likeable and are others are rather unsettling.
There are several, equally compelling, threads to the storyline and when these and the characters in each connect, the depth and breadth of the conspiracy and its chilling potential comes to light in a gripping climax.
I'll be patiently (not so much) awaiting the sequel as I'm sure there is yet more suspense-filled events just around the corner.
Highly recommended.

*Please note: the author provided me with a copy of the book for a fair and unbiased review.*
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I received a free copy of The Blue Ridge Project in exchange for an honest review.

A very strong opening chapter that hooked the reader in. The characters were introduced gradually, which gave you a chance to get to know them individually. There were a lot of references to an incident involving the Captain’s daughter in the past, so this made me wonder if the book was a sequel. Lots of different strands to the plot, which, initially I wasn’t sure how would all fit together.

The strands did all come together and were done expertly so.

I really enjoyed The Blue Ridge Project and would definitely read more by Neil Rochford.
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Having read the Blue Ridge Project by Neil Rochford I can sum it up with one word and that word is WOW! I’m not overselling it when I say that this dark and twisted thriller is phenomenal.

Rochford’s talents are on full display throughout this book and they need to be as he chose an elaborate and most likely difficult to write story structure. The prologue is placed two days before the start of the novel (nothing unique there) and then the entire first part catches the reader up to that moment. From there, Rochford takes us on a ride to the past in the second part to grant us answers to questions that his first part provoked. The third part brings the whole story back to the moment for the grand finale. In the hands of a lesser writer this structure could easily become a jumbled mess but Rochford handles it amazingly well.

There are three main characters in the story that each in their own way draw the reader into the mystery that is slowly building. Two of the three were done exceptionally well, but the third—Frank—did not really connect for me. Given how the story unfolds though it becomes clear that this is by design and not by omission.

The story takes place in what I assume to be an alternate reality setting as I’m not aware of any Beacon City or New Zion in our world. Rochford manages to infuse this world with a grittiness that was reminiscent of black and white police dramas and pulled it off to dreadful effect—with descriptions that are descriptive without being overly wordy.

As with all great mysteries, Rochford compels the reader to carry on reading by giving away very little throughout the book. More than once I pondered on just what the Blue Ridge Project was as I raced through the pages.
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The Blue Ridge Project by Neil Rochford is a beguiling mix of crime thriller and sci-fi. I found myself enthralled from the very first page and the break neck pace didn’t let up until the last.

Rochford’s success lies in the way he shrouds his story in mystery, leaving his readers compelled to read on in order to find out what might happen next. The story is based in Beacon City which is controlled by the rich and very sordid Hamilton family. From the onset, the mysterious and strangely deserted Regent Hotel seems to be at the centre of much of the action but we don’t find out to what extent until the very end.

Likewise, Rochford throws lots of characters at us in the beginning, almost playing with us as they jockey for centre stage before being discarded and creating yet another layer of mystery. Finally two protagonists emerge from the crowd, in the form of homicide detective, Andrea Nox and freelance investigative journalist, Robert Duncan.

Rochford further demonstrates his hold over both his writing skills and his readers by employing an extremely complex structure. The novel opens with a prologue which is actually set two days before the start of the novel. We are allowed to catch up before Rochford cleverly uses his characters’ memories to take us into the past, thereby providing us with some of the answers to the many questions buzzing around our heads. In parallel running chapters, Andrea relives her past via a conversation with a therapist while Robert unburdens himself in a drunken conversation with a recent acquaintance. For the final section of the novel, we are brought back to the present day in time for the denouement.

I really like the way Rochford presents his characters.
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