"Easily followed and well written with just the right amount of uncertainty to hold the interest…the type of book to be found on the beach…A book for people who believe that ‘Love conquers all’." - Newbooksmag.com October 2011
Surprisingly good crime noir...the characters in Bates's cosmopolitan offering are resoundingly good, the locations exotic and excellent, and the sex scenes well done. The story is uncompromisingly good...a sensational debut.
--Booksmonthly.co.uk July 2011
"Bates excels with his description of the Favela where he evokes a sense of the futility and menace of the slums." Ilford Recorder 27 July 2011.
"Intrigue, sex, violence, and cultural navigation are key themes in Bates' novel. Readers will enjoy a balance of these themes throughout the reading of this 266-page book…An ambitious plot that succeeds in achieving the reader's interest… moves quickly, ends well, and begs for a sequel." Blogcritics.org September 2011