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Red Mist Hardcover – 6 Sep 2003

4.6 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale Publishers (6 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840243708
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840243703
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,564,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Red Mist blew me away'... 'fascinating story about love, hope, and redemption' -- Black Belt Magazine

'A gripping read from start to finish. One of those rare books you just can't put down!' -- Roy 'Pretty Boy' Shaw

'One of the best new writers ever to come out of Britain' -- Ray Winston, Actor

'a compelling read'... 'Geoff Thompson writes straight from the heart and delivers every time' -- FHM Magazine

'action-packed and fast-paced' ... 'I thoroughly recommend it for anybody who enjoys a good thriller'. -- BBC Radio Kent (Regina Schinner)

'eloquent and emotive author who can create truly human characters in extreme circumstances without cliche and hyperbole.' -- BRIG - University of Stirling Student News

'impossible to get through this book without suffering momentary panics' -- Front Magazine

This man is very, very hard. -- Maxim

About the Author

Geoff Thompson is the author of over thirty books, a stage play and a BAFTA-winning short film. His autobiography, Watch My Back, has been adapted into a major motion picture, Clubbed. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By A Customer on 14 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book because i read Watch My Back and thought it was the best book ever and i wanted to see if Thompson could write something just as powerful again. he didn't disapoint me. Red Mist has all the action and fights and stuff that only Thompson can do because he's been there and writes about fear and adrenalin and everything from his own experence. the plot keeps moving forward through action and at every stage you think this has got to be real because you really get inside the main characters head. There are some brilliant twists and surprises in this book that kept me turning the pages. if you likes Thompsons other books, or Andy McNab thrillers and that kind of thing then YOU HAVE GOT TO READ THIS BOOK!
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Format: Hardcover
Red Mist is Geoff Thompson's debut novel and well worth the wait.The book is unusual in that it is written from a first person perspective but this is necessary, as much of the book is introspective and personal.
Written from the viewpoint of a skint bricklayer who feels his life is going nowhere gives the book a poignant edge to it, as the main character, Martin, tries to make sense of where it all went wrong. He then gets involved in a "domestic" in a cafe and it changes his life for good.
One of the great things about all Geoff Thompson books is their brutal honesty about all factors relating to violence.If you like sickly sweet violence with a "goodie" fighting off five "baddies" with spinning flying kicks with no adverse consequences then this book will probably not be for you. The violence is raw, brutal and it gets the reader's adrenaline going, even from the comfort of your chair.
However as with Thompson's autobiography, Watch My Back, there is much humour in this book, much of it pretty dark. There are some hilarious analogies in the book and Geoff's descriptions of the books many characters are as sharp as a tack and you can really visualize their looks and mannerisms.
To summarize, Red Mist is a great read, blunt, poignant and quite moving in places.Buy it or miss out.
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By A Customer on 29 April 2004
Format: Hardcover
Martin the son of a road digger, who spends his childhood dressed inhand-me-downs, grows up thinking God is for "posh" kids. When his mothertells him "God works in mysterious ways" he interprets this as "Shithappens and I don't have a fucking clue why". Fearing he will treat womenin the same way he witnessed his mother being battered by his father heattempts to control his violent instinct and becomes an enthusiastic boxerand wrestler. Still only able to see himself a "fat builder withabsolutely nothing going for him" he dreads becoming one of the "Fridaypeople" whose sole aim is to make it through the week. He breaks up aviolent domestic argument in a cafe and falls in love with Julie, thevictim. When her husband Mick seeks revenge Martin displays both hisphysical and mental fighting skills showing that "fighting psychology isyour greatest weapon. So you attack their minds rather than their bodies".Forced to use his fighting skills again he remembers his trainer's adviceto never "box" a boxer. When the fight goes to the ground he manages todefeat both his assailants. In the end Martin's trail of confrontationslands him in a Manchester night club where he decides to give honesty atry. And wins.
Geoff Thompson demonstrates that being born at the bottom of the piledoesn't mean you have to resign yourself to leading the same mind-numbingexistence as those around you. His down-to-earth account of Martin'srelentless struggle to come to terms with his past and the present showsus that what we do with our lives is all down to determination and nothingto do with fate.
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This novel by the real world hard;Disciplined doorman,trainer,instructor and author is adrenaline fuelled,realistic and explosive in a white knuckle sort of way.The fight scenes couldn't have been more terrifying and fearfully exciting if I had actually been there and from reading Geoffs books I feel as though I have.The best and most exciting,gut wrenching fights ever put down on paper.Thompsons 1st book "Watch my back,"took you inside a top tough doormans head.This book puts you in (a fictitious account based on reality)a toughmans head,shoulder and birds eye view.This is Thompsons answer to Jason Bourne in Britain impeccable.
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By wilf on 7 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Fantastic page turner, But more importantly it's packed with priceless advise on all aspects of combat, adrenaline - pre and post. psychological warfare and training. Make no mistake, this is not just a novel, it is a fighters manual, written by a man who knows his stuff. Geoff Thompson, well worth buying.
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Format: Hardcover
Quality read if you're a follower of Geoff & Peter. If you've read 'Watch my back' or 'Bouncer' you'll recognise a lot of this books content, however its cleverly incorperated into a tale of 'Martin' the fat biulding site worker part-time doorman and martial artist.
Once again great humour (was in stitches at banter with 'fatty' & 'apple' in police car)if you trod this path or even if you haven't it will put a smile on your face. Yes the violence is dark and ugly, but that's because it is! To quote one of Geoffs favorite expressions "You can't polish a turd"!
Congrats to Geoff who is one of the nicest guys I've met, lol until you have to face him on the mats!!!
Quality Geoff roll on the next book.
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