Morning lovelies, and happy hump day! First up today I’ve got a review for you on the blog tour of The Hitman and The Thief by Richard Dee; a brilliant sci-fi crime thriller with some fantastic twists….
book blurb & info
Assassination can be a messy business, especially if you’re having a bad day.
Dan Jones is the ultimate problem solver, the hitman for crime boss Fliss Bauer.
Fliss has a rival, Kalindra Dallin. She runs a particularly unpleasant planet. Dan is told to arrange her demise. It’s just another job; until a random event means that it all goes horribly wrong.
To save his skin, Dan is forced to try again, only this time he has to work with a partner. He doesn’t want to but it’s the only chance he’s going to get; if he wants to put things right.
Can the hitman and the thief get the job done, more importantly, can they keep each other alive?
Beta Readers comments,
“Richard’s latest book, The Hitman and the Thief, takes the reader on a twisting journey through different worlds. The action moves swiftly, with unexpected twists and turns. As usual, Richard’s excellent technical knowledge conveys a gritty reality with ease. This is a fun read, hard to put down and I sure hope there is a sequel in the making.”
Published on: 31st August 2020
Formats available: Paperback, audiobook & eBook.
When hitman Dan is tasked with killing Kalindra, his boss’s rival, he’s all prepared and set…..but then something goes wrong last minute. His boss, Fliss is fuming and Dan knows that he needs to complete the mission to keep his job…and maybe his life. But what he’s not expecting is for Fliss to throw a spanner in the works and make him work with the most unlikely partner. The Hitman and The Thief set off to another planet to complete their mission, but will they be successful? How do they know who to trust? Will they be able to see past their differences to get the job done? And will they make it back alive?
This was a brilliant and gripping story with tons of action and some mind-blowing twists!! Dan is a brilliant character, an ex-veteran turned hitman, people are starting to wonder if he’s past his best. He’s determined in his job, but things aren’t working out to plan for him. He makes some stupid decisions and you just know he’s going to pay for them! Fliss reminded me of a Bond villain! Lydia was brilliant – a strong female character with some surprising tricks up her sleeve; and there are many other brilliant characters.
One of the things I love about Dee’s writing is the scene setting and descriptions. He makes it so easy to imagine what’s happening, and as this is set on a number of different planets and ships, this is really important to help us be fully immersed into the story.
The plot was fantastic and the pacing just right. There is so much action in this but also intrigue, which kept me turning the pages. And then there were some absolutely brilliant mind-blowing twists that I didn’t expect at all. I literally had a jaw dropping moment!!
Overall, this is a brilliant sci-fi crime thriller. Although it’s set on other planets and ships, I didn’t find it too heavy on the sci-fi side so don’t be put off if you’re not a sci-fi fan. If you’re looking for a good crime thriller that will keep you on your toes with lots of action and bring you some mind-blowing twists then you need to check this out. Highly recommended by me.
about the author
Richard Dee is from Brixham in Devon. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then he went to sea and travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986.
He has also worked as an Insurance Surveyor, Lockmaster, Harbourmaster and Ships Pilot, taking over 3,500 vessels up and down the Thames, passing through the estuary, the Thames Barrier and Tower Bridge.
Since the publication of his first Science Fiction novel, Freefall, in 2013, Richard has written another twelve novels, a textbook and a selection of short stories. He has been featured in several anthologies, including 1066 Turned Upside Down and Tales from Deepest Darkest Devon.
He writes Science Fiction and Steampunk adventures and also chronicles the exploits of reluctant amateur detective Andorra Pett.
Richard is married with three adult children and three grandchildren.
If you’d like to know more about my writing, my website is richarddeescifi.co.uk. Head over there to see what I get up to, click the FREE STUFF tab or the My Novels and Short Stories tab to get all the details about my work and pick up a free short story. Why not join my newsletter and get a free short story, unavailable anywhere else.
Organised by: Rachel’s Random Resources
Thanks to Rachel for inviting me on to the tour, and to Richard for gifting me with a copy of the book. All views and opinions are my own.
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