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When a teenager is the victim of an unprovoked attack while walking his dog, a murder investigation begins. A cruel twist of fate makes his innocent family the targets of a vicious campaign of terror. As the detectives of Liverpool’s Major Investigation Team try to contain the violence, several key members of an organised crime family begin to topple, causing shockwaves across the world.
Why was the teenager attacked?
And will the villains be brought to justice?
WOW!!!! What a book this is! I cannot recommend this enough.
A couple of weeks ago, my husband was completing a 75 mile cycle ride around the Norfolk countryside which meant I was sat in the car for 4+hours with 1.5 hour intervals of uninterrupted reading time – I am SO pleased that I had Brick to keep me company. I was more than a little disappointed when Mr B finished and I was at 82%, how inconsiderate of him 🙂
This novel has an extremely tight and complex plot which drives through the tension right from the start which does not let up until literally the very end. Brick starts as it means to go on with a graphic gangland retaliation – it is brutal and difficult reading but this, and other parts of the book, are completely necessary and relevant to ensure that the gangland elements are realistic.
Bryn is walking his faithful dog when he gets into a verbal altercation with a man who threatens him, to be fair Bryn is just being a mouthy teenager and the man was being particularly vile, pushing Bryn’s buttons. Bryn is then attacked a short while afterwards in the park, he receives one hell of a beating but the final straw comes when they turn upon his dog, Bryn reaches out for anything to help him defend them…..with dire results. As if this terrible ordeal isn’t enough, it is actually only just the beginning as the fourteen-year-old has unwittingly exposed his family to a gangland revenge which puts everyone and everything they know at risk – all because he was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The detectives of Liverpool’s Major Investigation Team have the difficult challenge of investigation the murder of a gang member whilst trying to protect the accidential murderer from the repurcussions as well as keeping the violence at bay….not easy!
Jones has written a fantastic novel which is full to the brim of twists and turns, at points I was holding my breath, terrified as to what was to come. The linkage between the criminal families is well plotted out, sharing the cross-over between the activities of them both. All the scenes are extremely believable, a scary insight into down-and-out council estates, the tentants who try keep themselves to themselves and the criminals who run them!
I am Conrad Jones a 50-year-old Author, originally from a sleepy green-belt called Tarbock Green, which is situated on the outskirts of Liverpool. I spent a number of years living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which I class as my home, before starting a career as a trainee manger with McDonalds Restaurants in 1989. I worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working my way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.
In March 1993 I was managing the Restaurant in Warrington`s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day I was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. I began to read anything crime related that I could get my hands on.
I link this experience with the desire to write books on the subject, which came much later on due to an unusual set of circumstances. Because of that experience my early novels follow the adventures of an elite counter terrorist unit, The Terrorist Task Force, and their leader, John Tankersley, or `Tank`and they are the Soft Target Series, which have been described by a reviewer as ‘Reacher on steroids’.
I had no intentions of writing until 2007, when I set off on an 11-week tour of the USA. The Day before I boarded the plane, Madeleine Mcann disappeared and all through the holiday I followed the American news reports which had little or no information about her. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the terrible kidnap would inspire my book, The Child Taker years later. During that trip, I received news that my house had been burgled and my work van and equipment were stolen. That summer was the year when York and Tewksbury were flooded by a deluge and insurance companies were swamped with claims. They informed me that they couldn’t do anything for weeks and that returning home would be a wasted journey. Rendered unemployed on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, I decided to begin my first book, Soft Target. I have never stopped writing since. I have recently completed my 17th novel, SHADOWS, something that never would have happened but for that burglary and my experiences in Warrington.
As far as my favourite series ever, it has to be James Herbert’s, The Rats trilogy. The first book did for me what school books couldn’t. It fascinated me, triggered my imagination and gave me the hunger to want to read more. I waited years for the second book, The Lair, and Domain, the third book to come out and they were amazing. Domain is one of the best books I have ever read. In later years, Lee Child, especially the early books, has kept me hypnotised on my sunbed on holiday as has Michael Connelley and his Harry Bosch Series.