Vapour – Legend of the Ghost Driver, by M.J.Corbett

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (12 July 2014) | Copy: Paperback

Vapour - Matthew Corbett

The Legend of The Ghost Driver…

The myth of The Ghost Driver becomes a reality – a hero who’s feels like he’s driven straight out a dark comic book page.

Filled with remarkable high speed thrills, encouraging plenty of bullets to fly and sparking chases involving a car that’s fuelled on a ghostly blue vapour, adrenalin and a combination of nostalgic music references – you have yourself a paranormal ‘Lethal weapon’.

Widowed Detective Pete Shure and his partner Gerry Woods are the crime fighting duo. Shure has earned himself a devil may care attitude after the death of his wife, Lanha. Gerry is a family man, but respects his partner’s judgement, as he always gets results.

There are guns galore, escapades, fast cars (in abundance) and several chases, after one of which The Ghost Driver is born.

In his Modified Dodge Charger, growling along the streets of New York City, if you hear the roar of a V8 engine only to see a trailing blue vapour in your rear view mirror, then he’s on route to his next case…
Shures stuffThe characters are predominantly male but it’s so refreshing to read that the few ladies written into the story weren’t there to drape themselves ‘artfully’ over car bonnets, which is what you’d expect in a story concentrating on motors and police chases. This way it can be enjoyed for simply being the crime-fighting fantasy that it is.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

(My sincere thanks must go to the author for providing a signed copy of his book for review – plus a magnificent compilation of the music to accompany the book)


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Truckers, by Terry Pratchett (The first book of the Nomes)

Publisher: Random House Children’s Publishers / Corgi Children’s |  Published 12th March 2015  |  Edition: Kindle, via Netgalley

Truckers

This is the first book by the late Terry Pratchett I have read – it will not be the last. I LOVED IT.

This is a marvellous tale about a race of little people inhabiting the world of Humans. With a reluctant hero, and an unexpected and dangerous pilgrimage:

nomes

We’re talking little people alright, but not ordinary ones with a ‘G’. These Nomes live in the depths of a department store.

They have their own groups like The Ironmongri, Del Icatessen and the Millineri. There is an all presiding wise old Nome called The Abbot, leader of the Stationeri. Their unique quirks are peculiar to them and it’s very clever and ever so funny!  Each group takes what the Nomes need from the store when the humans are not around and live quite happily within its dry, safe walls. But more importantly – they thrive.

They live by Nomish ‘Commandments’. The Word according to all Nomes starts:

nomes book light this one

For many years, life at Arnold Bros has been grand. Yet out of the blue, the insiders come face to face with other Nomes, who have journeyed to the store from the outside, by hitchhiking aboard a lorry. The store Nomes have heard rumours of the outside and yet none had seen it and therefore do not believe it exists.

But despite their oddities and beliefs, their world will soon be turned upside down by something outside their control. All Nomes will be called upon to find a way to stop their interdepartmental bickering and find a solution before their world comes to an end.

Masklin, the reluctant hero

Masklin, an ‘outsider’ and unlikely hero – pictured here with the mysterious ‘Thing’.

With help from the primitive outsiders, including our reluctant hero, Masklin, and the mysterious all knowing ‘thing’ (that no one understands), the little folk find themselves organising a dangerous pilgrimage outside, whilst still acknowledging the most stupid Nome hierarchy.

But where will they go? More importantly, how will they get there?  When there are thousands of beings just four inches tall to save, any solution has to be a pretty BIG one.

It’s a brilliant frolicking, all-encompassing, feel-good book that can be enjoyed by those young and old.  You can’t fail to smile while reading. It will certainly be a firm favourite of mine for years to come.

(This edition coincided with Terry Pratchett’s passing as it was published on 12th March 2015.)

Rating: 5/5

(My sincere thanks to the publisher for providing the Kindle copy of this book for review.)


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Murder, by Sarah Pinborough

Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books | Publication date: 4th December 2014 | Edition: Paperback (own copy)

Any arguments deduced from the nature of her wounds suggest not that she was murdered for her money…but that she was assassinated by somebody who found a revengeful satisfaction in battering her even after his first blows had killed her…

Murder by Sarah Pinborough

We meet again, Dr Bond | Murder, the sequel to Mayhem.

You know those books you have to keep reading in a frenzied, all-consuming attempt to discover what happens next?

Well, the first there was ‘Mayhem’, by Sarah Pinborough, which was such an excellent read I had no hesitation in buying it’s sequel, ‘Murder’ – and I was not disappointed!

To summarise:

Dr Bond believes that his previous connection with the Jack the Ripper case had ceased, along with his Opium dependency, but to his dismay, he finds that the depravity soon returns to haunt him, and it’s far worse than he could ever have expected.

Now, not only are there the bodies of dead infants in the Thames, murder on railway and the underbelly of Victorian life to contend with – “Jack” is back, with a habit that grows and needs to be fed.

Don’t be fooled into believing that these books merely regurgitate the same reports of old. The stories we’ve all heard surrounding the infamous serial killer now have their own unique and slightly fantastical element behind the crimes being committed. The evil deeds are perfectly descriptive to let you oversee just enough horror, and these scenes are quite unnerving, as the killer is not of this world.

As ‘Murder’ leaps right into events and characters that appeared in the first book, to have a better understanding of the continuing story it would make more sense for you to read ‘Mayhem’ first.

Rating: Absolutely a 5/5 without a doubt.  Very happy to recommend.


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The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman

Ocean at the End of the Lane

Quirky, fantasy world in an ordinary rural setting with a pond that’s actually an ocean, on a farm where weird things happen, like witchy/fairylike things – yep, I liked it.

Publisher: Headline | Publication date: 10th April 2014 | Edition: Paperback

It appears from some reviews I’ve read that this book’s a little like Marmite – you’ll either like it, or you just won’t click with it.

If you like a quirky, bizarre story then you’ve come to the right place. You know those sort of stories that immerse you in a surreal fantasy world that could just possibly exist alongside an everyday real one? Whilst people’s lives intertwine with it, oblivious to its existence? Then yes, this is DEFINITELY for you.

It’s dreamlike and slightly nuts in places, but altogether highly original. Yet it’s told in a clever, matter-of-fact way that it actually makes it strangely plausible. It’s a fantasy-fairylike-tale with a whopping, great punch throughout.

I must mention that the intimidation of the young boy by a truly vile villain, together with the ‘angry birds’ scene later in the book are captured in a perfectly sinister manner, painting quite a graphic image in your mind.

And I’ll admit, I got myself lost a couple of times with the changing story between the past (the young boy) and the present (the boy grown up), particularly toward the end, but a quick re-read of the chapter put me straight. That was my fault entirely and not the book – therefore, I would recommend giving it your 100% attention to fully appreciate it, it would be a crime not to.

This is the first book I’ve read by Neil Gaiman and it’s left me wanting to read more.

Rating: 4.5/5


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