It is my pleasure to welcome the author of the Nick Sullivan series published by Williams and Whiting, Karla Forbes, to damppebbles today. Karla has kindly agreed to share her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 reads with us.
#R3COMM3ND3D2017 is where I invite authors and book bloggers to shout about three favourite books published in 2017. That’s the only rule, the books recommended must have been published last year.
Without further ado, here are Karla’s choices…
Cloning the Hate by Jeff Dowson (Jack Shepherd Thriller #3)
A fast-paced detective thriller with a few twists and turns to the plot to keep you guessing.
The Betrayal by Kate Furnivall
This is set in occupied France just before the outbreak of WW2 and tells the story of two twins connected by love but divided by their political loyalties.
Need You Dead by Peter James (Roy Grace #13)
I chose this for several reasons. His books are set in Brighton which is just down the road from where I live in Haywards Heath and also, I am in talks with one of his police procedural advisers, Graham Bartlett an ex-detective with Sussex Police. We are hoping to enter into a working relationship to ensure that my books have the same authenticity as Peter James.
Thanks so much for joining me today, Karla and for your terrific recommendations. I hate to admit that I have yet to read a Peter James novel (and I call myself a crime book blogger, ha!) and I’ve had my eye on ‘Cloning the Hate’ since it was recommended back in November when I first started this feature.
If Karla has managed to tempt you, or if you would like to find out more about the books she has recommended then please see the following amazon.co.uk links:
Karla Forbes first began writing books when she was twelve years old. Heavily influenced by Ian Fleming, she wrote about guns, fast cars and spies. Naturally, she knew nothing of her chosen subject and was forced to use her imagination to make it up as she went along. These books, half a dozen in total, ended up being thrown out with the rubbish. Several years later, she dabbled in a futuristic sitcom and a full-length horror story. Although both of these efforts were also consigned to literary oblivion, at least no one could have accused her of being in a genre rut. She began writing properly more than ten years ago and her first book, The Preacher was published on Amazon in July 2011. Twelve books in total are available to download from the Amazon Kindle bookstore. Other books will follow at regular intervals. She writes about ordinary people who find themselves in extraordinary situations and she aims for unusual but scarily believable plots with a surprising twist.
About The Nick Sullivan Series:
Fallout (Nick Sullivan series #1) The British Government is being blackmailed by criminals who have got their hands on a quantity of plutonium left over from the cold war. Only one man knows their identity and can prevent a catastrophe but he is on the run for a murder he didn’t commit and has no intention of being found.
As the authorities attempt to hunt him down, the clock is ticking and they are running out of time. They pin their hopes on the fact that a bunch of amateurs won’t have nuclear technology and the worst they’ll come up with is a dirty bomb. With luck, the carnage can be limited. A few people might die in the explosion but the majority will run away at the first sign of danger and the radiation will drift harmlessly into the atmosphere.
But what if the terrorists have found a way of keeping the radiation near to the ground, encouraging people to hang around breathing in death and when they invite them to their own slaughter they come willingly?
They would be dangerous then…wouldn’t they?
The Third Wave (Nick Sullivan series #2) Charles Morgan is a small operator in the vast computer technology industry but he’s ambitious. He borrows heavily from the Mafia to finance his dreams of becoming a big player but when he fails to make the expected profit, they are quick to demand their money back. Desperate to save his own skin, he hatches a plan that will cripple the competition and propel his new product into the ranks of market leader.
Bryony Elliot is a brilliant but naive British student who has the skills he needs to bring his plans to fruition. But she is refusing to cooperate. With time running out and his creditors’ threats becoming increasingly vicious, Morgan gives up on persuasion and employs deceit instead. Unaware that she is being duped, Bryony launches a catastrophic virus attack on society. When she discovers the truth, she frantically attempts to stop the carnage she has unleashed but she is up against violent men who are intent on stopping her.
Bryony must dig deep into her mental reserves to stay alive and reverse the damage she has done but first she must conquer the fears and demons that rule her life.
For Bryony has dark secrets of her own…
Sniper (Nick Sullivan series #3) Flynn was one of the elite, a highly trained sniper in the British army who was proud of his skills and lived by a strict moral code. But even the best can crack when the stress becomes unbearable and now he’s on the rampage bearing a grudge and carrying an arsenal of stolen weapons.
He believes that good soldiers are being killed because governments go to war over oil. In his twisted mind, anyone who drives a gas guzzling 4X4 is the enemy and deserves to die.
As he carves a trail of terror and death across the country, the authorities are closing in. But for one man, it’s become personal.
Nick Sullivan is bearing a grudge of his own and is hard on the heels of the sniper. But when he finally hunts down his quarry, will his thirst for revenge blind him to the fact that he’s no match for a professionally trained killer?
For Flynn is the best there is. He’s a master of his craft.
The Gift of Death (Nick Sullivan series #4) When Nick Sullivan is sent to Uganda for a routine assignment, he doesn’t expect trouble but news of his arrival has preceded him and someone wants him dead. His enemies are powerful people and in a country where life is cheap, he is soon fighting to survive. He doggedly battles on, refusing to acknowledge the danger but when his stubbornness causes the death of an innocent woman he has no choice but to concede defeat and return to Britain.
Eaten up with guilt, he sets himself the task of finding out who betrayed him and bringing them to justice. When he finds himself thwarted by a government cover up, his thirst for revenge becomes an all consuming obsession that endangers everyone around him.
My thanks to Karla for joining me today. Make sure you pop by again tomorrow when I welcome the lovely Gemma Wiles of Gem’s Quiet Corner to damppebbles with her #R3COMM3ND3D2017 picks!