“When a professional hitman turns up at Candy’s World to hide, China Mackie discovers her plan to flee from her abusive father has tragically backfired.
A gruesome bloodbath has left four people dead on the streets of a northern city centre on a cold wet Sunday morning.
China knows she’s next to die.
Unless she is more ruthless than everyone else.
She must improvise fast. Seduce her father’s assassin. Plead her case so he helps her escape in a fight to the death where rules don’t matter but the consequences do.”
It is my pleasure to welcome you to damppebbles today and my guest reviewer’s stop on the Without Rules blog blitz. My guest reviewer, should you not be familiar with him, is my dear husband Ryan. Having been a passionate reader when we first met, Ryan is a reluctant reader these days. So I try and reignite his love of literature by encouraging him to occasionally guest review on the blog. What sickens me is that he’s actually better at review writing than me! (Not reading, mind. I am the MASTER of the house at reading!) I’m not here really, a mere figment of your imagination. It’s all about Ryan and what he thought of Without Rules by Andrew Field…
Sometimes I don’t want to read….Now I admit that is not a usual way to start a book review and Mr Field is probably slightly worried! But after a day of work, playing with the kids and sorting out a few things in the house I don’t really want to sit down and concentrate on a book. Without Rules by Andrew Field is probably exactly what I have been needing on evenings like this. A fast-paced story which sharply cuts between scenes and a story being told from multiple character viewpoints. This is a story that sucks you in and washes over you without any undue effort from the reader.
Without Rules is unusual for me in that I didn’t really like any of the characters, there was little of your classic all good all action hero, rather we had characters with back stories which became clear throughout the story moving between hero, anti-hero and anti-anti-hero (is that a thing?). The books main characters Jak and China are thrown together through circumstance at the start of the book, both have motives that are unclear at that stage but as the book develops we see the story unfold for both of them. Scenes through their own eyes, as well as those of the police and others around them bring multiple story lines together as the story moves along and both have to make decisions that will yield consequences for many.
I would love to read short stories by Andrew Field as he is not afraid to take a character in an unexpected direction at a paragraphs notice. He cleverly moves your feelings towards the characters through the situations they find themselves in and your evolving understanding of their history. Is it realistic? Not overly but it has that Jack Reacher style adventure and exuberance to it that makes you go with it and enjoy the ride. As the blurb says this storle y is not about rules, only consequences!
Would I recommend this book? I would, this was everything it should be fun, absorbing with an interesting cast of characters who will continually surprise you!
Told you. Better at writing reviews than me. This review really makes me want to read Without Rules!
Without Rules by Andrew Field was published in the UK by Boomslang on 15th October 2018 and is available in paperback and eBook formats (please note, some of the following links are affiliate links which means I receive a small percentage of the purchase price at no extra cost to you): | amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | BookDepository | Goodreads |
Andrew Field has spent most of his working life as a PR and marketing consultant helping raise the profiles of others. Now the roles are reversed as he steps into the spotlight as the author of Without Rules, a crime thriller about vulnerable people forced to do bad things to escape evil people. “Authors, by the nature of what they do, are relatively introverted. They work in isolation. Inhabit imaginary worlds of their own creation. They can spend ages staring at a computer screen bringing their characters to life. Then they have to become a different person to promote their work and market themselves. Writing is the easy part compared to the marketing, especially when crime fiction has become a very crowded marketplace.”
“From my point of view, professional PR people operate best from behind the scenes. They should never become the story otherwise you’re deflecting attention away from the messages you’re trying to communicate,” says Andrew. “The New Labour experiment, for example, was doomed the minute Tony Blair’s media guru Alistair Campbell generated his own headlines. Bragged about ‘spin’. Believed his own hype. Ditto Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci’s 10-day tenure as the shortest-serving White House communications director in history – and his “off the record” expletive-ridden rant about his colleagues in Donald Trump’s White House.”
As a PR, Andrew memorably handled Boddingtons Bitter during its “Cream of Manchester” heyday, developing innovative sports and cultural media partnerships with newspapers and TV stations for the beer brand – but also PR’d a fashion entrepreneur who was a convicted armed bank robber and a property developer who did eighteen months prison time for blackmail. “Having a diverse range of clients keeps it interesting. They are all different but the core requirement is to be seen as a believable and trusted information source ready to take advantage of PR opportunities as and when they arise. As a novelist, you look to do exactly the same with your work and yourself.”
“The catalyst for Without Rules was a friend testifying against her father in an abuse case. Although the prosecution was successful, she can never really escape the consequences of what happened to her. She has to find a way of coping for the rest of her life while he was sentenced to two and half years.”
Andrew says crime fiction has a duty to try and educate and as well as entertain. “The memorable books are the ones you’re still thinking about 48-hours after you finished reading.”
Andrew lives, works and plays in Manchester, England, Europe, with his partner, Catherine. He has been a trade journalist in Southampton in his youth. He owned a PR agency in the nineties and early noughties and is now an independent PR, marketing and publishing consultant looking forward to the challenge of becoming the story with the publication of Without Rules.