Authors Showcase: Webs of Intrigue

The Book: The Gates of Hell

The Author: David Leadbeater

ref=sib_dp_kdThe Story: Matt Drake, broken by the murder of his loved ones, betrayal, and the threat to his friends, sets out to cancel the blood vendetta imposed by the underworld linchpin, the Blood King. Revenge, terrible and personal drives Drake in his quest to stop the man who has become his nemesis.

The mercenary, Boudreau, now in the hands of his enemies, sits stone-faced and unflinching as Hayden Jaye desperately tries to extract the information she needs to save the lives of hundreds. After several failed attempts she becomes painfully aware it’s going to take extreme measures to make him talk.

Meanwhile, the Blood King finally sets into motion his long-term plan to enter the Gates of Hell and finish something his idol, Captain Cook, could never do: discover the shocking secrets hidden within, while launching multiple terrorist attacks and an all-out war against the islands of Hawaii.

With nothing more than an ancient map left behind by Captain Cook, Drake and his team must follow the Blood king through a deadly maze in the heart of a volcano. He risks everything to track down the most dangerous man of modern times and help unravel the mysteries surrounding the bones of Odin.

Review by AndreR: I have just finished the ” Gates of Hell” – David Leadbeater’s 3rd book in the series. I have again been enthralled with the adventure and masterfully written novel. The team again had to battle and sort out own demons as they endeavour to stop at all cost the “evil dude.”

BUT as I turned the last page – I realised that I must wait once again for the next book. Please don’t keep me hanging on to long as I want to see what the team gets up to in the quest to unravel the next mystery of the third tomb of the gods. David Leadbeater is masterful in his writing: and is giving Clive Cussler some serious competition.

Review by Steven L. Perez: It’a dark, it’s full of action, it’s lots of fun. What’s not to like! Shoot outs, Mythology and Secret Tombs.

The Book: Web of Deceit

The Author: Charles R. Stubbs

ref=sib_dp_kd-1The Story: Six weeks ago George Travis was living quietly in North Wales in the UK – keeping himself to himself, bothering no-one, walking and birdwatching in his spare time. Now he’s on the run: wanted by the police, vilified in the national press, and hiding from a man he thought was his friend. In desperation, Travis seeks help from a woman he has met just once, hatching a plan that will lure his tormentor out into the open. But to make the plan work he has to stay one step ahead of the police, the press and the man he eventually comes to know as Yr Hen Was, ‘The Devil’.

Played out against the stunning backdrop of the North Wales mountains, this is the story of how one man strikes back against people who misuse the media to distort facts, exploit innuendo and ruin lives. Set in 1999, it foreshadows many of the real-world smear campaigns, scams and scandals of the following decade, raising questions about how the internet and universal access to the Web will change the way we process information, the way we view the world, and ultimately, what we believe to be the ‘truth’.

Review by essgee: It’s difficult to find mystery/murder novels these days with a real difference. Charles Stubbs had provided one here. It’s a gem. The quirks include being set in a time, not so very long back, when the speed of communication by internet and the all pervasive social networks was in its infancy.

The geography also is unfamiliar territory to most readers outside of North Wales . Both of these elements are as much a part of the story as the protagonists, the main one of which is Travis , a young man , beset with emotional struggles of his own, unwittingly sucked into a tightening web of confusion and danger.

The pace in the novel is excellently controlled, with the various strands edging the reader along towards a well-thought ending,. A great read and strongly recommended.

Review by saniko: Set in picturesque North Wales in the UK, this tale of “deceit on a grand scale” moves a complex murder plot forward like the surge and ebb of an ocean wave–depositing just enough information to leave us wanting for more. The serenity of the landscape and the popularity of bird watching play major roles and accentuate the horror of the crime all the more.

The story unfolds with intensity and fine-tuned precision through parallel narratives from George Travis, a vulnerable yet resourceful main protagonist, and his colleagues, police detectives, and journalists. Taking place at the dawn of the Internet, it echoes a cautionary theme about the credibility of information posted on the WWW and in the media.

The ending was a great surprise. Quite the shocker! I highly recommend this book.





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