Release date - 6th November 2017
Book length - 394 pages
Publisher - Loughman Press
Amazon UK - www.amazon.co.uk
Amazon US - www.amazon.com
I want to thank Anne Cater for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The bullet in his brain isn't the problem. She is.
Michael North is a hero, with a bullet in the brain to prove it. A bullet which has rewired his neural pathways and heightened his sense of intuition.
A bullet which is driving him mad.
Working for an extra-governmental agency called The Board, North knows one thing for sure. He is very good at killing very bad guys.
But what happens when a hero is ordered to kill a good woman rather than a bad man? Because it turns out that rising political star, Honor Jones, MP, can't stop asking the right questions about the wrong people.
He should follow orders.
Not least because he's running out of time. North always knew the bullet in his brain would kill him.
Then again, what if he's wrong? What if it's not the bullet, but Honor Jones who'll be the death of him?
KILLING STATE by Judith O'Reilly is a fast-paced, action-packed story of power, corruption, and murder, and nobody could tear this book out of my hands until I had reached the very last word (which, by the way, left me desperately wanting the next book in this addictive new series!).
Michael North is a soldier, a killer, and a dead man walking if the bullet that is lodged in his brain ever decides to move slightly and finally finish him off. Determined that he would not waste what little life he had left, Michael became a killer for the elite organisation known only as The Board, who protected the government and the country at all costs. North knows that the people he has disposed of were evil and a danger to everyone so he sees it as his final good deed to the world. But when he is told to take out MP Honor Jones, there is immediately a problem, One - he doesn't kill women, and two - he cannot ignore his intuition which is telling him that she is innocent. And when North begins to dig into the truth it will open up a world of betrayal, lies, greed, and a desperate bid for power and control. With danger and misdirection at every turn, can North trust anyone in this deadly game of cat and mouse? And can he even trust himself?
This novel is sure to get your blood pumping and your heart racing as you are sucked into this shady world of wealth and evil, and every page came alive in my mind like a scene in a movie. I could totally see KILLING STATE working as a Tv show or movie and I would be first in line to see it if that day comes. North is really likeable as a character and I wanted him to find that inner peace that he so desperately needed. The current shift in world politics has obviously been observed by the author who paints a picture of what power in the wrong hands can really do to a nation. The pace of the story is energetic and perfectly matches the action of the story and it left me wanting more which is always a sign of a top-notch read for me. KILLING STATE by Judith O'Reilly is an outstanding political thriller with plenty of subtle nuances and subterfuge to really keep you guessing to the very end, and I cannot wait for more from Michael North.
Judith has written three books. Her latest book is called Killing State and is out in November. It's a commercial political thriller and her first novel – at least the first one she's allowed to leave the house without her. She likes to describe it as a Lee Child meets Robert Harris, with a young and very British action hero and compelling and dynamic female characters. She may be the only person who ever thinks that. We'll have to see.
Judith's a former political producer with BBC 2’s Newsnight and ITN’s Channel 4 News, and a former education correspondent with The Sunday Times where she also covered politics, undercover reporting and general news. She still writes for The Sunday Times.
Her two non-fiction books were called Wife in the North and A Year of Doing Good (both published by Viking Penguin, in 2008 and 2013 respectively). Wife in the North reached number three in the UK bestsellers’ chart and was in the top ten for five weeks. It was also a top ten bestseller in Germany. It sold into ten countries, was serialised by The Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph, was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week (has she mentioned that already?), and was based on Judith’s eponymous blog which was named as one of the top 100 blogs in the world by The Sunday Times. Judith’s blog is credited with kicking off the popularity of domestic blogging in the UK. For A Year of Doing Good, she did a good deed a day for a year. It did not make her a better person. She has taught memoir and blogging at Newcastle University, and occasionally advises on strategic communications. Most of all though, she writes and drinks a lot of tea. Occasionally, she shakes things up and drinks covfefe.
For more information:
Website - www.judithoreilly.com
Twitter - twitter.com/judithoreilly
MY THANKS TO ANNE CATER AND JUDITH O'REILLY FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE A PART OF THIS AMAZING BLOG TOUR. DON'T FORGET TO CHECK OUT ALL OF THE OTHER STOPS ALONG THE WAY!!
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger from Ireland. Oh and also a wife and mother!
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