Monday, October 9, 2017

Book Review: 'Eastern Shadows' by C.J. Somersby

British author C.J. Somersby lives in Nottingham in the UK and graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a Masters in Science in Management & International Business in 2012. His debut novel was CONQUEST published in 2015. He now places his hat in the ring with a proposed series of shorter novellas whose main character is a female spy – and he succeeds where others have not dared to go. This is thriller writing of the first order.

The author introduces his book with a rather terrifying incident on a doomed bus and soon takes us into the space where we meet our main character Alexandria Thorne. And this story leaps from there. The synopsis supplies enough outline to act as a magnet to pull us in: ‘Despite being an excellent spy, Alexandria Thorne was fired from British Intelligence following traitorous allegations against her deceased father. When her former employers ask for her help, she is angry and reluctant to give it. But there's an arms dealer missing in Belarus, and the man holding the key is also the last man to see Alex's parents alive. Thrown into the middle of a civil war, Alex must handle a team of doubtful allies, dangerous enemies, and an eastern shadow from her past...’

Surprises, twists, intricately balanced nuances of action keep this new book speeding toward the second installment – hopefully available soon. Alex Thorne is a solid protagonist who appears to have a strong future in C.J. Somersby’s hands. Grady Harp, January 17

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