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Publisher's Summary

A standalone novel.
When a teenager is the victim of an unprovoked attack while walking his dog, a murder investigation begins. A cruel twist of fate makes his innocent family the targets of a vicious campaign of terror. As the detectives of Liverpool's Major Investigation Team try to contain the violence, several key members of an organized crime family begin to topple, causing shockwaves across the planet.
©2015 Conrad Jones (P)2017 Conrad Jones
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2 out of 5 stars
By DubaiReader on 08-08-17

Gang warfare and violence.

I volunteered to listen to the audio version of this book, expecting a thriller, but not expecting the level of violence that it contains. In fairness to the author, the violence was up-front and in-your-face right from the beginning and under all normal circumstances I would have closed the book there and then. However, I tend to complete audiobooks more often than the written word, so I persevered.

An unfortunate teenage boy from a peaceful, if poor family, becomes embroiled in a gang situation where life is cheap and revenge is all. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time and mouthed off a bit too much. As a result, he and his family become targets of a ruthless mob and find themselves fleeing for their lives.
My friends read 'body-count' books and we joke about the number of bodies eliminated by the author during the course of the book - well, I have to say I lost count with Brick, there certainly weren't many left to bring to justice by the end.

If you're looking for dark and brooding with an ominous presence, then this may be for you; if it's a frantic page-turner you're after, then, no, I didn't find that with this book, it didn't grab me and I'm sorry to say, even the ending was a bit flat.
Notable comment for the narrator, Diana Croft, who nailed the Northern accents.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Melanie Preston Lewis on 06-20-17

5 stars isn't enough

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This is a hard hitting, dark, violent story that is definitely not for the faint hearted. Beautifully written, you are carried into the disturbing underworld of the criminal classes. Bryn and his family are the only bright stars in a black night and I was genuinely frightened for them. The tale twists and turns like a fast running river, eventually gushing out into the sea and freedom. A remarkable story from Conrad Jones, ably narrated by Diana Croft

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nia Ireland on 06-14-17

This book has put me on to a whole new genre

If you could sum up Brick in three words, what would they be?

Unlucky teenage boy.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bryn was my favourite character, we spent a fair amount of time with him early in the book and really got a feel for a decent but imperfect teenage boy who loves his family and his dog.

What about Diana Croft’s performance did you like?

Her ability to flip between accents is remarkable - her Russian accent in particular was brilliant.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was little too long to listen to in one go, but I did finish it in 3 large blocks because I couldn't bring myself to turn it off. I willingly did laundry for 2 hours so I could keep listening to it, that should put it into perspective.

Any additional comments?

This book is fantastic in its own right but the audio edition elevated it to something even better. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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5 out of 5 stars
By comfort on 06-25-18

heart thumping action

** spoiler alert ** I was gifted this book by the narrator.

Such a fast paced, horrific story it actually had my heart pounding whilst reading.

Diana Croft does such an incredible job of making each character come to life, her accents are superb. Even her male voices of which there are many are quite distinct.

An assault on Bryn, the teenaged protagonist of the story starts the chain of events that ruin any lives of people attached to the incident .

Bryn is one of those smart-mouthed. cocky young boys who after having a few "words" with a complete stranger finds himself being chased by a hooligan who catches him and starts pounding on the kid. By chance Bryn finds a 1/2 brick whilst he is grappling to get a way and kills the thug with one hit.

Of course this bloke is a drug runner for one of the local gangs and all hell breaks loose. He is the son of the biggest importer of drugs in the region and now Dad wants revenge. There must have been some reason his son had chosen to run after the kid and fight with him, it can't have been a random incident.

So now his associates set about trying to kill Bryn and his entire family. The family can't seem to get away and go into hiding, no matter where they are they are found.

Bryn in the meantime has been transferred to juvie and despite being promised protection, is beaten ruthlessly and is now in hospital with a brain injury.

Such a fast paced explosive story could not put it down and have since re-listened.

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