March 5, 2021

A Wanted Man – Rob Parker

Ben Bracken, ex-soldier, has just got out of Strangeways. Not by the front door.

With him, he has his ‘insurance policy’ – a bag of evidence that will guarantee his freedom, provided he can keep it safe.

Rejected by the army, disowned by his father, and any hopes of parenthood long since shattered, Ben has no anchors in his life. No one to keep him steady. No one to stop his cause…

The plan: to wreak justice on the man who had put him in prison in the first place, a ruthless mob boss who heads a powerful crime syndicate.

This action-packed and fast-paced story will keep you turning the pages…

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Ben Bracken… *swoon*. You would.

Thanks for reading my review – see ya!

Okay, not really.

I downloaded A Wanted Man when it was a 99p offer and was being raved about on Twitter. It’s languished on my Kindle for a wee while but I was spurred into action to read it when I started listening to the Blood Brothers Podcast on which Rob Parker is a presenter. The Blood Brothers Podcast is a topic for another day and another blog post I think… (sorry guys, but I like using ellipses).

Ben Bracken is everything you want in a hero. A little bit damaged, a little bit rugged and with a proper sense of right and wrong. OKAY so he may have broken out of Strangeways where he was serving a murder sentence but we’ll gloss over that for now.

Bracken has escaped with the intention of heading back to London to serve justice on the father of the man he murdered. That doesn’t quite go to plan however. Upon meeting his friend and associate, Jack, to retrieve cash that he has left in his care, Ben is pulled into helping Jack avenge the death of his father under suspicious circumstances. Cue much gun-slinging, many explosions, a brilliant crime family, a bag of witty one-liners and a boat chase through Manchester’s docks. Splendid!

A Wanted Man is the first in the Ben Bracken series and it’s a stunning introduction: you can’t ask for more. A a high-paced gang thriller it reads like every great action movie you’ve ever seen. I loved it almost as much as I now love Ben Bracken as an anti-hero.

Bravo Rob, Bravo.

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