I'm so excited and hugely honoured to be kicking off the blog tour for Long Shot, the amazing new book from Jack Steele.
This time last year I read Jack's debut novel, Loose Cannon (you can read my review here) and I was completely blown away by how good it was. After what seemed like a lifetime of waiting I got the email I'd been patiently waiting for, the sequel was ready and my review copy of Long Shot arrived in my inbox and I got stuck straight in.
Long Shot is the second book in the Detective Joe Stone series and picks up with Joe and his team two weeks after Loose Cannon. While they're in the process of tying up the loose ends of the previous case they suddenly have to drop everything to deal with a terrorist attack at St Paul's Cathedral. As if this wasn't enough for them to deal with, Joe's called in by his boss Stern, who informs him that following media criticism, the Government have brought forward a scheduled visit to the Strategic Investigation Unit . . . and the Prime Minister, Defence Secretary, the Mayor along with representatives of the Tower Hamlets community and the church will be arriving in an hour. Everyone has endless questions and Joe is relieved when it's all over, that is until the Prime Minster makes an announcement to the press waiting outside, telling them that the SIU have been granted additional funding and they will now be covering the whole of London.
Knowing that this announcement will put them all under more scrutiny, Joe is even more determined to catch the people involved with the latest attack on the city. After visiting St Paul's and planning their next move, his colleague Stella receives a phone call from her best friend, Jessica, informing her that she has one of the terrorists in her house.
I'll be totally honest and tell you that I was a little nervous when I received my ARC copy, having loved Loose Cannon as much as I did, was I setting myself up for a fall? Would Jack Steele be able to live up to my high expectations? My answer lovely reader is not only did he live up to them. . . . he exceeded them with a hard hitting thriller that will leave you breathless! Long Shot has everything I look for in a thriller, short, punchy chapters combined with a great cast of believable characters. Following Detective Joe Stone as the investigation ramped up I kept having to remind myself to breathe on more than one occasion. Although you could easily read this as a stand-alone novel, I would recommend that you read Loose Cannon first so that you get to know Joe's background and there's no better time to get yourself a copy as it's currently available to download for just 99p / 99c from today until 31st July. As for me, I'm now going to wait patiently for the next book in the series, so I seriously hope that you've already made a start on it Mr Steele! 😄
Long Shot is available to pre-order now for delivery to your Kindle on 29th July.
About Jack Steele
|Photo courtesy of Jack Steele
I live in Nottinghamshire but was born in Hackney, London and grew up on the Bannister House Housing Estate in Hommerton. I work full-time in the printing industry but with the help of a very understanding wife I manage to find time to indulge in my favourite passions of reading and writing. It can be a balancing act trying to fit it all in but as I enjoy writing so much it doesn’t seem like too much of a trial.
I spent five years researching books, magazines, documentaries, movies and internet articles on various subjects as well as completing a creative writing course and attending workshops run by the Nottingham Writers Studio.
It was a great achievement in 2016 when I published my first Crime Thriller novel 'Loose Cannon' with great reviews. It was the first in the Detective Joe Stone series and I was encouraged to write the sequel ‘Long Shot’ which is due for publication on July 29th 2017.
A few words from Jack
My writing style is a fast-paced page turner with cliff hangers, moral dilemmas and believable characters.
I would like to thank all my readers, editors, bloggers and Crime book club friends who have been so supportive throughout this process. Their encouragement drives me on to write the next book in the series.
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With kind thanks to author Jack Steele for the review copy.