In the spirit of David Lynch's Lost Highway, Derek Raymond's Factory Series and Ted Lewis' Brit-Grit thrillers, John Bowie's Viking is a neo-noir dark and brooding thriller. . . .
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A NEO-NOIR HONEYMOON FROM HELL
He thought he'd given it up to start over. The drinking… and the killing. Ghosts haunt John and Cherry’s honeymoon escape in the jungles of Malaysia and Borneo as the release of nihilist criminals linked to John’s past triggers death and destruction back home. When their luxury island resort is raided by savage pirates, it’s clear everything is connected and they can’t hide from destiny. To love, hate—kill or be killed. And most of all, the ghosts are as real as they are. Past, present and future. Forever trapped in a matrix of fate. Love, hate, kill…repeat. . . .
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PRAISE FOR BOWIE'S BLACK VIKING THRILLERS:
‘Set in 1998 in Bristol, England, Bowie’s dark, hard-edged crime novel inaugurates a promising series.’ – Publishers Weekly
‘Noir fans will find a lot to like.’ – BookLife
‘I would definitely recommend this crime novel and John Bowie as an author, and look forward to reading his next book.’ – Amanda Brightman, STORGY.COM
‘Its 186 pages are packed full of deceit, human depravity and surprisingly dark humour.’ – Amanda Brightman
'John Bowie’s ’90s set Untethered is a violent and intense read. Lyrical, moody, funny and as gritty as hell, Untethered is like a British blend of Jim Thompson and Nelson Algren.' – Paul D. Brazill, Guns of Brixton
Viking - The Jungle Turned BlackBlack Viking Thriller 4John BowieRed Dog PressA Chaotic, angry, violent end to the 4 book series from John Bowie telling the dark and twisted tale of his eternally doomed protagonist John Black.This final chapter feels something quite different from what came before it but the brutal, sinister, bleak savagely raw story is still there.As John and Cherry attempt to leave the life behind, with a trip to remote Malaysia they soon find that the past will always haunt them and pull John back to man he is trying not to be.The writing is dark, fast and powerful. The story much the same. It’s intense and aggressive and almost bittersweet as the short but explosive tale reaches its culmination.I felt a kind of tranquillity as I read the final pages, as the story reached its end, it left me exhausted yet in a good way.It’s genuinely special reading, and a series and an author to invest in.5/5 Excellent🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥
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