Hello there you lovely peeps – once again I am here to tell you about a book I’ve recently read… and today we are going to talk about “Trafficking” by Bill Ward – the first book of the Powell Series
Blurb: Trafficking is big business and those involved show no remorse, have no mercy, only a deadly intent to protect their income.
Afina is a young Romanian girl with high expectations when she arrives in Brighton but she has been tricked and there is no job, only a life as a sex slave.
Facing a desperate future, Afina tries to escape and a young female police officer, who comes to her aid, is stabbed.
Powell’s life has been torn apart for the second time and he is determined to find the man responsible for his daughter’s death.
Action, violence and sex abound in this taut thriller about one of today’s worst crimes.
My thoughts: This book starts with an excited young woman, Afina, about to travel to the UK and start a new life – she has been promised work and a home, but when she arrives she quickly discovers things are not what she was told. Afina is caught in a world of sex slaves and the evil men who thrive on its trafficking.
When Afina makes a break for it a young police woman is caught in the cross fire and killed.
Powell is devastated by the death of his daughter and he vows to find her killer, little does he know that his path will soon cross with Afina and he will not only be on the hunt for a murderer but he will also work towards bringing down the whole trafficking ring.
This is a wonderfully written book that really pulls you into the lives of the characters, good and bad. There are some brilliantly weaved twists in the story and heart stopping (and breaking) moments of violence and abuse.
A great introduction to Powell’s world and I am sure once you have read this first book you’ll want to read the rest – I know I do.
So go on – grab yourself a copy 🙂
Here’s another little review for a recent read – and this time I would like to tell you about
PURE TRASH (Historical Fiction) Short story prequel to DOG BONE SOUP by Bette A Stevens
Blurb: It’s PURE TRASH (Historical Fiction/short story), a Compelling Prequel to the novel DOG BONE SOUP. The year is 1955. Remember the Good Old Days? You know, the 1950s and ‘60s, when America was flying high. The All American Family lived a life filled with hopes and dreams and life’s necessities too. Shawn Daniels isn’t your typical American Boomer Boy. No, Shawn is a poor boy. He can’t join Boy Scouts or sports teams. There’s not even enough money for necessities. Besides, Shawn doesn’t have time for that. But when chores are done, there’s always fishing!
In this short story, Shawn and Willie Daniels are off on a Saturday adventure in search of trash to turn into treasure. It is going to be a great day. Shawn is sure of it. No school and no bullies to remind him that he’s not one of the crowd. This is a story about bullies and what it’s like to be bullied (and not just by kids). It may redefine your definition of bullying. If you were a child who was thought of as “different” in some way, you know what bullying is about: torment, persecution, intimidation, to name a few of its synonyms. For Shawn and Willie, their difference was based upon the social status of a dysfunctional family and the alcoholism and abject poverty in which they grew up.
My thoughts: This is an adorable short capturing a single day in the life of two young brothers. Life for Shawn and Willie is clearly never the easiest but on this lovely Saturday they get to spend time just having fun and enjoying themselves… well mostly.
The thing I think I liked mostly about this story was the “voice” in which it was told. This was not an author telling us about the boys day – this was a young boy describing his day with his brother – Bette A Stevens really captured that boys spirit perfectly.
A great little read and it has certainly made me want to read “Dog Bone Soup” some time soon 🙂
So why not grab yourself a copy? https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00EH0RV6K/ref=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o01_?ie=UTF8&psc=1