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Grave Island by Andrew Smyth @BloodhoundBook #GraveIsland #AndrewSmyth #BlogBlitz

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Book Description

When Philip Hennessey is thrown out of army intelligence after evidence is fabricated against him, his ex-wife’s school friend asks him to investigate the sudden death of her father, who she thinks has been murdered.

Philip soon discovers a far larger problem: a lethal trade in the manufacture and distribution of counterfeit drugs.

Using his contacts within the intelligence agencies, he follows the trail across the world, chasing counterfeit vaccines that could kill thousands.

Pitted against an international conspiracy, can Philip prevent the fake medicines getting through, and who can he really trust?

My Thoughts

A very fast paced piece of fiction with lots happening throughout.  Tackling a number of contemporary issues including counterfeit prescription drugs and radicalisation this book sees Philip Hennessey agree to make some inquiries into his friend’s fathers abrupt and unexpected death which swiftly has him spanning the globe in an attempt to stop counterfeit drugs entering the market.  With a career in army intelligence, following his dismissal Philip is a lone ranger, he has useful contacts who will assist him to a point, but neither inside or out, it is never clear whose side anyone is on and who can be trusted.

Written entirely in the first person Philip Hennessey had a touch of Jack Reacher to him, ex army, committed to seeing things through and a strong moral compass.  Confident in his own skin and fearless in combat he shied away from nothing to achieve his goal and prevent the distribution of counterfeit drugs.  This was an action packed novel with a broad and detailed story line with a global reach.

Author Bio – 

img_5768After graduating from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, Andrew spent a couple of years attempting to break into the film industry (including an unenviable job as Michael Winner’s assistant).  When not working in films, he started up a building business and carried out work both in the UK and later in the South of France.

On returning to the UK, he established a company to manufacture a range of public transport seating, which won the 1980 Design Council Award.  Eventually the seating was installed in bus stations and shelters throughout the country with licensees in Japan and the USA.  Over the next twenty years the company diversified into the manufacture of architectural glazing and by the time it was sold, it had a workforce of some 60 people.

Andrew then concentrated on his main interests: sailing and writing.  With his wife he explored the Mediterranean extensively in their catamaran, moving on to the Red Sea, East Africa and the Far East, returning to the Caribbean and the USA.  He has written frequently about his travels for all the main yachting magazines.  he also wrote and published an Introduction to the Canal du Midi, which was the inspiration for Rick Stein’s TV series.  His first novel, Caesar’s Passage, was short listed for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel award.  his second, a thriller called Grave Island, is due out in the summer of 2018.

Andrew is married with two adult children.

This is a Blog Blitz – thank you to Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for providing me with a digital copy of the book and inviting me to be involved in this Blog Blitz.  Check out what others are saying about Grave Island –

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