Written by David Beckler
An ex-Marine is forced to confront his troubled past…
Manchester, England, 1998
When Byron Mason’s estranged nephew, Philip, rings him out of the blue in desperate need of help, he knows he must put his personal feelings aside to protect his family.
A teenage boy has been murdered, and Philip is one of the suspects.
Worse than that, the dead boy was the nephew of Ritchie McLaughlin – a local thug who Byron has clashed with in the past – and Philip has now gone missing.
Desperate to clear Philip’s name, Byron enlists the help of his old friend Adam Sterling to track down the real killers.
Is Philip in danger? Can Byron and Adam find him before the police do?
Or has Byron’s violent past with McLaughlin come back to haunt him…?
BROTHERHOOD is the first crime novel in the Mason & Sterling thriller series: gritty, hard-boiled page-turners with an urban setting.
Palpable Suspense and a First-Class Read!
Gripping, exciting, fast-paced .. this is a riveting read!
Byron Mason heads from his London home back to his roots in Manchester when his nephew, Philip, calls him with an urgent plea for help. Philip is one of the suspects in the murder of a fellow teenager and it just so happens that the deceased is related to a top gangland boss – and one not unfamiliar to Byron.
Desperate to help prove the lad’s innocence, Byron calls on his old buddy Adam for assistance. As we follow them on their desperate mission, we also find out more about the other youngsters concerned and what led one in particular into the dark side of life. In addition, we are privy to the police investigation and it’s fascinating to see how they deal with all the mis-information they are given.
This is a vibrant, multi-layered read and a book where I very quickly found myself drawn to the story. The suspense is palpable; at times I had to slow down my breathing as well as my reading speed to make sure I didn’t miss any vital information. This story is absolutely packed with detail from first to last and it’s all relevant! My heart was pounding towards the end as I followed all the different strands and I was so busy digesting it all that I never had a moment to consider where it was going as I couldn’t stop reading! David Beckler is an author who spins a very detailed and memorable read, and I’ll certainly be very happy to add his novels to my reading list in future. There is no doubt in my mind that this fully deserves five gold stars!
My thanks to Caoimhe O’Brien of Sapere Books, both for my arc and the opportunity to be a part of this Blog Tour. As always, all opinions here are entirely my own.
Tags: urban crime thriller
- Format: ereader, paperback
- Size: 311 pages
- Publisher: Sapere Books
- Publication Date: 7 February 2019
- Purchase Links: Waterstones
Meet the Author
David writes crime thrillers full of fast-paced action.
Born in Addis Ababa in 1960, he spent his first eight years living on an agricultural college in rural Ethiopia where his love of reading developed. After dropping out of university he became a firefighter and served 19 years before leaving to start his own business.
He began writing in 2010 and uses his work experiences to add realism to his fiction.
The Mason and Sterling series centre on two ex-Royal Marines, Byron who now runs a security company and Adam who is a firefighter. A strong cast of supporting characters support his protagonists. Sapere Books are publishing Brotherhood, the first novel in the series, in late 2018.
David lives in Manchester, his adopted home since 1984. In his spare time he tries to keep fit—an increasingly difficult undertaking—listens to music, socialises and feeds his voracious book habit.