I always like to share a little about the author when I review one of their books.
Meet Author Bill Ward.
Bill’s love of reading commenced at a very young age. He credits his Gran for encouraging his interest by regularly taking him to the local library after primary school. At boarding school, when the lights went out in his dormitory, he was often encouraged by the other boys to tell stories. English Literature was always his favourite school subject.
A long and successful career in IT saw him live and travel all over the world. With hindsight it was the start of his writing fiction but they were called business proposals in those days!
Having always enjoyed different cultures, the one life lesson Bill has learned is “wherever you go you will find good and bad people. This is not determined by colour, race, religion or country.”
Recently retired from the corporate world, Bill has finally fulfilled his lifelong ambition to become an author and has now written two thrillers, with the expectation of many more to follow.
Bill lives in Brighton, UK with his German partner and has seven daughters, a son, two horses, a dog and two cats! When he’s not writing he’s probably watching his football team West Brom, who he has now been watching for over fifty years!
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 review 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟An uncompromising, fast paced explosion of a book!
Lets be clear from the outset, this book deals with Human Trafficking; with all its inherent violence, degradation and shattering control over freedom, using fear and pain to reach those objectives.
It is not a comfortable topic, but the Author doesn’t try and pretty it up for generic consumption, he tackles it head on with great empathy, revealing the utter degradation that keeps these girls silent, dis-empowered, and often forgotten.
The characters aren’t so much written, as they are etched, with a light touch, this author has beautifully drawn each of the central figures, with layer after layer of pain and anger simmering as an intensely volatile brew just beneath the surface.
Author Bill Ward gives us Afina, he shows us her fragility, her desperation, her fear, yet her grants her a defiant will, lest we become too complacent and write her off to the dirt of the lifestyle she was forced into.
This author makes us care about his characters including their imperfections.
Powell is a man driven by revenge. His daughter is dead, he seeks retribution, whatever it takes to achieve it.
His child died whilst attempting to save Afina. He wants Afina protected to make his child’s death count for something.
We understand the demons that drive him.
The author weaves his web carefully, constructing its threads and leading us forward, in this relentlessly fast-paced explosion of a book.
If you enjoy uncompromising thrillers, this book is for you.
As for me … I’m off to grab book 2.