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Brotherhood by David Beckler

The Blurb

This nail-biting new thriller series will have you on the edge of your seat! Perfect for fans of Lee Child, J. B. Turner, Mark Dawson and David Baldacci… 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. ‘A powerful and violent first chapter precedes a superb opening 100 pages, the best I’ve read this year. And the pace never lets up in this cat and mouse thriller, evocatively set amid Manchester’s threatening underworld.’ – Crime Thriller Hound ‘a dark portrayal of the effects of violence on young minds’ – Murder, Mayhem and More​

About David Beckler

I spent my first eight years living on an agricultural college in rural Ethiopia, where my love of reading developed. After dropping out of university I became a firefighter and later a businessman. I began writing in 2010, working on my first novel in my spare time, a crime thriller called Brotherhood. I like writing about protagonists with a strong moral code who don't fit in with conventional society. I also enjoy writing about baddies and how they arrived at their fallen state. When not writing I try to keep fit, socialise and feed my voracious book habit.

My Review

I am thrilled to have discovered an author that is new to me. David Beckler's debut novel Brotherhood is a crime thriller that has an adventurous element to it that was brought in by two characters who are veteran marines who had served together, Byron Mason and Adam Sterling, and reunited to find Mason's nephew Philip, who has been implicated in the killing of his friend Liam. The killer, Mugisa, a seventeen-year-old who was brought to England to adoptive parents having spent much of his childhood as a boy soldier in a war-torn African region, and is looking for Philip. Add to the mix, a local gangster Ritchie McLaughlin, Liam's uncle who believes that Philip is responsible. DCI Siobhan Fahey is also on the trail of Philip, Mugisa and Ritchie McLaughlin. There is so much more involved in this plot, and each chapter starts with Mugisa's horrendous experiences in Africa. It didn't take me long to read this book, and I have no doubt I will be reading many more action thrillers from the pen of Mr Beckler.​

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