Renee began the Throwback Thursday meme on her blog, “It’s Book Talk“ to share some of her old favorites as well as sharing books published over a year ago. Sounded like a good reason to join! I’ll be going back over my favorite authors and stories you might not have previously experienced. Most of these early reviews were books gleaned from a freebie on BookBub and this was no exception. If you’d like to join the meme, you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic from her website. Just provide the link back to her please).
This week I am highlighting Tom Barber, another terrific, prolific author who wrote Blackout (Sam Archer book #3), which I reviewed on Goodreads. He has actually written nine in this series–I read the first three. This novel was published on January 16, 2014, as a thriller-suspense. He consistently runs approximately four stars plus for any of his books sold on Amazon.
Originally posted March 26, 2015
Young counter-terrorist cop Sam Archer arrives for work at the Armed Response Unit expecting a quiet day. But unbeknownst to him, a storm is coming.
Three men have already been killed that morning. One committed suicide by the River Thames. Another was strangled in his car in Washington D.C. And the third was shot in the face in his high-rise New York apartment as he slept. The deaths seem random, thousands of miles apart. But they are all connected. By a shocking event fifteen years ago. And this is only the beginning.
Archer, Chalky and the rest of the Unit suddenly find themselves plunged into a ferocious and violent confrontation, fighting for their lives. The enemy they are up against are brutal, highly trained, well-armed and anonymous. No one knows where they have come from. No one seems to know who they are. But they have a vendetta. They will never forgive or forget, or show mercy. And for some reason, they’re hell-bent on killing ten specific people before the end of the day.
As the Unit tries to find out who these killers are and locate the remaining targets so they can protect them, it becomes a race against time to see who can get there first. As the counter-terrorist unit and the vengeful enemy come up against each other all over the city, Archer and the team soon realise two things.
This enemy is more proficient and deadly than any they’ve ever encountered. And one of their own ARU men is on the extermination list.
I tend to be attracted to Barber’s covers and download only to remember I must translate British English to American English (kerb for curb, bonnet for hood, etc). That said, I do enjoy his books. They move, don’t often get bogged down with minutia, and present well developed characters. Each entry could probably function as a standalone.
Tom Barber puts his protagonist Sam Archer on another do-or-die ride into the world of a post-military Albanian/Serbian tragedy. This is the revenge of deadly men fulfilling their last lethal mission to wipe out those who went well beyond the sins of war, in what was already a nasty and extreme battle. With nothing left to lose, the Panthers seek to kill every man on a hit list extended by those rescuers innocent of the circumstances in the crime of the original three men.
Sam’s team, the ARU (Armed Response Unit) find themselves in defense of the men on the list and while they begin to put the pieces together and are supposed to be a crack anti-terrorist group still do not seem capable of realizing you do not stand in front of an open window with the lights on behind you when there is a sniper on the loose. There were several other details that I found a little difficult to digest and given I’ve no military background tends to credibility.
Yes, the story moves along; yes, I enjoy the characters, and even the baddies were fleshed out well enough to give me goosebumps at the description of each dastardly doer. I read the first and the second in this series and the third promises to take Archer over the pond. Barber is getting there. Recommended reading to suspense thriller fans.
Born in Sydney, Australia and raised in England and Brunei, Tom Barber has always had a passion for writing and story-telling. It took him to Nottingham University, England, where he graduated in 2009 with a 2:1 BA Hons in English Studies. Post-graduation, Tom moved to New York City and completed the 2 Year Meisner Acting training programme at The William Esper Studio, furthering his love of acting and screen-writing.
Upon his return to the UK in late 2011, Tom set to work on his debut novel, Nine Lives, which has since become a five-star rated Amazon UK Kindle hit. The following books in the series, The Getaway, Blackout, Silent Night, One Way, Return Fire, Green Light and Last Breath have been equally successful, garnering five-star reviews in the US, UK, France, Australia, and Canada. The Sam Archer series has sold over 77,000 books worldwide and each title is currently being adapted into audiobook format.
Tom spends most of his time back and forth between the US and the UK. He can be contacted at http://www.tom-barber.co.uk/
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Rebecca at The Book Whisperer
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Sam at Clues and Reviews
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Deanna at DeesRadReads and Reviews
Amanda at Literary Weaponry
Annie at The Misstery
Mischenko at Read Rant Rock and Roll
Laurie at Cozy Nook Books
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