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New On The Shelf At Fiction Books This Week

This book came to my attention following a review request email, direct from Kelsey McBride, of Book Publicity Services.

The premise of the book sounded so unique and interesting, that my imagination was piqued and I signed up there and then!

Just one small caveat however! …. The storyline is quite intense and there are no holds barred in the violence stakes! … So I am afraid that I won’t be publishing the planned excerpt from the book.

Check Out – ‘NOISE’

The world is an ugly place, and I can tell you now, I fit in just fine.

Lily is the only person Leon ever loved. When she left a suicide note and disappeared into a murky lake ten years ago, she left him alone, drifting through a silent landscape.

Or did she?

A postcard in her handwriting pulls Leon to the winter-cold concrete heart of New York City.

What he discovers unleashes a deadly rage that has no sound.

A grisly trail of clues leads to The Bear, the sadistic Russian crime lord who traffics in human flesh. The police—some corrupt, some merely compromised—are of little help. They don’t like Leon’s methods, or the mess he leaves in his wake.

Leon is deaf, but no sane person would ever call him disabled. He survived as a child on the merciless streets of Nigeria. He misses nothing. He feels no remorse. The only direction he’s ever known is forward.

He will not stop until he knows.

Where is Lily?


Image Of Author Brett Garcia roseBrett Garcia Rose is a writer, software entrepreneur, and former animal rights soldier. He is the author of two books, Noise and Losing Found Things.

His work has been published in Sunday Newsday Magazine, The Barcelona Review, Opium, Rose and Thorn, The Battered Suitcase, Fiction Attic, Paraphilia and many other literary magazines and anthologies.

His short stories have won the Fiction Attic’s Short Memoir Award (Second Place), Opium’s Bookmark Competition, The Lascaux Prize for Short Fiction, and have been nominated for the Million Writer’s Award, Best of the Net and The Pushcart Prize. Brett travels extensively, currently lives in Miami Beach, where he is working on his next novel, but calls New York City home.

Catch up with all the news at Brett’s website

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I’m a strong believer that in any good story or novel, each individual scene should be able to stand on its own merit, outside of the collective work. If it can’t, it’s probably not vital to the story. And if it’s not vital to the story, kill it. Even long, dense works of fiction are made up of the same small blocks: words, sentences, and scenes.

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … ‘Mailbox Monday’

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

Serena of ‘Savvy Verse & Wit’

Vicki of ‘I’d Rather Be At The Beach’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!


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    • Hi Laura,

      I didn’t realise just how intense this storyline was going to be, until Kelsey sent through an excerpt from the book, to accompany this post.

      I decided not to publish the excerpt, in the interests of the majority of readers, although it is interesting to note that the majority of raters and reviewers on the popular sites, are women, who have really enjoyed the book.

      Thanks for taking the time to read this week’s post, I always look forward to your comments.

  • Not my genre but I think if one enjoys it the grisly details are expected and probably enhance the experience?
    Thanks for visiting my blog, Yvonne.

    • Hi Mary,

      I shall certainly not be shying away from the grisly details or explicit language in this book, although I must admit that it was even a little more intense than I was expecting, having read the synopsis as presented above.

      I enjoy a good thriller, but I wouldn’t be reading this intensity of storyline on too regular a basis, as it would surely make for some quite depressing reading!

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week.

    • Hi Kathy,

      Yes the cover is quite intense, but I think that evokes the feelings stirred up by the story’s premise wonderfully.

      Leon has clearly formed a close connection with Lily, who may or may not be deaf herself and whilst he may have had to accept her supposed suicide, he isn’t prepared to accept her potential fate at the hands of a tyrant, who may harm her whilst keeping her alive!

      This is just too intriguing a premise to avoid reading the book because of its intense narrative, as I can imagine it being all too close to reality, in today’s sick and corrupt world!

      Thanks for the interest in the post and for taking the time to comment, I appreciate it.

  • Great cover! And though I’ve read my share of grisly books in the past, I really have to be in the right frame of mind for one. I’ll hold off judgment on this until you’ve shared your thoughts in your review.

    The additions to my Kindle this week were unplanned, but looking through my wish list, I noticed two were free for a time and two had dropped to 99 cents.

    Hill Country Greed by Patrick Kelly
    A Body at Book Club by Elizabeth Spann Craig
    The Hanging Tree by Michael Phillip Cash
    Brood X by Michael Phillip Cash

    • Hi Kelly,

      That cover art is really spooky, isn’t it, definitely makes you sit up and take notice! If I saw this one on the shelf in the bookshop, I would have to turn it over and read the synopsis out of sheer curiosity. I can only stomach so much ‘grisly’, however this story is quite short at only 236 printed pages, so I can definitely live with that!

      I would read any one of your excellent bargains this week and couldn’t really pick a favourite from amongst them. You do seem to be amongst many, who have a thing for the writing of Michael Phillip Cash, an author I have never come across before, but perhaps one I should add to my list?

      Hope that all is well with you and ‘Happy Reading’

      • His (Cash) only book I’ve read is The Flip (which I reviewed in a post last week) and while it wasn’t great literature, I found it entertaining. I may save both of these for the RIP X reading challenge next year. I’m sure I’ll get to the first two books sooner.

        • Perhaps I won’t rush to add his name to my list just yet then. I have several more authors to try first!

          I used to take part in the odd challenge or two, but just found it so time consuming trying to keep up with them, as well as having to read the books I needed to, rather than what I wanted to read at the time, that I gave up in the end.

    • Hi Tracy,

      After having watched a programme on television about the grooming of young girls in Manchester, the other night, I can quite see why people like ‘The Bear’ might be so despised and hunted by a victim’s family. Perhaps the lawless acts of retribution which seem to be depicted in this book are a little extreme, but in a society where …

      “… out of 12,879 recorded sexual offences, only 2,341 were taken to court and why, of those, just 1,078 led to convictions” and “Almost 650 children reported missing in Greater Manchester alone in 2014 so far” ….

      Who’s right and who’s wrong? This is just one City in one Country! the overall worldwide statistics must be totally astounding.

      ‘Noise’ is probably going to be quite a disturbing read, but one which I aim to get through.

    • Hi Serena,

      That very first line summed up this one for me and had me hooked straight away …

      “The world is an ugly place, and I can tell you now, I fit in just fine.”

      Maybe we just don’t want to know what ugly is really like!

      Thanks for stopping by and for continuing to help ensure the future of MM, I for one really appreciate it.

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      The design of this cover is really quite striking and clever. It really gets across the message that the main character of Leon is deaf; it illustrates that know matter how much you scream as a victim you often are not heard; and also that if someone like Leon is determined to seek revenge then he will have no need of mercy because he cannot hear your screams or pleas for forgiveness!

      I am not a total cover fiend, although I do like the cover art to reflect the storyline of the book in some way, even if I do try not judge a book by its cover!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your thoughts and comments about a post.

    • Hi Vicki,

      Every so often I am not too worried about reading a book which takes me out of my comfort zone and might be a little controversial and this is definitely one of those moments!

      I don’t know how it works in the US, but given the high levels of child grooming which seem to be attracting increasing media coverage over here and the often corrupt and inadequate responses from the police and government services involved, I am certain that there are people like Leon out there, who take matters into their own hands and mete out their own form of justice!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, even though this may not be a book for you, I really appreciate that.

    • Thanks Mary Ann, I’m sure I shall!

      I hope that you received some great new books yourself this week, I shall be stopping by to check them out.

Written by Yvonne