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‘Blue Wicked’ by Alan Jones

So as not to show any spoilers I have not included a synopsis, however, if you want to find out more about the story, just click on the book image, or to read more about both book and author go here.

If you don’t really want to read any major spoilers, then you can tease yourself a little more, by reading the first few lines of the story … here.

The sun warming him up was a mixed blessing. As warmth came slowly back to his hands and feet, sensation returned with it. The torn and damaged tissue had now become inflamed and the first bacterial infection was just starting. He’d almost forgotten how bad the pain had been before, but now it returned, worse than ever. Dehydrated by the sun, the lack of water, and his failing kidneys, the tears he now shed were dry ones, and he knew that he just wanted it to end.

Ready to die, and willing to try and make that happen, he tried rocking his little raft, but after several futile attempts, soon became exhausted. He lay panting on the board and allowed himself to rage against the world, himself, God and his torturers.

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As this was an author review request, a Kindle download of, ‘Blue Wicked’, was sent to me by author Alan Jones.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog articles I may post. Any thoughts or comments will be my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by … MizB of ‘Should Be Reading’.

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

Grab your current read.

Open to a random page.

  1. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  2. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  3. Remember to share the title and author too.
  4. Head on over to ‘should be reading’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for MizB, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.

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    • Hi Sonia,

      If you could only read what came before these lines, then sad doesn’t even begin to do this teaser justice!

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

  • I agree with the comment above. What a desperate sounding teaser! Perhaps I should check out some of your other links to learn more about the book….

    I don’t have a teaser to share, because I’m poised to begin the final “Odd Thomas” novel from Dean Koontz (which was delivered to my Kindle overnight). I’m trying to get all my obligations for the day taken care of so I can begin!

    • Hi Kelly,

      Desperate is much the better adjective to use, to describe this particular scenario.

      Whilst quite gruesome and gory in places, ‘Blue Wicked’ is turning into an excellent crime thriller, with a couple of great lead characters, even though I may have to read with one eye closed from time to time!

      There seem to be at least 7 books in the ‘Odd Thomas’ series, so I wonder if you have previously read any of the later stories, if you are going to start the series from the beginning, or if you are simply treating this book as a stand alone story?

      I really don’t think I could take on another series at the moment, but I look forward to hearing what you think of ‘Odd Thomas’

    • Hi Heidi,

      Thank you for stopping by Fiction Books today, I love ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated.

      I have already read the debut novel by this author ‘The Cabinetmaker’ and although fundamentally different in style and approach, I am confident that ‘Blue Wicked’ sees a ‘coming of age’ for Alan Jones’s writing. Not only can he tell a good story and has quite a way of re-creating a realistic police investigation, he also shows some excellent relationship building skills, which makes for an all inclusive experience.

      Enjoy the rest of your week and Happy Reading 🙂

    • Hi Sandra,

      I did find one typo, which was entirely my fault, but apart from that, I didn’t think that the writing or editing was too bad. Sorry that you thought otherwise!

      If I gave a potted account of how he came to be in such a desperate position, you would probably be quite shocked, so the circumstances would be best read in context with the rest of the storyline.

      I am now almost half way through ‘Blue Wicked’ and to be truthful, there has just been one dramatic event after the other, although things may now be coming together for the investigators involved in this case.

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments.

    • Hi Mary Ann,

      After all that he has been through and given the fact that there is no hope of survival for him (you’ll have to trust me on that one!), perhaps this ending will be a happy release in a funny kind of way!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment, I appreciate it.

    • Hi Laura,

      Anything to do with water would be my worst nightmare, as I am unable to swim and am petrified of water anywhere near my face!

      As this book is set in Scotland, sharks probably wouldn’t be too much of an issue, although there is plenty of blood around!

      Also, you have assumed that his raft is a boat of some description. He is “attached” to something much more unstable than a boat, although there is no chance of him being parted from it at any time !!!! 🙂

      Thanks for the visit and comment and Happy Reading!

  • With the words ‘allowed himself to rage against the world, himself, God and his torturers’ you have me convinced that here is a book I’d like to read. Great teasers, thank you.

    ‘I’ll let you have a packet of best sparklers. But if you singe your whiskers don’t come running to me grumbling and wanting your money back.’
    – More About Paddington by Michael Bond.

    • Hi Tracy,

      This is definitely a “no holds barred” kind of book so far, which even has me cringing and skimming a few of the pages from time to time. The storyline is excellent and Alan is also doing a great job at relationship building along the way, which all in all, is making for a suspenseful and intriguing read. I can’t wait to discover the final end game!

      I had to laugh when I saw the title of the book your own teaser lines came from – talk about one extreme to the other!! Mind you, Paddington singeing his whiskers, is probably considered quite a violent and risque event in the scheme of things! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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