Blackout by Mark Dawson

Big thanks to Sophie Goodfellow for my copy of Blackout, and for the gentle reminder to read it asap! 🙂

About the book:

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An offer he couldn’t refuse. A murder he can’t remember…
John Milton’s life is about to change. The former government assassin follows a lead to Manila that he hopes will change his life. But he never expected to wake up in an unfamiliar hotel room beside a murder victim. And, unfortunately for him, Milton doesn’t remember a thing about the night before.

Thrown into a gruesome Filipino prison, he puts together the clues that led to his betrayal. With no allies and even less hope, Milton must use his wits to escape and take revenge on the men who put him there. If he doesn’t lose his life in the process…

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About the author:

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Mark Dawson worked as a lawyer and in the London film industry before writing full-time. His books have been published in multiple languages and have been downloaded more than one million times.

He is currently writing three series.

The John Milton series features a disgruntled assassin who aims to help people to make amends for the things that he has done.

The Beatrix Rose series features the headlong fight for justice of a wronged mother – who happens to be an assassin – against the six names on her Kill List. The series continues with Beatrix’s daughter, Isabella, and the Secret Service agent who has taken her in.

Soho Noir is set in the West End of London between 1940 and 1970. The first book in the series, “The Black Mile”, deals with the (real life but little known) serial killer who operated in the area during the Blitz. “The Imposter” traces the journey of a criminal family through the period; it has been compared to The Sopranos in austerity London.

Mark lives in Wiltshire, in the UK, with his family.

You can find him at http://www.markjdawson.com or http://www.facebook.com/markdawsonauthor.

You can get his Starter Library – two best-selling novels and two novellas, with hundreds of five star reviews between them – by signing up for his mailing list at:

http://www.markjdawson.com

My thoughts:

Regular readers of my blog will know that I am a big fan of series. I love nothing more than finding a character/series that I know immediately will suck me in. Blackout is one of those books. What’s worse (not really worse) is that it is book TEN in the John Milton series. So it goes without saying that I will need to buy the previous nine books because Blackout was brilliant!

John Milton gets a call to go to Manilla, and this call changes his life immeasurably. Waking up in a hotel room with a murdered woman in the bathroom is not how his trip was supposed to go. How did he get there? And why is there a dead woman in the hotel room with him?

What follows is a high-octane read. I genuinely couldn’t put the book down because I just had to know what happened. Milton ends up imprisoned in Manilla for a murder he doesn’t remember committing. Alone, in danger and unable to find a way out, he has to gamble his life to find a way out.

Blackout is such a fun read. It is reminiscent of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series. Nomadic, chaotic and full of action right from the off. The location is so perfectly described that the reader can almost feel the stifling heat and the claustrophobia of the prison. The characters are well-written, the plot is worthy of an action movie. These are my kinds of books, without a doubt.

Milton himself is a compelling character. I know that by not having read the previous 9 books, I’m at a disadvantage in terms of his full history, but Blackout can easily be read as a standalone. John is a decent guy for all intents and purposes, past history aside. I really liked how vulnerable the author made his character. Putting him in an impossible situation really showed how tenacious Milton can be. Driven to find answers, regardless of the consequences.

I don’t want to say any more, I could though. I could say loads. I am genuinely excited to find a new author and a new series to catch up on. My TBR mountain has just expanded by, at the very least, 9 books! 🙂

Mark Dawson, it is safe to say you have a new fan!

Highly recommended!

 

Blackout by Ragnar Jónasson Blog Tour

Hi everyone,

Today is my stop on the blog tour for Blackout by Ragnar Jónasson. Regular readers of my blog will know that I have a soft spot for these books, so I’m delighted to be able to share my review again as part of the tour.

About the book:

On the shores of a tranquil fjord in Northern Iceland, a man is brutally beaten to death on a bright summer’s night. As the 24-hour light of the arctic summer is transformed into darkness by an ash cloud from a recent volcanic eruption, a young reporter leaves Reykajvik to investigate on her own, unaware that an innocent person’s life hangs in the balance. Ari Thór Arason and his colleagues on the tiny police force in Siglufjörður struggle with an increasingly perplexing case, while their own serious personal problems push them to the limit. What secrets does the dead man harbour, and what is the young reporter hiding? As silent, unspoken horrors from the past threaten them all, and the darkness deepens, it’s a race against time to find the killer before someone else dies… Dark, terrifying and complex, Blackout is an exceptional, atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland’s finest crime writers.

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About the author:

Ragnar Jónasson is author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series.

His debut Snowblind, first in the Dark Iceland series, went to number one in the Amazon Kindle charts shortly after publication. The book was also a no. 1 Amazon Kindle bestseller in Australia.

Snowblind was selected by The Independent as one of the best crime novels of 2015 in the UK.

Books in the Dark Iceland series have been published in the UK, Germany, Poland and Iceland, and rights have also been sold to the USA, France and Italy.

Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he works as a writer and a lawyer. He also teaches copyright law at Reykjavik University and has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV-news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.

Ragnar is a member of the UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) and recently set up the first overseas chapter of the CWA, in Reykjavik.

He is also the co-founder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival Iceland Noir.

From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic.

Ragnar has also had short stories published internationally, including in the distinguished Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine in the US, the first stories by an Icelandic author in that magazine.

He has appeared on festival panels worldwide, and lives in Reykjavik with his wife and young daughters.

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My thoughts:

Couldn’t love Ragnar’s books any more if I tried. Let’s be honest, I’m an unapologetic fangirl for the Dark Iceland series and Blackout is no different. 😍

 

Set after Snowblind, but before Nightblind, the events of Blackout are different to anything so far.

An old fashioned whodunnit, and a lot of whydunnit makes it a very interesting read.

There is murder, intrigue, and more than a little suspense as the story unfolds piece by piece and page by page. There are many characters to follow throughout Blackout, but this book is character-rich, and with the introduction of Isrún I think the author has a wonderful addition to the series. An adept reporter, with a past coming back to haunt her makes for an excellent story running alongside the events in Blackout.

With Blackout being set in the midst of a volcanic ash cloud, this makes the atmosphere much more menacing and dark. I’ve always sung Ragnar’s praises with regards to his use of location and descriptive atmospheric passages in setting the scene for his novels, and this one is no different.

 

I read this book slower than the previous two, partly because life got in the way, but partly because I wanted to immerse myself in the cold dark wilds of Iceland and transport myself there alongside the characters. I also now want to go and re-read Snowblind and Nightblind again because my mind is still in Siglufjörður

Reading these books, catching up with Ari Thor and returning to Iceland feels like catching up with an old friend. Though the subject matter is dark, VERY dark in Blackout, it’s still comforting to get lost between the pages of a Ragnar Jónasson novel.

 

I cannot recommend these books highly enough! I loved Blackout, got thoroughly immersed in the story, and I didn’t want it to end.

All the stars. Always. 

Blackout is out in ebook now and you can purchase your copy by clicking the link below:

Blackout (Dark Iceland) by Ragnar Jónasson

 

You can read my reviews for Snowblind and Nightblind by clicking these links:

Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson

Nightblind by Ragnar Jónasson 

 

Happy reading 😊📖

Blackout by Ragnar Jónasson 

 

About the book:

On the shores of a tranquil fjord in Northern Iceland, a man is brutally beaten to death on a bright summer’s night. As the 24-hour light of the arctic summer is transformed into darkness by an ash cloud from a recent volcanic eruption, a young reporter leaves Reykajvik to investigate on her own, unaware that an innocent person’s life hangs in the balance. Ari Thór Arason and his colleagues on the tiny police force in Siglufjörður struggle with an increasingly perplexing case, while their own serious personal problems push them to the limit. What secrets does the dead man harbour, and what is the young reporter hiding? As silent, unspoken horrors from the past threaten them all, and the darkness deepens, it’s a race against time to find the killer before someone else dies… Dark, terrifying and complex, Blackout is an exceptional, atmospheric thriller from one of Iceland’s finest crime writers.


About the author:

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Ragnar Jonasson is author of the international bestselling Dark Iceland series.

His debut Snowblind, first in the Dark Iceland series, went to number one in the Amazon Kindle charts shortly after publication. The book was also a no. 1 Amazon Kindle bestseller in Australia.

Snowblind was selected by The Independent as one of the best crime novels of 2015 in the UK.

Books in the Dark Iceland series have been published in the UK, Germany, Poland and Iceland, and rights have also been sold to the USA, France and Italy.

Ragnar was born in Reykjavik, Iceland, where he works as a writer and a lawyer. He also teaches copyright law at Reykjavik University and has previously worked on radio and television, including as a TV-news reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.

Ragnar is a member of the UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) and recently set up the first overseas chapter of the CWA, in Reykjavik.

He is also the co-founder of the Reykjavik international crime writing festival Iceland Noir.

From the age of 17, Ragnar translated 14 Agatha Christie novels into Icelandic.

Ragnar has also had short stories published internationally, including in the distinguished Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine in the US, the first stories by an Icelandic author in that magazine.

He has appeared on festival panels worldwide, and lives in Reykjavik with his wife and young daughters.

 

My thoughts:

Couldn’t love Ragnar’s books any more if I tried. Let’s be honest, I’m an unapologetic fangirl for the Dark Iceland series and Blackout is no different. 😍

 

Set after Snowblind, but before Nightblind, the events of Blackout are different to anything so far.

An old fashioned whodunnit, and a lot of whydunnit makes it a very interesting read.

There is murder, intrigue, and more than a little suspense as the story unfolds piece by piece and page by page. There are many characters to follow throughout Blackout, but this book is character-rich, and with the introduction of Isrún I think the author has a wonderful addition to the series. An adept reporter, with a past coming back to haunt her makes for an excellent story running alongside the events in Blackout.

With Blackout being set in the midst of a volcanic ash cloud, this makes the atmosphere much more menacing and dark. I’ve always sung Ragnar’s praises with regards to his use of location and descriptive atmospheric passages in setting the scene for his novels, and this one is no different.

 

I read this book slower than the previous two, partly because life got in the way, but partly because I wanted to immerse myself in the cold dark wilds of Iceland and transport myself there alongside the characters. I also now want to go and re-read Snowblind and Nightblind again because my mind is still in Siglufjörður


Reading these books, catching up with Ari Thor and returning to Iceland feels like catching up with an old friend. Though the subject matter is dark, VERY dark in Blackout, it’s still comforting to get lost between the pages of a Ragnar Jónasson novel.

 

I cannot recommend these books highly enough! I loved Blackout, got thoroughly immersed in the story, and I didn’t want it to end.


All the stars. Always. 

Blackout is out in ebook now and you can purchase your copy by clicking the link below:

Blackout (Dark Iceland) by Ragnar Jónasson

 

You can read my reviews for Snowblind and Nightblind by clicking these links:

Snowblind by Ragnar Jónasson

Nightblind by Ragnar Jónasson 

 

Happy reading 😊📖