Till Morning is Nigh by Rob Parker #BookReview #CrimeThriller #Series @robparkerauthor @lume_books #onceuponatimebookblog

Today I am reviewing Till Morning is Nigh by Rob Parker. This was released on the 14th of December 2020, published by Lume Books.

Book Blurb

Dragged half dead from a river, Ben Bracken, fugitive ex-soldier, is in a bad way.

But, too valuable to discard and too dangerous to set free, an old friend offers him a choice: abandon his identity and become a desk-bound advisor to the National Crime Agency, or go back to the prison he broke out of – a place where he is extremely unpopular.

Bracken is forced to accept – and he’s becoming a different man.

But all this changes when, days before Christmas, an undercover narcotics officer is murdered in horrific circumstances, and only Bracken has the inside track on the key suspect. Throwing himself into the fray, Bracken finds himself in a very present-day ideological conflict, uncovering a plot which has huge implications for both Manchester’s political, socio-economic landscape, and the nation at large – coming to an explosive conclusion amidst the twinkling fairy lights and frost-tipped boughs of Christmas Eve…

Step aside Jack Reacher, Ben Bracken is back and he is better than ever! Since being introduced to Ben in The Penny Black last year, I was eagerly and impatiently awaiting the next installment. I am happy to report that, Till Morning is Nigh was worth the wait and I was not disappointed. It is gripping, intense and is filled with so much action, it moves along quicker than Lewis Hamilton in a formula one race! Unfortunately though, I have yet to go back and read the first two installments, but if they are anything like the 3rd and 4th books, I am definitely missing out! I have now purchased these, so I do hope to rectify this mishap on my part ASAP.

When we last left off with Ben, things weren’t looking so great for him, but in true Ben Bracken form, nothing can keep him down for long. Faced with two options, either to change his identity, or return to the prison that he escaped from, Ben has no choice but to become someone else and he accepts a position as an advisor to the National Crime Agency. It isn’t long though before he is back in the thick of it when an undercover narcotics officer is murdered. This is when Ben is called upon for his help to solve the crime that takes him back to the epicenter of Manchester’s criminal underworld and where the story then really takes off!

It was so good to catch up with Ben again and I really enjoyed how this time around we see a more vulnerable side to him when he is faced with the unthinkable. I still enjoyed his edginess though which he doesn’t lose in this story and this just adds to his appeal. He is imperfectly perfect and as the lead of an action series, he is one of the best male characters that I have come across. I also enjoyed seeing him working as part of a team this time which is something new for him. For the other characters in the story, Rob has created a mix of likable and unlikeable ones that balance things out and each one plays the role that they have been given extremely well.

What I love most about Rob’s writing is how effortless it is. Everything flows as it should, which makes for an easier and more enjoyable read. There is nothing worse than when as a reader you just want to be immersed in the story, but the author makes it too complicated and hard to follow along. Not a problem here, Rob makes everything so clear and easy to follow the strands of the story. Being only the second book I have read from him, I am impressed with how he manages to build the tension and suspense while keeping you on the edge of your seat wondering how it is all going to come together.

Till Morning is Nigh is a great addition to the series and one that will have you hooked and held captive until the end. A tightly woven gripping plot set against the backdrop of the festive season and great characters that are all brought to life perfectly through flawless writing, this book has it all and I can’t wait to see what Rob has in store for my favourite leading man next! It was an absolute pleasure to be able to read and review Till Morning is Nigh, which I highly recommend.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.

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