Thursday, 19 October 2017

Latest Review of Deadly Secrets

Super Review of Deadly Secrets by Avona Loves Genres

Reblogged from Avonna (website) Deadly Secrets Review
RATING: 5 out of 5 Stars

If you are going to start a new thriller series or you want to try a new author of thrillers, you have got to read DEADLY SECRETS (Gavin Shawlens Thriller #1) by Gordon Bickerstaff. This thriller has an eerily plausible story line, intricate plot, twists and surprises that gave me chills just thinking about how this could really happen.

Gavin Shawlens is a brilliant scientist who studies protease enzymes. He is also part of a secret British organization, The Lambeth Group that monitors universities and research scientists’ discoveries that could possibly do more harm than good.

Gavin has been offered an opportunity to test a new additive that could revolutionize the entire food industry. At first he does not believe the hype, but when he discovers the wife of one of the company owner’s is an old flame that he never got over, he agrees to their proposal. With incredible global financial implications, the stakes are high and Gavin becomes entangled in a power struggle between a global corporation, the Russians and corrupt officials at all levels of government.

I have so many feelings to share about this book. The main character of this series, Gavin Shawlens is very human. He is no James Bond. He runs away from danger to save himself to the detriment of anyone with him, usually but not always. He is brilliant, but socially awkward. I cheered for him, I yelled at him and I was embarrassed for him. The other characters are just as well written. Some are so evil, to be almost unbelievable, until you consider what money and power are doing in the real world today.

The science based plot seems quite believable. The description of the deaths by enzyme were equal parts disgusting and chilling (and might be too graphic for some). When you think you are at the end, this author twists you around and the peril continues. I love when that happens.
This is a great start to a new thriller series with a unique author’s voice and hero!

Monday, 16 October 2017

Tabula Rasa News

Tabula Rasa receives a Reader's Award from Chill with a Book

Reader's Comments

'I so enjoyed Tabula Rasa, fast moving with a very clever plot.'

'One of the best books I have read for a while.'

'Thanks to being a reader with Chill Awards I found this book. Normally I would not have read this kind of book, but I am so pleased I did. A great read that had not me so much turning the pages, but having to put my Kindle down as the tension became too much at times. Brilliant!'

'A fast paced read with a clever plot and truly engaging characters.'

'If you love thrillers you will love this book.'

'Fast paced action novel with a plot that keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next!'

'An original story of wealth, power and privilege and the covert operations.'

Sunday, 26 July 2015

About Gordon Bickerstaff

I was born and raised in Glasgow but spent my student years in Edinburgh. On summer vacations, I learned plumbing, garden maintenance, and I cut the grass in the Meadows. I also learned some biochemistry and taught it for a while before I retired to write fiction.

I do some aspects of DIY moderately well and other aspects not so well. I live with my wife in Scotland, where corrupt academics, mystery, murder and intrigue exists mostly in my mind. I enjoy walking in the hills, 60s & 70s music, reading and travel.

I have been writing fiction since I retired in 2011. Until then, I had been writing academic and teaching material and there are a couple of academic books bearing my name. Retirement has allowed me time to do more of what I’ve wanted to do since I was a child – write stories for entertainment.

I published my first novel, Deadly Secrets, with Endeavour Press in 2013. followed by Everything To Lose in 2014. At the beginning of 2015 I decided to leave Endeavour Press and publish myself as an indie. 

Then in 2015 I published The Black Fox. To celebrate going indie I had my first two books completely re-edited and refreshed.

My fourth book in the series, Toxic Minds, was published in 2016. The fifth book, Tabula Rasa (clean slate) was published in May 2017.

A FREE sample of each book is available to download.