Wednesday, November 25, 2015

REVIEW: Harry Starke ($25 Amazon GC Giveaway!)

Title: Harry Starke
Author: Blair Howard
Series: Harry Starke #1
Pages: 326
Date Published: 2015
Publisher: N/A
Format: Kindle
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Source: Goddess Fish Blog Tours

It's almost midnight, bitterly cold, snowing, when a beautiful young girl, Tabitha Willard, throws herself off the Walnut Street Bridge into the icy waters of the Tennessee. Harry Starke is there, on the bridge. Wrong time, wrong place? Maybe. He tries, but is unable to stop her. Thus begins a series of events and an investigation that involves a local United States congressman, a senior lady senator from Boston, a local crime boss, several very nasty individuals, sex, extortion, high finance, corruption, and three murders. Harry has to work his way through a web of deceit and corruption until finally.... Well, as always, there's a twist in the tale, several in fact.
~My Thoughts~

~Try an Excerpt!~
Now here she was in the wind and the snow, running, frightened, looking back over her shoulder, as if she thought she was being chased. Then she tripped, stumbled, almost fell. I started toward her, but as soon as she saw me, she stopped, put her hands to her mouth, looked desperately about her, then turned, ran to the rail and started to climb.

"No!" I sprinted the few yards that separated us, but I was too late. She was on the rail before I could reach her. She looked wildly around, first along Walnut and then at me... and then she jumped. I dived the last couple of yards, my arms outstretched, and I managed to grab the collar of that fancy parka with both hands. I slammed into the rail. Man was she heavy? I hung onto the fabric, hauled on it as hard as I could, but it wasn't enough. She simply threw her arms over her head, slipped out of it, and down she went. I barely heard the splash over the noise of the wind howling through the ironwork above. I leaned over the rail, looked down. Nothing, just the white caps on the river some eighty feet below. She wouldn't last more than a few minutes in those icy waters, always supposing she'd survived the fall.
~Meet Blair!~ 
Blair Howard was born and raised in England. He writes sweeping historical epics, and is the author of four historical novels, with a fifth due to be released at the end of July this year: be on the lookout for Three Days in Hell: a Novel of the American Civil War. His current novels are: Chickamauga: a Novel of the American Civil War; The Mule Soldiers: a Novel of the American Civil War; The Chase: a Novel of the American Civil War: and Comanche: a Novel of the Old West. His new book, Harry Starke, mystery novel will be available on September 4, 2015 All of Blair's books are available on Amazon as eBooks or Paperbacks.

Blair is also a travel writer and professional photographer specializing in golf travel, vacation travel, and golf course photography. His travels take him throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean playing golf, writing about his experiences, and photographing the golf courses he visits.

Blair is the author of more than 40 books and more than 4,500 magazine, newspaper, and web articles. His work has appeared in many national and international publications, including Delta's Sky Magazine, PHOTOgraphic magazine, The Mail on Sunday, The Walking Magazine, Petersen's Hunting Magazine, The Boston Herald, The Detroit Free-Press, The Anchorage Times and many more.

 Blair Howard will be awarding a Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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  1. Do you know how many books there will be to the series?

  2. Really enjoyed reading the excerpt, thank you!

  3. I really enjoyed the excerpt. I am looking forward to reading more.

  4. If you had a week to live, how would you live it?

  5. Loved the bio. Golf much? LOL.

  6. Mary Preston: The second book in the series, Two for the Money, is available on Amazon, and Book 3 is almost finished. How many more? As many as I can produce, as long as I can keep them fresh and interesting.

  7. The story sounds very intriguing.

  8. Sounds like a great book, thanks for sharing!

  9. I enjoyed the excerpt - thanks for sharing it and for the spotlight on the book.

  10. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you! Terrific cover!

  11. Enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Terrific post! Great picture of the author!

  13. I enjoyed reading the excerpt and learning about this book. I love a good mystery book and this book sounds like it fits the bill! Can't wait to read this book!