JOFFE BOOKS – 1st in series Blog Event #6 #TeamJoffeBooks #bookreview #thomasbladen #standpoint @DerekWriteLines @joffebooks

In the spotlight on my Joffe Books 1st in series Blog Event today is the Thomas Bladen series by Derek Thompson. The first book in this series is STANDPOINT in which we first meet Thomas, Karl and other complex characters in the beginning of what is proving to be a brilliantly gripping and fast moving series.

STANDPOINT a gripping, action-packed espionage thriller by [THOMPSON, DEREK]

STANDPOINT (Thomas Bladen #1) by Derek Thompson

Available from Amazon

Do you love gripping espionage thrillers full of great twists and plenty of action?

Meet Thomas Bladen. Smart, sardonic, and in mortal danger.

The woman he’s always loved is threatened . . .

Thomas Bladen works in surveillance for a shadowy unit of the British government. During a routine operation, he sees a shooting which will expose a world of corruption and lies.

When his on-again, off-again girlfriend Miranda is drawn into the conspiracy, Thomas must decide who he can trust to help him save her life.

In a thrilling conclusion, Bladen’s life will be on the line and everything he thought he knew will be turned upside down.

THOMAS BLADEN SERIES
Book 1: STANDPOINT
Book 2: LINE OF SIGHT
Book 3: CAUSE & EFFECT
Book 4: SHADOW STATE
Book 5: FLASHPOINT


What the readers are saying:

Oh my, this is my first book by this author,and I was surprised how I got into this without reading any others in the Thomas bladen series. It’s well laid out so you just keep turning the pages. This author certainly knows how to keep readers entertained while he is writing. I so look forward to reading more in the series. Beverley Ann

Well written and with very colorful characters. You will enjoy the dilemma that Thomas has with his love Miranda and the love hate relationship he has with his boss.  Donald R Coscia’s Reviews

Couldn’t put it down. I rearranged my whole day to read it nonstop. I can’t wait for the next one.  Gail Braunn’s Reviews

What a good mystery. I simply could not stop reading. Everything moved together very smoothly right to the end. I will be looking for more books by this author.  Kathy Gray’s Reviews


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THANK YOU very much to all the wonderful Bloggers on the Blog Tour for Phobia by Stewart Giles.  Stewart and I can’t thank you enough for your help on this tour.
Thank you 5

Linda Strong Book Reviews

It’s quite a journey watching him grow and mature from his very first day on the job to a man who has developed and honed his instinctive feelings that make him an exceptional detective.  Read more here

On the Shelf Book Reviews

Each story is split into short sharp chapter making it a quick and pacey read. I don’t often say this with a collection, I could not pick a favourite, they were all fantastic! Each story was well plotted, action packed and entertaining.  Read more here

Joanna Larum’s Reviews

If you love police procedural novels with strong characters and written with a love of the area they cover then these are the books for you. Phobia is a 5 star for me!  Read more here

Black Books Blog

This is a collection of five shorter stories all following Smith as he is a lowly DS working for the York Police and investigating different cases.  Read more here

Ginger Book Geek

Blimey oh riley this was a fantastic introduction to the dreamy sounding DS Jason Smith.  I am not usually a huge fan of short stories but I totally loved this collection.  The stories were well written and well plotted.  This collection of different short investigations/ stories were the complete package.   Read more here

Turn the Page Blog

This I think is the perfect introduction to DS Smith, as this isn’t the first book i read, II thin that it definitely builds on the character development! I would highly recommend this, especially to DS Smith Fans but also to short story lovers. Read more here

Donna’s Book Blog

I read the stories over a few nights and it was a treat for me as I learnt more about one of my favourite characters.  The stories are short but well written and they contain a lot detail.  They are as well written as the full length books so it was a real pleasure to read them!  Read more here


Phobia CoverPhobia: Five disturbing early DS Smith cases (DS Jason Smith Detective Thriller)

AN ESSENTIAL INTRODUCTION TO THE DS SMITH THRILLER SERIES.

Available from Amazon

Phobia is a series of five DS Jason Smith cases he worked on before we met him in the first book ‘Smith’. We get insights into what moulded him into the Detective Sergeant we first get a glimpse of in ‘Smith’. Smith quickly realizes that police work isn’t always cut and dry. Justice is not always black and white; there are many shades of grey in between.


My Review


Stewart Giles Author PhotoStewart Giles – Author Bio

After reading English & Drama at three different English Universities and graduating from none of them, I set off travelling and finally ended up in South Africa, where I still live. I enjoy the serene life running a boat shop on the banks of the Vaal Dam. I came up with the DS Jason Smith idea after my wife dropped a rather large speaker on my head. Whether it was intentional still remains a mystery. Smith, the first in the series was finished in September 2013 and was closely followed by Boomerang and Ladybird. Occam’s Razor, Harlequin and Phobia (a series of short stories detailing Smith’s early life) were all completed in one hazy 365 days and Selene was done and dusted a few months later.

Links

Website: www.stewartgiles.com

Twitter: @stewartgiles

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stewart.giles.33

#TeamJoffeBooks #bookreview #thomasbladen #standpoint @DerekWriteLines @joffebooks

Today I would like to share my thoughts on STANDPOINT by Derek Thompson. This is book 1 in the Thomas Bladen series and I advise that you do read this series in sequence to ensure you have the background which will add to your enjoyment of a brilliantly gripping story.

STANDPOINT a gripping, action-packed espionage thriller by [THOMPSON, DEREK]

STANDPOINT (Thomas Bladen #1) by Derek Thompson

Available from Amazon

Do you love gripping espionage thrillers full of great twists and plenty of action?

Meet Thomas Bladen. Smart, sardonic, and in mortal danger.

The woman he’s always loved is threatened . . .

Thomas Bladen works in surveillance for a shadowy unit of the British government. During a routine operation, he sees a shooting which will expose a world of corruption and lies.

When his on-again, off-again girlfriend Miranda is drawn into the conspiracy, Thomas must decide who he can trust to help him save her life.

In a thrilling conclusion, Bladen’s life will be on the line and everything he thought he knew will be turned upside down.
THOMAS BLADEN SERIES
Book 1: STANDPOINT
Book 2: LINE OF SIGHT
Book 3: CAUSE & EFFECT
Book 4: SHADOW STATE
Book 5: FLASHPOINT


My Thoughts

I read Flashpoint (which is book 5) and I realised that as much as I loved the book and it does work as stand alone I really needed to learn the background to Thomas Bladen and so this book has been on my To Read list ever since and I am so pleased I finally found time to read it.

Thomas is a complex character. He has loved, lost and is now single but has a friends with benefits relationship with Miranda (who he still loves). Karl is a mysterious character he is from a military background and has many talents but can he be trusted? Miranda comes from a very close and resourceful family and Thomas is treated as one of this tight family unit but will this save him?

The story begins as Thomas is photographing under surveillance at a customs port and he sees a few things that he wishes he hadn’t. He then ends up out of his depth and his life becomes very complicated. When Miranda gets caught up in Thomas’ mess life gets even more dangerous and complicated.

This is a fast moving book with a very complex story which involves corruption and evil. Who is the enemy? A lot of seemingly unconnected strands come together in an edge of the seat ending that has the adrenaline pumping.

I found the book to be a bit slow going for the first 30% as we got to know Thomas and Karl and the complex relationships between the characters. It is this background that I felt I had missed in Flashpoint so I was happy to slowly learn and get to know these characters and the background to a complicated story that made for absolutely gripping reading. A brilliant book very well researched and written. I now need to go and read the next book.

A very well deserved 5 stars from me 🙂


Derek+Thompson

DEREK THOMPSON

Derek Thompson grew up in London and started writing fiction in his teens. After spending a year in the US, he returned to London and subsequently moved to the West Country.
He wrote a commissioned piece for The Guardian in 2008 and entered the world of freelance writing in 2009. His short fiction has featured in both British and American anthologies, and can be found online. He has also written comedy material for live performance and radio.
His love of film noir and thrillers began with The Big Sleep, and has never left him. Much of his fiction involves death, loss or secrets. As the saying goes: write about what you know.
He writes about Thomas Bladen and his role in the Surveillance Support Unit.
Website: www.alongthewritelines.blogspot.co.uk
Twitter: @DerekWriteLines

JOFFE BOOKS – 1st in series Blog Event #6 #TeamJoffeBooks #bookreview #thomasbladen #standpoint @DerekWriteLines @joffebooks

In the spotlight on my Joffe Books 1st in series Blog Event today is the Thomas Bladen series by Derek Thompson. The first book in this series is STANDPOINT in which we first meet Thomas, Karl and other complex characters in the beginning of what is proving to be a brilliantly gripping and fast moving series.

STANDPOINT a gripping, action-packed espionage thriller by [THOMPSON, DEREK]

STANDPOINT (Thomas Bladen #1) by Derek Thompson

Available from Amazon

Do you love gripping espionage thrillers full of great twists and plenty of action?

Meet Thomas Bladen. Smart, sardonic, and in mortal danger.

The woman he’s always loved is threatened . . .

Thomas Bladen works in surveillance for a shadowy unit of the British government. During a routine operation, he sees a shooting which will expose a world of corruption and lies.

When his on-again, off-again girlfriend Miranda is drawn into the conspiracy, Thomas must decide who he can trust to help him save her life.

In a thrilling conclusion, Bladen’s life will be on the line and everything he thought he knew will be turned upside down.

THOMAS BLADEN SERIES
Book 1: STANDPOINT
Book 2: LINE OF SIGHT
Book 3: CAUSE & EFFECT
Book 4: SHADOW STATE
Book 5: FLASHPOINT


What the readers are saying:

Oh my, this is my first book by this author,and I was surprised how I got into this without reading any others in the Thomas bladen series. It’s well laid out so you just keep turning the pages. This author certainly knows how to keep readers entertained while he is writing. I so look forward to reading more in the series. Beverley Ann

Well written and with very colorful characters. You will enjoy the dilemma that Thomas has with his love Miranda and the love hate relationship he has with his boss.  Donald R Coscia’s Reviews

Couldn’t put it down. I rearranged my whole day to read it nonstop. I can’t wait for the next one.  Gail Braunn’s Reviews

What a good mystery. I simply could not stop reading. Everything moved together very smoothly right to the end. I will be looking for more books by this author.  Kathy Gray’s Reviews


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