Today I am joining the blog tour for the sci-fi novel The Hitman & The Thief by Richard Dee. Many thanks to Richard for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of the tour.
Assassination can be a messy business, especially if you’re having a bad day.
Dan Jones is the ultimate problem solver, the hitman for crime boss Fliss Bauer.
Fliss has a rival, Kalindra Dallin. She runs a particularly unpleasant planet. Dan is told to arrange her demise. It’s just another job; until a random event means that it all goes horribly wrong.
To save his skin, Dan is forced to try again, only this time he has to work with a partner. He doesn’t want to but it’s the only chance he’s going to get; if he wants to put things right.
Can the hitman and the thief get the job done, more importantly, can they keep each other alive?
Beta Readers comments,
“Richard’s latest book, The Hitman and the Thief, takes the reader on a twisting journey through different worlds. The action moves swiftly, with unexpected twists and turns. As usual, Richard’s excellent technical knowledge conveys a gritty reality with ease. This is a fun read, hard to put down and I sure hope there is a sequel in the making.”
The Hitman and the Thief is a gripping read that is part sci-fi and part espionage thriller. The story is told in an almost emotionless fashion which, whilst not entirely to my personal taste, felt consistent with Dan having been a soldier and an assassin, and tied in with the analytical way in which he approached his missions.
Richard Dee treads a very fine line between fascinating world building and mind-boggling info dump, but fortunately more often than not comes down just on the side of the world building that I love so much in fantasy and sci-fi. I loved the idea of being able to travel to different planets almost as easily as we travel to foreign countries now, and I would be interested to explore some of these planets further in future books.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Richard Dee is from Brixham in Devon. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then he went to sea and travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986.
He has also worked as an Insurance Surveyor, Lockmaster, Harbourmaster and Ships Pilot, taking over 3,500 vessels up and down the Thames, passing through the estuary, the Thames Barrier and Tower Bridge.
Since the publication of his first Science Fiction novel, Freefall, in 2013, Richard has written another twelve novels, a textbook and a selection of short stories. He has been featured in several anthologies, including 1066 Turned Upside Down and Tales from Deepest Darkest Devon.
He writes Science Fiction and Steampunk adventures and also chronicles the exploits of reluctant amateur detective Andorra Pett.
Richard is married with three adult children and three grandchildren.
If you’d like to know more about my writing, my website is richarddeescifi.co.uk. Head over there to see what I get up to, click the FREE STUFF tab or the My Novels and Short Stories tab to get all the details about my work and pick up a free short story. Why not join my newsletter and get a free short story, unavailable anywhere else.
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