Sunday, May 10, 2015

REVIEW: The Turkish Connection

Birth of an Assassin 2:
The Turkish Connection
Rick Stone

Genre: Thriller, Crime, Historical, Assassination
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Publication date: 5.28.2015 (available for PreOrder)
Pages: 298

Recommended by: Sage's Blog Tours, Read 2 Review
Date read: 5.9.2015

Last year, I read the first book of the Birth of an Assassin series, Birth of an Assassin, for a blog tour and loved it.  So, when I received an invitation from the same blog tour coordinator, specifically saying that he requested I be part of his blog tour for book two, I couldn't possibly say no.  After reworking my schedule a little bit, I took the book on - and I am SO glad that I did.

The Turkish Connection was a great book.  From the very beginning, I was wrapped up in Mehmet's story and could not put the book down.  The things that this boy not only endured - but LIVED through - were shocking and heartbreaking, but at the same time, the adventure that he went on, and watching him become a man, were fascinating.  The prologue, which contains the story of what leads Mehmut to where he is now, is creative and, when everything comes together in the end, I have no words.  

Rik Stone has a way of writing that I love.  He makes you feel like you are right there with the characters, going through what they go through, feeling what they feel, and it makes reading the stories he creates so much more believable and so much more, for lack of a better word, thrilling.

Even though I really liked Mehmet, I think my favorite character in the story was Senturk.  He just wasn't like the other boys.  

This book was definitely better than the first one and I can't wait to see what story comes next.  A definite recommend for people who love thrillers, characters that you can really care for, and adventures that leave you unsure of where you are going until you finally get there.

About the book:
Mehmet battles to survive the murky Istanbul of 1951 on a daily basis while being forced to learn the skills of thievery and violence alongside the other street children.  Evenings come and he curls up under a stinking jetty in a waterway off the Bosporus Strait, yearning to break free from the life inflicted on him by his drunken, womanizing father, little knowing that his rotting body lies at the bottom of those same waters.
            Adulthood comes before Mehmet finds out that it wasn't fate that had taken control of his life as a boy, but a very real nemesis.  Is it too late?  Can he yet turn things around and get his life back?

About the author:
Rick Stone worked in the shipyards on a local river, spent time in the merchant navy, and then went on to work in quarries in South East England.
            The time came when he yearned for change and began studying.  He worked through the lower level stuff and went on to gain a BSc. degree in mathematics and computing.
            But he loved reading and because of it, fiction writing had always been his want.  After an early retirement, he was able to pursue the dream seriously and from that dream came his debut novel, Birth of an Assassin, the first in a series.


Rik Stone said...

I read your review Monday morning and it started my week on cloud nine. Thank you so much, Meghan, I appreciate it, Rik.

Meghan H said...

You're very welcome, Rik. Thanks for making sure I was a part of this :)

Rik Stone said...

Me again, Meghan, don't want to push my luck, but I'd be very grateful if you would put the review up on Amazon. Thank you so much, Rik.

Meghan H said...

I'd be glad to do that for you, Rik. :)