Wednesday 23 February 2022

BLOG TOUR: Man Down - Mark Pepper

Matt Spiller drives a souped-up taxi, suffers from SAD, and has a troublesome past.
It’s Christmas Eve, and one of his fares is about to become extremely problematic.

Helen Spiller still loves her husband, but can no longer live with his moods.
She’s a wonderful mum, with a screw quietly working loose in her head.

Now, their eldest daughter has hooked up with a very bad boyfriend.
Spiller thinks he has the skillset to handle all these problems.
He’s dead wrong.

What did I think?

Mark Pepper stole my weekend; I simply couldn't put his new book down!  Man Down is just brilliant: gripping, gritty, funny and totally addictive.  I already know that Mark Pepper is an outstanding writer as I absolutely loved his previous novel, Veteran Avenue, and I'm delighted to report that Man Down is every bit as good.

Main character Matt Spiller makes one heck of a first impression; this is one man I won't forget in a hurry - he makes Die Hard's John McClane look sane.  The same could be said for his wife Helen; the blurb mentions a 'screw quietly working loose in her head' and just you wait to see what happens when that screw finally comes loose.  It's unforgettable!

Take a bow, Mr Pepper!  Man Down is outstanding.  I gave it so many virtual rounds of applause as the scintillating plot played out.  It's so full of thrills and spills that it had my heart beating 19 to the dozen and I had a few gasp out loud moments too.  I also loved the humour written into the book through the characters' speech - they sure don't hold anything back.

With an ingenious and highly original plot, Man Down is an unforgettable fast-paced thriller.  I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

I received a digital ARC from the publisher to read and review for the blog tour; this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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About the author:

Mark lives in Manchester with his wife of 30 years, Jeannifer, and his daughter, Jade. 
In his day job, Mark is an Intelligence Analyst for a financial regulator in Washington DC. He is a qualified secondary school drama teacher, and worked as an actor for fifteen years, having graduated from RADA in 1990. 

His first two novels, The Short Cut and Man on a Murder Cycle, were published by Hodder & Stoughton, and his third, Veteran Avenue, originally published by Urbane and now by Red Dog Press. Veteran Avenue, is mainly set in LA, and is currently being developed as a TV series by the actor Warren Brown. 

Find him on twitter @PepSixSix

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