Do you hear the call?
Wild & Wise.
Your inner voice.
She is there
Do you hear the call?
Do you hear the call?
Wild & Wise.
Your inner voice.
She is there
Title: The Hitman and the Thief
Author: Richard Dee
Published: 1. September 2020
Part of a series: No
( Bee’s Rating System: 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝 This is an extraordinary read;
🐝🐝🐝🐝 I love it; 🐝🐝🐝 It was ok; 🐝🐝 There were a lot of problems; 🐝 I could not read it)
In one sentence: An exciting journey through a crazy world but not quite my thing
From the blurb of “The Hitman and the Thief”:
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?
My Review: You probably should not take on a book review just when you start chemotherapy. It’s a long journey to health, and the chemicals bugger more with your mind than you anticipate. Well, at least I didn’t expect mind fog on a big scale.
On the other hand, it is such a wonderful thing to escape your exhausting reality into a faraway world where two strong females fight for supremacy over their planets. Struck between are Dan the hitman & Lydia the thief. Not by choice, of course, which gives their interactions so often enticing tensions while figuring out how to finish their job.
These tensions kept me reading even though I could not entirely sympathise with either character. They are well-drawn but aren’t the sort of character’s I love to follow. Too business-like and sleek, I guess. They kept my interest well enough because I really wanted to know if they’ll be a couple or if Dan stays with Hesta Fliss’s right-hand woman. Sorry, for this romantic streak.
Richard Dee is brilliant in his world-building and bringing in a technical reality that makes you feel like you are right there. You can smell the fumes and feel the cold wind blow over an industrial planet lead like a dictatorship. However, I enjoy reading about the psychological development of characters.
Where do they come from? Why do they act the way they do? And while “The Hitman and the Thief” tells enough about the character’s pasts I couldn’t quite feel their realities. I feel though that is simply a question of preference.
The fast-paste twists and turns in this story are exciting and make you want to read all night long. The characters carry the story wonderfully, and I really didn’t expect the end. So, all in all, it was a good reading experience but just not quite my thing.
If you like to read sci-fi brimming with action and worlds that make you want to go and explore then this book is for you. Richard Dee has written many books, and I am going to explore more of his work once I feel better.
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.
Author Bio –
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.
Social Media Links –
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.
This review is part of a book tour by Rachel’s Random Resources. Please check her page out for new books, author promotion- and review-opportunities.
Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end.
I appreciate your presence.
Please stay safe, stay kind and remember
that you rock!
Like the industries
This cancer-chemo-thing sucks at times. Sorry for my language. 😧
Spent this week organising appointments. That’s something I don’t enjoy at the best of times. Now… seems to take out everything of me. 🤯
However, I manage to do it now and not procrastinate for weeks… Looks like it teaches you stuff too. 👍
But I still need to learn to accept my limits. That doesn’t come easy… 🧐
Happy Friday, folks! I hope you can rock life and find happiness in unexpected places 🙋♀️🐝
This cold grabs my heart
Silently sadness creeps in
Hear the cockerel Call
You can still challenge yourself with this prompt and find a mention of your blog and post next Tuesday on this blog.
And another way to travel while we can’t 🙂
I posted this book review for the first time in 2012. The book is a wonderful introduction to India and even though we do not want to go anymore I would read this book time and time again:
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Sanjeev Bhaskar known from the hilarious sitcom “The Kumars at No 42″ travelled to India and let us take part with his personal and funny way of telling about it. The pictures are beautiful and many of his encounters with the people of India as well as Pakistan are really touching.
He remembers his visits to India as a child when he met his extended family both on fathers and mothers side but also tries to find out more about the events in 1947 when India and Pakistan were created and which impacted his family greatly. He tells us about the millions of people who had to leave places they have lived all of their lives and had to experience a lot of violence due to the political insecurities. He also gives us an insight into Indian culture, modern India as well as giving a lively image of the places he visited. “India with Sanjeev Bhaskar” is a book I would love to own
Sanjeev Bhaskar, der in Grossbritannien von der Serie “Die Kumars von Nummer 42” bekannt ist, reiste nach Indien und laesst uns daran teilhaben durch seine sehr persoenlichen und lustigen Erzaelungen. Die Bilder sind wunderschoen und seine Begegnungen mit den Menschen von Indien wie auch Pakistan sind sehr beruehrend. Er erinnert sich an seine Reisen nach Indien als Kind, als er seinen weiteren Familienkreis sowohl vom Vater als auch der Mutter besuchte. Er versucht mehr ueber die Ereignisse in Indien 1947, als Indien und Pakistan getrennt wurden, heraus zu finden.
Er erzaehlt von den Menschenmassen, die ihre Heimat verlassen mussten, in der sie ihr ganzes Leben verbrachten haben und die Gewalt erfahren haben, die durch die unsichere politische Lage hervorgerufen wurde. Er gibt uns auch einen Einblick in die indische Kultur, das “neue” Indien und zeichnet ein lebendiges Bild von den Plaetzen, die er besucht hat. Dies ist ein Buch das ich gerne besitzen wuerde!
There have been many exciting blog events on WordPress over the years. Some are still going. Some had to go. This one I really miss:
Sometimes it is quite disturbing to be bi-lingual ;-). Today I was looking for a quote from one of my favourite poets: Erich Fried. I went on Goodreads, which usually has a vast collection of quotes and I chose one which I really like:
wie das Wort eigenartig
es fast als fremdartig hinstellt
eine eigene Art zu haben.”
― Erich Fried
Well, you probably realised it directly: it is in German. I didn’t. Must still be my mother tongue then :-).
Ok, some words about Erich Fried just in case you don’t know him. He was an Austrian poet who lived most of his life in the UK. He is in English speaking countries mainly known for his marvellous love poems, e.g. my favourite “Es ist was es ist/It is what it is“. In German-speaking countries, he is more known for his political poetry and especially for his peace work.
This is quite ironic as his last name “Fried” is a short form for the German word for peace: “Frieden”. “Fried” would have been used for “peace” in the dialect I grew up with.
His translations of Shakespeare are just beautiful. I can appreciate this even more now that I live in Great Britain. And yes: He became even more important for me when I realised that he chose the same country to settle in than me even though due to much darker reasons.
But back to his quote, which is a little difficult to translate because the whole thing is a wordplay that does not really work in English.
how the word odd
makes it look nearly strange
to have your own way”
this is how you would translate it the right way, but if you translate it literally it sounds like this:
how the word ownway
makes it look nearly strangeway
to have your own way.”
Well, maybe that does not make it any more transparent, but maybe it makes you laugh a little. The point is though that writers are often seen as strange because they do their own thing and have their own way in how to shape their lives. This quote reminded me that even though it might look odd or strange to other people my way of living and of creating my life is necessary to be able to create art.
I hope this motivates you a little more to do things your way and maybe it also motivates you to play a little with words and create some “ownways” and “strangeways” 🙂
This post takes part in Colleen’s motivational “Writer’s Quote Wednesday“. Please head over and find some more inspiration!
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Hello, out there all you lovely people. I hope you are having a bearable day despite everything. Or even a great day? That would be wonderful. Today I am sharing another poem. I wrote it in June 2015, thinking about the children of my husband. My path in life did not include bearing children. However, to me, all children deserve my care and my protection as much as it is in my ability.
I was lucky enough that my step-children accepted me from the beginning. They are now wonderful young people who start to go their own way which is sometimes a hard thing to accept. More so for my husband, I guess.
I so often think of my grandmother, who said that to her all of her children and grandchildren were still young children. It was hard for her to see us as grown-ups. And I now understand how she felt.
This is not my best poem, I admit. Not all can be. But it expresses well, how I feel and how important they are to us.
You’re not mine
Not from my womb
Not from my blood
I love you
No matter what
The pain you feel hurts me.
The joy you feel pleases me.
I am a keeper of your soul
A guide for just
A little while.
Then I must let you go
Your own way.
And I know
All will be well
No matter what
I love you
You are not mine
Happy Saturday to all of you despite everything!