I loved reading this book, I was drawn in by the cover and plot. I couldn’t put it down, great read! Thanks for the advanced copy.
by A D
I would like to thank Troubador Publishing Limited, Matador and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read ‘Trashed’ by Norman Townsend in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
Ex-Special Forces Major Paul Stafford runs Andover Recycling which has control of five waste recycling stations. Lithuanian Ayman Runihura who’s involved in a number of illegal activities such as bringing immigrants into the UK and using the women for prostitution, drugs, bombs, weapons and murder, makes his money from the electronic waste and either wants Stafford to join them or wants him dead. Stafford enlists the help of the police to bring down Runihura and his gang and they lend him PC Lee Gibson and acting WPS Nicole Martin.
When I started reading ‘Trashed’ I thought it would be written for the male readers but how wrong I was! I became deeply engrossed in the plot which is well-written and researched making me wonder if Townsend has some prior knowledge of the Special Forces. It’s fast-paced and gripping, sometimes gruesome, but it’s kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. I thought it ended a bit abruptly but nevertheless it’s an excellent thriller, exciting and entertaining. I can thoroughly recommend it.
by Joan Clapham
As a reader from the USA I found this book very interesting and it gave me insight into the slang of the UK. I enjoyed the way that the story developed and the way that characters were used to develop that story. I hope that I will see more of this author giving me a view of the language used on the streets of the UK.
by Jonah Windham
Well done, Bruv, I didn't think you'd get it done but glad you did because it's a great read. I don't think I've ever read another book set in the recycling business but it did seem entirely plausible. A real page-turner. Can't wait to see the follow up if there is one ?
by Paul Townsend
This is a cracking first novel by Norman Townsend. Fast-paced and well-plotted, the story never flags with a steady flow of highly original and vivid action sequences leading to an explosive finale. The novel races along with finely drawn heroes and some seriously nasty villains. Norman has shrewdly left a few hooks and loose ends to carry the story forward to a second novel. It would not surprise me if 'Trashed' was to be picked up for a TV series.
by Jeremy Lucas
Born and bred in Oxford. Moved to Andover some 35 years ago. Tempted to write memoirs of my days in the waste tips...... Maybe one day.