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Book Extract – ‘Pigeon-Blood Red’ by Ed Duncan

‘Pigeon-Blood Red’, the first book of a trilogy, was self-published last year as an eBook and in paperback.  I have an extract for you to read, but first here’s what it’s about.

 

Book Blurb

For underworld enforcer Richard “Rico” Sanders, it seemed like an ordinary job. Retrieve his gangster boss’s priceless pigeon-blood red ruby necklace and teach the double-dealing cheat who stole it a lesson. A job like a hundred before it. But the chase quickly goes sideways and takes Rico from the mean streets of Chicago to sunny Honolulu, where the hardened hit man finds himself in uncharted territory when a couple of innocent bystanders are accidentally embroiled in the crime.

As Rico pursues his new targets, the hunter and his prey develop an unlikely respect for one another and Rico is faced with a momentous decision: follow his orders to kill the couple whose courage and character have won his admiration, or refuse and endanger the life of the woman he loves?

 

Extract

From Chapter 3

Robert sat back and felt something lodged in the crack between the cushions. He reached behind him and pulled it out. It was the pouch Litvak had entrusted to Rico. He slowly removed its contents. The snippets of conversation he’d heard now made sense. Litvak had removed this from his safe. It looked expensive. But how valuable was it? He looked up. Rico was heading back to the car. He returned the necklace to the pouch and slipped it into his sock.

When Rico opened the door, Jerry was still laughing. “You told him?” Rico asked.

Jerry cleared his throat and managed to restrain his laughter. “He said it sounded sick to him.”

“Nobody’s ever said that before,” Rico said.

His tone was a little too serious for Robert. He quickly explained, “I didn’t mean anything by it.”

“Life’s too short,” Rico said. “She has a nice body, doesn’t she?”

“I guess so,” Robert said.

“You guess?” Jerry said.

“Then, yes,” Robert said.

“She works hard to keep it that way,” Rico said. “No reason to hide it.” He turned to look at Robert. “Right?”

“No. No reason.”

Rico turned back around and gave Jerry a wink. “Glad we straightened that out.”

Robert was glad Rico was facing forward again. He couldn’t concentrate with Rico looking at him. His mind raced. Was he being a complete idiot to even consider what he was contemplating? He knew he couldn’t come up with the money he owed Litvak in two short weeks. He didn’t want to think about what Litvak would do then. But he knew what Litvak would do if he actually stole the necklace.

Then there was the whole idea of taking something that didn’t belong to him. He was a lot of things, but he wasn’t a thief—yet. But was he really a thief if he stole from an unsavory character like Litvak, a loan shark and probably worse? He convinced himself that he was not.

Still, it was a gamble. But he was a gambler.

He had time to pack and make it to the airport. If Evelyn’s plane wasn’t full…How long would he be gone? He had no idea. Nor any idea what he would do with the contents of the pouch. But now wasn’t the time to worry about it. He’d have time to think after the plane took off—assuming Rico and Jerry didn’t kill him before he got to the airport. Until now he hadn’t entertained that possibility, but suddenly he could focus on nothing else.

He stared at the bulge in his sock. It wasn’t too late to put it back where he’d found it. They’d never know. He perspired heavily. The resolve he’d felt an instant earlier had melted away, and in its place was indecision rapidly morphing into panic. He froze and as he did, the car stopped in front of the racetrack. He didn’t move.

“Get out of the car,” Jerry said without looking back. Still Robert didn’t budge. Jerry and Rico both turned around and stared at him. “Hey, you going deaf or something?” Jerry asked. “Get out of the car already.”

The decision had been made for him. They looked right at him, close enough to touch him. He couldn’t return the necklace now even if he wanted to. He could explain finding it in the back seat, but he couldn’t explain how it got in his sock.

“I’m sorry,” Robert said. “I don’t know what I was thinking.” He got out of the car and stood transfixed at it as it sped away. Robotically, he drove home and made his way to his apartment, locked the door behind him, and sank to the floor in a sitting position, his legs stretched outward and his back against the door. Staring at the ceiling like it wasn’t there and clutching his chest with both hands, he inhaled deeply and tried in vain to slow the pace of his galloping heart.

 

About Ed Duncan

Ed Duncan is a graduate of Oberlin College and Northwestern University Law School. He was a partner at a national law firm in Cleveland, Ohio for many years. He currently lives outside of Cleveland, OH and is at work on the second installment in the Pigeon-Blood Red trilogy. To learn more, go to http://eduncan.net/

Connect with Ed on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

 

‘Pigeon-Blood Red’ is available to buy from:-

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pigeon-Blood-Red-Ed-Duncan-ebook/dp/B01KYNYUAI/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1501091553&sr=1-1

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Pigeon-Blood-Red-Ed-Duncan-ebook/dp/B01KYNYUAI/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1501091454&sr=1-1

 

‘Dance with the Enemy’ by Rob Sinclair + Competition

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Earlier this year Rob Sinclair published his debut novel ‘Dance with the Enemy’.  The first in a trilogy, the second book should be published next year.

 

Book Blurb

Carl Logan was the perfect agent. A loner, with no real friends or family, he was trained to deal with any situation with cold efficiency, devoid of emotion. But Logan isn’t the man he used to be, or the asset he once was. Five months ago his life changed forever when he was captured, tortured and left for dead by Youssef Selim, one of the world’s most violent terrorists. When Selim mysteriously reappears in Paris, linked to the kidnapping of America’s Attorney General, Logan smells his chance for revenge. Pursuing his man relentlessly, oblivious to the growing trail of destruction that he leaves in his wake, Logan delves increasingly deep into the web of lies and deceit surrounding the kidnapping. Finally, he comes to learn just what it means to Dance with the Enemy.

 

Author Bio

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Rob began writing in 2009 following a promise to his wife, an avid reader, that he could pen a ‘can’t put down’ thriller.

Dance with the Enemy, the story of embattled intelligence agent Carl Logan, is Rob’s first published novel and the first in a trilogy of novels following Carl Logan.

The second novel in the series is planned for release in 2015. Rob is a qualified accountant. He has worked for a global accounting firm since graduating from The University of Nottingham in 2002, specialising in forensic fraud investigations at both national and international levels.

Originally from the North East of England, Rob has lived and worked in a number of fast paced cities, including New York, and is now settled in the West Midlands with his wife and young sons.

 

‘Dance with the Enemy is available to buy on Amazon.  Click on the links below:-

UK:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dance-Enemy-Rob-Sinclair-ebook/dp/B00KK6FJSC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407093974&sr=8-1&keywords=dance+with+the+enemy

US:

http://www.amazon.com/Dance-Enemy-Rob-Sinclair-ebook/dp/B00KK6FJSC/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1407839570&sr=8-1&keywords=dance+with+the+enemy

 

Competition

Three very lucky people have the chance to win a signed paperback copy of ‘Dance with the Enemy’.  To enter just leave a comment telling me what books you have bought or won recently.

 

Terms and Conditions

This competition is open to UK residents only.

The closing date is 11:59 p.m. on the 7th September 2014.

Winners will be notified within 7 days and their details will be passed on to Rob Sinclair who will send out your prizes.

 

Good luck! 🙂

‘The Radio’ by M. Jonathan Lee

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Jonathan Lee asked me if I was interested in reviewing his book and very kindly sent me a gift certificate so I could get myself a copy to read.  ‘The Radio’ is his debut novel and the first of a trilogy.

This story focuses on the loveable and very thoughtful George Poppleton.  A henpecked father and husband, George never fails to let his daughter Sam down when she wants to go out for the night, always babysitting his granddaughter for her.  Likewise, he is always there to make cups of tea for his wife Sheila whilst she is watching the shopping channels on TV and looking for the latest bargains.

One day whilst searching around in the loft George finds an old transistor radio which soon becomes an obsession.  George starts spending hours in the conservatory in his own little world, escaping from reality.  His wife and daughter soon start getting fed up of his radio.

As the story progresses we learn a lot about George’s life and it is more than understandable why he wants to block things out.  Little does he realise though that his wife and daughter are busy planning a wedding and things are about to get very interesting indeed.

I loved every single minute of ‘The Radio’.  Well written, the words just flowed so easily.  There were some interesting characters too.  I found this book really funny at times but also very sad.  This is a story about real people and family life and I’m sure that lots of people can relate to it.

I so can’t wait for the next novel.  If you’re looking for a new read I really recommend that you get yourself a copy of ‘The Radio’.  I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

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