The Journey by Conrad Jones @conradjones @BOTBSpublicity #blogtour #bookreview

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Happy Tuesday everyone! I’m delighted to be welcoming the blog tour for Conrad Jones’ The Journey to A Knight’s Reads today. I’ve got to admit, this is not one of my normal reads but something caught my literary eye.

Many thanks to the lovely Sarah Hardy of Book on the Bright Side Publicity for inviting me on the blog tour and for my e-copy of The Journey

The Blurb

One of the best books you will read this year..Outstanding!

A powerful and emotional read. The Journey is THE must-read thriller of 2019.

The gripping story of a young boy and his family, driven from their home by war and indiscriminate violence. Like millions of others, they attempt the treacherous journey across their war-torn continent, trying to reach the safety of Europe.

The truth is, Europe doesn’t want them and thousands die every month at the hands of thieves and profiteering men to whom life is cheap.

The story is fast-paced, at times funny, at times heart-breaking but it will pull you along at 100 miles an hour. It will make you think and it will make you question your perceptions.

Most of all it will make you ask if your family was in peril, what would you do?

What Did I Think?

The Journey is not my normal kind of book being a crime fiction lover but having heard excellent reviews of Mr Jones’ crime novels, a break from the norm was appealing with his standalone novel.

The story opens with a horrifying depiction of rebels taking control of an African country. It felt as real as it can get with the indiscriminate killing.  I feared for Beb’s family from the off as they were caught up in the carnage that was the Boko rebellion.

What ensued is a petrifying journey ahead of the family. The thought of the children being separated from their parents on such life changing but dangerous trek is just chilling for this mother to contemplate. Not only do the family have to beware the rebels but there are constant threats as people become desperate and other see money-making opportunities.  The Journey is an eye opening account of what escaping rebels could be like. The fear of being constantly on the run.

The Journey is an engrossing read, I read half the book in one evening and finished it off the next morning. My imagination was captivated by the story telling before me.  It may not be on the same plain as the psychological and crime thrillers that normally grab my attention but Mr Jones has written a tale with twists that chilled me right to the end.

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Who Is Conrad Jones?

Conrad Jones

Conrad Jones a 52-year-old Author, living in Holyhead, Anglesey, which I class as my home, before starting a career as a trainee manger with McDonalds Restaurants in 1989. I worked in management at McDonalds Restaurants Ltd from 1989-2002, working my way up to Business Consultant (area manager) working in the corporate and franchised departments.

In March 1993 I was managing the Restaurant in Warrington’s Bridge St when two Irish Republican Army bombs exploded directly outside the store, resulting in the death of two young boys and many casualties. Along with hundreds of other people there that day I was deeply affected by the attack, which led to a long-term interest in the motivation and mind set of criminal gangs. I began to read anything crime related that I could get my hands on.

I link this experience with the desire to write books on the subject, which came much later due to an unusual set of circumstances. Because of that experience my early novels follow the adventures of an elite counter terrorist unit, The Terrorist Task Force, and their leader, John Tankersley, or ‘Tank’ and they are the Soft Target Series, which have been described by a reviewer as ‘Reacher on steroids’.

I had no intentions of writing until 2007, when I set off on an 11-week tour of the USA. The day before I boarded the plane, Madeleine McCann disappeared and all through the holiday I followed the American news reports which had little or no information about her. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the terrible kidnap would inspire my book, The Child Taker years later. During that trip, I received news that my house had been burgled and my work van and equipment were stolen. That summer was the year when York and Tewksbury were flooded by a deluge and insurance companies were swamped with claims. They informed me that they couldn’t do anything for weeks and that returning home would be a wasted journey. Rendered unemployed on a beach in Clearwater, Florida, I decided to begin my first book, Soft Target. I have never stopped writing since. I have recently completed my 20th novel, The Journey, something that never would have happened but for that burglary and my experiences in Warrington.

As far as my favourite series ever, it has to be James Herbert’s, The Rats trilogy. The first book did for me what school books couldn’t. It fascinated me, triggered my imagination and gave me the hunger to want to read more. I waited years for the second book, The Lair, and Domain, the third book to come out and they were amazing. Domain is one of the best books I have ever read. In later years, Lee Child, especially the early books, has kept me hypnotised on my sunbed on holiday as has Michael Connelly and his Harry Bosch series.

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