Today I am sharing my thoughts with you all for “Dangerous Score” by Mike Bearcroft. My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot and also the Michael for my copy of the book. It is available to purchase from Amazon UK in paperback, hardback and also eBook formats.
Football hero Jason Clooney is riding high….until a date with a beautiful woman lands him in trouble with the media, and into battle with the criminal underworld.
Now against a backdrop of an uncertain professional future, Jason has to confront disturbing revelations surrounding his new girlfriend’s family. From football action on the pitch to behind the scenes plotting. To battles with a criminal gang and constant media attention, all adding to the toughest challenges he has ever faced in life, love, as a player and as a man.
Jason is the Kettering football clubs winning goal scorer, his goal causes much interest and excitement as it will lead the club onto bigger and better things. At the after game celebrations Jason meets Jess, they arrange another date but she never shows up. When he mentions her to other players all hell breaks loose and he finds he has crossed Martin, a criminal with illegal underworld dealings. But things are going to change for Jason as the club has a future many could only dream about.
This story has a mix of criminal elements, uncertain futures and football that Michael has wrapped together to create an interesting read. He has used his love of football and his background to create a story of second chances and mixed fortunes. The criminal suspense part of the story is mainly at the first third of the book but does have an underlying presence through the rest of the story. There are some surprising twists and I would have liked the criminal part of the story to have been expanded on a little more. I found that the story of Jason’s life was to then take more of a front seat. His personal life and his work for the club play a large part in the story, leading the reader on a more sport based read. It is here where Michael’s experience and knowledge come out as the ins and outs of boardroom deals, players, sponsors and media is explored, this in itself was insightful, with many references. There are a mixed cast of characters that cover a range of those you will love, like, and then there are the real nasty one and the roguish that fit the role they have been allocated.
This is an interesting read that I think will really appeal to sport fiction readers. Football based fiction is not my usual sort of read, but I found this enjoyable, interesting and engaging.
About the Author:
Ex Sheffield United Junior, former Chairman Corby Town FC Actor and stage director, former British Red Cross Regional Director.
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