I have been eagerly waiting to share my thoughts on “The Wait For Shadows” the 2nd book in The Shadows Series, by Karl Holton. Published by Thuja it is available to purchase in paperback and eBook format from Amazon UK ~ Amazon US
An assassin wants revenge but doesn’t know who to kill.
A drug dealer wants revenge without the muscle to kill.
a ‘wild beast’ can help them both.
Can anybody stop it?
The last six days in ‘The Weight of Shadows’ were just the beginning.
Danny Benedict and the whole team must get ready — it’s day seven.
The second book in the ‘Shadows Series’.
Every morning you can watch the sunbeams glitter,
certain you no longer need to wait for shadows.
I have been looking forward to reading this 2nd book in the Shadows Series. Would Karl keep up the fast paced, explosive read I had experienced in The Weight of Shadows ? Well I read this book in one sitting ! So yes it did live up to my expectations as I was once again transported into the murky double-crossing underworld of the secret services, the underhand dealing of gangs, the high-end criminals in organised international crime and all the fall out, action and adventure that goes with it.
I loved the way Karl has, at the beginning of this book included a list of the main characters giving a brief description of their role, this immediately jogged my memory and the story began. We are taken into a scenario where some departments use the useful, but slightly illegal resources of a certain boss, he is one of those grey area bosses. He has been involved in illegal practices that has made him a billionaire, but his resources are the only way some people can be found. He is a rogue, but one of those good baddies. Along with Benedict, Wallace, Watkins, Paddy and Pip the story leads you into money laundering, drug dealing on an international scale.
The pacing of this book is fast, well-balanced and keeps in well with the style of the story. There are chases, ambushes, snipers and assassins that will add to a body count as the team work their way through leads, dirty cops, sneaky sly secret service agents and hedge fund management. Benedict and Wallace have a great dynamic as they work together, both brash but can see the professionalism in each other. I like this combination and look forward to more adventures with the duo.
I would recommend to readers that reading the first book in the series would be beneficial, there is mention of the previous story. Even though brief explanations are given, reading the first will give essential background. I personally don’t think you would get the same enjoyment from this one if it is read as a stand alone.
So to finish up, this is a book I would highly recommend to readers of fast paced action and adventure, with corruption, double-dealing in the murky underworld, and high-end organised international crime world. This is a great book that took me straight back to the world that I loved so much in “The Weight of Shadows”. Now then Mr. Holton, when is the next book out 🙂
About the Author:
Karl Holton’s first book, ‘The Weight of Shadows’ came out in July 2017. It is the first in a new crime thriller mystery known as the ‘Shadow Series. The second in the series ‘The Wait for Shadows’ came out in December 2017. Both are available on Amazon.
Karl previously worked in financial markets for over thirty years, before deciding that he had to write. He couldn’t leave this dream any longer.
He lives in the United Kingdom with his wife and two children.
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