Nick Louth: Bite (Blog Tour Review)

After graduating from the London School of Economics in 1979, Nick Louth was City Editor of Prestel CitiService before joining Reuters in 1987.

During 12 years working for Reuters, Nick Louth worked in New York, Amsterdam, London and Hong Kong. His articles have appeared in many of the world’s major newspapers, from USA Today to the Wall Street Journal. He has interviewed some of the world’s most powerful executives, from Microsoft’s Bill Gates to Jack Welch of General Electric, and he has appeared on Reuters Television, BBC Radio 4 and BBC World Service.

Freelance since 1998, Nick has written for the Financial Times, Investors Chronicle, and MSN. Multiply Your Money, Nick Louth’s UK savings and investment guide was published by McGraw Hill in November 2001, the three volumes of the Bernard Jones Diaries in 2007/8 by Harriman House, and a best-selling thriller, Bite, in 2007. His Investor’s Chronicle Piece ‘Making Sense of Chaos’ was the 2013 article of the year for the UK Chartered Financial Analysts society..

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Book Description

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Tomorrow should be the greatest day of Erica Stroud-Jones’s life. In just 24 hours this brilliant young scientist will present her secret work to a conference in Amsterdam – research that promises to revolutionise the battle against a deadly tropical disease. Millions of lives could be saved; a Nobel Prize beckons.

Arriving to watch her are sceptics and rivals, admirers and enemies. Erica’s own eyes will be on sculptor Max Carver, her American new love to whom she will dedicate her achievement.

Tomorrow never comes.

Erica vanishes during the night. Max, desperate, terrified, sets out to find her, descending into an underworld full of malice and cunning. But even he is shocked by the dark terror he finds in the heart of the woman he loves.

Review

Its always nice to be involved in an authors blog tour. It helps though if the book has been fun, and in this case it was…. fun in that it left me with the itch you get from books about insects, the scratch of the bite, the paranoia from the potential for illness. It reminded me a little of Robin Cooks Outbreak, it gave that same paranoid feeling. But the book then has another surprising edge, a criminal tale, a war zone, a tale of revenge and a tale of love twisted by time and circumstance.  I’ve not read anything by this author before but have to admit to being very surprised by how much he packed into what on first glance appeared a simplistic thriller.

The timeslip element keeps the reader on tenterhooks throughout, pulling you along from one scene to the next, constantly wanting to jump forward or back in time. The characters are well drawn, there are no super heroes here, Max our main character barely escapes a scene without injury, and despite the billing Erica only really exists in the past, the female in the present has just as many skeletons in her closet, and Nick Louth teases them out like a pro.

This thriller is more than a poolside make weight, its deserves some reading. (in fact i wouldn’t read it anywhere you need to wear mossie spray)

Recommended

(Parm)

 

Series
Bernard Jones diaries
1. The Funny Money (2007)
2. Bernard Jones and the Temple of Mammon (2007)
3. Dunces with Wolves (2008)
Novels
Bite: The Most Gripping Thriller You Will Ever Read (2007)
Heartbreaker: Love, secrets and terror (2014)
Non fiction
Multiply Your Money: The Easy Guide to Savings and Investments (2001)
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