#BookReview of Without Rules by Andrew Field #WithoutRules @AFwithoutrules @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtour

Posted October 16, 2018 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 4 Comments

#BookReview of Without Rules by Andrew Field #WithoutRules @AFwithoutrules @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtour

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Without Rules by Andrew Field
Published by Boomslang on October 15, 2018
Genres: Fiction
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When a professional hitman turns up at Candy’s World to hide, China Mackie discovers her plan to flee from her abusive father has tragically backfired. A gruesome bloodbath has left four people dead on the streets of a northern city centre on a cold wet Sunday morning. China knows she’s next to die. Unless she is more ruthless than everyone else. She must improvise fast. Seduce her father’s assassin. Plead her case so he helps her escape in a fight to the death where rules don’t matter but the consequences do.

Going to start off by saying if you are easily offended or easily uncomfortable then this book may not be for you. However, if you want to live dangerously….well hello to you! 

So helping to close the tour today on this awesome book Without rules, and one thing i learned there are NO rules! 

I need a different analogy than a rollercoaster, so this book is like getting in a life with no breaks! You just do not know what is going to happen next and if it will stop. (All in a good way). 

I have been really excited about this book and what it entails when I saw two words professional and hitman in the blurb! I knew I was on to a winner and I was not disappointed. 

The writing is exquisite as you are drawn into the pages so you are going to need to set time aside for this book, and you will need to concentrate. From the opening pages, the ride does not relent and I couldn’t let the book go.

You have a fair few characters to get your head around, but I loved having loads of people thrown at me (Not like that and not literally!). I was excited to see who was going to do what and when. And China, well, I was sold on her, she is feisty and boy does she love a few choice words, what is not to love! 

The writing is blunt and no words get minced at all, the scenes are graphic and there are a few events that some people might not enjoy (Hence the content warning).  So, maybe I am perverse but everything in the book fitted in with the context, yes it was uncomfortable to read don’t get me wrong, but we did see some reasons to why even if they weren’t logical or right!

This is one thing I love about blog tours, you find authors you might not necessarily have discovered on your own, and I have found an author I am not letting out of my sights that is for sure. I look forward to what is coming up next!

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*Thank you so much to Emma at DampPebbles and the author Andrew Field for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review*

About Andrew Field

Andrew Field has spent most of his working life as a PR and marketing consultant helping raise the profiles of others. Now the roles are reversed as he steps into the spotlight as the author of Without Rules, a crime thriller about vulnerable people forced to do bad things to escape evil people. “Authors, by the nature of what they do, are relatively introverted. They work in isolation. Inhabit imaginary worlds of their own creation. They can spend ages staring at a computer screen bringing their characters to life. Then they have to become a different person to promote their work and market themselves. Writing is the easy part compared to the marketing, especially when crime fiction has become a very crowded marketplace.”

“From my point of view, professional PR people operate best from behind the scenes. They should never become the story otherwise you’re deflecting attention away from the messages you’re trying to communicate,” says Andrew. “The New Labour experiment, for example, was doomed the minute Tony Blair’s media guru Alistair Campbell generated his own headlines. Bragged about ‘spin’. Believed his own hype. Ditto Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci’s 10-day tenure as the shortest-serving White House communications director in history – and his “off the record” expletive-ridden rant about his colleagues in Donald Trump’s White House.”

As a PR, Andrew memorably handled Boddingtons Bitter during its “Cream of Manchester” heyday, developing innovative sports and cultural media partnerships with newspapers and TV stations for the beer brand – but also PR’d a fashion entrepreneur who was a convicted armed bank robber and a property developer who did eighteen months prison time for blackmail. “Having a diverse range of clients keeps it interesting. They are all different but the core requirement is to be seen as a believable and trusted information source ready to take advantage of PR opportunities as and when they arise. As a novelist, you look to do exactly the same with your work and yourself.”

“The catalyst for Without Rules was a friend testifying against her father in an abuse case. Although the prosecution was successful, she can never really escape the consequences of what happened to her. She has to find a way of coping for the rest of her life while he was sentenced to two and half years.”

Andrew says crime fiction has a duty to try and educate and as well as entertain. “The memorable books are the ones you’re still thinking about 48-hours after you finished reading.”

Andrew lives, works and plays in Manchester, England, Europe, with his partner, Catherine. He has been a trade journalist in Southampton in his youth. He owned a PR agency in the nineties and early noughties and is now an independent PR, marketing and publishing

consultant looking forward to the challenge of becoming the story with the publication of Without Rules.

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:



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