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A gripping thriller, 6 Jun 2012
This review is from: SARCOPHAGUS (Kindle Edition)

The title of Tom Bryson’s excellent crime novel, Sarcophagus, only hints at the dire events to come. One thinks of a sarcophagus as a receptacle for a human corpse. In this case, it refers to the cement enclosure built around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power plant after the meltdown there in 1986. Secrets, lies and betrayals followed. So it is in this gripping thriller.

In 1985 Greg Stevens was a bomb disposal expert for the UK Royal Engineers. Wounded by an IRA sniper, he almost died. Now he’s a recently widowed businessman. Because he was born forty years ago in a village near Kiev, the UK government sends him there to evaluate a possible collaboration with Ukrainian businessmen. Greg’s father accompanies him, hoping to repair a longstanding rift with his brother, who lives there with his widowed daughter Natasha. Bryson makes clear the devastating after-affects of the Chernobyl meltdown. His description of the wasteland near the nuclear power plant is chilling. Political corruption, betrayal and a diabolical plot by Ukrainian thugs lead to a tense standoff as Greg fights to save Natasha, the woman he’s come to love. Highly recommended! — Susan Fleet, author of DIVA, a New Orleans crime thriller

 Sarcophagus by Tom Bryson, 19 April 2012

Excellent, 15 Jun 2012
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Very fast moving and exciting. Wasn’t sure until the very end what the outcome would be. Thoroughly enjoyable and recommended!

This review is from: SARCOPHAGUS (Kindle Edition)

19-Apr-2012

Tom has created another believable hero in Greg Stevens,to follow Matt Proctor from – Too Smart To Die – by the same author. The up to date plot and sub plots, of greed and power, all inter mixed with terrorism, seamlessly unfold to keep the reader gripped and the pages turning. The setting in the Ukrain is superbly descibed, as are the main characters, especially crooked oligarch Bogdan Katchenko. The ending leaves the way open for Greg Stevens to appear again, but in what role? Looking forward to Tom`s next novel.

NOVEL ‘TOO SMART TO DIE’ 
 
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REVIEW BY NICK OLDHAM, CRIME WRITER (DETECTIVE HENRY CHRISTIE NOVELS)
 
Established crime writer Nick Oldham comments:
‘Welcome to the world of DCI Matt Proctor in Tom Bryson’s first thriller, TOO SMART TO DIE. An under pressure Proctor has to deal not only with murder, but also police corruption – a discovery that leads to his ignominious suspension from the police. However, this opens new avenues for Proctor as he stumbles upon a deadly cyberworld cult that threatens Proctor and his family.Set in the real world – a superbly described West Midlands, the Black Country – very appropriate – Bryson has created a flawed and very real character in Matt Proctor whose life is a mess professionally and personally. This is a great debut from Bryson, who is one to watch out for as is, I hope, Matt Proctor, a character who I think has the legs to front a whole series of novels.’
 
 A suspenseful thriller, 3 Aug 2011
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This review is from: TOO SMART TO DIE (Matt Proctor novels) (Kindle Edition)

In Tom Bryson’s thriller, Too Smart to Die, a killer is on the loose in Birmingham, England. Detective Chief Inspector Matt Proctor investigates a particularly gruesome murder. He’s recently divorced and his 18-year-old daughter lives with him. Unbeknownst to Proctor, she and a woman friend are playing cyber-games with the killer and his creepy cyber-cult gang. In a series of suspenseful encounters, the killer threatens the lives of Proctor and his daughter. Thanks to Bryson’s deft descriptions, Birmingham’s landscape comes alive, and his portrayal of police corruption is spot on. Hopefully, the budding romance between Proctor and his alluring female assistant will come to fruition in Bryson’s next book. DCI Proctor is a complex, well-developed character that deserves a series. I look forward to the next one. – Susan Fleet, author of Diva, a New Orleans crime thriller.

REVIEW BY PEGGY PATERSON, FORMER DRAMA SCRIPT EDITOR FABER AND FABER   
 
‘…reminded me of a Raymond Chandler novel (maybe Farewell my Lovely) with its descriptions of the surrounding area.  I very much liked your main character, Matt Proctor, completely believable…the deaths were suitably horrible but I was relieved to read them without getting nightmares.  
 
I loved the portrayal of the girls, going out and getting wasted, unsuitable men & etc.  We’ve all been there when younger… Hall too is a completely believable nasty piece of work….your work is much more character based and we  have the realisation that the Nightwatchmen are not just a bunch of geeky, pathetic boys but serious about killing.  And the gaming (about which of course I know nothing) together with the brain sucking works well so that you make something incredible, credible.
 
I look forward to the next one,..
 
Too Smart To Die, 1 Aug 2011
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This review is from: TOO SMART TO DIE (Matt Proctor novels) (Kindle Edition)

I`ve read “Too Smart To Die” and found it fast paced and to the point. It`s my kind of read with plots and sub plots and a bit of conspiracy.
Having worked in B`ham for 5 years in the sixties, I watched the old part of Brum, from Stewarts and Lloyds drawing office, in the then new Lloyd House,be transformed to the new up beat thriving city it is now. Therefore I was able to follow the character Matt Proctor around the streets and especially to the old pubs around the Great Charles Street area.
Perhaps the Old and New architecture and Modern Skyline is worthy of a few more descriptive words to promote Brum in the same way as Trafalgar Square, Canary Wharf and other icons in Edinburgh, Newcastle and Liverpool do for their great cities.
Also I found myself wanting to know more about Matt Proctor, his life, career and family to date.
In all I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and particularly liked the clever way you brought the plots together, off centre of the main character Matt Proctor and let them evolve and revolve about his family.

I`m looking forward to your next book, “In It For The money”, it sounds like you have chosen an up to date subject with lots of avenues to explore.

Will baddies Romney and his poodle Carpenter reappear in the future with a score to settle? I think it goes with out saying that Azzra Mukherjee will be about for a bit yet.

Carry on writing.

REVIEW BY PETER WOOLDRIDGE, EDITOR

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