#1: Direct Hit  -     By: Mike Hollow
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Lion Fiction
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1782641270
ISBN-13: 9781782641278
Series: Blitz Detective

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  1. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    WWII London, Gripping Police Procedural Mystey
    July 31, 2015
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Mike Hollow in his new book, Direct Hit Book One in The Blitz Detective series published by Monarch Books introduces us to Detective Inspector John Jago.

    From the back cover: The jagged blast of high explosives rips through the evening air. In the sky over East London the searchlights criss-cross in search of the enemy.

    On the first night of the Blitz, a corpse is discovered in a van in the back streets of West Ham. Detective Inspector John Jago recognizes the dead man as local Justice of the Peace Charles Villiers. But then a German bomb obliterates all evidence.

    Villiers, not a popular man, was both powerful and feared. As the sirens wail, the detective must start matching motive to opportunity and it doesnt help when his boss foists an intrusive American journalist on him.

    Jago soon discovers the dead man held many secrets, some reaching back to World War I. A lot of people wished Villiers dead and an air raid is a good time to conceal a murder.

    History and mystery are a perfect combination to really get the blood going. World War II and the bombing raids on London called The Blitz, (which is why Jago is The Blitz Detective). During one of the raids Jago and his partner find a body which they recognize. However the entire crime scene is destroyed by falling bombs. The victim was not a well-liked individual and the list of suspects grows. Now Jago has to go through the possible suspects with all their motives to figure out which one of them did it. Direct Hit is a very exciting book that will keep you engrossed in the characters as well as life in England in 1940. I think Mike Hollow is an extremely talented writer who really knows how to tell a story that will grab you and keep you flipping pages until you find out who did it. I am already looking forward to the next book.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Monarch Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. North Carolina
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Amidst war and social unrest, life goes on
    July 30, 2015
    Vera
    North Carolina
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is not a fast paced action novel. The style is a bit plodding and yet very readable and one that makes the reader want to read on. The way the story is written, characters drawn and fleshed out, and the setting of London during the Blitz all lend authenticity and readability to Direct Hit.

    Students of World War II history will recognize the Blitz as a major event in Hitler's war on Europe and England. London is a city beset with the life-toll of shortages, air raid sirens blasting, fear brought about by their involvement in WWII. Also running through society at this time is the strong under-current of brooding and breeding communism.

    Amidst war and social unrest, life goes on for Detective Inspector Jago who is embroiled in finding who murdered Mr.Villers. During his investigation he uncovers a variety of criminal situations.

    As a reader that enjoys historical fiction, it was a good read to see how Mike Hollow described London during these treacherous days. This story only covers a short period, but each day is eons long as the clock of war charts their course.

    DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by Kregel Publishing to facilitate this review. Opinions herein are mine alone. I received no compensation for this review.
  3. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Look Forward to the next book
    July 27, 2015
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Inspector John Jago is in his forties and has been in his current occupation for a little more than twenty years. He has a new partner that he is training, young Peter Cradock. The year is 1940 and the war with Germany has accelerated. The beginning of the bombing campaign enacted on London takes place in this story. During one of the bombing raids, the inspector and his protg are called to the scene of a murder. They find identification on the body, but while waiting for the police surgeon to arrive at the scene, another bomb is launched landing directly on the crime scene, obliterating any evidence including the dead body!

    As the inspector and his partner investigate the crime, asking questions of those who knew the victim, they uncover other criminal activities. The road to justice for the victim is full of twists and turns and plenty of deception. Another murder is committed by one of their prime suspects in the first murder, so they must rethink their line of inquiry. Of course, there is much more going on than meets the eye with many more questions than answers. Inspector Jago has much experience and advice to impart to detective Cradock, who views things a bit more simply the Jago. Is Cradock nave or is Jago just too cynical? However, the two work well together, complementing each other while investigating crime.

    I so enjoyed this new entry into the world of British mysteries! The writing was detailed and the plot interesting. I enjoyed the setting of London at the beginning of WWII. The main character of Inspector Jago is haunted by his past experience of fighting in WWI. His memories dont hinder his work, but they are ever present in his mind as he experiences the blitz of German bomber planes shelling London repeatedly. His belief or unbelief in God is briefly discussed in this story and maybe this theme will be developed more in future writings. Im a fan of British mysteries and this is one I definitely recommend. I cant wait for the next book!
  4. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A good historical mystery
    July 26, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I like a good detective story and a historical novel, if it is written well. This one is.

    The time is 1940 and the place is London. It is the first night of the Blitz. A man is found dead in his cvan with the suspicion of murder. Detective Inspector Jago is called to the scene. Just as he and his assistant make their observations, the sirens blow. Jago has enough time to recognize the dead man before the policemen head to safety. When the bombing is over and they return to the scene of the crime, all that remains is a huge crater.

    That's the beginning of this good detective novel set in WW II London. The historical aspect of the novel is superbly done. We get great descriptions of the city and the bombings. We also get an idea of the atmosphere at the time. There were those who would pay good money to have their call-up papers lost so they would not have to go to war. There were others who were embracing the ideas of Marx, unhappy with the class distinctions. I can tell the author has done a great deal of background research.

    The detective story itself is good. The characters are well presented. I liked Jago. He is my kind of guy. When young, he spent hours in the local public library, plugging some of the gaps in his education. The older he got, he says, the more gaps he found. Isn't that why we read?

    As a side story, Jago is asked to help an American reporter. To his surprise, it is a woman. I really liked the interaction between the two. It was fun to have a little humor at times in their relationship. For example, when a fellow policeman remarked that the reporter was a confident lady, Jago comments, She's American, that's all. I think they breed them more confident over there. (201)

    The novel has a good mystery, the historical aspect is well done, and the characters are great. I recommend this novel to those who like British historical mysteries.

    Food for thought: Jago, reflecting on the men he saw killed in WW I, says, Now it feels like my duty to take each day as a gift and not to leave to tomorrow what I can do today. (216)

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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