Wednesday, June 25, 2014

To The Lions Book Review

I have a really good crime/suspense book to share with you called To The Lions written by Chuck Driskell.
In Spain, former Green Beret Gage Hartline accepts a risky job inserting him into notorious Berga Prison—a place as sleazy as it is deadly. Charged with protecting the son of a wealthy mobster, Gage is pitted against rival gangs as well as corrupt government officials. He soon finds himself double-crossed by nearly everyone involved, leaving him on his own, fighting to survive. Gage has the training. Gage has the nerve. But will it be enough?

The second novel in Chuck Driskell's Gage Hartline series, To The Lions uses Driskell's trademark recipe of thrills, suspense, espionage and romance to create a memorable tale that Kirkus Reviews describes as "scorching" and "crisp with innovation".
I said earlier that this was a crime/suspense book and while that is true, it is also about Gage falling in love again after losing a woman from his past. It takes a lot for him to let go because of the way she was killed and he feels guilty for letting her die. So, allowing someone else in is a big step for him.
The center of the book is Gage's journey from the time that he was in Special Forces to now and what he does for a living. It's filled with a lot of action and while it's not very graphic or gross, you will read some of the things that these gangsters do. But, without that, the book would not give you the feeling of how intense and dangerous Gage's line of work really is.
Trying to outwit several people who are betraying him will take all of his wits and knowledge. Of course, when you let someone in, you run the risk of putting them in danger, but Justina proves to be more resilient than Gage gave her credit for.
The ending will surprise you but it will make you smile because karma really is a you know what!
Happy Reading!
About the Author:
The youngest of five children, Chuck’s initial love of fiction was borne out of a lack of money coupled with an overactive childhood imagination.  On Sunday afternoons during his childhood, Chuck’s parents would take the entire family to the public library—it was pleasurable and, best of all, free.  He credits The Shining, by Stephen King, as being the first novel he ever read.
Following high school, Chuck joined the Army after finding little inspiration (or money) for college.  He was stationed stateside at Fort Sill and as a paratrooper at Fort Bragg; but it was Chuck’s two-and-a-half years stationed in Germany that forged many of the memories that fuel his interest today.
Following his honorable discharge from the Army, Chuck endured more schooling before embarking on a career in advertising.  In 2001 he co-founded B2B Media, Inc., a company that would go on to be named the second fastest-growing company in South Carolina.
While his career was progressing nicely, an active skydiver, Chuck suffered an accident while BASE jumping from the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia.  Although he’s since recovered, the accident took away his ability to compete in numerous sports.  It was the accident, and his resulting physical limitations, that would later become the seed for his need to write.
As his career churned on, Chuck married his wife in 2003.  Fulfilled personally and professionally, something began to tug at his mind.  Before his accident he’d been able to satisfy his inner desires, first with the adrenaline of a soldier’s life, and later as a risk-taking skydiver.  When he could no longer be either, he realized something was missing.
Searching for an answer, in 2005 and at the behest of one of his closest friends, Chuck began to write.  Claiming he couldn’t write a decent sentence at the time, he started by penning his own experiences.  After moving on to short stories for a period, he eventually began to write novel-length stories in earnest.  Over time he learned to blend flawed characters with extraordinary situations, creating a hybrid of the classic spy/suspense novel.  Chuck’s passion for travel—especially in Europe—helps lend genuine background and texture to his writing.
Now, every day, Chuck awakens before the dawn and writes.  He claims his writing is at its best when his mind is a blank slate.  Plus, by writing early, he doesn’t miss time with his wife, his daughter, or his son.  They live in South Carolina. 
The author has graciously offered to give 2 winner's their choice of format of To The Lions. Open Internationally (for ebooks only) and in the U.S. for either print copies or ebooks. Good Luck Everyone!