Firstly I wish to thank Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on the Blog Tour for THE PICTURE by Roger Bray
A warehouse in Japan used as an emergency shelter in the aftermath of the 2011 Tsunami. A distraught, young Japanese woman in dishevelled clothes sits on a box, holding her infant daughter. Ben, a US rescue volunteer, kneels in front of her offering comfort. They hug, the baby between them. The moment turns into an hour as the woman sobs into his shoulder; mourning the loss of her husband, her home, the life she knew. A picture is taken, capturing the moment. It becomes a symbol; of help freely given and of the hope of the survivors. The faces in the picture cannot be recognised, and that is how Ben likes it. No celebrity, thanks not required.
But others believe that being identified as the person in the picture is their path to fame and fortune. Ben stands, unknowingly, in their way, but nothing a contract killing cannot fix.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Oh just wow! This is in my top three reads for this year. It is so very powerful. It captures the very best of man and the very worst. It is sensitive and brutal. It was for me perfection!
I don’t think that I have ever read a book before where I can remember every single person in it or should I say that I will never forget. The story centres round a picture, not just any picture but one that caught a moment in time, after a terrible disaster that claimed thousands of lives. The picture of a rescue worker comforting a young mother cradling her dead baby. Their faces couldn’t be seen but the lighting was perfect and the shot that made, ‘The Picture’ that would go global was captured.
The story is all about the rights to who owns the picture and making sure that the rescue worker never comes forward and says, ‘hey that was me in that shot’ because years after it was taken a rising star makes a snap decision that he can’t go back on and things snowball out of hand making it impossible to correct. He wants to boost his ratings and come out the good guy, he is anything but. The story takes on a very dark side and boy there I go again with the tissues!
The book is broken down into four sections where I found out how Ben met all the people who are special to him in the story, from his Harley biker buddy Paul, to his newly get to know grown up daughter, to the lady that falls for this ‘gentleman’ in every form of the word and of course to the young woman in ‘The Picture’.
This is a layered story where the good guys don’t know that the bad guys are coming after them and OMG I don’t think that I have ever felt so darn helpless. Roger Bray the author had made me care for these people and I was entering an emotional melt down as the story went on. It was one of those why do terrible things happen to good people moments.
For me it made me think that life is so very fragile and be it from a natural disaster or at the hands of a fellow human being it can be over in an instant. But it also says to me it isn’t just about surviving for those left behind it is about living.
This is a tremendous story that I am sure anyone that reads it will feel they have got something different out of it that is personal to them. Like I said at the start. It was for me perfection!
I wish to thank Rachel Gilbey of Rachel’s Random Resources and the author Roger Bray for an e-copy of this book which I have honestly reviewed.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I have always loved writing; putting words onto a page and bringing characters to life. I can almost feel myself becoming immersed into their lives, living with their fears and triumphs. Thus, my writing process becomes an endless series of questions. What would she or he do, how would they react, is this in keeping with their character? Strange as it sounds, I don’t like leaving characters in cliffhanging situations without giving them an ending, whichever way it develops. My life to date is what compels me to seek a just outcome, the good will overcome and the bad will be punished. More though, I tend to see my characters as everyday people in extraordinary circumstances, but in which we may all find our selves if the planets align wrongly or for whatever reason you might consider. Of course, most novels are autobiographical in some way. You must draw on your own experiences of life and from events you have experienced to get the inspiration. My life has been an endless adventure. Serving in the Navy, fighting in wars, serving as a Police officer and the experiences each one of those have brought have all drawn me to this point, but it was a downside to my police service that was the catalyst for my writing. Medically retired after being seriously injured while protecting a woman in a domestic violence situation I then experienced the other side of life. Depression and rejection. Giving truth to the oft said saying that when one door closes another opens I pulled myself up and enrolled in college gaining bachelor and master degrees, for my own development rather than any professional need. The process of learning, of getting words down onto the page again relit my passion for writing in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school. So here we are, two books published and another on track. Where it will take me I have no idea but I am going to enjoy getting there and if my writing
can bring some small pleasure into people’s lives along the way, then I consider that I will have succeeded in life.
Roger Bray on Amazon – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Roger-Bray/e/B0725KF3NF/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1523285262&sr=1-1