Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour for Scar Tissue by Ollie Ollerton.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Ex-Special Forces soldier Alex Abbott escaped the Middle East under a cloud and now lives hand-to-mouth in Singapore. Scraping a living as a gun for hire and estranged from his family, Abbott is haunted by ghosts of the past, drinking to dull the pain. Life’s tough, but there is one upside – at least he’s not in Baghdad.
That’s about to change.
When a job goes badly wrong, Abbott’s in hot water. Next he learns that his military son, Nathan, is missing in Iraq. Knowing something is wrong, needing to find his son and desperate for redemption, Abbott has no choice but to go back.
Returning to Baghdad, Abbott renews old acquaintances and begins his search for Nathan. The body count rises as old wounds open and he struggles to confront his demons, self-medicating the only way he knows how. But when one of his old crew turns up dead in mysterious circumstances and the link with Nathan is clear, Abbott begins to suspect a trap.
But who is the hunter? And who is the hunted?
This is Ollie Ollerton’s first venture into fiction and he does it with perfection. From the opening pages, I was left with a racing heart and pounding pulse that never seemed to subside till I came to the end. The adrenaline-filled pages are fuelled with situations that feel like this author has experienced, seen and survived in different scenarios in real life being an ex-Special Forces Soldier himself. So with tweaking, twerking and twisting them into fictional settings this book makes for compulsive reading.
I never felt that the characters had been created from ink, they felt like people with pasts that the author moulded into these characters. One character was particularly broken, he had seen too much, done too much and for a long time drunk too much. Alex Abbott is an unforgettable character who worked as a mercenary but when the current job he was on goes belly up it has repercussions for his son who is serving in the military himself.
The beginning of this book is pretty busy and moves smoothly between events and characters. I really liked how each event is set out before the story drops back to Abbott’s past and his relationship with both the love of his life and the mother of his son. In present-day, the action is at times brutal which had me in conflict of wanting to know what came next and yet dreading it at the same time.
This author really knows how to build up to a climactic ending, it had been a gripping story from the start but whoa Ollerton had a couple of gears that I never knew existed. There are some fabulous characters in this story that I hope will continue in future books, Abbott and Cuckoo were just a couple of them. I am still giggling at the pair of them. Brilliant!
I wish to thank the publisher and NetGalley for a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Matthew ‘Ollie’ Ollerton is a former Special Forces soldier and was one of the founding Directing Staff on Channel 4’s hit show SAS: Who Dares Wins and SAS Australia.
Ollie’s military career began at the age of 18 when he joined the Royal Marine Commandos and toured operationally in Northern Ireland and in Iraq for Operation Desert Storm. He subsequently spent six years in the Special Boat Service rising to team leader, before working in Iraq as a private security contractor and carrying out anti-child-trafficking charity work in South-East Asia.
Ollie now spends his time as an entrepreneur running three companies, Break Point, Battle Ready 360 and Double O Global, all designed to improve people’s lives. Ollie is an ambassador for the Royal Marines Charity and a director of the mental health charity StrongMen.
His two books, Break Point and Battle Ready, have both been Sunday Times bestsellers, with Break Point going to number one in the chart.