Heavy motorbike racer, Simon Roberts, footloose after what he deems to be the end of his successful racing career, meets a captivatingly beautiful blonde girl with a brother who, with promising rider abilities, is to join a rich man’s racing team in the UK. As a favour to an old friend, he shepherds the two to the team’s headquarters, only to learn that the owner has been kidnapped. Because the team manager is hurt in the event, Roberts agrees to the request to help with the management until he is back on his feet.
A worthwhile read, a satisfying thriller reminding me of an unpolished Dick Francis, but with iron horses. I like the motorbike racing background.
However, there are some unnecessary journeys included that pad out the narrative while doing nothing to enhance the story. While his narrative is edgy and forceful, and the plot is devious but feasible, his protagonist is just a little too immune to pain which detracts from the reader’s connection and empathy. Some dark humour is great, but he does start out as being a bit too flippant, until he settled down to more natural proportions and won my support.
With some honing, Steve Reeder can be a writer to look forward to, if he sticks at it. The cover illustrations could do with a bit more definition. Adrenalin Rush was published in 2011 by Read This! Publishing of George, South Africa, stating “Coming soon from Steve Reeder: Turn Killer and Bad Moon Rising…”.
Not yet, however. Keep going, Steve Reeder.