The Hanging

June 8, 2018

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Posing as a papal nuncio, the troll Vilius “The Vile” Vilutis haunts the Cumbrian hills in search of the magical onyx with the potential to revolutionize smartphones worldwide, aiming to put his enemy, Silicon Valley gazillionaire Zingy Splitz, out of business forever. Suspicious, Zingy contacts Pope Benny in Rome, where rumour has it Vilius once worked, thus discovering the troll’s current whereabouts.

Meanwhile, in their bucolic farmstead in Cumbria, the elves Mordy and Hazchem team up with PAX (Pagans Against Xmas) to ensure the onyx’s safety, but two ghastly hangings disrupt the peace. The Vatican is implicated in the crimes, its motives darker than Vilius’s vindictiveness. And the troll is not, after all, as vile as he might have appeared.

REVIEW

A thrilling crime suspense novel!

The Hanging by Paddy Bostock had every element a good story should have. An exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well-illustrated scenes that make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that’s something I really look for in a good book.

The book description gives a sneak preview: ‘Posing as a papal nuncio, the troll Vilius “The Vile” Vilutis haunts the Cumbrian hills in search of the magical onyx with the potential to revolutionize smartphones worldwide, aiming to put his enemy, Silicon Valley gazillionaire Zingy Splitz, out of business forever. Suspicious, Zingy contacts Pope Benny in Rome, where rumour has it Vilius once worked, thus discovering the troll’s current whereabouts.

Meanwhile, in their bucolic farmstead in Cumbria, the elves Mordy and Hazchem team up with PAX (Pagans Against Xmas) to ensure the onyx’s safety, but two ghastly hangings disrupt the peace. The Vatican is implicated in the crimes, its motives darker than Vilius’s vindictiveness. And the troll is not, after all, as vile as he might have appeared.’

Now, if that’s not enough to get your curiosity juices flowing, I don’t know what will. But if you want to find out what happens, you’ll just have to turn the pages for yourself! However, I will say it was well worth the read. It’s my first time reading this author and I must say I was very impressed.

There is something very magical about reading fantasy fiction. It speaks to the very thread of my imagination, jolting it to life and transporting it on an exhilarating journey. This story did exactly that, leaving me captivated as I was introduced to a new world and mesmerizing characters.

Captivating and commendable, this work had me immersed from the beginning. The story flowed from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. There are plenty of attention-grabbing moments in this page turner that will take the reader on a truly spellbinding journey!

It’s one of those books that comes along occasionally that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader.

If this book is anything to go by, I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more from Paddy Bostock in the future. A well-deserved five stars.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paddy Bostock was born in Liverpool and holds a B.A. in Modern Languages and History, a PGDip TESL, and a PhD in English Literature. Down the years he has been a barman, a road worker, a songwriter, an educational researcher, a translator, a book reviewer, a university lecturer and Chair of Department, and a high school mentor. He lives in London with his wife, writer Dani Cavallaro, and likes animals and bicycles.

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