It’s a Wednesday again, and as we all are beginning to think what life may be like when we go on lockdown, I’m back with not one but two posts today – you lucky people!
As briefly mentioned in my last post – Knitting the MillaMia Scarf with LoveCrafts – I was spending the month of February looking for ways to reduce my screen time. Needless to say that didn’t happen, but I did manage to clear some time away from that little screen that hides in my pocket in order to read the new book out by author Jon Biddle – Hypnos.
Hypnos by Jon Biddle was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review, as part of the book tour organised to promote this second book in the Alex Brown series.
Having not read the first book – The Harvester – first, I was slightly unsure if I would be able to follow Hypnos easily, but I shouldn’t have worried at all.
Blurb from Hypnos
What if the unthinkable became a reality? What if technology could be used against you? A software program has been stolen from the digital vaults of the CIA. It is capable of bridging the gap between A.I. and human consciousness, making a person do whatever the controller wants, creating a potentially terrifying new world. The organisation responsible has racist, right-wing views and a perverted desire to reduce population growth by culling it using the software. Only the rich and the powerful can be part of Asclepius. The software is uploaded to the brain via eye movement using a smartphone, leaving open the possibility for entire countries to be controlled remotely.
Alex Brown, newly-appointed to the B5 Intelligence cell of British intelligence while hunting for the serial killer Dale Broc who has kidnapped her daughter, has been assigned to the case and now has to choose. Will she save the country or her daughter? Hypnos is the second novel in the Alex Brown series. Author Jon Biddle brings extensive medical knowledge coupled with military and law enforcement experience that combines to produce an exciting sequel to The Harvester.
Now I’ll be honest, Hypnos at first didn’t really sound like my genre of reading. While I love reading crime and thrillers, this one did seem a little out there. But I decided that I would give it a go, because how often do we actually get a female intelligence officer as the main protagonist? All I can say is I’m a convert.
About The Author
Jon spends his days smashing out people’s hip and knee joints, and his nights writing twisted thrillers. A military veteran and a medical professional who spends 45 hours a week in the OR, Jon brings considerable medical and military/law enforcement expertise to the crime thriller genre, evident by the attention to detail in his books. Jon’s writing is dark and eclectic, provoking and deviant. He surrounds himself in the white glow of pureness, with one foot always in the dark. Jon says “The dark always surrounds us, the only thing that can clear the dark is white light,” but he has a knack of making his readers ask ‘Could this happen to me?’ Which is always why his writing is so gripping, that balance of truth Vs. falsity, the yin to the yang, written in such a visceral way not seen for some time in modern story telling.
There is nothing too dark for Jon to write about. He has no level, base, or filter and addresses issues that are difficult to talk about. He will get into your head and “scare the living daylights” out of you because when you read his books, you do wonder “this is too close to the truth.” As a victim of narcissistic abuse as well as diagnosed with complex-PTSD, Jon is fascinated about how the mind works, especially in the mind of a narcissist and psychopath. His writing is reflected in this as Jon grapples with the psychopathy of his killers, often the genesis of reading not only about serial killers and how their mind works, but also in the healing of people affected by psychological and emotional abuse.
Jon lives in the south-west of England with his childhood sweetheart, Sam, and two Springer Spaniels. His two children have now grown up and are living the high life in London – it is to them he dedicates Hypnos.
With full-time medical responsibilities in his day job, Jon spends 15-20 hours a week writing for his growing online audience. His new medical thriller, The Harvester, was released in 2019 as the first of many books in the Alex Brown series. Find out more about Jon Biddle, including his new releases and regular short stories, by going to www.jonbiddle.uk and joining the mailing list.
Well, as I started out by saying, I wasn’t 100% sure. I can handle things being dark and close to the wire, but having read a few reviews of The Harvester before receiving my copy of Hypnos, I was somewhat prepared to have to admit I couldn’t finish Hypnos. How wrong was I?!
The in-depth nature of Jon’s writing had me hooked. I completely blocked out the outside world, and was fully engrossed in the characters and the stories. As I was saying, we rarely get a thriller written with a strong female lead, but that’s exactly what I found in Alex Brown. While reading, I was reminded of a series of (lower quality, different genre) books that I was reading back when I first started blogging, and I found myself comparing the two styles of writing. The Housewife Assassin may have had a strong leading female, however it strongly relied on comedy and lighthearted scenes to carry the story – Hypnos is nothing like that. Based on Jon’s own wife, he named Alex after his wife’s middle name, and used her maiden name as his protagonist’s surname. Describing his lead character as “sexy, driven and passionate”, I think Jon has managed to use every word I would use when talking about Alex Brown.
There are quite a few characters, but placing and remembering each one is easy enough to do, and you find yourself waiting for Alex to interact with someone from a few chapters ago, just for an update.
The running story of her daughter’s kidnap had me slightly worried that it would be the almost stereotypical version of a parent trying to save their child – remember Jack Bauer and his daughter Kim? But no, it was tastefully done, Jon admitting to imagining one of his own children being taken.
If you would like to get your hands on a copy of Hypnos by Jon Biddle, you can do so by clicking here. By clicking on the link, you will be directed to the Amazon UK store, where, at time of writing, you can purchase in either paperback or ereader formats, with the former costing £9.99 and the latter £3.20.
So let me know below – would you be interested in reading Hypnos by Jon Biddle? Or what other books can you recommend to me now that I’ve discovered a whole other genre I love?
Speak soon everyone, and remember to stay safe.