Thursday, May 28, 2015

Review: The Turkish Connection

The Turkish Connection
by Rik Stone


Mehmet battles to survive the murky Istanbul of 1951 on a daily basis while being forced to learn the skills of thievery and violence alongside the other street children. Evenings come and he curls up under a stinking jetty in a waterway off the Bosporus Strait, yearning to break free from the life inflicted on him by his drunken, womanizing father, little knowing that his rotting body lies at the bottom of those same waters.

Adulthood comes before Mehmet finds out that it wasn’t fate that had taken control of his life as a boy, but a very real nemesis. Is it too late? Can he yet turn things around and get his life back?


The best books/stories have in common one thing (in my opinion): a character shows growth in the story. This story is no exception to my theory. Through the character of Mehmet, Stone is able to show us growth of character. From a street urchin and into a grown man who shows himself to be unstoppable - Mehmet gives the story it's breadth.

Stone has a way of writing that sucks the reader right into this historical drama scene. The style of writing does wonders for a book that already keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you're interested in thrilling adventure - this is the book for you!


Adventure. Check. Thriller. Check. Historical. Check.

About the Author
Rik Stone worked in the shipyards on a local river, spent time in the merchant navy, and then went on to work in quarries in South East England.

The time came he yearned for change and began studying. He worked through the lower level stuff and went on to gain a BSc. degree in mathematics and computing.

But he loved reading and because of it, fiction writing had always been his want. After an early retirement he was able to pursue the dream seriously and from that dream came his debut novel, Birth of an Assassin, the first in a series.

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