My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Firstly thank you to Austin Macauley Publishing LTD for sending me this copy for review and for inviting me onto the blog tour.
I also was able to send my questions to Leslie, so if you stay tuned until the end there may be some spoilers around the book. So I suggest if you don’t want to be spoiled do not read the interview at the bottom.
This Disunited Kingdom is set in a country far too similar to today. Set in 2020, the events that have unfolded from present day actions are freakishly familiar to happenings today and the decisions being made for the future.
Wrapped up in the political moves, kidnaps and terrorist attacks we have our main protagonists Sean and Farah who work in the Special Forces at Scotland Yard. We see the events unfold around them in a twisted ride that definitely throws some curve balls your way.
When I first started reading, I was surprised at how easy Leslie’s writing captures you in the moment. He definitely doesn’t hold back in his graphic descriptions, but for the opening chapter it was definitely explosive and page-turning. I enjoyed his descriptive style, it was easy to picture and quick to read. Also realistic in the way of imagining how the characters bustled around each other and how the scene played out.
Ava was a cute edition, even though we didn’t really see her other than virtually through Farah’s interaction over the phone.
I found the attacks/political unrest and kidnap really really hard to read, for the reason that they were written so well. There was unbelievable tension and when Farah was kidnapped in that room I actually had little hope for her. I was worried at Leslie’s brutal way of not being afraid to kill- and I worried for one of our main characters.
My gripe was the love scenes sandwiched in between the tension and serious attacks on the UK. I didn’t mind the odd one but after a while I was slightly annoyed at them continuing to ‘crash’ together in heated passion. I also found it a little sexist at times regarding Farah taking her career second and moving – and being able to ‘persuade him back to their world with her own ways’ uhgjgjfhg
Other than that the book pleased me, it was quick to read, tension ridden and a scary insight to what could happen if we keep on the dreary path the UK is on. It’s terrifying to see the end before it’s begun, and Leslie has written it believably well.
You can purchase it on Amazon here.
Talking Politics with Leslie J. Nicholls
So after finishing This Disunited Kingdom I was able to send Leslie some questions, which he has kindly has been able to answer for me:
Q2: Did you intend for Farah & Sean to end up together? Or did they grow closer as you wrote the book?
I actually intended for Farah to die at the hands of the extremists following her kidnapping in a failed rescue attempt but I gradually warmed to the possibility of further developing their relationship. It really is awesome to have such power over life and death! Sadly, Sean’s gain was Rosie’s loss as somebody had to suffer when the investigation got a little too close to home.
About Leslie J. Nicholls
Leslie J. Nicholls has always held an inquisitive, borderline cynical, interest in the politics, morals and motivations of governments and their politicians. As an avid observer of current affairs, national and international news he has developed an uncanny knack of predicting unfolding world events. Political writers like Gerald Seymour, Frederick Forsythe, Robert Ludlum and Sebastian Foulkes have inspired Nicholls to abandon a successful career in Sales and marketing to express this interest creatively in the publication of This Disunited Kingdom, a political thriller with a prophetic vision of post Brexit Britain.