DEATH BY LICENCE starstarstarstarstar

by Joe McCoubrey.

Death by License

This is the first time I have ever reviewed a piece as small as a novella. Actually, Death By Licence (British spelling) is more of a prequel to McCoubrey’s action novel of “Someone Has To Pay”

Needless to say, I will not discuss the content of the novel in length for fear of spoiling it for you. I will mention that the story of Mike Devon, young man fresh out of counter-terrorism training, grabbed me by the shins and kept me immobilized until the end.

The content of the prequel is impressive. I even re-read some parts twice so disappointed I was the story did not continue. More than that. Joe McCoubrey’s writing style is perfectly matched to the genre he’s writing. You can sensibly assume he’s gone through this sort of action while he was a journalistic editor as the imagery he invokes is so real, you can hear the silence, the noise and smell the fear oozing out of people’s pores. In Joe’s own words:Joe_McCoubrey1_400x400

“I always wanted to be a journalist and got my break when my local newspaper agreed to take me on as a sports reporter and train me to be an all-round professional. I undertook the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) course over two years and earned my wings in time to become the paper’s editor. From then I never looked back, reporting for almost 20 years on all kinds of things, including some of the most horrific events of our country’s history.”

As a matter of fact, this size of epic makes an excellent sample. Anybody reading this will want to read Someone Has To Pay.



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