Book Trial: Acts of Violence

Posted May 22, 2015 by Kayla in Reviews / 0 Comments

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Book Trial: Acts of ViolenceActs of Violence by Ross Harrison
Published by Createspace on September 30th 2015
Genres: Mystery, Science Fiction
Pages: 266
Format: e-ARC
Source: Author
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My name's Jack Mason. I made a mistake. Took home the wrong girl. Now she's dead. Cut up. And they're telling me I did it. It's the same cop that tried to take me down ten years ago. Now he's coming at me hard. And he's not the only one. Cole Webster, the city's crime lord, thinks I stole from him. Broke me out of custody just to ask me about it. Then I killed his son. Now he really wants me. Add to this equation a government agent, and I'm a real popular guy right now. Pretty much everyone I meet wants me dead, lawfully or otherwise. There's nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide. I've got till morning to uncover Webster's trafficking operation and take the heat off me. And all I've got to go on is a pissed off homeless girl with a thirst for revenge. Guess it could be worse. Can't quite figure how.

Warning: This article may contain spoilers.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The author has never asked me or tried to influence me for a positive review, nor have I promised one.

My Impressions:


This plot was action-packed and ends with a twist. I personally thought the twist to be very ironic.

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I think this book was a good action thriller / mystery, and possibly slightly a science fiction. The story is set in a time when the earth has started to colonise new planets, and we are on the planet Harem. There are some future technology, but when I grabbed this one I was really hoping for some space ships, with being on a new planet and all, or possibly aliens.

However, the story is entertaining and gripping. Secrets are everywhere, although a couple are in your face, some are harder to realise.


I didn’t particular care for any of the characters though. Even the main protagonist, Jack, was meh. He was really just doing this to save himself and to clear his name. But in the end he continued to help for other reasons, better reasons.

I had hoped to find out more about Detective Lawrence as well, being to only non-dirty cop, and all. DeMartino is just a basket full of surprises. And I never found out what happened to the Gorilla [a bouncer, but that’s the only name we know him as].


The writing was pretty good. Fast paced, not too much overly descriptive paragraphs, but enough to help you to “take in your surroundings”.

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About the Author:

Ross Harrison is the author of three novels and two short stories. Although he doesn’t stray from science fiction, he has ventured into multiple sub-genres, including space opera, thriller, noir, and steampunk. He has been writing since childhood, and occasionally likes to revisit those old stories for a good cringe and nervous laugh.

Ross lives on the UK/Eire border in Ireland, where he moved from England in 2001, hoping the rain will help his hair grow back.
[source: Goodreads]

The Verdict:

4 Stars

Rating Report
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