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A Book Review by M. Kenyon Charboneaux
All Erica Steadway wants is her hot-air balloon gift flight with champagne picnic, but from the opening lines to the closing intense and original ending, Erica gets nothing she either expects or wants. Chased by an organization that wants to kill her for something seen while drifting over the English countryside in the balloon, unaware and unsure of who to trust, smart, resilient, beautiful and determined, she fights through every single page of this masterpiece of a modern English thriller to stay alive and sane.
British author, Geoff Nelder, has accomplished the seemingly impossible. This book is really, really good. Suspense is high, the sex scenes are well written and integral to the story, not just thrown in for the titillation factor, and no one among the new authors today has got the delicate touch and the black, twisted humour of Geoff Nelder. He writes the King’s English with grace and precision. And he knows how to construct a thriller, making no mistakes in either pacing or plot. In short he tells a hell of a story in clear and beautiful prose.
I am not normally a fan of thrillers. I much prefer Nelder’s ingeniously crafted ghost stories that have the feel of MR James between their luscious lines, but even I could appreciate Hot Air for what it is …. one heck of a fine thriller and one hell of great rollercoaster ride! It’s a book that’s very hard to put down and one that deserves a sequel.
M. Kenyon Charboneaux a novelist, tutor and editor living in the USA