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The Rock: Volume 1 [Read] ➳ The Rock: Volume 1 Author Robert Daws – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The Rock Gibraltar In a fading colonial house overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar, the dead body of a beautiful woman lays dripping in blood The steel handle of a knife protrudes from her chest, its The Rock Gibraltar In a fading colonial house overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar, the dead The Rock: PDF \ body of a beautiful woman lays dripping in blood The steel handle of a knife protrudes from her chest, its sharpened tip buried deep within her heartThe Rock Present dayDetective Sergeant Tamara Sullivan arrives on The Rock on a three month secondment from the London Metropolitan Police Service Her reasons for being here are not happy ones and she braces herself for a tedious and wasteful twelve weeks in the sunAfter all, murders are rare on the small, prosperous and sun kissed sovereignty of Gibraltar and catching murderers is what Sullivan does bestIt is a talent she shares with her new boss, Chief Inspector Gus Broderick of the Royal Gibraltar Police Force He s an old fashioned cop who regards his new colleague with mild disdainBut when a young police constable is found hanging from the ceiling of his apartment, Sullivan and Broderick begin to unravel a dark and dangerous secret that will test their skills and working relationship to the limit.


10 thoughts on “The Rock: Volume 1

  1. Miriam Smith Miriam Smith says:

    The Rock is the debut crime novella by tv stage actor and broadcaster Robert Daws, and is a great introduction to the Sullivan and Broderick murder investigation series.DS Tamara Sullivan is sent on a 12 week secondment to Gibraltar after failing to obey orders in the London Metropolitan Police She soon finds herself involved in an investigation unraveling a dark and dangerous secret relating to an incident back in 1966 Her relationship with her boss no nonsense old school copper Chief I The Rock is the debut crime novella by tv stage actor and broadcaster Robert Daws, and is a great introduction to the Sullivan and Broderick murder investigation series.DS Tamara Sullivan is sent on a 12 week secondment to Gibraltar after failing to obey orders in the London Metropolitan Police She soon finds herself involved in an investigation unraveling a dark and dangerous secret relating to an incident back in 1966 Her relationship with her boss no nonsense old school copper Chief Inspector Broderick is a joy to read there s humour at times but also respect and understanding that ends in them both being placed in perilous danger I loved all the brilliant characters in this well crafted story, Robert has done really well in conveying them as likeable people and I thoroughly look forward to meeting Sullivan and Broderick again in the next in the series The Poisoned Rock.I d heard a lot about Robert s writing before I d started reading this book and I am very impressed at the professionalism and expertise of his story telling, plot line and character development.I purchased this book through the year long monthly Urbane Book Club and yet again this book shows just how much thought and effort goes into producing their quality books, every page is like a work of art it s so beautifully typeset and printed.It s easy to read this novella in less than a day if time allows and having done so myself, I felt like I d just watched a mini tv show, it s was so full of excitement, tension towards the end, and an unexpected twist that keeps you turning the pages intrigued as to where the investigations were leading to.I can t recommend this book enough, a richly deserved 5 stars for a fabulous debut novella


  2. Fiona MacDonald Fiona MacDonald says:

    For a first novel, The Rock really packed a punch I picked it up on a whim after noticing that it was set in Gibraltar, and I wanted to see if there were any places that I recognised after my trip there.Robert Daws is an actor turned writer, and I was surprised how polished and tightly written the story was It did read rather like a script, but with none of the awkward, disjointed entries that you might expect We are introduced to the 2 lead detectives who are to feature in The Rock stori For a first novel, The Rock really packed a punch I picked it up on a whim after noticing that it was set in Gibraltar, and I wanted to see if there were any places that I recognised after my trip there.Robert Daws is an actor turned writer, and I was surprised how polished and tightly written the story was It did read rather like a script, but with none of the awkward, disjointed entries that you might expect We are introduced to the 2 lead detectives who are to feature in The Rock stories, and both were intelligent and realisitically portrayed.I enjoyed the story and would be interested in picking up The Poisoned Rock which is next in the series


  3. Diane Challenor Diane Challenor says:

    When this book came to my notice, I liked the idea of a mystery set in Gibraltar I d visited Gibraltar, briefly c1993, so I had a sense of its atmosphere It wasn t my intention to read it straight away I added The Rock to my TBR list, and then the next day I was drawn back to it by serendipity After reading the first 10% I got a feeling it was going to be a good read I wasn t disappointed The pace was good for me and my reading mood There was a minimum of grisly description which made t When this book came to my notice, I liked the idea of a mystery set in Gibraltar I d visited Gibraltar, briefly c1993, so I had a sense of its atmosphere It wasn t my intention to read it straight away I added The Rock to my TBR list, and then the next day I was drawn back to it by serendipity After reading the first 10% I got a feeling it was going to be a good read I wasn t disappointed The pace was good for me and my reading mood There was a minimum of grisly description which made the story a mystery,than a thriller With all the things happening in the world today, GrenfellTower, FinsburyPark Manchester LindtCafe etc etc, I don t need a thriller The characters, Broderick and Sullivan, worked well together There was a level of predictability within the story, but I like predictability it s comfortable The Rock is the first book of the Sullivan and Broderick Murder Mysteries I know I ll enjoy the next one, The Poisoned Rock


  4. Leah Leah says:

    Sun, sea, sand and murderWhen Detective Sergeant Tamara Sullivan of the London Metropolitan Police steps outside the rules, she effectively stalls her career Now she s been sent on a three month secondment to the Royal Gibraltar Police Force, which she sees at first as a form of punishment But sun, sea, sand and friendly colleagues soon make her feel that as punishments go, this one could be worse Meantime, two motorcycle cops chasing a thief are involved in a fatal accident in which a wel Sun, sea, sand and murderWhen Detective Sergeant Tamara Sullivan of the London Metropolitan Police steps outside the rules, she effectively stalls her career Now she s been sent on a three month secondment to the Royal Gibraltar Police Force, which she sees at first as a form of punishment But sun, sea, sand and friendly colleagues soon make her feel that as punishments go, this one could be worse Meantime, two motorcycle cops chasing a thief are involved in a fatal accident in which a well known and well loved local resident dies When one of the cops is later found hanged, the obvious conclusion is suicide, but Sullivan s new boss, Chief Inspector Gus Broderick, isn t so sureThis is a very well written short novel that feels in many ways like the pilot episode of a TV series, so it didn t surprise me to read in the afterword that it s been optioned and is being developed for TV The mystery in the book is a good one, with proper suspects and clues and a strong thriller ending There s a connected sub plot about an old lady in a big house, with a dark secret in a room upstairs, which is beautifully creepy.But as an introduction to a new series, the most important aspect is the development of the recurring characters Sullivan, Broderick and their colleagues And oh, how lovely that they re all likeable, not too maverick, no known addiction problems, and get on well together as a team That might make them sound dull, but they re not both Sullivan and Broderick will step over the line when necessary, but in the sense of taking risks to solve their case rather than in the casual beating up of suspects or being outrageously rude to superior officers, etc More importantly, there s an enjoyable vein of humour running through the book in the dialogue amongst the regulars, and Daws manages to make this sound very natural and realistic Young DC Calbot, for instance, has a habit of saying things which could be mild innuendo but might just as easily be entirely innocent, and Sullivan s inability to decide whether he s doing it deliberately is fun.Sullivan is single and reasonably happy to be so Broderick was married, but now lives with his sister who helps him care for his younger daughter, a girl with Downs syndrome, an aspect of the story which Daws handles very well without any sense of mawkishness Broderick is a bit grumpy on the surface and a little peeved to have been landed with this Met secondee with a dodgy reputation, but he soon begins to see that she s a good officer and sets about bringing her fully into the team.Daws apparently knows Gibraltar well and he brings the setting to life It s an intriguing place, this bastion of Britishness set off the coast of Spain, and Daws makes a good start at showing its unique culture along with its natural beauty, though there s plenty of room for further development of this as the series progresses.Third person, past tense, very little swearing, hard hitting crimes without being unnecessarily gruesome, interesting location I thoroughly enjoyed this introduction to Sullivan and Broderick and am looking forward to reading the next in the series, The Poisoned Rock, soon NB I won this book from Urbane Press in a giveaway.www.fictionfanblog.wordpress.com


  5. Richard Richard says:

    This was a bit fluffy with little substance to it I made the mistake of reading this straight after a Jeffery Deaver book and, in comparison, this one just seemed like a schoolboy story It is set in Gibraltar, which caught my interest, but you wouldn t know it other than the odd geographical reference It could just as well have been set in England I have been to the Rock a few times and I never had the feeling of being there throughout this, thankfully, short novel The humorous banter b This was a bit fluffy with little substance to it I made the mistake of reading this straight after a Jeffery Deaver book and, in comparison, this one just seemed like a schoolboy story It is set in Gibraltar, which caught my interest, but you wouldn t know it other than the odd geographical reference It could just as well have been set in England I have been to the Rock a few times and I never had the feeling of being there throughout this, thankfully, short novel The humorous banter between the police was ok as was the ending, hence I scored it 3 rather than 2


  6. Cindy Cindy says:

    Fairly entertaining but could have been so much .An okay procedural but nothing special about the characters or plot, both of which I feel missed many opportunities to be developed A quick read and fairly entertaining, I just feel it could have easily been so much better.


  7. Karen Mace Karen Mace says:

    I received this book yesterday morning as part of the Urbane Publications Book Club, and thought I d give the first couple of chapters a go to see if I d enjoy it 150 pages later I d finished it and had thoroughly enjoyed this sharp, crime novella and am itching to start on book two of the series The Poisoned Rock.Set on Gibraltar, we follow Tamara Sullivan who is a detective sent over from London for 3 months and we get a glimpse of what went wrong in London, and how she is thrown straight I received this book yesterday morning as part of the Urbane Publications Book Club, and thought I d give the first couple of chapters a go to see if I d enjoy it 150 pages later I d finished it and had thoroughly enjoyed this sharp, crime novella and am itching to start on book two of the series The Poisoned Rock.Set on Gibraltar, we follow Tamara Sullivan who is a detective sent over from London for 3 months and we get a glimpse of what went wrong in London, and how she is thrown straight into the deep end with intriguing cases of what appear to be suicides and they affect those very closely in the police department.This book had a great pace about it and also fantastic touches of humour that you could understand that those in the police force need on a daily basis to see them through some of the tougher sights that they witness I also enjoyed the way the threads tied in well without being forced or feeling too manufactured There was genuine mystery and intrigue trying to work out where the story would end up and I loved the twists and turns


  8. Elizabeth Lloyd Elizabeth Lloyd says:

    I was drawn to this fast moving detective story, by actor and writer Robert Daws, because it reminded me of the old house in Gibraltar where my parents lived many years ago, but it will appeal to anyone who enjoys trying to solve a murder mystery alongside a bold heroine.Detective Sergeant Tamara Sullivan has been seconded from the Metropolitan Police force in London to what she imagines will be a quiet, rather boring time working in Gibraltar, but she soon finds that despite the relaxed attitud I was drawn to this fast moving detective story, by actor and writer Robert Daws, because it reminded me of the old house in Gibraltar where my parents lived many years ago, but it will appeal to anyone who enjoys trying to solve a murder mystery alongside a bold heroine.Detective Sergeant Tamara Sullivan has been seconded from the Metropolitan Police force in London to what she imagines will be a quiet, rather boring time working in Gibraltar, but she soon finds that despite the relaxed attitude of some of her colleagues, serious crimes are being committed within Gibraltar s narrow streets.Tamara is a well drawn character whom we soon get to know but her boss Chief inspector Broderick isof an enigma Robert Daws obviously know the rock intimately so we soon feel ourselves familiar with the geography of the setting.This is not a long novel but all the ingredients are present for an enjoyable read, trying to solve the crimes a step before the detectives Tamara s independent and slightly reckless behaviour may lead her into trouble again which increase the suspense effectively.I am looking forward to the next investigation by Sullivan and Broderick which is promised this year


  9. Kath Kath says:

    This book is basically your bulk standard formulaic Police Procedural It ticks pretty much all of the usual boxes for the genre That said, it is a good example of it Good characters description with an interesting story all drawn together with neat writing.I don t know if it is my preconception, knowing the author is himself a TV actor, but the writing and indeed the length of the novel did come across to me to be a little episodic and I did wonder if that was a factor in the style the autho This book is basically your bulk standard formulaic Police Procedural It ticks pretty much all of the usual boxes for the genre That said, it is a good example of it Good characters description with an interesting story all drawn together with neat writing.I don t know if it is my preconception, knowing the author is himself a TV actor, but the writing and indeed the length of the novel did come across to me to be a little episodic and I did wonder if that was a factor in the style the author chose That said, I personally think that it would work as a TV program series All that aside, did I enjoy the book Yes Would I read another similar book by this author Again yes


  10. Michele Michele says:

    Good readIt was a fun short book with a lot packed into it I enjoyed the plot and the characters, I would have liked to knowabout what the old lady was going through Thanks


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