Champagne & Lemonade – John A.D. Hickling

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Champagne & Lemonade – John A.D. Hickling

The Last Word Review


If like me, you enjoy short stories then a delightful collection titled Champagne & Lemonade by John A.D. Hickling. Fifteen stories that are both delightful and eclectic. Readers can expect to be taken on journey to different times and places that includes a sparkling cast of characters.

I have selected to review one of the short stories called The Beautiful Snow. How many of us love the sight of a fresh snow fall on a crisp winters day? For PC Mark Welsh this will be a day of days. He is on his way to the station to start his shift and already the heavy snow fall is taking its toll at a nearby airport, his shift will be like no other day as he goes in search of a missing man in a nearby wood with people concerned about his wellbeing in the freezing conditions, but before he gets there he finds an overturned car with a mum and young daughter trapped in the wreckage. For PC Mark Welsh his day will just not end there is more to come as he later goes to the scene of another serious accident and a life is at stake and he will need all his training to save the man’s life. All this because of the beautiful snow. His shift finally ends when he climbs into bed that night and an arm around his sleeping wife.

There is of course time to enjoy the snow the next morning and the obligatory snow angels. This is just one of the short stories and characters you will encounter in Champagne & Lemonade and each story is beautifully written and will appeal to both the young and older reader. One I will happily recommend.


A short extract from the short story The Beautiful Snow.


“The snow made this particular night shift one of fear, fun, terror and hope for PC Mark Welsh.

We had been searching for half an hour on foot, neither of us was thinking the snow was beautiful at that moment; my vision of heaven was fast turning into hell.  It was so bitterly cold it was cutting through me; it felt like my body was slowing down.”

To find out more about John A.D. Hickling visit his website Here

Thank you to Rachel Gilbey at Authoright Marketing & Publicity for the Advanced Review Copy ahead of publication.

Champagne & Lemonade written by John A.D. Hickling is published on 5 July by Clink Street Publishing and is available in paperback and for Kindle through


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Hunt for the Enemy by Rob Sinclair


Hunt for the Enemy by Rob Sinclair


 The Last Word Review


Carl Logan returns in a gripping trilogy finale that is a 5* rollercoaster thriller.


A word of warning if you have not yet read Rob Sinclair’s finale of the ‘Enemy’ series in Hunt for the Enemy. When you start you will not stop reading this thumping rollercoaster of an epic thriller until you have reached the last page. The best in the series. Just a shame it has ended here.

The story starts with a step back in time and to a job he has been asked to do and now branded a traitor Logan is on the run in a grim and freezing Russian winter and he is fighting for his life as he has been framed for a murder and now the Joint Intelligence Agency (JIA) call him a ‘rogue operative’. Why? What has Logan done after such a long and loyal service. Is this what happens to operatives when they have served their useful purpose the JIA.



Logan is a man on the run a fugitive that the agency wants to see eliminated, but it is not just the JIA that are after Logan and he must use all his skills to stay one step ahead and stay alive. In Hunt for the Enemy the past and present collide in a story that is a gripping action packed thriller that packs a punch were other espionage thriller lack.

The story takes the reader on a globe-trotting high stakes and murky world of international espionage. You cannot help but want to see Logan survive and stop the killing of agents from all sides. Along the way he is re-united with a former lover who once turned against him and she too is on the run and together, this time round will Logan trust her again or will he turn against her.

Sinclair has done an outstanding job with all three books in the series and has brought the story finale alive by bringing the best of the previous two book and turned Hunt for the Enemy into a thrilling conclusion and one I can highly recommend if you have not read any of the books then all three are a must if you love high speed action drama at its very best.

What now for Rob Sinclair? I cannot wait to find out.

My thanks to the author for a review copy.

Hunt for the Enemy by Rob Sinclair and published by Clink Street is available now as is the previous two books Dance with the Enemy and Rise of the Enemy