Grave Island by Andrew Smyth @Bloodhoundbook

Grave Island - Andrew Smyth

Book Description:

When Philip Hennessey is thrown out of army intelligence after evidence is fabricated against him, his ex-wife’s school friend asks him to investigate the sudden death of her father, who she thinks has been murdered.

Philip soon discovers a far larger problem: a lethal trade in the manufacture and distribution of counterfeit drugs. 

Using his contacts within the intelligence agencies, he follows the trail across the world, chasing counterfeit vaccines that could kill thousands. 

Pitted against an international conspiracy, can Philip prevent the fake medicines getting through, and who can he really trust?

My Thoughts:

Grave Island is what I would class as a pharmaceutical thriller. It’s still drugs but not quite the same as you would find available on most streets. Through Phillips investigation, it gives us a glimpse of what this dark and scary world is like.

The story takes us to some great locations. Not sure how safe some of the places would actually be for tourists but they are countries I would love to actually see for myself. It certainly showed a darker side to the areas in question and like visiting anywhere new for the first time, you certainly have to keep your wits about you.
The author weaves a tangled web of lies and deceit with some horrifying consequences. The book itself will certainly appeal to those who enjoy a good conspiracy story. There isn’t many thrillers that have the same story line making this authors book stand out in it’s genre. A compelling and intriguing read.

My thanks to Bloodhound Books and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Grave Island is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link)


Author Bio:

After graduating from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, Andrew spent a couple of years attempting to break into the film industry (including an unenviable job as Michael Winner’s assistant). When not working in films, he started up a building business and carried out work both in the UK and later in the South of France.

On returning to the UK, he established a company to manufacture a range of public transport seating, which won the 1980 Design Council Award. Eventually the seating was installed in bus stations and shelters throughout the country with licensees in Japan and the USA. Over the next twenty years the company diversified into the manufacture of architectural glazing and by the time it was sold, it had a workforce of some 60 people.

Andrew then concentrated on his main interests: sailing and writing. With his wife he explored the Mediterranean extensively in their catamaran, moving on to the Red Sea, East Africa and the Far East, returning to the Caribbean and the USA. He has written frequently about his travels for all the main yachting magazines. He also wrote and published an Introduction to the Canal du Midi, which was the inspiration for Rick Steins’ TV series. His first novel, Caesar’s Passage, was short-listed for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel award. His second, a thriller called Grave Island, is due out in the summer of 2018.

Andrew is married with two adult children.


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