Twogalsandabook recently read The Policewoman by Justin W.M. Roberts. You can see our reviews below, an interview with the author, and enter to win a FREE COPY of The Policewoman. Giveaway starts at 12 a.m. 5/15/17
Narcoterrorism wreaks havoc on the world as drug cartels operate as dominating, murderous dictatorships. The powerful Irish Drug Cartel has set up drug manufacturing plants around the world and they will kill anyone who gets in their way. Sarah is an ambitious policewoman from an antiterrorist unit. She’s also smart, beautiful, and extremely good at her job, which is why she is assigned to an Interpol Incident Response Team in Manchester, set up to find and stop The Cartel. Alongside colleagues from the United Kingdom’s SAS, she must quickly learn new Close Quarters Battle tactics and apply them to a vengeful and threatening battlefield. Sarah’s investigation appears to be going well until the fight turns personal. She must now struggle to save her friends, family, and even herself. Spanning the globe with a keen knowledge of special forces tactics and some genuinely shocking twists, this book warns of a bloody, drug-addled future we may soon face.
Stacy’s Review: 5*****
I am so emotional I cannot speak right now. This book extremely good, full of suspense and intense. I highly recommend
Ok, I wrote that as soon as I finished the ebook and Amazon wanted to know what I thought. I was all stuffy-headed from crying, so it was brief.
The book was very much a page-turner, and kept me on the edge of my seat. Sarah, the policewoman, is assigned to work with some very skilled special forces investigating an Irish Drug cartel who is looking to expanded operations into Indonesia. The drug cartel is very sophisticated and will stop at nothing to achieve their goals. There is romance as well, as Sarah gets involved with one of the law enforcement team. I cried several times through the reading. It is very well written, with tons of technical knowledge; Mr. Roberts knows what he is talking about. He has a disclaimer at the beginning of the book, that descriptions of tactical procedures have been altered to protect law enforcement personal. For anyone that enjoys books of the suspense thriller genres, this one is a must read!
My thanks to the author, Justin Roberts for sharing this book with me.
Warning: This review may contain spoilers…
The Policewoman by Justin W.M. Roberts is a thrilling story taking place in 2026 about an Indonesian policewoman who transfers temporarily into a special forces/Interpol team to investigate and take down an Irish drug cartel. This cartel has managed to set up narcotics manufacturing in multiple places including Indonesia, Ireland and England. The drug cartel’s core consists of ex-soldiers from the British Army and they’ll do whatever they want in order to prevail. The author certainly doesn’t spare on the brutal details.
The book starts out with Sarah and her family. The reader gets a pretty good feel that she comes from a good family and has a strong relationship with her little sister, Cindy, and her brother, Tony, who works a similar job. She’s transferring to a new team and much of the beginning covers the relationships she’s building with her new teammates, mainly Michael. I have to say that I absolutely loved the chemistry between Sarah and Michael. I admired that the author managed to incorporate some romance into all the military/police drama going on here. I also appreciated the description of all the added training Sarah must undergo and the way they all have to watch their backs and each other. You get a strong sense of the importance of ‘team’ which I love.
There’s a ton of action in this story! I haven’t read a book this active since Dark Matter. I was a bit overwhelmed with the amount of characters, acronyms, special teams, regiments, squadrons, company’s and weaponry, but you don’t really need to concern yourself with all of them in order to enjoy the story and follow along without getting lost. The glossary in the back has a list of all of them that you can easily flip to if need be.
The character development was spot-on for me. It really helped that the author used real life actors, actresses, and singers to describe some of the main characters to help the reader get a visual of what they look like. I enjoyed the majority of the good characters while hating the bad ones. I literally wanted Niall to burn for what he had done to people, but the revenge wasn’t as strong as I expected when it came time for him. I also had a few issues with Sarah’s character. What’s not to like about Sarah, really? She’s beautiful, intelligent, strong, and pretty much bad-to-the-bone. What almost spoiled that for me was the fact that she knew she was and practically every male in the story is doting over her which seemed a little extreme. It made her character feel a little unrelatable at times. A few times in the story I wasn’t pleased with the way Sarah treated Michael in regards to his looks. As the story moves along, Sarah’s character becomes better understood and you start to realize just how much she genuinely loves Michael.
Conclusion: The ending didn’t totally please me, but I didn’t hate it either. Overall, it was written amazingly well with a few unexpected twists and turns. The detail and extensive military knowledge the author has is incredible and the dialogue is impeccable. This isn’t a genre that I normally rush to pick up, but I enjoyed it as the author included a little bit of everything here. Anyone who enjoy’s military/police crime books will undoubtedly LOVE this book and I can see this story turned into a movie or even a TV series. If that were the case, I’d love to see Michelle Rodriguez play Sarah as I think she fits the personality, but maybe not the looks described.
If there’s another book, I’m reading it! 4****
Twogalsandabook: What inspired you to write this book?
Justin Roberts: The plot was in my head since around 2012, but I finally started writing it down in 2014. Drugs has been a problem for decades, but politicians are too soft on them. It’s high time drug dealers are considered as dangerous as terrorists. This is why the fight against narcoterrorism is the main theme of my book.
Twogalsandabook: At what age did you start writing?
Justin Roberts: I found out I loved writing when I was six years old. At that time, my teacher gave us an assignment to write an essay. At that age, we were given stars instead of grades. My schoolmates received one to five stars for their essays. When my teacher read my essay, she looked so delighted that she gave me seven stars! She then showed the class on what I achieved and the whole class applauded. Unfortunately, I forgot what I’ve written, but I love writing ever since.
Twogalsandabook: Are there any specific writers and poets that inspire you?
Justin Roberts: Tom Clancy and J.K. Rowling has been the greatest influence.
Twogalsandabook: Is there anything you’re working on now?
Justin Roberts: I’m working on the sequel to The Policewoman. I’m currently searching for someone in the Royal Marines or retired from the Royal Marines for my research.
Twogalsandabook: What ambitions do you have for your writing career?
Justin Roberts: I would like to write full-time. My ultimate ambition is to have The Policewoman made into a Hollywood movie 🙂
Twogalsandabook: Do you think your writing will stay in any specific genre(s)?
Justin Roberts: I thought about writing science fiction, but another author had almost exactly the same idea and plot and he already published it 🙁
Twogalsandabook: Do you read a lot? What are some of your favorite books, genres, and authors?
Justin Roberts: Yes, I do. I’ve read almost every book by Tom Clancy. My genre is mostly military action thrillers.
Twogalsandabook: What was the most difficult part of writing the book? Was there anything that you deleted or altered?
Justin Roberts: The most difficult part for me was refraining from writing too much. I tend to over-explain things and try to provide background info on everything. What you’ve read is the new version. The old version was revised based on feedback from a lot of readers. Readers are usually hooked after they finished Chapter 5, but unfortunately, some readers quit before reaching that key chapter.
Twogalsandabook: Did you have to do much research for the book?
Justin Roberts: Research is extremely important for this particular genre. When police or military personnel read this genre, they can be particularly harsh about the realism. However, I had to deliberately alter the procedures to protect them. Only coppers or military personnel can spot the procedures I had altered.
Twogalsandabook: Have you ever experienced writers block? If so, how do you deal with it?
Justin Roberts: I just sleep on it. New ideas always pop up, eventually.
Twogalsandabook: Where is your favorite place to write? Do you have a favorite “writing” atmosphere?
Justin Roberts: I can write anywhere. I once took my laptop to the mall and wrote on a bench while the kids were goofing off.
Twogalsandabook: Do you have any advice for other novice or aspiring writers?
Justin Roberts: Just write and pour your heart into it. Have as many people read your work and don’t be afraid when they criticize it.
Twogalsandabook: Will this book be part of series?
Justin Roberts: Yes, I’m currently writing the sequel.
Twogalsandabook: Who would you recommend read this book?
Justin Roberts: People who enjoy Tom Clancy, Andy McNab, Brad Taylor, and fans of military action thrillers.
Twogalsandabook: How do you deal with negative book reviews?
Justin Roberts: I’m sure that my book is not for everyone. Every single best-seller has 1-star reviews. I’m just aiming to have more 5-star reviews than 4-star reviews, more 4-star reviews than 3, etc. Ratings are highly subjective and unpredictable anyway. There’s a woman who only likes romance novels who gave me a 5-star review, but there’s a bloke who really likes Tom Clancy, but only gave me a 3-star review.
Twogalsandabook: If this book were adapted into a movie or a TV series, who would you like to play the main characters? Would you like them to be the celebrity characters you mention in the book?
Sarah: Anllela Sagra, a Colombian fitness model. Please google her 🙂
Michael: Chris Pratt
Patrick: Liam Neeson
Twogalsandabook: Have you had any experience in the military or law enforcement? Have you had any experience in dealing with drug cartels or organized crime? The details in your book were so realistic!
Justin Roberts: The only military experience I have is having a Major-General as a father. He’s a doctor, not a combat soldier. All details in my book was done through research.
Twogalsandabook: Have you traveled much to the countries mentioned in your book? You seemed to have a lot of knowledge about those locations.
Justin Roberts: Since we now have Google Map and Google Street View, we can go anywhere without actually going there 🙂 You can pick an address in my book and you can look it up in Google Street View. For example, try looking for Swan’s Mill in Buncrana or Kempston St in Liverpool and you can see where they conducted the raids. You can also see the Carluccio’s restaurant in Manchester where the first major action took place.
Twogalsandabook: Were any of the events in this book based on anything true?
Justin Roberts: The historical events and some planned future events are true. For example, if you google Army 2020, you will see the British Army’s organization structure for the year 2020. The plot and characters (except historical figures) are fiction.
Twogalsandabook: Is there anything you would like to add that we have not inquired?
Justin Roberts: I absolutely love interacting with readers of my book. They can contact me anytime and I usually respond within minutes, unless it’s night time in Indonesia (GMT+7).
Twogalsandabook: Are there any social media platforms or websites that readers could connect with you on?
Twogalsandabook would like to thank Justin W.M. Roberts for his generosity in helping to create this interview.
About the Author:
Justin W.M. Roberts was born in London, son of a British Army General, and grew up in Hong Kong, Germany, and England. After graduating from Hull university with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Psychology, he continued traveling and living Europe, Africa, and Asia.
He currently lives in Indonesia where he is an analyst of political affairs and an active promoter of secular humanism.
Authors of military thrillers are welcome to PM him for book reviews.
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