Author: Nina Mason
Genre: Political Thriller
Publisher: Crushing Hearts & Black Butterfly Publishing
Formats: Kindle and paperback
Where to buy: Amazon.com (http://smarturl.it/tinman)
The last thing Alex Buchanan, the editor-in-chief of a formidable news site, expects as he looks around the newsroom at the bodies of his editors, is that he’ll soon be teaming up with The Ball Buster to solve the crime and stay alive. Well, maybe not the last thing. The last thing he expects is to fall for her or any other woman. Because he’s The Tin Man–a suit of armor without a heart.
Or so he believes…
The Ball Buster is his private nickname for Thea Hamilton, a smart, gutsy, and insecure investigative reporter for The New York News, America’s newspaper of record. They went out once years ago–an unmitigated disaster during which she jumped all over his case about smoking.
When events force them together, they embark on an emotion-charged, high-octane quest for the truth, ending up in bed, but also in the clutches of a sociopathic corporate raider. “Zeus” is obsessed with James Bond and owns a hardcore S & M club in an old fallout shelter. Is he the killer? And, if so, what’s his motive? What he hopes to gain by torturing the journalists is clearer: the proof they’ve uncovered of a corporate takeover scheme that threatens the future of democracy. And he’ll stop at nothing to get it.
Here's an excerpt:
Buchanan was smoking out among the trees when he heard the gunshots. Turning toward the barn, he saw flames leaping from the roof. Dropping his cigarette, he charged from the underbrush like a bull, thinking only of Thea. Another shot shattered the darkness. He drew his Glock as he trundled across the field. The fire was spreading fast. He reached the barn, choking as he raced inside. The whole place was filled with white smoke.
“Thea!” he screamed, coughing violently. “Thea!”
He raced toward the stairs, grabbed the rail, hoisting himself up two rungs at a time. He frantically searched the loft, but found only her purse. Taking it with him, he stumbled back down.
“Thea! Thea! Where are you?”
The smoke was so thick he couldn’t see a thing. He heard another crack. Outside. Shite, the assassins had found them. But where were they now. And where was she?
He groped his way through the cloud, gasping, choking, eyes stinging, until he found the car. Feeling his way around, he located the driver’s door, got in, and started the engine. He hit the gas. The Toyota lurched forward. He couldn’t see a fucking thing through the smoke. The car crashed through wood, jolting him. The air began to clear as he bounced across the field. The black sedan came into view, speeding toward the road. He eased off the gas, falling back to avoid being seen.
Fucking hell. He’d cocked up everything. Now, they had Thea, which was killing him. Anything he could do to save her would endanger her life. Assuming, of course, she was still alive. The possibility she might not be kicked him in the chest, but he reasoned it away. She had to be alive. It only made sense. If she was dead, why take her? He felt better, but not for long. If she was alive, there was a reason. And the only reason he could think of made his stomach turn.
After reading Nina Mason's medieval paranormal book "The Queen of Swords" I was convinced she was a master of research. Her use of details is astounding.
Now with her new release "The Tin Man" I am convinced Nina Mason is among the most intelligent people I know. I am so glad she has chosen to be an author and share her intellect with the world.
I normally would not pick up a political thriller.
I do not follow politics and the history I like to read is centuries old.
Ms Mason writes in a manner that brings back memories of news I had heard more recently, then she makes sense of it for me; Gives it relevance.
Not everyone will agree with all of her characters' conclusions, but they are well stated and supported.
Underneath the danger and turmoil, The Tin Man is also a love story.
The title comes NOT from the well known L. Frank Baum Oz series, but rather from a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale.
I tell you, the connections and references Nina Mason blends into this story are fascinating.
If ever two people took the longest and most difficult path to try and even tell each other they MAY be willing to attempt a relationship, Thea and Buchanon are those people.
That said, this is not chick lit fiction.
This book is written with so many layers I think it best to be prepared to read it more than once. I know I will pick up clues and context I did not catch the first time through.
I would recommend it for mature readers, as there is graphic violence.
Those who appreciate intelligent and deep novels will be satisfied with this book.
Nina Mason is a hopeful romantic with strong affinities for history, mythology, and the metaphysical. She strives to write the same kind of books she loves to read: those that entertain, edify, educate, and enlighten. When not writing, Nina works as a communications consultant, doll maker, and home stager. Born and raised in Southern California, she now lives in Woodstock, Georgia, with her husband, teenage daughter, two rescue cats, and a Westie named Robert.
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