Number Ten

The marketing firm, Publishing Push, provided me a free digital copy of Number Ten, by actor and playwright, Robin Hawdon, in exchange for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this political drama/thriller set in London, England. The story was fascinating. The writing, however, needs work.

Paul Gunter is an intelligence officer in the offices of the British Prime Minister, whose offices, as most people know, are at #10 Downing Street. Someone is trying to take out the prime minister, and Paul finds himself being framed for the crimes.

The story delves into the connection between Russian organized crime and middle eastern terrorists. It also explores the problems with young boys in London being recruited to become terrorists – young boys whose parents moved there to escape those very dangers.

The reader is taken on a wild ride to escape imprisonment while trying to produce evidence of innocence. This is one story that will keep you turning pages to the very end with its suspense, adventure, and just a little romance.

What made The Grumpy Book Reviewer grumpy?

First and foremost, the incorrect use of a commonly misused phrase, “begs the question”. It does not mean the same as “raises the question”. It means to advance or offer a premise in an argument while assuming the conclusion is true.

Aside from that, mostly the usual things:

  • verb tense disagreement;
  • mixing singular and plural;
  • many missing commas;
  • incorrect verb usage: was vs. were;
  • not italicizing foreign language words or phrases.


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