Point of Contact
by Richard Ayre
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Pub Date 29 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 8 May 2022
A series of horrifying, unexplainable deaths. A race against time to stop an all-powerful madman. And the only person who can stop him is battling his own demons.
Newcastle, England. People are bursting into flames without warning or explanation. When the local police seek an expert in spontaneous human combustion, there is only one man to call: ex-firefighter Ian Fenwick, a man with a past as dark as his future.
Fenwick finds himself thrust into his most deadly investigation yet, pitching him against a crazed killer and mysterious entities known only as The Visitors.
Can Fenwick stop them before they make the whole world burn?
Point of Contact is the latest thriller from Richard Ayre, described as “An incredible read, full of action and horror.”
“If like me you loved the work of the late James Herbert, then trust me, you’ll want to check out Richard Ayre. This man can write stories that’ll drag you in and keep you in the tale’s grasp until the very last page.” - Chris Hall: DLS Reviews
“Strong characters and a gripping adventure. I could not put this book down. A brilliant piece of storytelling that keeps you on the edge of your seat till the very final lines.”
“What Ayre has achieved beautifully with ‘Point of Contact’ is display the depth and strength of his talents as a writer by creating a world that belongs in both the horror and sci-fi genres.”
“What a storyteller Richard Ayre is! Highly recommended!”
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Spontaneous combustion is a pretty incendiary plot driver. DuhDum Dum Dunz.. But seriously, it’s a really freaky thing. There isn’t much exact science on it and what there is, Ian Fenwick knows. Because of his years as a firefighter earlier in life, because of his subsequent years operating a fire safety company and, primarily, because that was the way his wife died and thus it became a subject Ian has studied and researched extensively over the years.
So when there’s a death that appears to be SHC, Ian gets asked to consult the police. Except that the details are all wrong. And soon the body count increases and all Ian, his newly found love interest pretty blonde, green eyed detective and the rest of the cops can do is try to figure out what’s going on.
Turns out it’s infinitely more sinister than a random freak occurrence. Turns out it’s all to do with a master conspiracy plan of global domination for and by the mysterious beings referred to as The Visitors.
And so this supernatural tinged procedural must reckon with forces they were never trained or prepared to taken on, forces most refuse to even believe in.
There’s plenty of suspense and mystery and even a surprise evildoer reveal for thriller fans and also loads of freakiness for supernatural fiction fans, not to mention oodles of action and puddles of gore for both.
The romance is laid on kinda heavily, but it’s just that kind of a book. It wants to give you a complicated and beaten up by life yet thoroughly likeable protagonist and it wants to give him something to live for…a sexy younger lady, to be specific.
But this isn’t to say the entire production is cheesy or trite. Au contraire, it’s actually quite well done. For an indie from an author I’ve never heard of, especially. It’s well written, well edited, well paced, exciting and, above all, fun, just pure fun to read. I’d dare say…fiery. And that’s it for me and puns with this one. Apologies to all (those weirdos who don't appreciate a fun pun).
Wait, wait, wait, one more...a blazing scorcher to get fired up about. Right? Right? Ok, really done now.
But yeah, a very entertaining read this was. I liked it. Recommended to genre fans. Thanks Netgalley.
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