Alex Breck was born in Scotland in 1962. He studied at Aberdeen University. The many paths he has trodden since then include driving an ice-cream truck in Kansas, banking in San Francisco and teaching English (badly) in Madrid. He has been a director of both a health club and a meat factory but would stress there was no obvious connection between the two. He lives quietly on the beautiful West Coast of Scotland where he likes to ride his bike up hills and down hills much to the consternation of his family. The name Alex Breck is a pen name using an old family name and that of a historical ruffian who might be found in the fine novel Kidnapped. Alex Breck writes thrillers set in Scotland. His latest novel is The Devil You Know.
The debut novel for Alex Breck, He Who Pays The Piper (Ridge Walker novels Book 1)
He Who Pays the Piper is under the categories Terrorism, Action & Adventure and Crime & Mystery. This, in my opinion makes it sound an explosive read!n It is a first book in a series. So, a lot of reading and action!
Ridge Walker is a hedonistic young Scot in a desperate race with the devil across Central America.
He is consumed by guilt at his inability to save Orla, his beautiful and wild Irish wife, after their turbulent marriage went off like a bomb, literally. He throws himself headlong into a naive attempt to rescue his Mexican girlfriend from the clutches of The Crocodile, possibly the most dangerous man south of Tijuana.
As his hold on life becomes increasingly precarious he miraculously overcomes encounters with a rich cavalcade of characters oozing out from under the festering sore of everyday life on the run. After surviving a death squad by playing football with them his luck finally runs out and he feels the callous wrath of Mexico’s most feared drug cartel.
Nothing is what it seems. Survival demands that he trusts those around him but as Ridge travels deeper into a murky web of international evil, he battles a past that is still ahead of him and learns the hard way that redemption doesn’t come cheap.
Pursued by government agents, terrorists, drug cartels and a mysterious phantom spewed up from the swamps of the ‘Irish Problem,’ Ridge must be willing to die before he can get to the ultimate truth. In doing so he finds allies in unlikely guises but also discovers those dear to him play to a far deadlier tune than he could have ever imagined.
Here are a few things his reviewer’s say.
‘A darkly comic romp from Scotland right through Central America.’ K.A. McCoss
‘Can’t wait to see what Ridge Walker does next.’ R.E. McClure
‘Enjoyed this book very much and will look out for more Alex Breck‘ D. Randle
I won’t read the above book first though. Sorry Alex Breck. I want to start with his latest novel, The Devil you Know. Why? Because the blurb is screaming at me…choose me! Choose me! Read it for yourself.
No amount of money can disguise the fact that wealthy twenty-eight year old Lachlan Maclean is physically and morally repugnant to all who know him.
A broken human being and a killer, only a sick mind such as his could think up the experiment that he calls The Project. His aim is to excavate the deep depravity of the human condition, to create a grisly televised record of the true blackness at the centre of our bestial heart. The ultimate reality show.
Instead Lachie unearths a treasure trove of spontaneous and unaffected joy and light. For the first time in his wretched existence he feels the power and the beauty of genuine love and perhaps even a chance at redemption.
But the beast had been lurking in the shadows after all, a brooding evil borne of one of mankind’s blackest nights.
Now in a dark race against time and tormented by the forces of good and evil, Lachie is possibly the only man on earth who can save his precious new family.
Sounds fantastic! Here are some readers thoughts on it.
‘A moving, gripping and at times disturbing thriller with the rich scene setting we have come to expect from Alex Breck. A real page turner, it keeps you guessing the outcome till the very end.’R.E. McClure
‘I liked the fact that the main character was different to anything I’ve read before and that the bad guys were truly horrible.
The author obviously believes in writing strong characters for women and so this was a huge plus for me as was the idyllic island location.’Amazon Customer
‘I was genuinely surprised by the plot twist at the end.Amazon Customer