Book Review: Wanted by Emlyn Rees

Posted June 17, 2014 by RobbieLea in Book Reviews / 0 Comments


Title: Wanted

Author: Emlyn Rees

Genre: Fiction/Suspense/All Ages

Publish Date: 6/17/2014

Publisher: Witness Impulse

Rating: 4.5 Out of 5 Stars

~ Book Synopsis ~

Hunted by 9 international Intelligence Agencies for a terrorist atrocity he did not commit, hostage negotiator Danny Shanklin is now the world’s most WANTED man, with a reward of $10,000,000 being offered for his capture dead or alive.

Trapped in a deadly race against the clock, as well as protecting his family, Danny’s got to track down the terrorists
who framed him. And stop them before they get their hands on 6 lethal smallpox formulations, any one of which could trigger a global pandemic, which would leave only 1 in 3 people alive.With just a 7 foot Ukrainian mercenary and a ruthless female assassin hell-bent on avenging her father’s death to help him, Danny soon finds himself being forced into becoming both predator and prey as he desperately tries to win the fight of his life.

~ Robbie’s Review ~

The plot of Emlyn Rees’ suspenseful thriller Wanted involves a global threat that is terrifying and one we can only imagine…terrorism by germ warfare.

This was a weapon that could bring not just one man but a nation of men and women to their knees.  It could make whoever controlled it not only powerful, but rich beyond belief.

Replete with a level of detail which is a tribute to the author’s creativity, readers are led on a heart stopping chase by Danny Shanklin, a wanted man who is trying to chase down a group of terrorists who are nothing more than mercenaries with loyalty only to themselves while he himself is being chased by several acronym agencies.   Danny is not only being chased by the authorities for a crime he didn’t commit, but by a Satanically evil killer known as the Director who is responsible for the brutal murders of his wife and son, and who can’t bear the thought that Danny and his daughter escaped the same fate at his hands.  The Director isn’t just a killer…he is a game player

making his victims play Paper, Stone, Scissors for their lives, as he’d watched and played God, deciding when and how they’d die.

The Director drops out of sight after his colossal failure with Danny’s family, but now he’s back and not only must Danny deal with his own precarious situation, but he must try from a distance to protect his daughter from almost certain death at the hands of a killer who won’t rest until she and her father are dead.

The best word to describe author Emlyn Rees’ writing style is riveting.  Danny Shanklin has gotten himself into a heck of a mess through no fault of his own and from the first page to the dramatic ending, readers are caught up in a tangled web of intrigue with a lot of not-so-nice characters chasing each other and Danny.  There is so much detail, it’s like the rapid fire from an automatic weapon.  No one can be trusted and few are who you think they are, so you are left on the edge of your seat knowing that just around the curve a serial killer, a terrorist or a deadly germ may reach out to grab you.  Readers who enjoy  thrillers, espionage and lots of suspense with an international flavor will find Wanted a worthy entry to the genre.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book directly from the author.  I was not paid to read or review this book.  All opinions are my own, and I was never influenced by anything or anyone.


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~ About the Author ~

EMLYN REES is an author, editor and director of the Dark & Stormy Crime Film, TV & Book Festival.

He spent his early twenties traveling around Asia and pouring drinks in London for the likes of Sylvester Stallone and Princess Anne, before joining the Curtis Brown literary agency and having his first crime novel published aged twenty-five, his second a year later, and then co-writing seven comedies with Josie Lloyd, including the Number One Sunday Times bestseller Come Together.

Emlyn recently set up and launched the UK and US paperback crime fiction imprint, Exhibit A, for Angry Robot, and now, along with Julia Crouch and Ray Leek, runs the Dark & Stormy Crime TV, Film & Book Festival.

Emlyn’s race-against-the-clock thriller, Hunted, was published in 2012 by Constable & Robinson in the UK and HarperCollins in the US. The sequel, Wanted, is out in 2014.

Emlyn lives in Brighton with his wife Joanna Rees, who also writes under the name Josie LloydWe’re Going on a Bar Hunt, a parody, written by Emlyn and Josie, and illustrated by the brilliant Gillian Johnson, was published by Constable books in 2013.

He is the commissioning editor of British and American paperback crime fiction imprint, Exhibit A, and lives on, near and around Brighton beach. You can find out lots more about Emlyn at, talk tunes with him at and natter on Twitter @EmlynReesWriter.

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