“The Break” – a review


The third volume of the “Soho nights” serries is out since November 15.

This is the “trailer” on amazon.co.uk

The Break explodes into the gangland world of 90s Soho, by snooker world champion and national superstar, Ronnie O’Sullivan.

It’s 1997 and Cool Britannia’s in full swing. Oasis and Blur are top of the pops and it feels like the whole country’s sorted out for E’s and wizz.

But it’s not just UK plc that’s on a high. Life’s looking up for Frankie James too. He’s paid off his debts to London’s fiercest gang lord, Tommy Riley. His Soho Open snooker tournament is about to kick off at his club. The future looks bright.

But then Frankie finds himself being blackmailed by a face from his past. They want him to steal something worth millions. It’s enough to get him killed. Or banged up for life if he says no.

Frankie’s going to need every ounce of luck and guile that he’s got if he’s going to pull off the heist of the century and get out of this in one piece.

The Break is the third, fast-paced Soho Nights thriller, by snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan.

I just finished reading it and here is my attempt at a review.

I quite liked the book, better in fact than “Double Kiss”. One reason is that the action starts right from page one, which is good. The plot is rather straightforward – not too many ramifications – but there are a few funny original ideas and characters along the way. I won’t say more, not wanting to spoil your read … The book will not  get the Nobel prize of  literature, but it’s fast paced, entertaining and the suspense – how the hell will Frankie get out of this mess? – sustained to the very end. Just what you want on holidays or for a chill out couple of evenings. The plot again would work well for an action film.

The psychological similarities between Frankie and Ronnie are once again obvious. The questions opened in the previous two previous books though aren’t answered, which probably means that there will be at least one more book to come. We still don’t know if/how Frankie’s father has been framed, and we still don’t know what happened to his mother.

Ronnie O’Sullivan will be at WHSmith in Bluewater next month.He will be signing copies of his newest Soho Nights thriller, The Break on Tuesday, December 18, from noon.

5 thoughts on ““The Break” – a review

  1. Thanks for your tip! Yes, the Kindle version will be my last anchor in case my paperpack attempt will fail – or I’ll maybe lose patience until then. The book I ordered is in English anyway, as are most of my snooker lecture. Admittedly in the original language there’s a lot I don’t quite understand, even so. No disrespect to the translated versions but f. i. I first read the Ronnie bios in English and once compared them to those in German … Somehow I prefer reading the originals, it’s more fun, even if of course it means a challenge, too. Anyway it’s training my English skills.

  2. Monique you lucky one … I’m not sure when or rather if at all this book ever will be available here in Germany. I ordered it in May at “Amazon”, delivery announced for November. Then in August it was said delivery will delay until March 2019. And now just some days ago I finally reached the message my order was cancelled because the book can’t be delivered at all, for whatever reasons. Perhaps in paperback version in September, as Amazon now offered. Well hope dies last … Anyway many thanks to you for your review !

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