Book Reviews: The Mechanic Trilogy by Rob Ashman

Those That Remain (The Mechanic Trilogy #1)Those That Remain by Rob Ashman

This is book 1 in the Mechanic Trilogy and I highly recommend that they are read in order.
The book begins on Wednesday 23rd March 1983 (present day) with Lucas returning to work after a lengthy absence.  We are then taken back 8 months to tell the story.
This is a very gripping psychological thriller that has the reader turning page after page.  It has a lot going on with all the elements that make a good thriller included and interwoven into one incredibly brilliant story.

Lucas is a unique character we meet him first on his return to work and immediately get the impression that this is a grumpy bad tempered man.  As we move through the story the character develops into a likable Lieutenant who is determined to bring the bad guys to justice.  He has a strange marriage that brings a little humour to the book.

Among the other characters we have Bassano who is a womaniser used to getting his catch but gets thwarted when he sets his sights on Jo and Harper, who was lead on the initial Mechanic case but is now retired and often drunk.

Harper is a strange one he has buried his woes in a bottle for so long but a past memory causes him to rethink his life.  He plays a significant part in the story although he has a minor role.
The story moves along at a fast pace as Lucas and his team travel down dead end after dead end trying to stop a sadistic sociopath before any more families are destroyed.  There are twists, turns and several curve balls as we join Lucas in his 8 month journey to the present day.
I can’t wait to read books 2 and 3 in this trilogy.  I had my reasons for deducting 2 stars but I am unable to say what they are without spoilers.

I am pleased to have discovered Rob Ashman who is obviously a very talented author and I am very grateful to Bloodhound Books who provided me with an advance copy of this book.


In Your Name (The Mechanic Trilogy #2)In Your Name by Rob Ashman

This is book 2 in the mechanic trilogy and I would strongly recommend they are read in order.
This book picks up where book 1 ended (and began) where Lucas has returned to work after a lengthy period of rehabilitation following events in book 1. He is feeling very fragile and disillusioned and the situation is not helped by Brassano severing all ties with him.
It is very difficult to review this book without spoiling either book 1 or this book for the readers so I will say little about the actual story. The book moves along very quickly and, as I have come to expect from Rob Ashman, there is a LOT going on and the suspense builds throughout the book with many twists and turns along the way. Expect the unexpected and be prepared for any outcome this is a psychological thriller at its best.
Lucas teams up with 2 friends,  to make a formidable threesome, ready to take down the mechanic and anyone else that gets in the way. Will he succeed? And if he does what will be the price?
Complex characters that continue to develop and all are realistic with unique personalities and a human quality that some authors miss.
An awesome read. Many thanks to Bloodhound Books for the advance copy.

Pay The Penance (The Mechanic Trilogy #3)Pay The Penance by Rob Ashman

This is book 3 of the Mechanic Trilogy and I would strongly recommend reading them in sequence although it could possibly work well as stand alone.

The book is fast paced and totally gripping so I would suggest you don’t start reading until you have a fair bit of time as you won’t be able to put it down. Murder, corruption, blackmail, drugs and a little humour make this one of the most gripping books/series I have read in a while.

After the death of a friend and spouse Lucas is out for revenge and Harper is
happy to tag along. However, Mechanic is also out for revenge and wants Lucas and Harper to ‘pay the penance’ for their actions in previous books.

Mechanic is a sadistic murderer and we get to know the character even more deeply in this book and we also learn more about the history and background that created the monster that Mechanic has become.

Lucas and Harper are both on a mission to put an end to Mechanic whatever the cost and they both know the cost will be high. Moran has also been dragged into the web of violence and corruption that surrounds the case and she finds herself caught up in the middle of a war that will probably cost her her career at the very least. But like her 2 partners in crime she is unable to walk away so joins the 2 men in the hunt.

Despite the violence there is a hint of humour in the background that I absolutely love and it makes this book unique. It is, without doubt, a jaw droppingly brilliant series and I am looking forward to more from Rob Ashman.


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