Sticks and Stones is an action adventure novel that follows two men who work for a group known as Close Protection Industry, which offers bodyguard services to V.I.Ps around the world. One is Edmond Raines, the best in the business. He loses his wife and son in an explosion and is consumed by depression and alcohol. He eventually finds the will to reclaim his former glory and seeks out those who were responsible for his loved ones death. The other is Cameron Stone, a new generation of protectors in Close Protection, whose latest job has him crossing paths with the very people Raines is searching for. Teaming up the pair hope to bring the long evading criminals to justice, as well as heal wounds of the past.
Author Thomas LeBrun has written a rousing crime thriller with some fascinating characters that readers will love to follow; like Tosh the sensi, who is tougher than he looks and has a fun sense of humor, and Sara who is a feisty and tough woman with skills that are equal to her male counterparts with the added bonus of parkour abilities.
The fight scenes in this novel are vivid and thrilling. Readers will be able to easily visualize the action because the author knows where to provide detail and where to let the imagination run wild. I also felt the emotional tension throughout the story. Like the scenes where we were brought along for protection detail, you could feel the protectors’ anxiety. These scenes are gripped by tension and it will keep readers on the edge of their seat as the drama unfolds. There were some great little humorous moments as well that made me smile, which is always good to have to break up the heavy drama in the story.
This is an action story but it gives plenty of room for the characters to develop. While I enjoyed Sara’s character I felt that she was given a lot of space on the page where I would have enjoyed it more if her character development was summarized a bit. This is a minor point in a novel that is filled with amazing characters.
The tension throughout Sticks and Stones continues to rise right up until the end of the book where the story ends amidst plenty of action that ensures readers will be begging for book two. Minor issues aside, this was a great action novel that will appeal to readers looking for a gripping story and lively action. You’ll find yourself going all over the world, with some compelling characters that know how to handle themselves.
Pages: 167 | ASIN: B0B2Y78NCX
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Hiding in Plain Sight shares your storied like with readers and shows them the obstacles you overcame and the lessons learned along the way. What was the inspiration for the setup of your story?
Throughout my life, I have followed individuals that have followed their own paths, whether it is in sports, business, or unusual endeavors that most would say impossible or people were just lucky. Along my route “less traveled” time and again people told me that I couldn’t do something whether that was in my weightlifting, martial arts world, or the close protection business. I guess I was inspired to prove to these people, these naysayers I could do anything I put my mind to. My underlying message is that nothing is impossible. The setup was the fact I live in a small town and that I have traveled to 45 countries from a business I created out of nothing but the will to succeed.
I appreciated how candid you are in the book. What was the hardest memory for you to share?
My parents, their decline, and the care they needed before their passing. My decision was to do everything in my power to make them comfortable.
What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book?
Be patient with your dreams, find mentors to help you achieve various steps of your process.
Nothing is impossible. Be true to yourself. Develop your own can-do attitude.
Find resources that may re-frame your mind and get you out of a negative mindset.
Create depth in all that you are and present life with the best version of yourself
What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your story?
The one thing I hope readers take away, I hope they are very inspired to create their own path and legacy.
Never give up
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Hiding in plain sight by Thomas LeBrun, is the action-filled true story detailing a famous executive protection specialist’s life. It takes readers through his childhood, to his approach to weightlifting and martial arts all the way to providing security for entertainers.
LeBrun writes in an engaging way and explains his job in detail, underlining the difference between himself and a bodyguard, as he is an executive protection specialist. His life is intriguing, and the narration provides provocative details, but while there are some specifics about his family that are shared with the reader, the focus remains on sharing experiences of events in his storied life rather than taking a deep emotional dive into them.
I appreciated all the references to pop culture of the time. This does an excellent job of setting the backdrop of the story, making it feel grounded and immersing readers in that time. And these cultural references also serve to focus the story, and the reader, on deeper themes such as the attack on the twin towers or Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.
I enjoyed the photos that are included in the book. It made the book feel familiar and personal, so they were deeply appreciated. I enjoyed the book and felt it was an illuminating memoir. It provides an intriguing examination of ‘toxic masculinity’ and shows how persistence and hard work pays off.
Hiding in Plain Sight is a thought-provoking memoir that takes readers through the various personal moments in Thomas Lebrun’s life. The author also includes personal items that help the reader connect with his life; like his reference letters, photos and quotes from real people. This helps the story feel authentic and I think will it appeal to most readers. I would like to end this review with the author’s quote: “Further, I explained that Executive Protection Specialists operate as low-profile chameleon. With me, I called it “hiding in plain sight”.”
Pages: 361 | ASIN: B08YNX6KC5
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