#BlogTour | #SeriesReview | ALEX COHEN SERIES (Books 1-3) by Leopold Borstinski @borstinski (November 2nd 2020) #AlexCohenSeries @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours

Hello and welcome to our stop on the Alex Cohen Series blog tour!

Thank you very much to Emma @ Damppebbles and Leopold Borstinski for providing a copies of the book to [K]

The reviews below are 100% honest and all of her own views.


Three decades in the life of Jewish gangster, Alex Cohen, as he arrives in the US and forges a life for himself and his family using the blood, sweat and tears of those who stand in his way. 

This digital box set contains the first three books in the saga of Alex Cohen’s life:

The Bowery Slugger:  When Alex Cohen arrives in 1915 America, he seizes the land of opportunity
with both hands and grabs it by the throat. But success breeds distrust and Alex must choose
between controlling his gang and keeping his friend alive. What would you do if the person you
trusted most is setting you up to die at your enemies’ hands?

East Side Hustler:  Alex returns from the Great War almost destroyed by the horrors he has
experienced. When he is plucked from certain death by an old friend, he commits to making so much
money he’ll never know that agony again. But the route to the top is filled with danger and every
time he helps one of his powerful friends like Al Capone, he acquires more enemies who want to see
him dead. The turmoil caused by the death of organised crime financier, Arnold Rothstein means
Alex must once more fight for his life. How far would you go to seize the American dream? And
could you protect your family along the way from the fellas who want to see you dead?

Midtown Huckster:  Alex runs Murder Inc for Lucky Luciano. After the death of Prohibition he must
find a new way to make money, just as the cops are baying at his heels. When Luciano goes down for
racketeering, Alex loses his protection and is arrested for tax evasion-he must decide between
saving his skin and ratting out his friends. If he chooses prison time then his gang will fall apart and
he will end up with nothing. If he squeals then he will have to flee the city he loves and the family he
once adored. What would you do in a world where nobody can be trusted and you have everything
to lose?


Below are a repost of my reviews of the Alex Cohen series so far I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to read.

I have previously read Leopold’s work The Heist so when the opportunity appeared to read the first in his new series I jumped at the chance and have not been disappointed. I love the way the books follow Alex though the decades of his existence, from when he first appeared with his family in America with his family in book 1 The Bowery Slugger, following his antics and adventures to book 3, Midtown Huckster.

I enthusiastically recommend this series to anyone who enjoys this genre, and wants to read about a Jewish gangster trying to make a name for himself in the streets of America.


The Bowery Slugger:

This is the first book in a brand new series from Leopold Borstinski. Whilst I have read previous books by this author before, I have never read one of an American gangster genre so I jumped at the opportunity.

Alex and his family left their old home, and his questionable employment to create a new and better life for themselves and a chance for Alex to go straight in the land of opportunity, America.

Landing in New York they quickly find that this is not the case and Alex is drawn back into criminal employment to help support his family. A violent and harsh life he progresses in the Jewish gang he rises in the ranks so he is soon running his own crew.

I found this to be a very clever and well written story. It was well paced right up until the page turning end. I can’t wait to read the next book in this very exciting start to a new series.

Original review can be found here

East Side Hustler:

After reading the Bowery Slugger I jumped at the chance of reading the second book in the Alex Cohen series.

In this second book we rejoin Alex after he returns to America after the First World War, haunted by the horrors he has experienced whilst away. With blanks in his memories, he struggles to remember where he left money for safekeeping before he left the country so falls into homelessness resigning himself to living on the streets. An old friend saves him from a short lived life of homelessness and Alex vows to never allow himself to fall into that position again, learns how to cope with his PTSD from the Great War and reinstates old friendships and connections to make himself lots of money. 

I found this to be another brilliant fast paced page turner in the Alex Cohen series. How we meet old characters and new, including some famous faces and where Alex’s decisions lead him in the midst of the Prohibition period in America.

When I finished book 2 I cannot wait to get stuck into book 3 when I get the chance!

Original review can be found here

Midtown Huckster:

When the opportunity to read and review book 3 in the Alex Cohen series appeared I jumped at the chance after loving books 1 and 2

As Prohibition is ending and despite his inclusion in Murder Inc Alex needs to find a new way to keep the money coming in, are drugs the next big thing?  This is the last thing that he needs as the police are investigating his finances, they have already pulled his friends up against a jury and he is next in their sights.

This was another fast paced thriller, keeping you absorbed in the depths of the blood and grime of gangland New York. I settled straight away into this new book swiftly with the familiar characters, feeling I was on the outskirts of the inner gang, wearing my overcoat and fedora, blending into the background. Finding myself at times rooting for Alex that he will come out on top and succeed, and other being exasperated with his decisions.

I cannot wait to see what happens in book 4, I hope to get my hands on it soon! 

Original review can be found here

Author Bio:

Leopold Borstinski is an independent author whose past careers have included financial journalism, business management of financial software companies, consulting and product sales and marketing, as well as teaching.

There is nothing he likes better so he does as much nothing as he possibly can. He has travelled extensively in Europe and the US and has visited Asia on several occasions. Leopold holds a Philosophy degree and tries not to drop it too often.

He lives near London and is married with one wife, one child and no pets.

Social Media:

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Publishing Information:

Published by Sobriety Press in paperback and digital formats on 2nd November 2020

You can buy the Alex Cohen Series (Books 1-3) from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

Amazon (UK) | Amazon (US) | Amazon (AU)

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