#BlogTour | The Bowery Slugger (Alex Cohen #1) by Leopold Borstinski @borstinski (November 10th 2019) @damppebbles @DamppebblesBTs #TheBowerySlugger #AlexCohenSeries #damppebblesblogtours

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

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Blurb:

A turn-of-the-century Jewish boy punches his way into the gangs of New York.

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?

The first book in the Alex Cohen series is a violent historical novel, which rips through the early years of the Jewish New York mob. Leopold Borstinski’s gripping crime noir beats at the chest of every reader with a bloody fist.

Review:

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.

[K]

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.

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You can buy The Bowery Slugger from the following booksellers (and obviously many more! Support your local booksellers where you can!)

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

#BlogTour | THE LAGOTTI FAMILY SERIES by Leopold Borstinski @borstinski ( June 30th 2019 @damppebbles @DamppebblesBTs )

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

The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.

Book Series Blurb:

Two generations and four decades in the lives of Frank, Mary Lou and the rest of the gang


The Heist Blurb:

After leaving Baltimore Penitentiary, Frank’s get rich quick scheme to rob a bank requires his girlfriend, Mary Lou to sleep with an inside guy and for his gang to stay together long enough to take down the vault. Meanwhile Mary Lou falls for the inside man and can’t decide whether to go with him or Frank. If she chooses the wrong fella she’ll be penniless and wind up dead. How would you choose between a fool and a dreamer?

Review:

Frank has just come out of prison and has a plan to set him up for life. 

Due to the nature of his plan he needs financial help from his Uncle, who also recommends people for his team and Frank’s girlfriend Mary-Lou is also involved in the plan, acting as go between with Frank and the inside man gaining his trust. But he also has his own problems and reasons for participating in this crime and can he be trusted to do what is asked of him?

The story follows the group of criminals Frank has assembled as he develops and fine tunes his robbery plans. Time progresses distrust in the group ever increases and everyone is suspicious of each other. 

I found this a very clever idea and different to the books I have read previously. I cannot wait to read book 2 soon

[K]


The Getaway Blurb:  

After ex-con Frank and his girlfriend Mary Lou rob a Baltimore Bank, they must flee across country before the Feds find them and the mob ices them for stealing from an organized crime boss. As they dash to California, trust becomes the most important currency as Frank and Mary Lou grapple to decide whether love is enough to keep them together. And by the time they reach their goal, they must fight to the death to survive hired guns and trained police shooters. If they don’t kill everyone in their way then they will die themselves. Would you risk everything for a sack of greenbacks?


Powder Blurb: 

When Mary Lou takes the proceeds from a bank robbery to start up her heroin dealing business, old enemies circle overhead and threaten the lives of her twins. How will she keep them safe in such a dangerous place and what is she prepared to do to secure her new venture?


Mama’s Gone Blurb: 

When Mary Lou makes some bad decisions, her twins and her husband must decide whether she’s losing her mind. If they can get that cleared up then all they have to worry about is their feud with the Russian mob. And then someone goes and ices the old lady. Who would have the cajones to murder the head of the Lagotti family?


About Leopold Borstinksi:

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:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/borstinski

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LeoBorstinski

Website: http://www.leopoldborstinski.com/

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/l/B071ZZXZMR?_encoding=UTF8&redirectedFromKindleDbs=true&ref=dbs_p_ebk_r00_abau_000000&rfkd=1&shoppingPortalEnabled=true

Purchase Links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lagotti-Family-Complete-Books-1-4-ebook/dp/B07TV2RF9K/ref=sr_1_6?keywords=the+lagotti+family&qid=1569234190&sr=8-6

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Lagotti-Family-Complete-Books-1-4-ebook/dp/B07TV2RF9K/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+lagotti+family&qid=1569234414&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Google Books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=3r2vDwAAQBAJ&rdid=book-3r2vDwAAQBAJ&rdot=1&source=gbs_vpt_read&pcampaignid=books_booksearch_viewport

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-lagotti-family

Publishing Information:Published by Sobriety Press in paperback and ebook formats on 30th June 2019.