Rainbow Gold Reviews is happy to be one of the hosts for ‘The Island’ (The Vanished: Book 1) by H.M. Wolfe and C.J. Bishop.
THE GANGSTERS… Clint, Cochise, and the men return home from Canada, looking forward to some much-needed rest and relaxation. But they soon discover there is no rest for the weary—as they are immediately faced with another crisis—missing loved ones that seemed to have disappeared into thin air. With no leads and no idea if their loved ones are dead or alive, the gangsters are desperate to dig up a single clue—anything to set them in the right direction.
As the gangsters are about to lose hope, an unexpected lead takes them to the last place their loved ones were seen. With a reluctant witness and a forced confession, they are left with little to go on… until a group of strangers—in search of their own lost loved ones—provide another piece of the puzzle that ultimately leads the two clans to a place of hellish imaginations… and terrifying revelations.
THE BASE… After the unexpected, violent encounter with his arch enemy Alexander Kane, Ardan MacNamara, the founder of The Base sanctuary for child prostitution victims, finally closes the door on his dark past. His honorary adoptive father, Fabian Bloom, who also suffered horrific physical, sexual and mental abuse at Kane’s hands, no longer looks over his shoulder, enjoying his new life to the fullest.
But then, Ardan’s three sons and their friends are kidnapped in broad daylight, only a few hundred yards away from The Base, and the two men’s world collapses. Numerous search parties are organized and no stone is left unturned, but the kids are nowhere to be found. The evil force behind the kidnapping seems to be greater and more dangerous than anything Ardan and Fabian fought against.
Desperate situations require desperate measures and, for the first time, the two men search for help outside their circle of traditional allies. Even if they’ll find it, Ardan and Fabian are aware that, this time, they may not make it out alive.
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This is the first book in a crossover series and also the first book that I’ve read by these authors.
I strongly suggest that you read the books that this series spun off from first. I didn’t and while it can be read as a stand alone, I found myself confused as to the characters and their places in this dark, dangerous world that CJ Bishop and HM Wolfe have created.
Once I got somewhat comfortable with who the characters were and how their relationships worked, I could really appreciate the work that went into creating this crossover. There’s a lot going on, lots of fingers in lots of pies and a whole bunch of dangerous men who don’t want to trust each other but don’t have much choice. I also have to mention that this book has lots of triggers so here’s your warning. Very awful and ugly things happened to many of these characters and the authors don’t shy away from the emotions and impacts that those things have on these guys. These guys are gritty and completely unafraid to do whatever it takes to get their families back after many of them are abducted.
I won’t go into much detail about individual characters because there are so many, but I can tell you that I’m already invested in the outcome of a few of them. Lovely innocent (ish) young men who are completely out of their elements! I won’t lie, I’m kinda afraid for them. They aren’t being held in a good place and bad things are sure to happen but we don’t know, because… cliffhanger!
Hopefully the next book in the series will be out soon because I need to know what happens next!
I’m also going to try to get the other books read beforehand so I can catch up on what led the characters to this book.
8/10 Pots of Gold or 80% recommended
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