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Spice Trader


Loved it! 😍

Spice Trader will give you a satisfying, quick hit, of a fast-paced suspenseful thriller, but might leave you craving more.

Spice Trader is a quick, entertaining, suspense-story about some friends who stumble into the drug trade almost by accident, and find themselves having to continue stumbling through an increasing amount of unexpected challenges.

It's hard to write much about what actually happens in this book without giving anything away, but the reader follows Peter, who, along with his friends, enjoys drugs... perhaps a little more than he'd like. An event causes Peter to rethink his relationship to drugs, and he goes from being a user to being a producer. Unfortunately, along with money and a personal supply, Peter also conjures up some unwanted attention.

I'm a fan of short, snappy, suspense-novels, so my main gripe with Spice Trader is one that I rarely have: it could have been longer. A large chunk of the book is spent setting up for the main act. That's not to say the setup was boring, because it wasn't, but the setup was solid, and elaborate enough that this book could easily have held me captive for another hundred pages. The characters are filled in well in the ways that matter, and we get to know just enough about them to care - but little enough that a suspenseful veil of uncertainty hangs over what they might be thinking, what they might do next, and who they really are.

The way we get inside the head of the main character, Peter, is effective and well executed. His increasing confusion and desperation shines through, and the way he thinks, and acts, resonates well with the impression I got of his state of mind.

The Big Brother-esque tech-angle in this story fizzles out quicker than I wanted it to, and ends up feeling like a conceit (albeit an effective one) rather than a full-fledged element of the story. This doesn't make the story worse, but I felt that ever-increasing government surveillance could have been spun into something rather exciting and interesting, especially in the context of low-key drug production and trading.

I really enjoyed Spice Trader. It is a quick read that will keep you entertained until it ends, even though it ended sooner than I'd like. If you want a quick escapist journey into the shady world of drugs, this book is well worth your time.

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About the author

Henry Neilsen hails from Melbourne, Australia. After working myriad odd jobs, he studied architecture at uni. When he isn’t writing, he is a keen competitive rower who has competed at the Australian national championships. He lives with his fiancee Anna and their two cats, Penelope and Ser Pounce. view profile

Published on October 31, 2020

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50000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Thriller & Suspense

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