Grave Island by Andrew Smyth #Blogtour #Review


When Philip Hennessey is thrown out of army intelligence after evidence is fabricated against him, his ex-wife’s

school friend asks him to investigate the sudden death of her father, who she thinks has been murdered.

Philip soon discovers a far larger problem: a lethal trade in the manufacture and distribution of counterfeit drugs.

Using his contacts within the intelligence agencies, he follows the trail across the world, chasing counterfeit vaccines that could kill thousands.

Pitted against an international conspiracy, can Philip prevent the fake medicines getting through, and who can he really trust?

My Review

I’d like to thank Bloodhound books, Sarah Hardy and Andrew Smyth for including me in this blog tour.

I enjoy a book that has twists and turns and keeps you guessing, Grave Island ticks all of those boxes.

The main character Philip was refreshingly real, I genuinely warmed to him.

At the beginning of Grave Island Philip is in the army on a mission in Afghanistan. The first chapter opens as he is raiding a pharmacy in search of the Taliban. A mother and her son have been caught in the crossfire. Her thirteen year old son is dead. This was really heart wrenching to read even more so as this could really be based on true life.

On his return to England Philip is set up, this leads him to question the people he thought were friends. He is discharged from the army.

Thinking he’d have a quiet career break renovating a barge this soon changes when Greta his Ex wife’s friend contacts him and asks him to investigate the death of her Dad. This starts his journey as a private investigator.

The story develops and the plot thickens as Philip uncovers a massive drug scam, but not street drugs, pharmaceutical drugs.

Grave Island is a great read that will enthral and tantalise you!

Click here to buy Grave Island

All About Andrew

After graduating from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, Andrew spent a couple of years attempting to break into the film industry (including an unenviable job as Michael Winner’s assistant). When not working in films, he started up a building business and carried out work both in the UK and later in the South of France.

On returning to the UK, he established a company to manufacture a range of public transport seating, which won the 1980 Design Council Award. Eventually the seating was installed in bus stations and shelters throughout the country with licensees in Japan and the USA. Over the next twenty years the company diversified into the manufacture of architectural glazing and by the time it was sold, it had a workforce of some 60 people.

Andrew then concentrated on his main interests: sailing and writing. With his wife he explored the Mediterranean extensively in their catamaran, moving on to the Red Sea, East Africa and the Far East, returning to the Caribbean and the USA. He has written frequently about his travels for all the main yachting magazines. He also wrote and published an Introduction to the Canal du Midi, which was the inspiration for Rick Steins’ TV series. His first novel, Caesar’s Passage, was short-listed for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel award. His second, a thriller called Grave Island, is due out in the summer of 2018.

Andrew is married with two adult children.

Where To Find Andrew



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