“Mathematics expresses values that reflect the cosmos, including orderliness, balance, harmony, logic, and abstract beauty” – Deepak Chopra
Thank you to Anne from Random Things Tours, Farrago Books and Jonathan Pinnock for allowing me to be a part of the Bad Day In Minsk Blog Tour.
Tom Winscombe is having a bad day. Trapped at the top of the tallest building in Minsk while a lethal battle between several mafia factions plays out beneath him, he contemplates the sequence of events that brought him here, starting with the botched raid on a secretive think tank and ending up in the middle of the Chernobyl exclusion zone.
More importantly, he wonders how he’s going to get out of this alive when the one person who can help is currently not speaking to him.
Join Tom and a cast of disreputable and downright dangerous characters in this witty thriller set in a murky world of murder, mystery and complex equations.
Jonathan Pinnock is the author of the novel Mrs Darcy Versus the Aliens (Proxima, 2011), the short story collections Dot Dash (Salt, 2012) and Dip Flash (Cultured Llama, 2018), the bio-historico-musicological-memoir thing Take It Cool (Two Ravens Press, 2014) and the poetry collection Love and Loss and Other Important Stuff (Silhouette Press, 2017).
He was born in Bedford and studied Mathematics at Clare College, Cambridge, before going on to pursue a moderately successful career in software development. He also has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University.
He is married with two slightly grown-up children and now lives in Somerset, where he should have moved to a long time ago.
I had not read any of Jonathan’s work before. I was drawn in by the Sypnosis. It sounded intriguing and I developed a real thirst to read it. I also have a significant fear of Mathematics. I am useless at it. So as I have an interest in reading things that challenge me; I got stuck in.
I realised as I began that this is the fourth in the ‘Mathematical Mystery’ series. It can be read as a stand alone. That being said I loved this story so much I have ordered the first 3 in the series. This was a chaotic, yet awesome read. It really makes Maths interesting whereas I have to say Maths is not something I find that enthralling. This story makes me want to pick up a Sudoku!
Mathematical papers and the Mafia. What an awesome concept. Tom is being hunted by them…something to do with…something! I cannot give too much away because you have to read this book. The pace is phenomenal. The different events are fabulous a Chernobyl Prison camp escape and home-made Vodka (I love Vodka…I would have drank it), gun porn and quite frankly mayhem. Why would you not want to read this?
There are some fantastic characters and some crazy turn of events. The narrative is just great. Brilliant prose, tremendous dialogue, great structure and whilst a mad read I could follow it with ease. There is also humour and just outright funny moments.
Brilliant, addictive, mathematical class. Highly recommended.