180⁰ Chord by Chris Leicester – Book Review

180⁰ Chord by Chris Leicester – Book Review

108 chord by Chris Leicester

180⁰ Chord

Author – Chris Leicester
Publisher – Too Write Productions
Pages – 247
Released – 19th April 2021
Format – ebook
Rating – 3.5 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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You’re the pride of the police force. Your conviction rates are unbelievable. You’re so ruthless and unethical; some say you’re like a criminal yourself. And there’s no fate or consequence for you, just facts. But what happens when they both unexpectedly come calling one afternoon? One moment you’re a detective sergeant and the next, a convicted murderer. Then due to an administration ‘error’, you end up in the very same maximum-security prison you sent most of your scalps to. So what then?

As soon as the news of your arrival at the prison spreads, the riot starts and they come looking for you. As the prisoners begin their rampage, a fellow inmate, Connor hides you in his cell. Together you flee and hide from the gang in various parts of the prison as they frantically seek you out. But who is Connor and why is he protecting you exactly? The reason will soon become abundantly clear as your past life comes back to haunt you.

Review by Clive

Firstly, thanks to Chris Leicester for an advance copy of 180° Chord, hopefully to be published later this month. I can see that Chris has already published several books and screenplays plus a play, The Incident Pit, which has toured the UK.

180° Chord is a gutsy, sometimes brutal, description of a prison riot but one that could quite realistically occur. During the course of the rampage we follow the backstories of the leading participants. We also follow the prison authorities and the Home Secretary as they do their best to deal with the situation.

In his Goodreads’ Biography, Chris tells us that he studied Creative Writing and his skills are evident in his descriptive passages where he is very good at setting an atmosphere. On a couple of occasions I felt that the descriptions outweighed the merits of the action.

I struggled to empathise with any of Leicester’s characters. Of course, prisons hold a number of violent, even evil people but many inmates are there through circumstances or inadequacies but these do not appear to be represented. The authorities are generally portrayed as ineffective buffoons. Maybe Leicester was trying to use them as a light-hearted contrast to the strong themes in the prisoners’ storylines.

Despite these concerns the book kept my attention. The lively climax gave me some interesting and unforeseen twists although I was left wondering about some of the peripheral storylines. Maybe I missed some detail but I was left with a few questions.

In summary, I can recommend 180° Chord as an earthy UK prison novel and have awarded 3.5 stars. Who knows, you may be able to pick up on the finer points that I missed.

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Author Info

Chris Leicester 180⁰ Chord

I grew up in Sheffield in the UK surrounded by a wonderful mix of heavy industry and beautiful scenery. After finishing my ‘A’ levels in 1976 I went “walkabout” where I mixed 3 years of foreign travel with over 14 “horrible” temporary jobs deliberately chosen to give me a rounded experience in life. I returned back to the UK and went to study in London. From there I lived in Islington and Maidenhead for 8 years and Birmingham for 9. Then I went to see my sister in Chester for a new year’s eve party over 2 decades ago and stayed there ever since. I have two young sons, Tom and James.

I first began writing at an early age where a comprehensive school backdrop provided an interesting blend of playing football, avoiding fights and writing poetry. In 1998 I studied creative writing at Liverpool University and went on to run a writing group after that. When one of its members complained that he couldn’t get his stage play produced, I formed Too Write Productions over a pint of lager and my vertical learning curve in the tortuous world of theatre production began. Seven plays and several books later, I continue to write original, story-based works with imagination at their heart.

​Outside writing I also enjoy most sports including karate and I’m a qualified pilot. I also very much like my “Busa” – the monster GSXR 1300 Suzuki Hayabusa.

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4 Responses

  1. Jo Linsdell says:

    Not sure 180⁰ Chord is a book I’d pick up for myself but you did a great job with the review.

  2. Megan | Bookstacks & Golden Moms says:

    Not exactly a book I would read. I can see a specific audience really enjoying 180⁰ Chord but very informative review, anyway 🙂 Thanks for sharing it!

  3. Thanks Jo. I don’t think it is a book that will suit everyone.

  4. Thanks Megan, I agree the book is for a specific audience, but it is still a good read.