Sunday 21 August 2022




A lost town controlled by a ruthless family. Now one man stands against them.

Fugitive ex-special forces operative, Tom Rollins, is en-route to Mexico when he is forced to detour into the small town of Brenton, Texas, a place whose glory days are far behind it. A powerful criminal family, the McQuades, runs things now and they don’t take kindly to strangers.

When some of their thugs try to intimidate Tom, he pushes back – hard. The McQuades can’t stand for that - they have Tom beaten, arrested, thrown in jail.

If that was all they did, he’d probably let it slide, just leave town. But tough guy Earl McQuade  makes a fatal mistake – he steals a pendant from Tom, a piece of jewellery given to him by the woman he loved.

Tom wants that pendant back and he’ll do whatever it takes to get it.

The McQuades have powerful allies – corrupt politicians and law enforcement, a lethal biker gang, a small army of foot soldiers. They’re not worried about Tom – one guy against all of us, what can he do?

They’re about to find out.

Wrong Turn – Book 2 of the superb Tom Rollins action thriller series. Perfect for fans of Lee Child, Jason Kasper & David Archer.

I’ve long admired author Paul Heatley’s work. Gritty, dark, thoughtful and disturbing automatically come to mind when I think of his early books. His recent writing has more mainstream appeal these days, but I’m still engaged by his story telling abilities.

Wrong Turn is another enjoyable, fast-paced read from him. It’s the second in his Tom Rollins series, coming after Blood Line.

The Rollins series is about an ex-CIA black ops type military man, who rebelled on his last mission and went AWOL from his unit, after rediscovering his moral compass. He suffered loss in the first book and here he is on his way to Mexico to settle the remains of his dead ex-girlfriend. Tom is travelling incognito, as he is still wanted by the authorities.     

An unwanted diversion sends him into a small Texan town where everything is run by a local criminal family, the McQuades and their enablers. Tom isn’t famed for turning the other cheek, and despite his hotelier’s warning to avoid the one bar in town, Rollins – a shit-magnet extraordinaire - has an altercation with some local drug dealers and the big man wannabe gangster, Earl McQuade.

Events escalate thereafter… jail, more trouble, a drug gang, zombie addicts, corrupt cops, warnings, stolen property, a meth factory, a biker gang, bent politicians, kidnappings, a town under control, political ambitions, conspiracies, an election and a license to print money.

Rollins uses his considerable experience and skills to go up against the bad guys, all while trying to keep a supposedly low profile. Needless to say, the two aims are incompatible. He deals capably with the problems in front of him, while having to keep an eye over his shoulder as his past threatens to catch up with him.

Exciting, action-packed, a Jack Reacher type hero, an interesting setting with a decent plot and a satisfying outcome. My kind of reading.

4 stars from 5

Paul Heatley’s been a busy man, as he’s now had six books published in the series in little over a year. Blood Line has been enjoyed previously.  

Read – August, 2022

Published – 2021

Page count – 321

Source – Purchased copy

Format – Kindle


  1. The setting for this one sounds right for the sort of story it is, Col. And the 'regular guy' going up against the odds can make for an absorbing story. It's funny; I thought of Reacher when I started reading your post. It sounds as though they do have silmilarities...

    1. Margot, I'm a sucker for the 'one man against the odds' trope. I love these kinds of books, always with the proviso that they're well written and the characters are more than cardboard cut outs! Heatley ticks both boxes for me.