Bookworm Express: Squall – Sean Costello

Hi there! Welcome back to the Bookworm Express on Scribbler Alliance! Today I’ve got something different for you. Instead of my usual preferred genre of Romance, today, I bring you suspense, crime and thrill.


Today’s featured book is Squall by Sean Costello. Even though this book has been rated R by the publisher due to strong language and is not suitable for young readers, I hope that those of you who are of age will give this a try.

The story of Squall is of just that—a squall which is a violent storm and its after effects. Before you think it’s a tale of tragedy, think again. It’s a story of struggle, determination and retribution.

The book opens with Dale Knight and his fiancée, Ronnie; both stoners and both in the business of selling heroine. Their troubles begin when Ronnie kills their would-be customers and turns Dale into a fugitive … from both the law and a ruthless drug lord who also is his brother. It’s when Dale goes into hiding that he meets Tom who crashes into the party … literally.

Tom Stokes is a bush pilot who lives a happy and content life with his little family. When his plane crashes into the cottage where Dale is hiding, it takes him some time to find his footing. And that time is exactly what takes the assassins sent to kill Dale to find the duo. What follows is a story of this unlikely pair’s struggle to stay alive and get back home.

With his brilliant way of narrative, Sean Costello manages to draw perfectly synchronized pictures of the happenings in our minds. The immaculate flow of the story will keep you gripping the edge of your seats as you storm through the book.

Here’s an excerpt for you from the book:


THE WEATHER BROKE ALL of a sudden, six in the morning, just south of Parry Sound. An hour earlier they’d been sitting at a dead stop behind a tractor-trailer jackknifed across the highway, flares everywhere, an O.P.P. officer coming right up to Dale’s window and asking him where they were headed. Dale only stared at the man and Ronnie said, “Kukagami eventually, but we’d be happy to make Parry Sound tonight, find a hotel and get out of this weather.” The cop said that was a good idea, flashed Ronnie a smile and went on to the next vehicle. Dale saw Ronnie tuck her handgun—a nickel-plated Colt .380 she carried with her everywhere—back into her bag and thought, This is a nightmare, somebody wake me up.

 The drive in the snow, slow and hypnotic, had settled Dale’s nerves a little; but seeing that cop stroll up to the window like that, and then Ronnie, ready to shoot the man in the face, brought it all back hard. He was a fugitive now, running not only from the most ruthless crime boss in the country but from his own brother. The law, too, if the cops got involved. Christ, three dead Asians.


Intrigued? Pick up a copy and get reading, folks! In Anne’s scale this book gets 4.5 stars out of 5 stars. I’m deducting half a star because I wanted more of their HEA in the end, but all in all, it’s perfect just the way it is.

Thank you for visiting. If there’s any book you’d like us to review, let us know in your comments. On a quick note, Anne Express is suspended due to the posting issue on I’ll post Virtuoso as soon as it’s fixed.




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