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BOOK REVIEW: Noise by Brett Garcia Rose

The world is an ugly place, and I can tell you now, I fit in just fine.

Lily is the only person Leon ever loved. When she left a suicide note and disappeared into a murky lake ten years ago, she left him alone, drifting through a silent landscape.

Or did she?

A postcard in her handwriting pulls Leon to the winter-cold concrete heart of New York City.

What he discovers unleashes a deadly rage that has no sound.

A grisly trail of clues leads to The Bear, the sadistic Russian crime lord who traffics in human flesh. The police—some corrupt, some merely compromised—are of little help. They don’t like Leon’s methods, or the mess he leaves in his wake.

Leon is deaf, but no sane person would ever call him disabled. He survived as a child on the merciless streets of Nigeria. He misses nothing. He feels no remorse. The only direction he’s ever known is forward.

He will not stop until he knows.

Praise for Noise:

“A staggering, compelling work of fiction…mind-blowingly perfect. It has everything.

Exquisite details, world-weary voice, and people worth knowing. It is truly amazing!” – MaryAnne Kolton, Author and Editor of This Literary Magazine

“Strong, compelling, raw and human in the best sense. Beautifully written.” – Susan Tepper, Author of Deer and Other Stories

“Perfect, compact and explosive, closing with the gentlest word.” – James Lloyd Davis, Author of Knitting the Unraveled Sleeves

“Wow. Beautiful and wonderful and sad and real.” – Sally Houtman, Author of To Grandma’s House, We . . . Stay

“Frighteningly good.” – Meg Pokrass, Author of Bird Envy

“Superbly explosive. The rage escalates and careens out of control. Amazing.” – Ajay Nair, Author of Desi Rap


Brett Garcia Rose is a writer, software entrepreneur, and former animal rights soldier and stutterer. He is the author of two books, Noise and Losing Found Things, and his work has been published in Sunday Newsday Magazine, The Barcelona Review, Opium, Rose and Thorn, The Battered Suitcase, Fiction Attic, Paraphilia and other literary magazines and anthologies. His short stories have won the Fiction Attic’s Short Memoir Award (Second Place), Opium’s Bookmark Competition, The Lascaux Prize for Short Fiction, and have been nominated for the Million Writer’s Award, Best of the Net and The Pushcart Prize. Rose travels extensively, but calls New York City home. To learn more, go to, or connect with Brett on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.

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236 Pages

My Rating


I’ve never read an adult thriller book before so this was new ground for me but I really enjoyed this one. It does remind you a lot of Taken which I didn’t mind at all. This book was intense with a lot of action packed scenes that kept you on the edge of your seats.

The main character, Leon is bent on trying to find his sister, Lily among the busy crowds of New York City. We find ourselves being weaved among the filthy under-goings of strip club owners and their exploits. Leon is a very determined character and as a person who has grown up in Nigeria, I found his brutality even if it was driven by love; very, very explicit. There are interrogation scenes where he snaps the guy’s fingers or stabs him in the leg and while this may be normal when seeing it on screen, I found it much harsher actually reading it.

This book is honest when it comes to all these underground events. There is no longer that ‘normal daily life’ we’re used to, instead this is a world where you can get killed or caught in the wrong web for one single act. I really enjoyed this honesty and the fact that there was no ‘still’ moment.There was always something going on and some sort of twist or mystery to be solved.

I was strangely satisfied with the ending. I don’t know why but I won’t go spoiler and reveal it. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good Liam Neeson movie or just thriller in general.



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