We want to welcome Joe Pringle Author of Unbreakables! Below you will find a few Q & A’s where Joe tells us a little about himself and his book Unbreakables, as well as Sugar’s review of the book and a South African Giveaway.
I’m fortunate enough to be living in the heart of the Cape winelands, though I grew up Kwa-Zulu Natal. I’m a bit of a wine enthusiast, though not exceptionally knowledgeable about wine. When I wrote Unbreakables I’d been without a TV in my house for three years and since then I’ve written two more novels, though I now own a TV.
Could you describe your novel in one short paragraph?
Ben, Chris and Leon are young and ambitious but when they’re left with few options for income they decide to try something none of them thought they’d ever do – a diamond heist. The rules are simple, only steal that which is already stolen and don’t get caught. As they get deeper into the job each realises that it’s easier said than done and they all discover their own shortcomings that could topple the entire plan.
What can readers expect from your novel?
Something South African, realistic and maybe even possible. It has a bit a bit of everything even though it’s only meant to serve as the introduction to the series. The sequel, 144, is due for release end November. Bigger and bolder.
What inspires you to write?
I enjoy writing and telling a story, so it doesn’t take much to inspire me to write. Usually when I get an idea I have to put it into words, even if it’s just a short story. For me it’s more about writing because I enjoy it than it is about writing because something specific inspired me. I like to put my idea on paper, set myself a few goals and then just jump into it. If I don’t do 6000 words a week I know I’m being lazy. By not planning my novels too carefully I keep myself interested as I get to develop the story and its characters as I write.
Thank you for stopping by Joe and for answering all our questions!
Sugar’s review of Unbreakables
Published: August 16th 2012
Publisher: ZPB Publising
Paperback: 316 pages
Genre: Fiction, Action, Crime
Author: — Twitter — Facebook — Website —
Source: Received from the author for a honest review
Unbreakables was a very exciting and action packed read that I could hardly put down! The book is about 3 guys who are undervalued and underemployed. Together they decided to get away from their normal lives where they struggle to make ends meat. They plan on doing this by robbing a high-end jewelry store where diamonds are being kept for safekeeping by the police – a victimless crime.
This book could easily be made into a movie and join the ranks of the Italian Job and The Town. Although not with so many twists and turns, the novel instead gives you an insight into these 3 guys and who they really are. All 3 guys are relate-able to in some way and each of them reminds me of one of my friends. You have the brainy IT guy, the smooth ladies man and the guy that keeps a level head and tries to do right by everyone.
Joe Pringle has a way of creating a setting where you feel that you are right there. It is very vivid and well described. You don’t feel for a second lost in the surroundings or left out of the plan. I also enjoyed the South African setting. It is always refreshing to read about a town or place that you have actually been to, and where the country/town isn’t represented in an unfair or biased light.
So if you like rooting for the underdog, or even the bad guy and you like an action novel that doesn’t jump the shark (like lots of action movies, lets be honest) then this is the book for you.