Tour: The Portable Nine

By Pete Mesling

July 8 – 11


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  • Genre:  Crime Thriller
  • Print length: 316
  • Age range: This is an adult book but suitable for mature teens age 16+
  • Trigger warnings: Graphic violence
  • Formats available for the Tour: all standard electronic formats (sorry, no paperbacks)
  • Amazon Rating: 4 stars

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About The Portable Nine

Meet Davenport, also known as the Mad Marksman of Malta. He is a hunter. Not of game or fowl, but of men. What he hunts he finds, and what he finds he exterminates—until his trusty revolver fails him at a crucial moment in Italy, that is, leaving a job unfinished and his resolve shaken. Mistakenly thinking the blow has been struck, a criminal mastermind known as the Black Phantom performs a cruel act of retaliation. The once and would-be assassin has no choice but to reunite with a storied band of skilled mercenaries in an effort to exact revenge.

Davenport. Abel Hazard. Miranda Gissing. Dr. Joseph Intaglio. Mr. Bonnet. Twitch Markham. The Butcher. Lovinia Dulcet. Robin Varnesse. These are the Portable Nine. They operate outside the law, but they are not without a code of ethics. Outcasts all, they are heroes to the underdog and enemies of the ruthless. Intelligent and fearless, they will stop at nothing to see that their brand of justice is meted out.

Praise for The Portable Nine

A reinvigorated gang of nine fearless yet curiously likable villains springs into action…. The author keeps all his characters spinning, though some naturally dominate, right through the rather rushed but satisfying ending.A creatively conceived, over-the-top thriller with plenty of room for more delicious treachery. Kirkus review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

If you took, oh, say… James Bond, John Wick, Sam Spade, Nate Ford, and Danny Ocean and mixed them all together until somehow they popped out a group of nine vigilante hit men (and women) with varying degrees of morality, you’d have a pretty good start on this book.

The Portable Nine are nine such characters, a group of individuals with unique and deadly talents, who on occasion work together to defeat those who practice evil without reservation. In this particular story, it’s a shadowy (and often…naked?) villain called the Black Phantom who has caused the forces of the Portable Nine to assemble once more after years of quiet, and the quest to stop the nefarious evildoer will take the Nine across continents, will make them question their trust in each other, will sink everyone involved deep into intrigue and suspense, and will just in general be a pretty dang good adventurous time for you, the reader. Amazon Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Mesling is brilliant with the pen, I cannot imagine reading a thriller with this type of prose. This was the perfect pallet cleanser for the avid horror reader. I could see this on everyone’s summer TBR. Amazon Review

About the Author

Pete Mesling has published two novels (The Portable Nine for adults and The Maker-Man of Merryville for children); two short-story collections (Jagged Edges & Moving Parts and The Wages of Crime); and a volume of poetry (Imperfect Lodgings). He has had fiction appear in such publications as Independent Legions Publishing’s All-American Horror of the 21st Century, the First Decade: 2000 – 2010 and Shallow Waters, Vol. 3, from Crystal Lake Publishing. He also had the pleasure of working directly with the late Richard Matheson on an online retrospective of his career in film and television.

Mesling is the official Clive Barker proofreader for Gauntlet Press.


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