Bumping At Speed

Book 1 of the Lucas Bowman Trilogy

Fiction - Crime
409 Pages
Reviewed on 04/29/2018
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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

A compelling opening in the Lucas Bowman Trilogy, Bumping at Speed by Peter P. Sellers is a crime thriller with powerful characters and a sensational plot. Lucas Bowman enjoys his life and the things he does — playing polo, writing for a newspaper, and doing some investigative work. But it is his passion for investigation that will get him into trouble. An unusual encounter at a polo game with Ronald Burt gets them quickly acquainted with each other. Ronald enlists the services of Lucas, asking him to investigate his wife and his ex-wife, and an infamous mobster, Gaston Alvarez. Lucas doesn’t know what he is getting into, but it won’t be long before he understands that he is dealing with international crime when dead bodies begin to feature in the investigation. His own life hangs in the balance as he gets closer to the truth, and what is most startling is that the man who hired him might have plotted him as a pawn piece in a very deadly crime.

If you’re looking for a page-turner, you’ve got one in Bumping at Speed, a work that is balanced and deft, emotionally charged, and cunningly plotted to keep readers turning the pages and guessing. The protagonist is a compelling character and readers feel for him at the start, perhaps thinking him to be a little too gullible. But the author explores Lucas's human side with intelligence, building him up in a way so that readers will easily connect with him. Ronald Burt is a villain and he plays an indispensable role in the plot. I loved the prose and I enjoyed how the author keeps readers engaged. You can’t escape Peter P. Sellers’s storytelling spell. It grips you and holds you tied to his characters until the last page.

Trudi LoPreto

In Bumping At Speed: Book 1 of the Lucas Bowman Trilogy by Peter P. Sellers, Lucas Bowman is a polo player, a newspaper columnist, a fast draw hobbyist and now knee deep in amateur detective and spy work. When he ends up in what appears to be an innocent polo collision with Ronald Burt, Lucas suddenly finds his life changed. Burt has enlisted Lucas to get answers concerning his wife, his twin daughters' trust fund, and known criminal Gaston Alvarez to ensure the success of his shady business deal. Lucas also has the responsibility of protecting his girlfriend, Alex, and the two Everly brothers who do much of the undercover work.

There is a lot going on and all at the same time in Bumping At Speed. Right from the beginning there is excitement, intrigue, romance, murder and mayhem. There are too many twists and turns to even begin writing about them without ruining the story for you. What I can tell you is there is drama on every page that will keep you reading until the very last word. I really did enjoy Bumping at Speed and all of the excitement it contained. At times I felt like it was a little slow going and repetitive, but not for any long period of reading. I am really looking forward to the continuing adventures of Lucas Bowman to see what trouble he and his friends can get into next. Bumping at Speed is a well written story and I believe Peter P. Sellers has a great writing future ahead of him.

Ruffina Oserio

Bumping at Speed is the first book in the Lucas Bowman trilogy by Peter P. Sellers and it is a gripping crime fiction tale that will undoubtedly keep most readers on the edge of their seats. When polo player, newspaper columnist, and rookie sleuth Lucas Bowman meets with Ronald Burt in a polo collision, he doesn’t know Ronald will change his life in incredible ways. Burt employs Bowman to investigate a number of people for him, including his ex and current wife, his daughters, and a ruthless gangster called Gaston Alvarez.
When he begins his investigation, he quickly learns that nothing is like anything Bowman told him, and the closer he gets towards the truth, the more he feels that Burt can't be trusted. But he is treading in deep waters and quickly gets in the firing line. With the help of a seasoned investigator, they will dig up an international crime involving both the gang lord and Bowman.

This is a book for readers who love intelligently plotted stories and Peter P. Sellers has done an impeccable job in weaving suspense and irony into the work in a way that keeps readers riveted. I couldn’t stop reading and I enjoyed the red herrings and how the author makes readers guess. Character development is one of Peter P. Sellers’ finest skills and he creates them three-dimensional, flawed, and realistically appealing. Apart from the strong plot points and character development, the prose is excellent, filled with interesting dialogues and terrific descriptions. Bumping at Speed is a work of great entertainment.