The Policewoman

Fiction - Military
442 Pages
Reviewed on 11/07/2016
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Author Biography

Justin W.M. Roberts was born in London, son of a British Army General, and grew up in Hong Kong, Germany, and England. After graduating from Hull university with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Psychology, he continued traveling and living Europe, Africa, and Asia.

He currently lives in Indonesia where he is an analyst of political affairs and an active promoter of secular humanism.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

The Policewoman by Justin W.M. Roberts is a military fiction story set in the year 2026. Sarah is a policewoman with a lot of ambition. She works for Densus-88, an anti-terrorist unit, set up to fight the narco-terrorism sweeping the world. The Irish Drug Cartel is incredibly powerful; they have extended their manufacturing plants to Indonesia, Ireland, and Scotland, and are not afraid to kill whoever stands in their way. Sarah is assigned a new task; together with the Interpol Incident Response Team, she must find the members of the Cartel and shut them down. Working closely with the SAS, the beautiful and smart policewoman has to learn Close Quarters Battle Tactics and learn how to use them in the field. All is going well until things start to get personal for Sarah. Now she not only has to help find the Cartel, she also has to protect her family and friends, and even herself as the battle to win heats up.

The Policewoman by Justin W.M. Roberts is an incredibly powerful novel. Although it is set in the not too distant future, it does reflect very much on things that are happening in the world right now and, perhaps scarily, is something that could very well become a reality for all of us. The plot line was excellent; it was solid, strong and had some very surprising, if not terrifying, twists in it along the way. The characters, especially the main protagonist, are incredibly well developed, written to fit the story exactly and there is nothing left to the imagination. This ensures any reader will know exactly who they are reading about and this leads to a deeper understanding of the story. Fantastic fast-paced story, this would make an excellent movie! Looking forward to reading more from Mr. Roberts in the future

Christian Sia

The Policewoman by Justin W.M. Roberts is a military thriller, an engaging story featuring very complex and well-developed characters in an international setting. It is 2026 and the world has evolved greatly, with narcotics taking on a new look altogether. A narcotic conglomerate with headquarters in Ireland is characterized by ruthlessness. Now they have manufacturing plants in Indonesia, England, and Ireland. Their plan is simple: dominate the market and introduce a new rule to the world. They are expanding rapidly and someone has to stop them before they gain total control of world politics and the economy.

Sarah works for the Densus-88 unit, a police unit set up to fight terrorism. She isn’t just beautiful and intelligent, but also has a passion for what she does and a huge ambition, so when she’s assigned to the Interpol Incident Response Team, she is determined to stop the drug cartel. But things don’t work out as she had hoped they would. Instead of chasing the bad guys, she soon finds out that someone is out to hurt her, and they will do this by getting to those close to her. Can she protect her friends and family from the impending danger the cartel poses?

Fast-paced and told with surprising twists, The Policewoman is an insanely gripping read; yes, it is intoxicating. Justin W.M. Roberts creates a compelling character in Sarah, one that readers will want to follow closely. Although the story is set against the backdrop of the world many years into the future, it comes across with striking realism. The narrative voice is unique and clear and the prose so clean and seductive that readers will find it hard to put the book down. I enjoyed this story a lot, and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to thriller fans. A great and compelling read.

Divine Zape

Narco-terrorism isn’t new in contemporary literature, but The Policewoman by Justin W.M. Roberts is one of the novels that has exemplified the fight against the proliferation of drugs. Set in a time in the future where organizations have evolved with technology, Sarah is a beautiful, intelligent, and ambiguous policewoman who wants to make a difference in her work. Her uncanny skills set her apart as the most likely person to join the Interpol Incident Response Team to fight the terror of the Irish Cartel. Sarah and her team from the SAS might be well trained and well equipped for the task ahead, but the enemy they are about to take down is unrelenting, cunning, prepared, and ruthless. Readers only know the real Sarah when the fight becomes personal.

Justin W.M. Roberts has the gift of making readers imagine a world run by drug lords, a world threatened by dictatorships and lawlessness. I enjoyed the international setting that takes readers to future Indonesia, Ireland, and England. The author did a great job in imagining a technology that has evolved to match the needs of the time. The plot is fast-paced and the fact that Sarah is always at the point of running into some danger makes it even more riveting. Although the story is set against the backdrop of the 2020's political landscape, it is very believable with characters that are as interesting as they are real. The writing is flawless and the narrative voice comes across in a compelling way. The Policewoman is packed with action, rippling with emotions, and is satisfying.

Arya Fomonyuy

The Policewoman by Justin W.M. Roberts is a gripping thriller featuring the fight against drugs and terrorism. Across the world, governments are faced with the crippling effects of the proliferation of drugs, masterminded by a powerful drug cartel based in Ireland. With manufacturing plants in three different countries, this mega drug cartel is about to infest the world with a new drug culture. To stop them, a special operations unit, the Interpol Incident Response Team, is set up to fight the ruthless cartel.

Sarah joins the Interpol Incident Response Team with great recommendations from her superiors — she is intelligent, determined, and skilled. Her beauty doesn’t go unnoticed as well. Sarah gives her all to fight narco-terrorism, but she never imagined that the fight would turn personal and that the most deadly adversary will be set against her own family. Now she must muster all her strength and the resources she needs to take the bad guys down before they get to her.

Justin W.M. Roberts sends readers on a tailspin race as they follow Sarah’s career while she faces multiple dangers, and as she builds herself into a formidable tool braced against the bad guys. The characters are so well explored and defined that they leap off the pages. If you want a book with a promise at the beginning and a fulfillment of that promise by the time you turn the last page, then read The Policewoman. It reads like many genres; an action paced novel, a page-turning police investigation, and a great thriller. The international setting offers a lot of color and variety to the story. Overall, the pacing is good, the characters are compelling, and the story is entertaining.

Mike Siedschlag

The Policewoman has joined my personal list of favorite books, in fact I would place it in my top five. It's that good.

First off let's get the genre out of the way. The Policewoman is at its heart an action/adventure/romance. It is also a crime story, a special ops primer, and a real culture lesson for some of us.

The Policewoman is no boiler plate, formulaic, predictable good guys versus bad guys story. Our hero and heroine are not invincible superheroes but they are nobody to mess with. There is a lot of information here detailing how special ops teams function. This did make the story take a bit longer to develop than the reader may be used to. But it is definitely worth it, it enhances the story as the action and suspense build.

The Policewoman is a very intense story and will grab the reader viscerally, much more emotionally engaging than most other books in the genre. I dare you to not get emotionally hooked, I dare you! But there are moments of levity and downright humor to help lighten the vibe from time to time. This balance is integral to the story, keeping it from being one note and oppressive.

Basically the story is Indonesia, England and Ireland are fighting a drug cartel. No "measured responses" no diplomatic interference. Just no holds barred all out war.

The story is set between Indonesia and Great Britain, so there were a lot of cultural references that were new to me and added flavor to the story.

Great action scenes, graphic violence, not as graphic sex, love both romantic and filial, bureaucratic roadblocks, honor, duty, service and patriotism.

I just found out from the author that a sequel is forthcoming. Once you have read the book you will be as surprised and intrigued as I.

I loved this book. If you like your action/adventure to be more in depth and realistic, The Policewoman by Justin W.M. Roberts (if you look him up on line, be sure to include the W.M. or you'll get the wrong author) will satisfy for sure. Though his bio does not give any such info, The Policewoman reads to me as written by some one with more than a passing knowledge of the field of special ops. I highly recommend this book! Enjoy!


Thel Redmond

A very well written book that is pertinent in today's time. It deals with the Irish drug cartel and the fear that they bring when they threaten the very existence of the heroine's family. Sarah is a young policewoman who goes undercover to help bring down the cartel and this is the story of her fears and successes. A very well written book that deserves all of the kudos it has been given.