Alex Abbott is a damaged man, leading a damaged life. He is an alcoholic, former soldier surviving on his wits, picking up work as a gun for hire. He subsists in Singapore, but it is better than Baghdad. He has memories of what his life could have been, as a father and husband. A different life he could have lived, and would want to live, if only he could be given the chance.

However, one last job brings him into life threatening danger, and a trap that leads to betrayal, a cover up, and the kidnapping of his estranged soldier son, Nathan.

The book moves along at a terrific pace, with colourful characters, short sentences, short chapters that move from place to place, intrigue to intrigue and danger to danger.

It hits the ground running, with plenty of exposition, and a detailed life as a soldier, with Ollie Ollerton personal experience coming into play. The lifestyle of an alcoholic is also well explored, and adds to the pathos of Abbott’s life style, and what he has become.

His life has been one of tragedy, from the death of his brother when he was young, a splintered, fractious relationship with his parents, and an unglamourous life in Burton on Trent, where he met his former wife, and Nathan’s mother, Tessa.

As double-cross becomes triple cross, and betrayal become betrayal, Abbott realises that he cannot even trust his closest comrades from his Army days, Burton, and former soldier Stone, who have gone where the money is, even if it exacts a heavy price from both of them.

Scar Tissue is a book that picks up the reader, and takes them, breathlessly from compromised opening, to ending.

Scar Tissue was written during lockdown, and follows two other factual books from Ollerton, about his experience in the Special forces. Although the book is complete in itself, it leaves itself open for the next book in the series, which is coming out in Autumn 2021.

Review by Ben Macnair

Published by Blink Publishing (1 April 2021)
Paperback, ISBN 978-1788703826