Meet Joe. His dependency on alcohol, which the only thing which seems to push away the paranoia, sees him barred from his local pub and despite the medication prescribed he is still haunted by a single and horrific dream. Since Brexit things have gone from bad to worse, and while he once prided himself of his acceptance of cultural diversity the line of acceptance is becoming hard to see. Saving an acquaintance from an altercation was the start of a downward spiral. Powell was the beginning of the end, he introduced him to boxing and Joe found a new passion, one which landed him in trouble. His only hope lies with the black sheep of his family, his uncle. But his uncle is a known racist, a member of an extreme group planning to take Britain back, and in order to receive his protection he expects something in return.
Stuart Kenyon’s Swiftly Sharpens the Fang is certainty going to stir an array of emotions in any reader. Open and unbuffered topics of racism, Brexit, terrorism, white supremacy, mental health, dependency, and culture all rolled up into one tale. You will visibly cringe at the coarseness of some of the truths displayed in the undiluted telling of Joe’s troubles. It is actually a breath of fresh air to have characters not centred around political correctness, even authors these days are concerned about offending and often dial down their characters prejudices, but not here; human nature is not always nice, it is not dialled down in reality and these characters are as real as they get. Swiftly Sharpens the Fang is certainly controversial, hard hitting, and likely to cause a stir.