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Murder. Secret organizations. Experimental technology. Horrific crimes...

A detective, a journalist and a rich deviant all must come to terms with their pasts as their actions set them on a collision course with each other and the sinister agency known only as The Project.

Detective Andrea Nox is investigating a bizarre and violent murder-suicide with far-reaching consequenc
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Published May 5th 2016
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Eldon Farrell
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-my-kindle
Having read the Blue Ridge Project by Neil Rochford I can sum it up with one word and that word is WOW! I’m not overselling it when I say that this dark and twisted thriller is phenomenal.

Rochford’s talents are on full display throughout this book and they need to be as he chose an elaborate and most likely difficult to write story structure. The prologue is placed two days before the start of the novel (nothing unique there) and then the entire first part catches the reader up to that moment. F
Troy Vance
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is great. The Blue Ridge Project is a well written first instalment in a dark thriller series that promises much. In fact, if the next book is anywhere near as disturbing and enthralling as the first, I'll be hanging out for its publishing date.
Essentially a psychological conspiracy tale, the story is told from three different viewpoints, the combination of which successfully rocket the reader along toward its inevitable climactic conclusion.
Author Rochford has an excellent eye for detail,
Suzanne Rogerson
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I was intrigued by the blurb and as I started reading the book immediately felt different to the usual detective stories.

Characters - In the beginning there are too many characters to keep track of. It keeps you on your toes because you never know which character will play a part or is the next victim. That kept things interesting, but also made it hard to form an attachment to any of the characters.

Style - Part one is pres
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Blue Ridge Project is a fascinating start to an intriguing series of nefarious activity with strong political pull. The dialogue is quite humorous and spot on setting the mood. The varying storylines are woven together in such a way to set the reader up for even more than meets the eye. I am looking forward to reading more of the series to learn what develops next.
E.L. Lindley
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Blue Ridge Project by Neil Rochford is a beguiling mix of crime thriller and sci-fi. I found myself enthralled from the very first page and the break neck pace didn’t let up until the last.

Rochford’s success lies in the way he shrouds his story in mystery, leaving his readers compelled to read on in order to find out what might happen next. The story is based in Beacon City which is controlled by the rich and very sordid Hamilton family. From the onset, the mysterious and strangely deserted
Terry Tyler
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reviewed by me as a member of Rosie Amber's Review Team

This is a complicated and cleverly thought out thriller with three main strands that come together smoothly; it's a jolly good plot, original and unusual. Murders, evil politicians, psychosis, mind control, dark secrets from the past—it's got the lot. I wasn't quite sure at first, it just seemed like another forgettable crime suspense thriller type book, fairly readable but not that memorable, but then at about 25% it suddenly got more inter
Neil Carstairs
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
This novel started with some promise. I was thrown straight into a murder-mystery as hard-bitten detectives investigate a brutal murder/suicide at a run-down hotel. The whole feeling reminded me of a 1950s movie. I pictured events happening in black and white, with the men wearing fedoras as the rain falls on the mean streets of Beacon City. Of course, with laptops and cyber-security popping up, the time period is much more modern as is the science behind the criminal conspiracy that spreads its ...more
Liquid Frost
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
This is a pretty fun book and I urge you to reread the synopsis before jumping in. Otherwise, parts may be a bit confusing. Okay, maybe I'm projecting.

It is difficult to write about this one. You can obviously read the synopsis and you can look at the cover (brain) to draw a possible conclusion; yes, it involves the brain. But to go in-depth would ruin the discovery. So, vague it is:

Three primary characters: Andrea Nox (Detective), Robert Duncan (journalist), and Frank "Don't Call Me Francis" Mo
Alice Taylor
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Blue Ridge Project is book one of the Project Book series of books. This book is about a detective named Andrea Nox. She comes to visit homicide at the police station where she worked but now after gone for a long time, after a serious injury, an investigation into her about the case she had been working on, she had relocated. Andrea comes back to investigate a brutal double murder, one being the son of the mayor elect and that same day there is another brutal murder, but the murderer commi ...more
Morgan Billings
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
"The Blue Ridge Project" is a thrilling mystery novel that follows the converging path of three distinct characters: Detective Andrea Nox, Robert Duncan, and Frank Mortimer. Though these people come from different backgrounds and live completely different lives, a horror of a mystery brings them together in the most unlikely of ways.
Rochford writes an enticing story that not only grips the reader but also challenges them. "Blue Ridge" is a story of dark vices and deep-seeded psychology that can
Mandy Walkden-Brown
An unusual and cleverly woven story and a definite page-turner. There are some strong personalities amongst the characters, some of whom are likeable and are others are rather unsettling.
There are several, equally compelling, threads to the storyline and when these and the characters in each connect, the depth and breadth of the conspiracy and its chilling potential comes to light in a gripping climax.
I'll be patiently (not so much) awaiting the sequel as I'm sure there is yet more suspense-fi
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of The Blue Ridge Project in exchange for an honest review.

A very strong opening chapter that hooked the reader in. The characters were introduced gradually, which gave you a chance to get to know them individually. There were a lot of references to an incident involving the Captain’s daughter in the past, so this made me wonder if the book was a sequel. Lots of different strands to the plot, which, initially I wasn’t sure how would all fit together.

The strands did all com
InD'tale Magazine

The story magnetically pulls the reader in, capturing their interest with pertinent information metered from prologue to epilogue.

Read full review in the 2016 November issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure, this is my second reading of THE BLUE RIDGE PROJECT in a very short period of time. Sometimes little things, like one's daughter's wedding, get in the way of more mundane things like reading and reviewing a book. Well, maybe not the reading, but the review certainly went to the wayside. The fact that I am reading it through again, when I read it less than two weeks ago, speaks volumes in its favor. It isn't so much that I forgot the story, it is more to regain familiarity with t ...more
Bruce Perrin
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good Action, But with Limited Plot Integration

The Blue Ridge Project develops three seemingly unrelated stories: Andrea Nox is a detective who is trying to solve a murder/suicide; Robert Duncan is a freelance journalist who stumbles on the biggest story of his life; and Frank Mortimer is the demented son of a rich and powerful family who is just trying to tame his demons. Only in the conclusion do we learn what these seemingly distinct lives have in common…and it’s not anything good.

I tend to ha
Neil Rochford
May 05, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: books-i-wrote
Heather A. Fowler (Bloodthirsty Muses) - "THE BLUE RIDGE PROJECT is a tasty tome full of terrifying technology and monsters, with great noire and suspense flavor. A modern cross between Frankenstein story and cautionary tale, with dashes of mystery thrown in. I was riveted all the way through.

It’s difficult to describe the things I loved the most without spoiling the good stuff that makes it hard to put THE BLUE RIDGE PROJECT down.The three-dimensional characters, their individual arcs, and the
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Neil Rochford is an Irish man, which means that he harbors crippling self-doubt and confidence in pretty much equal amounts. He loves fiction where minds are bent and bad things happen, and tries to emulate that in his own creative works.

He started writing short stories in 2014, some of which will be available in the upcoming short story collection, Dark Wings. The Blue Ridge Project, a dark specu

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