Ultimate Justice

The swell of the sea had doubled in size in the last thirty minutes.
“Skipper, it’s no good. We won’t make it,” Taylor shouted above the thunder and the howling wind that surrounded them.
The captain threw back his right arm, which connected hard with Taylor’s face. Taylor staggered unsteadily on his feet and landed heavily against the door to the tiny bridge. “Get away from me, you imbecile. I give the orders around here, not you. You hear me?”
Taylor righted himself and surged forward, determined to make the captain change his mind. It would be foolish for them to try to enter the port in a storm like this. He watched out the starboard porthole at the waves continually bombarding the deck, and knew they wouldn’t have long before the sea welcomed them with open arms and sucked the life out of them. Thoughts of his wife, Sonia, and his three adorable children entered his mind and stayed there, as if mocking him for undertaking this perilous voyage, despite the huge risk involved. Unexpectedly, his family’s beautiful smiles and the shocking thought that he’d never see any of them again spurred him into action.
He scanned the wheelhouse for a possible weapon. He saw a metal bar in the corner and pounced on it. “Skipper, stand away from the helm.”
Captain Smythe, a man built like a heavy weight boxer, snarled at Taylor before his gaze drifted to the bar he was holding. “Think you can take me on, sonny? Fancy a bit of mutiny, do ya?”
“Our lives are in danger, Skipper. Surely you can see that?” Taylor watched as madness seemed to settle in his aggressor’s eyes.
“I see no such thing. It’s a storm, and a tiny one at that. I’ve been at sea longer than you’ve been out of nappies, lad. Now, let me bring this old girl and her cargo in. Have a day off from your foolishness for a change. Leave this job for a real man to handle.”
The captain’s undermining of him incensed Taylor. He gritted his teeth and his knuckles turned white around the bar he was holding. Smythe turned his attention back to fighting the helm. “You fucking idiot.” Taylor ran at him, screaming like a banshee with the bar high above his head. “I’ll be damned if I’ll stand by and let you kill us all.”
Smythe cried out in pain as the bar crashed against his skull, but he didn’t go down as Taylor had expected. “Ya bastard. Think you can take me on, do ya? You’re the fucking idiot around here if you think that.” Smythe’s iron-like hands connected with first the right and then the left side of Taylor’s face, leaving him dazed. The bar crashed to the floor, and stunned, Taylor held his head in his hands. He’d never been hit so hard by a man before, and he’d been in several fights over his thirty-odd years on Earth.
The boat swayed violently as both men stood their ground, eyeing each other with caution and contempt, but at the same time unaware of the screams coming from the hold below.
The captain beckoned to Taylor. “Come on, then, if you think you’re hard enough. Give me what you’ve got, you nancy boy, with your snooty redheaded wife and your two point four children.”
The captain’s intentional goading worked, and Taylor charged him with all his might. The captain’s chest puffed out and his fists clenched into tight balls. Taylor was clobbered around both ears before he got within a foot of Smythe, but he kept up his charge, despite being almost knocked senseless. Taylor bowed his head low and charged into the captain’s portly stomach. Smythe only laughed at his inept attempt to bring him down.
Taylor, his blood boiling with anger, stooped to the floor and retrieved the bar. He swung it like a golf club at the captain’s lower leg. With the boat being tossed in the high waves, the captain lost his balance and hollered as he went down. His head hit the side of the binnacle supporting the helm, and blood erupted from a wound above his right eye. Taylor tried to stop the wheel from spinning out of control, catching his hand several times in the spokes in the process. “Fuck!” he cried out as a bone snapped in his little finger.
The captain, who was lying on the floor, laughed.
Taylor glared at him, then turned his attention back to the helm, and, watching it intently, he waited for the opportune moment to come his way. Finally, he grabbed one of the spokes firmly with both hands while he anchored himself behind the wheel, his feet spread wide apart. Feeling calmer now that he appeared to have the vessel under control, he guided the ship out to sea and away from the port they had been heading towards.
“Turn this ship around. If you don’t, we’ll go under for sure,” the captain insisted.
“Shut your mouth. If I’d left things for you to sort out, we would have been smashed to pieces on the rocks by now.”
“It takes decades of experienced sailing to become a captain. You’ve got neither the balls nor the stamina, sonny, to bring this ship home safely.”
“We’ll see about that, old man.” Taylor focused fully on the task at hand and chose to ignore anything else the captain had to say. In the distance, he could hear the ghostly screams of their cargo riding on the howling wind. He gulped down the frustration building within him and steered the vessel through the tumultuous waves. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw the captain struggle to his feet. But there was little Taylor could do about the captain’s impending attack. His back took the force of the captain’s strike. He gasped for breath as the air was driven from his lungs. Excruciating pain shot through his body.
“Take that, you bastard. I’m taking control of my ship. My ship, you hear me?” The captain ran to the wheel.
Taylor’s hand went in search of what was causing the pain in his back, and his heart sank when he discovered the six-inch blade embedded there. He crumpled to his knees as the blood started to drain from his body. The beautiful faces of his young family flashed before his eyes once again. He asked only one thing: “Why?”
The captain took his eye off the sea for a split second to glance at Taylor, and that was when disaster struck. The wheel spun out of Smythe’s hand, and the force sent him reeling across to the other side of the bridge. The whole boat lurched sideways and water flooded through the open bulkhead door as it flew open. With his life slipping away, Taylor didn’t have the strength to stop himself from being swept out the doorway and onto the deck Smythe did nothing to prevent his exit for, despite his hulking frame, the water dragged the captain through the doorway after Taylor. They both choked on the salt water as the mighty energy of the unforgiving, raging sea pulled their heads under the surface. Taylor watched his captain resurface three or four times, his body smashing against the taffrail a few times before being washed overboard and out to sea. Taylor finally succumbed to the sea’s beckoning call.
It wasn’t long before the ship, in her last death throes, finally sank.
The sea sighed with satisfaction at the devastation it had caused, yet no one was there to hear it. Even the ship’s valuable cargo had been silenced.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Addition to the Series March 29, 2013
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I am sitting here dabbing my eyes. Grab a box of tissues before you reach the end of this book.

I have heard some people say that this is the final book of this series. All I can say is I hope not! Ultimate Justice is a perfect addition to the series; the story is strong, the characters continue to remain engaging. Anyone who hasn't read The Justice Series is cheating himself.

5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Comley Book April 1, 2013
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This 6th book of the Justice series is another fabulous, fast read. If you liked the others, make sure you set time aside for this one. Once you start, you won't want to stop reading. The whole cast of your favorite characters are back, even Pete having his say here and there! The main plot keeps you guessing at who the bad guys are and how Lorne will get herself out of the deadly situations only she can worm her way into. Comley also has fantastic back stories going on, which is one of the things I love best about her books; they are filled a variety of plots to take your emotions from one extreme to the next. Download this book now and get ready for a book filled with mystery, thrills, fun, surprises, friendship, psychics, and tears. Gotta love Lorne!

5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting conclusion to the Justice series30 Mar 2013
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Another great story from the pen of Mel Comley. Lorne and her ex MI16 husband solve another heinous crime involving the trafficking of young girls. I read this book in a day because I couldn't put it down. I can only hope that we haven't really seen the last of Lorne and Tony.

5.0 out of 5 stars More Please!31 Mar 2013
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A ship sinks taking it's human cargo with it. Lorne is determined to bring the perpetrators to justice little knowing the danger involved and how close to home it will come!
I love how Lorne is so much more than just a private investigator, she shares her life as a mother, wife, daughter, kennel owner and ex-cop with the reader and this brings so much more to the story.
In my personal opinion this is the best of the series yet,as ever the plot is tight and action packed and the more I learn about the characters the more I like them.
I know this is meant to be the final book in the series but I hope for the readers' sake the author will change her mind.

5.0 out of 5 stars Box of tissues needed! April 6, 2013
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Another brilliant installment in the Justice series by the fantastic Mel Comley!

Lorne Simpkins is back, with her ex-MI6 husband Tony, hunting down the bad guys and kicking a**! We also see more from her dad, Sam, her daughter, Charlie, and her ex-partner Katy!

Dealing with the story of a ship carrying girls being abused in a human trafficking ring, it's a little difficult to read at times, but Comley deals with the subject brilliantly - enough detail to make the story hard-hitting, but not enough to make you want to put the book down!

This book should come with a warning though - without giving away any spoilers, be prepared to cry at the end! Have a box of tissues handy!

A brilliant end (but hopefully not!) to a fantastic series, with lovable characters and exciting story-lines. Will be sadly missed!

5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic. 7 April 2013
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well this was book 6 in a series that i've trully enjoyed reading.
I'm a little sad that this is probably the last in the series, although we can live in hope for another one one day.
A great read, i didnt want to stop reading, i needed to carry on to see what was happening, but as i got towards the end i didnt want to read because i knew once i finished it that was it...lol..

May i suggest a box of tissues for when you get near the end, and maybe reading it on your own, not in public..lol

Thanks again Mel for a fantastic series, i just cant wait to see what you write next. looking forward to the new book...

5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star suspense 10 April 2013
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When a wrecked ship is found to contain the bodies of 25 young Asian girls Lorne is determined to investigate in spite of reservations from both her husband and father. She teams up with former colleagues DS Katy Foster and DCI Sean Roberts and soon finds herself in serious danger.
This is another great story showing the tenacity of Lorne even in the face of great risk to herself. I was delighted to see some of her Met colleagues as well as the wonderful character that is psychic Carol Lang. Along with the newspaper reporter who gets a shock when meeting Tony for the first time she adds a little light relief to the story. I sincerely hope that we haven't yet seen the end of Lorne and Tony.
More please Mel.

5.0 out of 5 stars Powerfully moving book from Prologue to End April 26, 2013
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One of the things I've loved about the Justice series--I skipped no pages. I've followed DI Lorne Simpkins from Cruel Justice to Ultimate Justice, and it's been a thrill ride all the way.

Starting with the Prologue I knew I had another mystery/thriller on my hands, but the first several chapters had me slightly confused at first. Lorne, now settled in with her new husband, Tony, and father Sam, were trying to build their private investigation business while saving dogs and finding homes for them. As a dog lover, this endeared Lorne even more to my heart, and I loved this small trip through her personal life. I feel as though I know her already, but seeing her in her home setting with family was in many ways a small treat. I did, however, wonder where that detective I've grown to love went.

Then it happened. A news story of a shipwreck, bodies on the beach. A young house maid with swollen eyes and a hidden secret and Lorne was back up and running with her former partner Katy, and a somewhat misguided and unfortunate reporter.
M. A. Comley takes us on another thrill ride, right into the dark side of human nature. Lorne, hot on the trail with Katy by her side discovers things that she can't ignore. Which is one of the things I love about her. She rushes in to save the innocent, protect those who can't protect themselves, even at her own peril.

Be prepared to smile, to laugh, and finally to cry. A powerfully moving book from prologue to end.
I would rate this book R--for violence and sex. It deals with a subject matter that some find offensive, but is a reality we all must face as it does happen. If you love a good thrill ride and a strong female character who also isn't afraid to show her softer side and be a wife, mother, daughter and friend, I highly recommend the Justice series. If you're a former Justice fan, you'll love seeing Pete again, if only for a moment.

5.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate Justice 26 April 2013
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This is another excellent mystery from Mel Comley. I've found that the books in this series have gotten better and better as the series developed and I think Mel has excelled herself with this latest (and possibly final) `Justice' book.

Following a shipwreck on the Kent coast, the bodies of a number of Asian girls are found on board and Lorne Simpkins feels compelled to investigate.

The mysteries in Mel's books are always compelling--and this one, touching as it does on the emotive subject of people trafficking is no different. As well as Lorne we get welcome re-appearances from old characters such as Katie Foster as well as some intriguing new ones such as a journalist who teams up with Lorne and Tony.

As I've said before, one of the strengths of these books is the excellent characterisation. This ensures the reader is routing for the characters and really feels the tension when they are put in dangerous situations.

Mel has indicated that this will probably be the final book in the series--and she certainly ended the series on a poignant moment that I'm sure will sadden many long-term readers of the series. I hope Mel Comley can be persuaded to write another book featuring these wonderful characters soon.

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