The Inspection: Part One

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"Nice … opening to what could be a cracking story. In parts funny and with a couple of really tense scenes, especially the ending" – 5 out of 5

For the pupils and staff at King Henry's School in the quite village of Redlock getting to the end of today is going to be murder. The Inspectors are in and death has come with them. More

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About Ian Ford

Ian Ford is an English author best known for The Inspection series of books. He was born in Sheffield in 1974 to a working-class family: his mom worked as a cook in a rundown primary school and his dad worked as a kitchen fitter for one failing business after another. With his one brother, Ian grew up in such upper-class council estates as the Manor, Gleadless Valley and Darnall and was educated at Myrtle Springs Secondary School; a place where pupils entertained themselves by trying to cut each other's' throats with salvaged pencil sharpener blades.

Despite such a privileged and rich upbringing, as an adult Ian decided to slum it with the dregs of society and become a secondary school teacher. In his illustrious time in this bottom of the barrel profession, he taught mathematics at various schools around Sheffield before finally bettering himself and becoming a writer, via other such well-respected professions as Postman and call centre operator.

Ian's first book, The Inspection: Part One, draws heavily on his experiences as a teacher; offering a darkly humorous view of a school under government inspection… but with less bloodshed. He is currently balancing his time between writing his second book - The Inspection: Part Two (funnily enough) - and working at the home of sport- Sky TV.

Ian still lives in Sheffield, England with his gorgeous partner Sarah and his pet monkey Jack (Jack is his little boy and he's gorgeous before you call social services - I know some of you have itchy dialling fingers). As well as finishing the concluding three parts of his first novel - The Inspection - he is in the process of writing a book about a serial killer terrorising a quiet English village called 'Redlock', a children's book entitled 'The Wishfactory' and an attempt to bring the slasher movie vibe to the book medium with 'Wax'.

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About the Series: The Inspection
King Henrys is a small school in a small village, with average exam results and the same problems faced by all schools. To the Village Council this was its biggest problem. They wanted a school at the top of the exam tables, a school that was revered across the country and a school that was perfect in every way. But after years of declining standards things are going to change, because today a special team of Inspectors are paying a visit and they will stop at nothing to deliver the Council's vision. Even if it kills them .... All of them.

With the snow falling and the staff rapidly disapearing, can Sam Thorne, a teacher at the end of his tether and Millie Fox, a pupil with a difficulty telling dream from reality, be able to figure out what's going on before it is too late? For the staff and pupils at King Henrys terror has descended upon the school and getting to the end of the day will be murder. The Inspectors are in and hell has come with them.

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jsbakerl007 reviewed on July 4, 2018

Great page turner. Would recommend
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
TBrice87 reviewed on July 4, 2018

Wasn't expecting much - the book is self published after all. But other than some slight grammatical errors (sorry English Teacher in real life) the book is well written (may just be me but the writing style brings back memories of Barker and King from their heyday) and does a good job of grabbing you. The main characters are well fleshed out (although some of the others need a little more work) and the story moves at a pleasant pace with great use of imagery to create scares. Not read part two yet but will definately be doing so after this.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
OldManClarky reviewed on June 29, 2018

Keeps you hooked to the end and leaves you wanting more. Recommended
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Nin10DoFanboy reviewed on June 15, 2018

Interesting little book. Better written than most with interesting characters and builds to a great ending. Only thing that lets it down is inconsistant pacing. The main (male) character is not your usual slightly damaged bad-ass and I find that refreshing.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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