The Policewoman by Justin W.M. Roberts

The Policewoman

2017 Gold Medal Winner of Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest (Fiction-Military genre)Top 5 on Goodreads Listopia's Badass Female Leads list."The Bottom Line: An engaging, original thriller pitting narco-terrorists against an elite force led by a memorable heroine. Highly recommended." BestThrillers.comNarcoterrorism wreaks havoc on the world as drug cartels...

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The Policewoman Reviews

  • Archit Ojha

    Envisage yourself as the incumbent of the authority. Combating the local crimes, theft and corruption.

    Now add working in Densus-88, an anti-terrorist unit, to your CV too.

    I think I'm going to be out of adjectives to correctly describe the adventurous ride I had with The policewoman.

    I was

    Envisage yourself as the incumbent of the authority. Combating the local crimes, theft and corruption.

    Now add working in Densus-88, an anti-terrorist unit, to your CV too.

    I think I'm going to be out of adjectives to correctly describe the adventurous ride I had with The policewoman.

    I was extremely fascinated with the protagonist, Sarah. She is an exemplar for all of us. Intelligent, witty, smart, courageous, lionhearted, enthusiastic, iconic and what not.

    I had not much idea about Densus-88 and various other anti-terrorist units. So I first googled about them and oh my god! It was just fabulous to see through the eyes of Sarah about their working style.

    Right from the first few lines, the author demands for your attention and you have no option but to surrender willingly.

    His writing style is flattering. I've enjoyed it minutely. All the characters are agreeable and sensible. Dialog are awesome. They held your interest to the end. I had not imagined anything to be this good.

    Plot is what you look for in a thriller genre. This one had me arrested for the entire length.

    Despite the busy schedule I had to follow, with a little time to read books, It made me glued to itself. The sharp twist and turns only fueled my excitement.

    It is unimaginable to even think that with a theme like this, the author has managed to present his creativity to the fullest.

    There is a part when Sarah talks to her god in German in her hometown. When she goes to her work and everyone ask her about the languages she speaks, she matter-of-factly replies ,

    (I've not included her mother tongue here.)

    This moment made me dance.

    Why, you ask?

    Because I've also trained my dog, Eva to understand only German. The moment I brought her home, she made it lucid that she would be talking German and nothing else. I was connected with this moment.

    I've enjoyed this action packed thriller amply. And definitely you're going to appreciate it even more. With his nature of surprising and shocking you, Justin will provide you nothing less than a package full of entertainment.

    Make sure that you've got 4-5 hours cleared up before reading it, before that it won't let you go in one sitting.

    I was engrossed in the story, impressed with the twists that turned me upside down, inside out, imagined myself as those characters, became those characters and had an exceptionally adventurous time.

    If you are someone who loves to watch girls on action field, beating the hell out of the enemies around her, then The Policewoman is for you.

    If you are planning to spend your vacation reading a book that skids through a blistering pace -

    There is nothing better to end year 2016 with a venturesome riding like this, or to start year 2017.

  • Pooja

    I WANT EVERY THRILLER ADMIRER TO READ IT.

    A neck-breaker novel!

    Interpol, Densus-88, British Police, Indonesian Police and what not!

    Sarah is an uncompromising badass woman. She is the lady no bad person would like to be in one to one combat. Let alone in a group.

    To her enemies, she is none other than a nightmare whereas she is the most heart-warming person to those she is close with.

    I was totally amused with the fineness and quality The Policewoman has been written in. The wr

    I WANT EVERY THRILLER ADMIRER TO READ IT.

    A neck-breaker novel!

    Interpol, Densus-88, British Police, Indonesian Police and what not!

    Sarah is an uncompromising badass woman. She is the lady no bad person would like to be in one to one combat. Let alone in a group.

    To her enemies, she is none other than a nightmare whereas she is the most heart-warming person to those she is close with.

    I was totally amused with the fineness and quality The Policewoman has been written in. The writer never disappoints you. Not at a single point.

    Action, drama, some humor, amazing dialog and attractive writing, will involve you to the fullest.

    It will take you some time to see the entire journey of Sarah, but believe me, she's worth it!

    She blows your mind, her intelligence and quick thinking ability impresses completely.

    No doubt about that.

    This is a book that one must read if action and thriller is what they thrive for.

    Like everyone else, my favorite scene was when Sarah says :

    Fully action packed, intelligent and point to point narration. Romance between these life and death situations will astound you amply. All the time, you'd wanted to be Sarah. So is her impact over you.

    More to that, I'm now interested in the Indonesian language and culture. They were presented brilliantly. I love it when the protagonist is a woman and works hard to get at the top of the world. That, was fabulous. The detailed way of narration urges me to recommend it to every thriller lover out there.

    Reading The Policewoman, in my black jacket in this cold weather, you are correct to think that I badly wanted to do actions like Sarah. And so I did in the imaginary world the author provided me. I saw myself as the protagonist, eradicating the evil from its existence. I guess this is an amazing book does to you.

    I absolutely adored it. So would you. So would you. So would you.

    Go for it! Like right now!

  • Bradley

    This is a straight-up police thriller, but don't let that explain it for you. Sarah is Indonesian, has worked for (and we get to see her perform within) Interpol, British special forces and a few others.

    Not only that, but Sarah's a badass.

    The charm in this book is not in the kinds of overt storytelling directions, either, even though so many thrillers share these same kinds of directions: proving oneself, complicated love interest, tragedy, proving oneself.

    The real charm here is in the details.

    This is a straight-up police thriller, but don't let that explain it for you. Sarah is Indonesian, has worked for (and we get to see her perform within) Interpol, British special forces and a few others.

    Not only that, but Sarah's a badass.

    The charm in this book is not in the kinds of overt storytelling directions, either, even though so many thrillers share these same kinds of directions: proving oneself, complicated love interest, tragedy, proving oneself.

    The real charm here is in the details. The author says that he changed official police procedures within the text to protect real police. And yet, despite that, I still got the amazing feel that I was absolutely a part of an elite police team every step of the way through the novel.

    Sarah's confident of her sexuality. If it wasn't for the strength of the extremely strong police action, the characterizations, the dialogue, I might mistake this for a male-oriented dream-fiction where a policewoman who worked undercover as a model (yes. a model.) and yet succeeds despite her gorgeous bod. You've read or seen this repeatedly on tv, I'm sure. And yet, the trope is here and strong as ever, BUT the author manages to make it work. Maybe it's just a pet peeve of mine.

    Either way, the novel is pretty damn awesome as a police drama. Lots of action, good surprises (in that it keeps us on our toes), and great pacing. I think it's rather refreshing the way things always move along and we see so much of Sarah's life and career. It feels like years pass even though it's only six months. There's a lot of action.

    I totally recommend it for anyone with a passion for elite police. :)

    Thanks to the author for the ARC!

  • Rebecca McNutt

    This dystopian crime thriller set seven years in the future invites readers along with Sarah, a striking yet street-smart cop fighting corruption and illegal drugs. I love crime novels but I'm not a big fan of futuristic novels so at first I wasn't sure what I would think of

    . However it was certainly worth reading and I'm grateful to have gotten the opportunity. Sarah is an excellent protagonist, a tough woman who still values family and friendship and who is very cool under fire

    This dystopian crime thriller set seven years in the future invites readers along with Sarah, a striking yet street-smart cop fighting corruption and illegal drugs. I love crime novels but I'm not a big fan of futuristic novels so at first I wasn't sure what I would think of

    . However it was certainly worth reading and I'm grateful to have gotten the opportunity. Sarah is an excellent protagonist, a tough woman who still values family and friendship and who is very cool under fire even in dire times. In her world, drugs are such a major albeit illegal industry that her own life is threatened if she interferes. The author's writing evokes intensity, suspense, adventure and excitement, everything a story like this should have, and it's a deeply imaginative and creative work full of unexpected twists and surprises. Still, my favourite part is the author's powerful use of imagery to set the scene and the elaborate plot he has created. This book is excellent and one that I would recommend to any reader looking for something with depth and originality, especially if you like a main character who isn't afraid to take risks to protect the people closest to her.

  • Stacy

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    I am so emotional I cannot speak right now. This book extremely good, full of suspense and intense. I highly recommend

    Ok, I wrote that as soon as I finished the ebook and Amazon wanted to know what I thought. I was all stuffy-headed from crying, so it was brief.

    The book was very much a page-turner, and kept me on the edge of my seat. Sarah, the policewoman, is assigned to work with some very skilled special

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    I am so emotional I cannot speak right now. This book extremely good, full of suspense and intense. I highly recommend

    Ok, I wrote that as soon as I finished the ebook and Amazon wanted to know what I thought. I was all stuffy-headed from crying, so it was brief.

    The book was very much a page-turner, and kept me on the edge of my seat. Sarah, the policewoman, is assigned to work with some very skilled special forces investigating an Irish Drug cartel who is looking to expanded operations into Indonesia. The drug cartel is very sophisticated and will stop at nothing to achieve their goals. There is romance as well, as Sarah gets involved with one of the law enforcement team. I cried several times through the reading. It is very well written, with tons of technical knowledge; Mr. Roberts knows what he is talking about. He has a disclaimer at the beginning of the book, that descriptions of tactical procedures have been altered to protect law enforcement personal. For anyone that enjoys books of the suspense thriller genres, this one is a must read!

    My thanks to the author, Justin Roberts for sharing this book with me.

  • Vishnu Chevli

    I took more than three months to finish The Policewoman. It is not boring or slow but due to approach I took for this book. I took this book as if I was watching a series. Though the book is written on the fight of Interpol against Irish Drug cartel and it is just one complete story, I found it is written in multiple episodes. Each episode takes the story to further point. I took each episode once in a fortnight and read it leisurely.

    The policewoman Justine is talking about is Sarah our protagon

    I took more than three months to finish The Policewoman. It is not boring or slow but due to approach I took for this book. I took this book as if I was watching a series. Though the book is written on the fight of Interpol against Irish Drug cartel and it is just one complete story, I found it is written in multiple episodes. Each episode takes the story to further point. I took each episode once in a fortnight and read it leisurely.

    The policewoman Justine is talking about is Sarah our protagonist. She is from Densus, the antiterrorist group of Indonesia National Police. Many retired (forced or voluntarily) military veterans joined Irish Drug cartel and they had become the nationwide nuisance. Things reached to an extreme where governments started considering it as narcoterrorism. The government of Britain and Ireland has decided to take military action against the cartel. A special unit was formed in Interpol from the various department from England and Ireland. The Cartel's links were found as far as Indonesia and that is how Sarah came into the picture. She represented Indonesia in Interpol. Sarah was a workaholic and always tried to finish all her assignment without any failures. The kind of assignment she was given this time was completely on the different level. But she like the nature of the job. She met her soulmate Micheal as her teammate. Together they started giving a hard time to the cartel. But the cartel wouldn't tolerate it for a long time. Things became complex once both sides started taking actions.

    This is my first book on police or military actions, so I had mixed feelings while reading the book. Initially, when author bombarded me with all heavy military/weaponry terms I thought maybe its new genre for me. Later I found that they were overused. Multiple short forms, awards, weapons kept coming to me but I survived the first episode (I would call it that way only), and they I liked it. It is like just learning how to swim, initially you will get tired out but later on, you will start liking it. The book gripped my attention especially after military action on cartel started somewhere between 50% of the story. After that, I finished the book in 1-2 weeks.

    I think the author must be having first or second-hand experience working in / with firearms / military / police personnel. Every action assault by any side was perfectly detailed in military terms. Sometimes I struggled to understand what was being planned. Code names were used assuming readers are following. At many places, I found author went with his emotion or liking for military exercise or activities which brought the pace down. The author personally told me about his editing to reduce much extra or irrelevant stuff from the book. I read 3rd time edited version and he is working on 4th and final editing. He is planning to remove more irrelevant stuff along with elaborated used codes. I think after that book would be able to touch 4.25 start for me. Right now it is 3.75 for me.

    Even after stating all this, I would like to point out that it is a wonderful read. I can surely recommend it to action genre fans about this book.

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  • Mischenko

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    by Justin W.M. Roberts is a thrilling story taking place in 2026 about an Indonesian policewoman who transfers temporarily into a special forces/Interpol team to investigate and take down an Irish drug cartel. This cartel has managed to set up narcotics manufacturing in multiple places including Indonesia, Ireland and E

    To see some updates regarding the book and a Q&A with author Justin Roberts, please visit

    by Justin W.M. Roberts is a thrilling story taking place in 2026 about an Indonesian policewoman who transfers temporarily into a special forces/Interpol team to investigate and take down an Irish drug cartel. This cartel has managed to set up narcotics manufacturing in multiple places including Indonesia, Ireland and England. The drug cartel's core consists of ex-soldiers from the British Army and they'll do whatever they want in order to prevail. The reader certainly isn't spared from the brutal details.

    The book starts out with Sarah and her family. The reader gets a pretty good feel that she comes from a good family and has a strong relationship with her little sister, Cindy, and her brother, Tony, who works a similar job. She's transferring to a new team and much of the beginning covers the relationships she's building with her new teammates, mainly Michael. I have to say that I absolutely loved the chemistry between Sarah and Michael. I admired that the author managed to incorporate some romance into all the military/police drama going on here. I also appreciated the description of all the added training Sarah must undergo and the way they all have to watch their backs and each other. You get a strong sense of the importance of 'team' which I love.

    There's a ton of action in this story! I haven't read a book this action packed since

    I was a bit overwhelmed with the amount of characters, acronyms, special teams, regiments, squadrons, company's and weaponry, but you don't really need to concern yourself with all of them in order to enjoy the story and follow along without getting lost. The glossary in the back has a list of all of them that you can easily flip to if need be.

    The character development was spot-on for me. It really helped that the author used real life actors, actresses, and singers to describe some of the main characters to help the reader get a visual of what they look like. I enjoyed the majority of the good characters while hating the bad ones. I literally wanted Niall to burn for what he had done to people, but the revenge wasn't as strong as I expected when it came time for him. I also had a few issues with Sarah's character. What's not to like about Sarah, really? She's beautiful, intelligent, strong, and pretty much bad-to-the-bone. What almost spoiled that for me was the fact that she knew she was and practically every male in the story is doting over her which seemed a little extreme. It made her character feel a little unrelatable at times. A few times in the story I wasn't pleased with the way Sarah treated Michael in regards to his looks. As the story moves along, Sarah's character becomes better understood and you start to realize just how much she genuinely loves Michael.

    Conclusion: The ending didn't totally please me, but I didn't hate it either. The book is far from predictable. Overall, it was written amazingly well with a few unexpected twists and turns. The detail and extensive military knowledge the author has is incredible and the dialogue is impeccable. This isn't a genre that I normally rush to pick up, but I enjoyed it as the author included a little bit of everything here. Anyone who enjoy's military/police crime books will undoubtedly LOVE this book and I can see this story turned into a movie or even a TV series. If that were the case, I'd love to see Michelle Rodriguez play Sarah as I think she fits the personality, but maybe not the looks described.

    If there's another book, I'm reading it!

    4****

  • Starjustin

    'The Policewoman' by Justin W.M. Roberts is not my typical genre for reading, but I read this book because of all the good ratings it received as well as my daughters recommendation. This military/crime thriller not only included extensive anti-terrorism tactical scenes, the story also included humor, romance, friendship, and very strong emotional bonds between the characters.

    I found myself bonding with the two main characters, Michael and Sarah, from the start. I have to say that I found this

    'The Policewoman' by Justin W.M. Roberts is not my typical genre for reading, but I read this book because of all the good ratings it received as well as my daughters recommendation. This military/crime thriller not only included extensive anti-terrorism tactical scenes, the story also included humor, romance, friendship, and very strong emotional bonds between the characters.

    I found myself bonding with the two main characters, Michael and Sarah, from the start. I have to say that I found this book very captivating, extremely emotional, graphic at times to the point of having to put the book down and pick it up again at a later time.

    Over all, I am pleased to have experienced this book and would read other books from this author.

  • Maureen

    “We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”

    ― Veronica Roth, Divergent

    Good grief! I don't know where to begin with this one. It left me with that sense of "I can't believe what just happened there"!! And ( hands up ) it left me teary eyed too.

    Policewoman Sarah, from the Indonesian National Police Force, is seconded to Interpol/ British special forces, to help bring down an Irish Drugs Cartel. This is a massive and extremely dangerous o

    “We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”

    ― Veronica Roth, Divergent

    Good grief! I don't know where to begin with this one. It left me with that sense of "I can't believe what just happened there"!! And ( hands up ) it left me teary eyed too.

    Policewoman Sarah, from the Indonesian National Police Force, is seconded to Interpol/ British special forces, to help bring down an Irish Drugs Cartel. This is a massive and extremely dangerous operation. Narcoterrorism is about to wreak havoc around the world thanks to the cartel. Many of the cartel members are ex British Army, and are well able to take care of themselves, and will not flinch at using extreme violence if the occasion calls for it.

    Sarah comes from a successful and loving family, and is very comfortable in her own skin, she's beautiful, tough, ambitious and determined, and she's going to need that determination in what will be her toughest assignment ever.

    This compelling read had all the ingredients to make it work - crime, military and police action, breathtaking scenes that made it hard to put the book down, romance, shocks, but also brutality/torture that is hard to read at times. However, everything blended together to create a great read. If you're looking for an impressive action packed thriller, that isn't afraid to show some emotion, then you won't be disappointed.

    * Thank you to Justin Roberts for a free copy in exchange for an honest review*

  • Miriam Smith

    "The Policewoman" written by Justin W.M. Roberts is an excellent high octane, no holes barred, gritty - international military thriller.

    The powerful 'Irish Drug Cartel' has set up drug manufacturing plants around the world and they will kill anyone who gets in their way. Sarah is a very beautiful, special forces trained policewoman on loan from an Indonesian anti-terrorist unit, assigned to an Interpol Incident Response Team in Manchester to stop The Cartel. In the fight against narcoterrorism

    "The Policewoman" written by Justin W.M. Roberts is an excellent high octane, no holes barred, gritty - international military thriller.

    The powerful 'Irish Drug Cartel' has set up drug manufacturing plants around the world and they will kill anyone who gets in their way. Sarah is a very beautiful, special forces trained policewoman on loan from an Indonesian anti-terrorist unit, assigned to an Interpol Incident Response Team in Manchester to stop The Cartel. In the fight against narcoterrorism set in 2026, Sarah's fight turns personal. She must now struggle to save the lives of her friends, her family and even herself.

    This book oozes intense, detailed action which grips you from the start. A lot of the many military regiments, acronyms, weapons etc did go over my head but it didn't spoil the flow of the story and there was a glossary at the beginning if you choose to refer to it. After the first few chapters when you are introduced to the characters and the mission you are soon rooting for them all and the success of it and it's not long before you are well and truly involved in the explosive action.

    Be warned, there are a few distressing scenes involving graphic torture and it's aftermath that even I winced at and I'm not normally offended by violence. I didn't like reading it, but it was probably very realistic and unfortunately appropriate to the story in order to keep its authenticity of the operation of a brutal Cartel. The ending too wasn't what I would have personally wished for, but again suited the plot and it's characters and did form the right conclusion to the book.

    This book has been written as well as any of the major action thrillers around, by an incredible writer whose attention to immense detail is second to none. The author must have carried out extensive research for this novel and must also have an endless knowledge of the military forces and it's operations.

    A superb plot that does not hold back on the realities of narcoterrorism, strong likeable characters, truly bad guys and a frightening scenario of a drug-addled future we may soon face, makes this a fantastic read for lovers of military action thrillers.

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