In the morning, he's struggling to remember. By the evening, he's struggling to survive. John Smith's risk avoidance policy just expired!
Waking up beside the gorgeous Savannah Jones, John is shocked to learn she was for hire, and he can't pay the price - 1000 pounds or broken legs. In desperation, he turns to best friend, Mark, for the money. Only one problem - Mark has a dagger in his back.
John and Savannah are plunged into a dangerous world where wits and adrenaline are their only weapons and trust in each other their only certainty. As the body count mounts, they discover Mark wasn't the person John thought, and his terrifying invention may well end up killing thousands, John and Savannah included.
A race to recover the missing invention pits the unlikely pairing against ex-SAS psychopath, Gregory Fisher, a man who will stop at nothing and kill anyone in his way to wreak revenge against the Government who stole his livelihood.
When Smith and Jones team up, the result is explosive.
©2012, 2015 Simon Jenner (P)2015 Simon Jenner
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This was a tangent for me. A new author, a new narrator and as tangents go all I can say is bravo trigonometry! This book is the perfect marriage of an exciting author’s characters and a superb narrator. Simon Jenner introduces us to a modern London suburbia and populates it with a surprising collection of characters each with their own varying degrees of neurotic behavior. Michael Page then breathes life into them with a gloriously crunchy psycho, suitably stressed good guys and my personal favourite, the “Russian”.
This is a very well-paced criminal / spy caper which from the very first sentence jolts you with the sheer awfulness of the villain and then gradually proves that yes he is actually worse than you first thought. Our “hero”, John Smith is a latter day Arthur Dent with real hidden potential and his gorgeous sidekick is suitably flighty and unpredictable. Jenner treats us to multiple character viewpoints, each voiced in real style by Page as he brings to life their mostly darkly sardonic viewpoints of their lives and the situations they have ended up in. He achieves the neat balancing trick of switching between the characters and giving them genuine depth without the narrative ever becoming disjointed. Page in turn reflects the stress levels in them all as they peak towards the climax!
This is one of those books that delivers strong action, tension and no little dark humour in a genuinely pleasing balance. I enjoyed the fact that unlike many thriller series the reader isn’t simply delivered an enigmatic "hero" with a nebulous back story. We see this character emerge warts and all. Truly his origins.
In summary this is an enormously promising start to the series. If, like me, the seemingly melodramatic name “Ethan Justice” had you almost passing it over, don’t be fooled! By the end I promise you, Mr Justice and his name will make you smile.
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