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Summary

Jack Winchester was a notorious hit-man for a ruthless New Jersey crime family, until a job went wrong, and he wound up serving time.

Four years later, Jack is free, and he wants out of the game, but his boss won't let him go. Forced to take on one last job to make amends for what landed him in prison, he travels to the small town of Rockland Cove, Maine.

There, he not only discovers that the target and money have disappeared; he finds himself falling for a damaged woman and befriending an unruly son left behind.

Under mounting pressure from his boss and local police - as well as the ghosts of his past - he must unravel the mystery and decide where his loyalties lie...before it's too late.

This is a full stand-alone novel with a complete ending.

Enjoy all 10 books in the Jack Winchester series:

  • The Debt Collector
  • Debt Collector: Vengeance
  • Debt Collector: Reborn
  • Debt Collector: Hard to Kill
  • Debt Collector: Angel of Death
  • Debt Collector: Prey
  • Debt Collector: Narc
  • Debt Collector: Hard Time
  • Debt Collector: Her Last Breath
  • Debt Collector: Trail of the Zodiac
©2015 Jon Mills (P)2018 Jon Mills

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  • 01-11-18

A great find..

I loved this...and so reassuring to read great reviews which turn out to be accurate when you have subsequently purchased the book; the story is fast paced and well narrated; Adam Gold has a fabulous voice..I immediately downloaded book 2 when I finished this one.

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Seems trouble has a way of following you, son.

As the very fulsome synopsis details, Jack Winchester belongs to the mob.He joined as a boy when the chase was an adventure, be it running away or following someone. He was a killer, the assassin without conscience except for one rule: no women or children. But twenty years on and four years in prison Jack wants the impossible - to get out.
Just one more job, the boss tells him. But he knows it's a lie. But to keep his mentally handicapped sister safe, one more job it is. And it is even worse than he expected; not just a swift in and out as he'd hoped because the target and the money are both missing, leaving behind a woman and her child.

This is a slow paced but intense mystery thriller and, yes, also a romance but very low key. Reasonably well written, the character of Jack, like the story, developes slowly leading up to a cresendo of violent twists. The reading is also slowpaced and steady with excellent intonation, the narrator Alan Gold really setting the scene for Jack. His warm rich voice seems to echo Jack's personality, and follows the text with understanding plus the different characters voices are easily distinguishable. However, a slight gap between scenarios within the same chapter would have helped move on the listener with less of a jolt.

An enjoyable book, if not totally original in concept, but well worth reading none the less. My thanks to the rights holder who freely gifted me a complimentary copy of the Debt Collector, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. It was refreshing to read a thriller with plentiful action without too much blow by blow violence (though there is some, naturally) but relying instead on a building of tension. I look forward to the second book in this series to see just how Winchester's hoped for new future will evolve.

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The Debt Collector

A surprisingly unexpected good read. Well put together with characters that you believed in. I had bought the next book before I finished this one

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Brilliant

Wasn't quite sure what to make of it at first as it's not something I usually go for but its an easy listen and keeps you gripped. Would definitely recommend.

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  • shelley
  • 14-07-18

New Audible series- RECOMMENDED!

This book is very well written, fast paced and a believable suspense story. The first book in the Jack Winchester series, I will certainly be listening to more of these.
The publisher's summary is excellent but I think almost gives away too much information. I don't want to spoil this book for anyone by elaborating anymore.
The main protagonist is one of those good bad guys. He's the kind of guy you know you shouldn't like but find yourself rooting for him anyway!
Narration by Adam Gold is spot on! Couldn't have found a better narrator for this book.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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  • Wayne
  • 15-07-18

The Debt Collector/Jack Winchester series, Book 1

During the last three years author Jon Mills has released ten short novels in this excellent suspense mystery/thriller series mostly in ebook format. The Kindle versions are priced at $2.99 or $3.99 each and are cost free to borrow with Kindle Unlimited. He begun to release the audiobook versions earlier this year and is releasing them at the rate of one per month. While Book 1 in audio format of the Jack Winchester series is priced reasonably for Kindle Unlimited members, in my opinion the other novels in the series are overpriced at one credit or $14 each; that is simply too much for novels that average 5.5 hours in length. As much as I enjoyed THE DEBT COLLECTOR -1 I am unwilling to pay the excessive price for the audio format novels. That is the same price I pay for much longer novels by established authors like Mark Greaney, Ben Coes, Karin Slaughter, Daniel Silva, Brett Battles, Brad Thor, Brad Taylor, Louise Penny, etc.

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  • Kimberly Smith
  • 18-03-18

Can’t wait for the next book in the series!

I loved this book. I was hooked from the beginning and finished it in one sitting. It’s full of action, suspense and even a little romance on the side that kept me listening to find out what would happen next. There were a few twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. I was completely surprised by a 2 twists in particular, but I can’t say more without giving spoilers....so you’ll just have to listen to find out!
The narration is fantastic. Adam Gold did an excellent job giving each character a unique voice, making it easy to follow along and get lost in the story.
Overall, an excellent and entertaining listen! The author and narrator are both new to me and I look forward to more from both. I will definitely listen to the next in the series....hopefully really soon!

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  • cosmitron
  • 14-03-18

The Sopranos for beginners.

Would you try another book from Jon Mills and/or Adam Gold?

Yes the narrator is very capable he is the only reason I completed the book.

If you’ve listened to books by Jon Mills before, how does this one compare?

Never listened before to any of his performances but he is a capable narrator.

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Did The Debt Collector - 1 inspire you to do anything?

Yes find a better Audible book.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Jan M
  • 15-03-18

Hitman with a conscience

If you could sum up The Debt Collector - 1 in three words, what would they be?

Hitman. Widow. Money

What did you like best about this story?

I really enjoyed this book and all of the unexpected twists this book had. Mafia stories have always appealed to me and this book had the right elements. I think the ending was my favorite part, as their was some redemption in it.

Which character – as performed by Adam Gold – was your favorite?

I didn't have a favorite character, as the performance for all of them was great. Adam Gold is a new to me narrator and I would definitely listen to more of his performances.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I was pulled into this book from the very beginning. I did listen to it all at once too!

Any additional comments?

I requested this review copy audiobook and was provided with this copy and have voluntarily written this review. I enjoyed this book so much that will definitely listen to more of them in the series.

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  • 17-10-20

John Wick meets Orphan X!!

The Debt Collector is more like John Wick 2 - mob hit man wants out but forced to take on one last job. The second book is like John Wick 1 - Jack Winchester goes on a revenge spree
And the rest of the books sound like they are an Orphan X, Burn Notice type vigilante helping people in tough situations that the law can't help.

I kinda wished the "hero" wasn't a mob hitman.... but I got over it.

The stories are simple and fun and go along at a nice clip.
I wish they were longer, but I do have to give them points for not wasting words and slogging through lots of details.
It's not as complex as some of the others in the genre, but sometimes complex isn't what I'm looking for.
This is good entertainment.

Narrator is listenable for me, women's voices not overly annoying.

One thing I really like is that most of the book you are actually "with " Jack Winchester, not constantly jumping around to all the perspectives and story lines of all the other characters. There's a little of that but not much. As much as I like John Wells, Mitch Rapp, and Jack Ryan, I do get tired of having to wade through details of the minutia of the villains and developing story and then sped through the best part of the book (the heroes) .

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-05-18

Very Unexpected

I purchased this book expecting the usual storyline of a guy getting revenge on the people in his past that had caused him to suffer a prison sentence. That is NOT this book. Yes, it has plenty of action and the main character, Jack Winchester, is as tough as they come. However, there is much more to Jack Winchester. The author manages to pack alot of emotional depth into his character without sacrificing any of his alpha male personality. I found the story engrossing and look forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Jeremy
  • 05-07-21

Frustratingly bad

Got this as a vacation book for the flights. It was aweful. There were inconsistencies and story holes all over the book. The writer was obviously oblivious to even basic American laws (convicted felons not being able to own or possess arms, would have been an immediate charge for the protagonist). The high school level love affair that felt forced into the novel just to increase page numbers was a painful read. The grandfather that allowed his son to be killed and then nearly allowed his grandson to be killed as well was completely unbelievable. Not to mention him being able to speak post being shot in the throat. None of the characters were lileable or even relatable. The dialog reads like an old Cannon script. And the "twist" at the end? -> I haven't even finished this book yet, but I know exactly where the money is.

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  • Dee
  • 17-05-18

Wow, just wow

This book had me on edge right off the bat and took some exhilarating twists and turns. In the end, all I could say was 'wow!' Jack Winchester was something else.

The beginning of this story is basically a prisoner set on redemption. There are still attachments to his past life and Jack's redemption comes with strings. Those strings come with complications. Those complications are deadly.

This rollercoaster ride of a listen was intense at times and was propelled by really good narration. The taut string that Jack was on was felt in every word delivered. In the end, the bad guys are dealt with and relief comes to all, especially me.

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  • Gustav Edgar
  • 19-08-21

Liked it

I’ve loved for example the Jack Reacher, John Rain and Grey Man books and I really like the first book in this series also. The fact that the main character isn’t superhuman with infinite fighting ability makes it more enjoyable. I found it more well written than many books in this space that I won’t mention. I’ll be getting more book in the Jack Winchester series.