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Hard Road (A Jon Reznick Thriller Book 1) Kindle Edition
Jon Reznick is a “ghost”: a black-ops specialist who takes his orders from shadowy handlers, and his salary from the US government. Still mourning the loss of his beloved wife on 9/11, he’s dispatched to carry out a high-level hit. Reznick knows only that it must look like suicide. It’s textbook.
But the target is not the man Reznick expected. The whole setup is wrong. In an instant the operation is compromised, and Reznick is on the run with the man he was sent to kill. A man wanted by the FBI, and by a mysterious terrorist organization hell-bent on bringing the United States to its knees. FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein is determined to track him down, and to intercept whatever it is Reznick was sent to do.
When Reznick’s young daughter becomes a pawn in the game, he has to use more than his military training to stay one step ahead of those responsible. Meanwhile, he is the only person who knows the true extent of the threat to national security—and has the stealth and determination to stop it.
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About the Author
J. B. Turner is the author of the Jon Reznick trilogy of conspiracy action thrillers (Hard Road, Hard Kill, and Hard Wired), as well as the Deborah Jones political thrillers (Miami Requiem and Dark Waters). He loves music, from Beethoven to the Beatles, and watching good films, from Manhattan to The Deer Hunter. He has a keen interest in geopolitics. He lives in Scotland with his wife and two children.
“A great addition to the thriller genre, with all the necessary ingredients required to deliver the goods: tension, drama, thrills and a cast of tough, no-nonsense characters.” ―Shots Magazine
“It’s a cliche to say ‘the action never stops’ but in Hard Road, it really NEVER stops and the number of destroyed vehicles gets close to Fast and Furious levels. But it’s all completely believable and totally engrossing. I read it straight through and enjoyed every page.” ―Terry Irving, author of Courier and Warrior --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B01DYC10NG
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (16 August 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 1388 KB
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- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 334 pages
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Interesting about all the experts the FBI has access to.
A bit similar to other Maverick heroes but different enough to enjoy.
been avoided by some decent proof reading but still enjoyable enough. I would try a nother of Turner's efforts.
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He doesn't interact with anyone for more than a few pages which often ends up with the other guy dead. He drives all the way from DC to Miami with some guy in the car with him and all they ever say is 'let me go' and then 'shut up'. This could have been an interesting relationship that could have been explored as these two are forced together for about 2/5ths of the book but nothing is done with it whatsoever.
The chapter where he rescues his daughter should be fraught and terrifying and edge of your seat and heart wrenching when he finds her but more time is spent talking about an unused sniper rifle than about his reaction to discovering his comatose daughter.
The lack of character voice makes it hard to feel sorry for Reznick and even harder to build tension
That is not to say that Turner cannot write interesting characters. My favourite character was the scientist who found a secret message in music. He has a nice arc and a half decent pay off but we only get a very few chapters with him.
The book also feels very episodic. He's in Washington, picks up a dude he was supposed to kill, never develops a relationship with him. Goes to another town, finds his buddy dead, goes to another town, hands off his hostage to an old friend, discovers a bad guy, kills him 2 chapters later.
There is no well developed primary character conflict, the only overarching conflict being 'stop the bomber' which is resolved very unsatisfactorily in my opinion. The main bad guy is revealed right at the end and is seen on in-book screens only twice. He gets no dialogue and is then killed in an off screen explosion that doesn't have any connection with the main characters. Maddox, the first supporting character we see who is (predictably) a traitor has a fair bit of dialogue at the start and is then largely forgotten for great portions of the book. We don't get any dynamic between him and Reznick, which sucks so much soul out of what could have been the primary conflict in the book.
Reznick does not have an arc. He starts off as this super powered genius unstoppable killing machine who can extract information with breathtaking ease and with friends in extremely convenient locations and it means that there is never any tension as to whether he will achieve his goals. His first sign of anything other than steely resolve and determination is not shown until 2/3rds of the way through the book. By that point, his uncertainty seems uncharacteristic, ironic for a character with so few identifiable personality traits.
As for why I have called this 'he shrugged and sighed' well, the number of times people shrug and sigh in this book you would think there had been a carbon monoxide leak all over the US. Maybe that will be the subject of the next book in the serious. I do not plan to find out.
Won't be following up on the other books.
The strength of this novel is the plot and the author's skill in cranking up the tension and mystery as the story unfolds. It draws you in virtually from the start and as it develops it has lots of twists and turns and plenty of page-turning action that makes it difficult to put the book down. Many of the chapters end on a cliff-hanger that also leave you wanting to continue reading to find out what happens next.
The main weakness of the story for me however is the relative paucity of character development. While we learn about Jon's past, we never seem to learn what he really thinks about the issues he is dealing with. Similarly, the other main characters in the story appear rather two dimensional. Perhaps this will be rectified in the later novels in the series.
So, if you are looking for an action-packed thriller that is easy to read, then this novel will not disappoint. Certainly, based on this novel I intend to read others in the series.