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Hard Kill: 2 Paperback – 18 October 2016
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A senior American security adviser is missing, presumed kidnapped for his top-level military intelligence. FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein needs to track him down before classified information gets into the wrong hands. She needs Jon Reznick on board.
The former black-ops assassin is supposed to be on vacation with his daughter, but when Meyerstein calls, it doesn’t pay to keep her waiting. Her elite team is convinced that the missing diplomat’s expertise in the Persian Gulf points to an Iranian terrorist cell, but Reznick isn’t so sure. His gut instinct tells him they’re all wrong. Never one to play by the rules, he finds himself working alone, following a lead that everyone else has dismissed. But to Reznick, the suspect seems a little too clean…
When the team comes under attack, the kidnapping is exposed as part of a much wider conspiracy, one far more dangerous than Meyerstein feared. Nothing and nobody is safe―and only Jon Reznick stands between national security and a campaign of unprecedented terror.
Revised edition: This edition of Hard Kill includes editorial revisions.
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“The writing is solid and the characterisation clear, with great tension as the chase intensifies and the layers of the plot are peeled away with shocking results. A darned good read.” ―Shots Magazine
“Hard Kill is a non-stop battle between a terrorist no one can see and a hunter who lets nothing stand in his way.” ―Terry Irving, author of Courier and Warrior
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.
- ASIN : 1503936619
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (18 October 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 300 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781503936614
- ISBN-13 : 978-1503936614
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.54 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 316,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In my opinion, this is a great sequel to Hard Road, which introduced us to Jon Reznick and Martha Meyerstein. I gave it 5 stars out of 5.
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The stories are entertaining, if largely implausible: an older generation Ripping Yarns. What bugged me most after reading three in a row is that most of the characters have moments like the slow fade in films where they relive previous moments in their lives and are then ‘jolted’ back to the present. Almost all of them.
In the later books, not only do they drift off into reverie but the characters start ‘blowing out’ their cheeks. Now, given that Jon is ex-Delta forces and able to get his hands on all sorts of weaponry, my first thought was that he mistook Semtex for his chewing gum, but even non-Delta force people were doing it too so it was not a cunning terrorist device; but I still do not really get what blowing out your cheeks is all about… slow fade to alternative Michael Caine quote as Jon Resnick shoots someone in the head. “You were only supposed to blow his bloody cheeks out”.
And jolted back into the now: niggles aside, the books are a good enough read - I bought four of them (99p each, Kindle) - but the trouble with Resnick and similar characters is that you know they are going to win, no matter what they are up against for as long as there is another book in the offing.
Hard Kill is set in the USA and follows Jon Reznick's investigation into the disappearance of Major General Dennis O'Grady, a senior American diplomat and military attache. Jon is a former Special Forces veteran and he has been asked by the FBI to join a crack team of experts to try and find the diplomat. The story starts out a little slowly as the team initially have very few clues to help them in their task but do not despair as the pace and complexity of the plot builds quite quickly as the hunt for possible terrorists gets underway. However, a lot of US government agencies feature in this story so you need to be alert as to who works for whom and for what areas their departments are responsible as they do not all necessarily believe in team working!
In many respects I enjoyed this story more than Hard Road (the first book in the series); the action in this story may be a little less relentless than in the previous novel but the plot is more complex and it has more twists and turns as it heads towards a quite dramatic climax.
Also, the ending is rather too inconclusive for my taste. I'm guessing that it's intended to open doors for future stories, but I have to say I like a story that actually ends.