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Published: 29 July 2017

 

Description:

Detective Joe Stone and his team investigate a major terrorist attack on one of London’s most iconic buildings. They soon draw up a list of suspects who are highly respected members of the community and government. When most of his team is attacked, it soon develops into a war of nerves and a race against time before a deadly weapon is unleashed with horrific consequences.

My Thoughts & Review:

“Long Shot” is the follow on novel to “Loose Cannon” and I would highly recommend you read these books in order so that you can fully understand backstories and the characters at play.   That’s not to say you cannot read this book as a stand alone, the author does add in detail to ensure that points from the previous book are explained in enough detail so that readers will know what’s happened but for the sake of continuity I would recommend following the series.

The plot in this is fascinating, there are so many red herrings and decoys to keep readers guessing throughout and completely throw them off the trail.  Short chapters keep the pace brisk and punchy, making it the sort of book you can quickly devour whilst lapping up all the action.  I do think the plot felt very current, the terror threat and attack slant was written in such a way that readers were very aware of the panic and fear that emerged after the initial attack.  The characters are fantastic, Joe Stone is a character I found fascinating in “Loose Cannon” and I was glad to see that he hadn’t changed in the interim between the books.  He’s still fiercely loyal to his friends and teammates, his caring side sneaking out at times.  The relationship between Joe and Carl is one I will never tire of, they work well together and have such a strong bond between them.  I also liked the way that Joe and Stella worked together, the humour and light hearted dialogue between them felt natural and was enjoyable to read.

I loved the Gemma storyline running alongside the main investigation, Stone desperately trying to keep juggling everything at once but all the while trying to work out the how, why and what happened to Gemma and how she ended up where she is.  His personal feelings that surface after a particularly starting revelation felt very authentic and I know I was gasping in shock when I discovered that nugget of information.

Jack Steele has a wonderful way of capturing the attention of his readers and ensuring it never wanders off by keeping the story constantly moving, small details here and there build up, atmospheric descriptions of locations and settings transport readers, adrenaline filled scenarios have readers on the edge of their seat and best of all, he knows how to write a cliff hanger that has a reader scream “BUT WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!?”
I hope we don’t have to wait too long for book 3……

You can buy a copy of “Long Shot” via:

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My thanks to Jack Steele for the opportunity to read and review this book.

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