A Deadly Distance: A Jack Noble Thriller Hardcover – February 3, 2021
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- ASIN : B08VXCGV4R
- Publisher : Independently published (February 3, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 214 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8704245285
- Item Weight : 16 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.73 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #299,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The character development is better, and it is easier to keep track of the players. The plot is good and the reading is quick. Unlike the first book, this one started off with a bang and kept up the pace. In my opinion, it doesn't quite make 5 stars when compared to other 5-star books in the genre, and a fair amount of room for improvement remains. Still a good read, though, and I look forward to the rest of the series.
The action is pointless, the plot is nonsensical, the characters are flat, and the necessity to suspend your belief is huge. I forced myself through the first two books because I had already paid for them, and I desperately hoped I was going to have a new series to follow, but this isn't the one.
There's oftentimes a good reason that authors self-publish, and it is because no one else will indulge them. Sadly, that's the case with this series and its author.
The book starts with Jake and his partner Skinner confronting and capturing a suspect named Pablo, then interrogating him to learn of the existence of a criminal organization. This organization is presumed to be a multinational group concerned with smuggling drugs, arms, and soldiers. However, after further investigation, they learn that the organization’s purpose is much, much darker.
Their mission takes them to the group’s safe house as revealed by Pablo, where they engage the enemy, and after a gunfight, a fire, personal injury, and some death, they become reluctant heroes. However, their accomplishment only serves to expose them, and Jake in particular, to the wrath of the group’s leader. Following a gathering to celebrate their victory, Jake is contacted by the leader and told he has 37 hours until something terrible happens.
Following directions issued via cell phone, Jake and Skinner travel to various locations on the east coast, seemingly at the whim of “Unknown Caller”, and finally end up in Florida. Along the way Jake meets a beautiful girl who gets roped into going with them. Once in Florida: the good guys get captured, the good guys escape, the good guys kill the bad guys, and it mostly turns out all right. Mostly cookie cutter thriller stuff, although there are some hidden twists that will honestly surprise you. For instance, guess who the leader of the bad guys turns out to be?
In my review of book one, Noble Beginnings, I praised the author for creating a character who had more depth than some of the others out there. I was also pleased with the way he wrote the story, and looked forward to reading the next one. Book two, however, doesn’t leave me glowing inside the same way. Instead of a good story, with character development, vivid details, insight into the characters’ thought processes – all the things that capture your imagination and leave you feeling satisfied – this book reads more like a narrative, or an after action report. The most minute actions are recorded as if by a NASA launch controller – accurate without emotion – but where is the thought behind the words? I would call this really good writing, technically, without being a really good story. And the ending – it just sort of stops once the bad guys are dealt with. And I’m not really sure if the 37 hour thing was ever explained. Not satisfying.
I give this book four stars (more like 3.6) – it isn’t terrible, and it’s good enough to make me want to read the next one, but of the three I have read, it’s in last place.
Richly developed characters; sometimes CRAZY plot twists; and non-stop action. I simply couldn't put these books down. I went right from book one (Noble Beginnings) to book 2 (Deadly Distance) without any hesitation. And I have already moved on to "Thin Line" (#3 in the series).
Great stuff, people. Read LT Ryan; you won't regret it.
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The stories are disjointed, between the prequel and book 1 there was an unexplained 8 year gap and then an ex-girlfriend, who had hardly been mentioned before, turned up as the love of his life.
Between book 1 and 2 was another unexplained gap and suddenly there were new characters that you were supposed to know and understand the situation.
Sorry, very shallow and poorly written in a genre where there is a lot of competition.
Thanks you Bob Foster
Not sure why I bought this - I didn't like the first one much.
Noble could and should have been shot right at the start of the book. He really is a total failure at everything he does but the writer gets him out of every situation. Don't buy it, it's rubbish.