A Shadow Government Thriller
4.5 out of 5 stars
Honestly, I saw this in one of the monthly previews from Brilliance and I had to have it based on the image and the narrator. Anything with Jeffrey Kafer is usually pretty darn good, but when you throw him into a thriller like this it becomes great. He added a lot to this story and really took it from good to great. After that, I read the synopsis to make sure I wasn’t crazy for thinking it looked good and it sounded good too.
I had not read any of the other Reznick books before this one, but I may have to go back now. Turner is able to write a character that felt real without sacrificing anything. Reznick was one of those people that just made you want to keep reading. You wanted to know what his next move was going to be. What he was going to get into or who he was going to run into.
The story itself, quoting the synopsis a bit: “A friend in danger. A shadowy psych ward. A conspiracy beyond Reznick’s worst nightmares. When an old Delta Force buddy comes to Jon Reznick for help, paranoid and fearing for his life, Reznick feels duty-bound to protect him. As a black-ops specialist, loyalty to his brothers in arms comes before everything—even the law.” It follows a former Delta operator as he tries to help an old friend who seems to have gone through the depths of hell and back.
Having just lost my best friend to cancer, the camaraderie and friendship shown here were awesome. I would definitely do something like this for a friend in need (though I’m not trained in any way like Reznick). I thought that the story itself (along with the goings on in the psych ward) felt really plausible. The shadowy government aspect takes a lot of the conspiracy theories that feel real.
I thought the combination of action, intel gathering, and just great character writing made Hard Fall a really enjoyable book, which is a nice break since the last few books I’ve read have been middle of the line duds. If you like thrillers about political intrigue, shadow governments, and Delta operators — Hard Fall should be right up your alley.
Hard Fall by J.B. Turner
Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer
Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
Series: Jon Reznick #5
Published by Brilliance Audio on February 8th 2018
Genres: Terrorism, Thriller
A friend in danger. A shadowy psych ward. A conspiracy beyond Reznick’s worst nightmares.
When an old Delta Force buddy comes to Jon Reznick for help, paranoid and fearing for his life, Reznick feels duty-bound to protect him. As a black-ops specialist, loyalty to his brothers in arms comes before everything—even the law.
But Jerry White proves difficult to protect. A runaway from a top-security psychiatric facility in upstate New York, he’s considered a danger to himself and others, and Reznick is powerless to stop shadowy senior hospital managers taking Jerry back by force. When FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein warns him off, Reznick ignores her advice, suspecting the Wittenden Institute is not what it seems.
Digging deeper into the hospital’s background—and that of its esteemed manager, Dr. Robert Gittinger—Reznick begins to unravel a sinister plot that will bring warzone black ops to American soil. And when his own life comes under threat, he discovers that Jerry is trapped in a web of high-level conspiracies more terrifying than anything he has ever encountered…
I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
About the Author:
J.B. Turner is a former journalist and author, best known for the Jon Reznick™ political thriller series. His influences and favorite authors include: James Ellroy, Richard Stark, Hunter S. Thompson, James Lee Burke, George Orwell, Jack Kerouac, Henry James, Harlan Coben, Thomas H. Cook, John Grisham, James Patterson, John Buchan, John Grisham, and Michael Connelly. His latest book, Hard Fall, is published on 8 February 2018.
He also wrote the forthcoming American Ghost™ thriller series. The new series features protagonist Nathan Stone, a former CIA covert operative who had been critically wounded, and everyone thought was dead. But behind closed doors, he was rehabilitated by a highly secretive government organization known as the Commission, given a new identity and appearance, and remoulded into a lethal assassin. His brief: to execute kill orders drawn up by the Commission, all in the name of national security. The Commission owns him, but Stone knows one wrong move could turn him from loyal asset to hunted man. The first book in the new American Ghost series, Rogue (Thomas & Mercer), is out 7 June 2018. The follow-up is Reckoning (Thomas & Mercer), is out 2 August 2018. Requiem is out November 2018 (Thomas & Mercer).
He wrote the Jon Reznick novella, Gone Bad (No Way Back Press), and the Deborah Jones crime thrillers, Miami Requiem (No Way Back Press) and Dark Waters (No Way Back Press).
His books have conspiratorial elements and themes throughout them. His work can often be described as thrillers; his books cover sub-genre categories including assassination thriller, suspense thriller, political thriller, crime fiction, military thriller, and, in the case of the Deborah Jones books, mysteries.
He has a keen interest in geo-politics.
He loves music and drinks dangerous levels of coffee (and a fair bit of red wine). He occasionally blogs. He listens to everything from Beethoven to The Beatles, The Cure to Bach. And everything in between. Occasionally writes. Loves films. Well, good ones. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Heat, The Godfather, The Offence, The French Connection, Payback, It’s a Wonderful Life, Manhattan, Annie Hall, Sideways, As Good As It Gets, Wonder Boys, The Deer Hunter, All the President’s Men, Babette’s Feast, and a personal fave, Animal House (what’s not to like?).
He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is married with two children.