Jul 28, Alex Cantone rated it really liked it Shelves: readthriller. Guys like me. Rest assured, we are in safe hands here. Reiznick is former Delta-Force, saw action in the Middle East, and lives in Rockland, Maine in the house his father, a Vietnam vet, built. He is retained by a former CIA handler, Maddox, for wet jobs, mostly overseas. Refusing to hand Luntz over, he is drawn into a cat—and—mouse game as his daughter is taken hostage, with the FBI on his trail for the death of one of their agents.
After a slow start, and some melancholic moments between ex-Delta force operatives struggling to deal with life, this one really takes off. The main character Reiznick is an honourable man in a deadly business, doped up on Dexedrine, in a bid to save his daughter and to hunt down those responsible to avert a bio-terrorism attack on American soil.
FBI Deputy-Director, Martha Meyerstein, is quietly forceful, commanding the respect of the men surrounding her further down the chain, while having the strength of character to stand up to her own boss. Memorable performances too from the bio-terrorist Scott Caan and scientist Luntz. He moved through the main floor, scanning each segment of the space.
It was usually carried out by a team, with each man having his own point of domination. One-man room clearing was a different animal altogether. The risks were far greater— there was no backup. Room to room, gun in hand…until he came to a closed door. There were many minor Hard Road, some of whom could have culled, but the descriptions and settings were well-researched, especially Florida Keys and the Washington Metro system, as were the details on ballistics I counted 10 baddies that Reznick took out, but might have missed a couple.
Even though I guessed who was the mastermind behind it all fairly early in the piece, this did not detract from it being a good thriller. Verdict: will certainly read more in this series. Sep 25, Shoshana rated it it was amazing. It is always a great pleasure to discover a new author, or one new to the reader.
J B Turner was new to me, but this will not be the last of his books that I am going to read. The hero, Jon Reznick, is former Delta force, now doing contract work, mostly assassinations, for the government. I don't like spoilers, so I will not describe the plot of the book, but I will say that the pace of the book is relent It is always a great pleasure to discover a new author, or one new to the reader.
I don't like spoilers, so I will not describe the plot of the book, but I will say that the pace of the book is relentless. From the moment that Reznick discovers that the man whom he has been sent to kill is not the target he was told he was there to eliminate, the suspense starts to build and it never lets up.
After the fate of his daughter, his only child, becomes involved with the fate of his captive, Reznick becomes a guided missile. His enemies do not know or understand the forces they have unleashed in the enraged father. This book was well written and well edited; my only complaint is that I found three Britishisms in it the author lives in Scotland. Two of them were minor and will probably not be noticed by most readers, but one was more serious and will either be confusing or look like an editing mistake to most Americans.
I may be overreacting as I am an Anglophile and probably more sensitive to this than the average reader. Except for these three examples you would never know that this book was not written by an American.
I think it must be very difficult to overcome the habits of language, and the author does basically a fine job; I wouldn't want to attempt it myself. If you are looking for an excellent, fast-paced thriller, you need look no further than "Hard Road. An enthusiastic five stars. As far as the American government is concerned, Jon Reznick does not exist.
His orders come in by phone and he carries out off book assignments with no hesitation. However this time, something is wrong. The information he was given does not 3. The information he was given Hard Road not match the target he is sent to eliminate. Soon Reznick is on the run with this man unsure of who he can trust and why he was set up.
Jon is a former member of an elite special forces unit who has since retired to his hometown in Maine taking on the occasional black-ops mission. Jon is incredibly skilled and was considered one of the best in his field when he was still with the military. He is trained in all manner of weapons and has the skills to carry out any mission he is given.
He can easily slip in and out of a location and has the ability to seamlessly blend into a crowd. Martha is the one in charge of getting back the man Reznick goes on the run with. The plot in this book was exciting with the looming threat of a possible terrorist attack via a biological weapon. I liked how the author tied together several seemingly unrelated events to produce an action-packed finale.
Watching Reznick try to deal with everything going on while only having partial information was quite interesting and definitely showed his skills at finding what he needs. This book is heavy on the violence and a number of people are killed as Reznick shows no hesitation in killing people after getting the information he needs.
I would recommend the books for fans of other male-centric thriller series like Jack Reacher or Mitch Rapp. I ended up reading through the last of this in a rush -- not because I was caught up in the plot, sadly, but because I really really wanted to give it a fair review, since I was given access to it on Netgalley, and I wanted to get it out of the way.
I'm willing to try pretty much anything Angry Robot and the associated imprints put out, which is why I requested Hard Road.
It's not exactly my genre, the spy-thriller stuff, but I can get into it with a little of the right ingredients: solid charact I ended up reading through the last of this in a rush -- not because I was caught up in the plot, sadly, but because I really really wanted to give it a fair review, since I was given access to it on Netgalley, and I wanted to get it out of the way. It's not exactly my genre, the spy-thriller stuff, but I can get into it with a little of the right ingredients: solid characters, or a novel plot, or elements of some other genre I'm more interested in.
Unfortunately, for me, nothing materialised in the rest of the book to make me feel enthusiastic either. Possibly a slightly older audience, too; I was only twelve when it happened, and while I saw the coverage and so on, my world still revolved around myself. The whole thing has that air, too: I wonder if I would care more if I knew more about the places being referenced, the departments being pulled into it, the whole background this plays out against.
That's a bit too glib, I would probably also care about it if it involved Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs, but I can't guarantee that. By the standards of the genre, and people interested in the genre to begin with, I don't think there's anything wrong with this book. It's well-paced, there's conspiracy and mystery and danger and all of that. The main character's badass and he knows what he's doing, but not invincible -- he has his weak spots.
Jul 23, Bonnie McLaren rated it really liked it. Great page turner which highlights the corruption of big organisations. I feel like the main character Reznick was quite cold and not very likeable but other than this it was a really gripping book. Nov 14, Michael T Bradley rated it it was ok.
My favorite thing about this book is how goddamn tired everyone seems. Martha Meyerstein or whatever, the FBI woman, gets a call on her cell phone from her director, and sighs tiredly. Her aide sighs and shuffles his feet when she calls upon him. Everyone in this "fast-paced" book is just so damn tired of everything. Which made me laugh every time, and ruined any sort of tension the book tried to build up. Look, if you're REALLY into this genre, I'm guessing this book will hit all the right buttons for you: our grim characterless hero's daughter is being held hostage!
Dead bodies keep showing up everywhere! Everyone keeps saying, "Let's assume I believe you," like they do in the big spy movies. So it's got all the pieces on the board, they're just Apr 13, Meredith Reads rated it liked it. I purchased this as an audiobook and am a bit disappointed with it. Neither the writing nor the narration were my cup of tea. I found the language a bit terse and the cussing seemed arbitrary and forced at times.
I cannot tell if it is due to how the book was written or how it was interpreted by the narrator. I found my mind wandering during the narration and frequently checking how much time had passed. Since this was the first book in a series, I assume and hope the remaining books were better I purchased this as an audiobook and am a bit disappointed with it.
Since this was the first book in a series, I assume and hope the remaining books were better. There are 3 books in this series about Jon Reznick, former black ops, now a contracted assassin with a handler.
He realizes he might have the wrong man. This revolves around bio-terrorist threats to America, but it is not clear by whom or from what foreign country.
Well plotted and well written. Reznick is a likable protagonist, trying to right many wrongs. He is a widower, his wife lost her life in the tragedies at the twin towers, leaving him with a 2-yr old daughter to raise.
She is his life line, but it now seems his lifestyle has brought her into harms way. Riveting, fast paced action. If you're a fan of this type of read, don't hesitate. I liked this writers style. He doesn't have a lot of filler stuff that really doesn't matter to the plot line.
It moves along at a good pace, and with relevance. This comes to a satisfactory conclusion, not a cliff-hanger for book two. I liked that too. Aug Hard Road, Mahoghani 23 rated it liked it Shelves: series-booksbooks-read-inthrillercrimesuspense-dramapolitics. Never has a book caused this much of a disturbance; a good disturbance. There's so much activity in this book and as usual when the government and all their acronym affiliations get involved it's not for tea and biscuits.
I selected to read this book almost a year ago. Not knowing why I put it off but I did enjoy all the elements of this story. Jon Reznick is a professionally hired assassin that the government uses to eliminate people without the public getting in an uproar about it.
This time, t Never has a book caused this much of a disturbance; a good disturbance. This time, the selected target doesn't fit the information provided to Jon and so he takes the target with him only to end up becoming a pawn in the highest breach of national security that could kill millions of people.
I enjoyed this book. It started out fairly slow but picked up and went on a real rollercoaster ride. This book is not for the squeamish at heart, reader's that don't enjoy murder, assassinations, or graphic language.
Jun 13, Soo rated it liked it Shelves: audiobook. Notes: Generic black ops story. Aug 28, Linda rated it really liked it Shelves: finished.
This was a good story. It was a little hard to follow at times due to all the characters. It was a fast paced, hard hitting thriller. Jon Reznick is truly a tough assassin but with a soft side for his family. He definitely leans on his instincts and that proves to be a good thing. International espionage, threat to the US, terrorists, senseless killings, good cops, bad cops Feb 08, Page Turner rated it it was amazing.
A fast paced page turner that was hard to put down. This thriller was full of twists and turns that kept me guessing to the end. A good read. Dec 21, Maria Riegger rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this fast-paced, no-nonsense thriller set in my hometown of Washington, DC! Great thriller read! Dec 05, Jacqui rated it really liked it. The man known as Luntz has an FBI protection detail who is murdered by someone who wants to kidnap the scientist.
Reznick saves the man's life and they flee to safety where Reznick can figure out what's going on. But things go from bad to wor In J. But things go from bad to worse when his daughter is kidnapped to force Reznick to turn over the scientist to the people chasing him. Trying to save his daughter puts Reznick in a fight for his life, not sure from one moment to the next who he can trust.
But that is only the beginning. The FBI wants Luntz back, with the secrets they declare are important to national security, and they don't care what they have to do to get him. The only bad part was that Reznick killed a dog who was simply doing its job defending a property. Kill all the humans you want, but dogs are innocents.
Well, one other part that worried me was how many Dexedrine Reznick popped to stay awake. Not a good long term strategy. I received two of the three in the Jon Reznick series from Netgalley. He was their plausible deniability, with no direct link to any US personnel. Nor the jury. He was the executioner. A bit of a legend among the Delta cadre, by all accounts. He thought of Lauren [his daughter] in her hospital bed. And he thought of his wife, the split second before the towers collapsed.
He imagined the horror and fear that must have engulfed her as Hard Road disappeared into the dust and the concrete and twisted metal. His father had hated the latter part of his life, working that soul-destroying job in a fish-packing plant in Rockland. But he never bitched about it. Though some sources compared Reznick to Jack Reacher, I didn't see it. Reznick is an interesting character with serious talents in his chosen assassin field, but his morals and backstory are significantly different from other fictional characters.
Not better or worse. Just different. Overall, non-stop action with a clever motivated guy who never fails to surprise me as a reader. Recommended for thriller junkies like me.
A conspiracy thriller enveloped in a complex web of terror, murder, and mayhem. The body count is as high as the stakes, one man is forced to defend his family and country from a threat which could destroy thousands of lives and send a ripple throughout the globe. Reznick, an expert at wet work; his handler, the mysterious and never-seen Maddox, is the literal voice of death, his command invokes the reaper with Reznick the very manifestation of murder.
A cold and calculated professional, Reznick quickly learns something isn't right when his target becomes the centerpiece of an elaborate plot involving bio-terrorism and a threat that's all too close to home. I liked the shroud of mystery that engulfs Reznick's handler and the need-to-know basis of which he operates. The biochemical threat is omnipresent yet it's the multidimensional characters that give the story it's depth and direct sense of reality.
While Reznick, despite his flaws a perceived kill-first mentality and seeming addition to Dexedrine is a man on a mission - refreshingly not of the common action-hero stereotype.
He not only needs to stop a terrorism plot but has to bring his eleven year old daughter to safety following her abduction at the hands of a group of men linked to the terror threat. HARD ROAD establishes, what looks to be, a serious series character who's fractured past and questionable allegiance will appeal to readers, not just those who dabble in the thriller genre. As a first up introduction to Reznick, HARD ROAD serves its purpose, the ensemble cast is written in a way as to allow further exploration and future subject matters appear bountiful.
I look forward to seeing where J. Turner goes from here. Jul 04, Jay Townsend rated it really liked it. Enjoyed it! Jun 10, Cgcang rated it did not like it Shelves: too-bad-to-finish. It's simply unbelievable that this book got reviewed this well on Goodreads. It's amateurish and badly written. I have seen worse books but this does not excuse how bad Hard Road is. The characters are bland, superficial and uninteresting.
The writing has no depth whatsoever. The plot begins to crumble in the reader's hands after the first 50 pages. Turner has no unique style that the reader can find something to love in. All the time I struggled to keep reading, I asked myself what the hell I w It's simply unbelievable that this book got reviewed this well on Goodreads.
All the time I struggled to keep reading, I asked myself what the hell I was doing. I managed to get pages in but even after going so far I couldn't bring myself to finish. It was that bad. This book is the biggest disappointment of the year for me, at least so far.
Dec 07, Andrew rated it it was ok. This was just not a very good book. I thought it was poorly written, the plot felt rushed, and the exposition felt forced and overwhelming. I did not care about any of the characters; and the main character was this supposed super Delta force spy, but was pretty incompetent and showed a lack of rational thinking at times.
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