Hard Wired by J B Turner (Jon Reznick #3)

Synopsis: When an ex-Delta Forces operative dies in a car wreck in Miami, the FBI dismiss it as a tragic accident. But Jon Reznick isn’t so sure—especially when he learns that his teetotal former colleague was apparently drunk at the wheel.

Reznick’s one-man investigation quickly enters dangerous territory when it becomes clear that this was merely the first in a series of mysterious deaths. All of the victims are ex-Delta Forces, and all were involved in a top-secret Iranian hit under Reznick’s command. Retribution will not be complete until Reznick is wiped out too.

With Iran’s ruthless Quds Force hunting him down on US soil, assisted by a powerful Mexican drug cartel determined to increase its own foothold in the country, Reznick’s survival is a threat to national security. FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein is not as keen as some government officials to sacrifice him as collateral damage, but the longer Reznick runs, the more audacious his enemies become. Innocent American lives are at risk, and only Reznick’s victory—or surrender—can save them.

Kat’s Rating: 4/5

Kat’s Review: I’ve read the first two in the Reznick series and have thoroughly enjoyed them. Knowing the 4th book has recently been released I figured it was high time to catch up so started on this the third book in the series. Jon Reznick is ex-delta and has a myriad of skills which sets him apart. He has previously helped the FBI but there is certainly no love lost between them and Jon. As a character I like him, a LOT! As a character he is a typical lead hero with the skill set to match, although he also seemingly lives off adrenaline and illicit drugs, still…what’s not to love! When he hears his ex-Delta Forces buddy Tiny has been killed in a car accident because he was drunk, Jon isn’t buying it. The story is then set as Jon tries to prove Tiny’s innocence and in doing so uncovers a terrorist cell.

Martha Meyerstein who is with the FBI also makes a comeback as part of her task is to get Reznick off the grid and out of the FBI’s way while they hunt the cell. Of course nothing is quite that straightforward and as always Jon doesn’t make anybody’s life easy. The plot contains plenty of thrills and spills and the action is packed in. Turner certainly knows how to create a fast paced and action packed book and this one certasinly had me turning the pages.

The only thing I noticed is that this book seemed short (although packed to the gills) and when I checked it was just shy of 270 pages. I confess I would have liked it to be a longer story as I felt like it could have been a lot more than it was (if that makes sense). Having said that, Turner is becoming another Simon Kernick for me. A book where there isn’t necessarily the most original plots, but one that captures your attention. He is a great storyteller and has created a series that is easy to get hooked on. For me, I’ll be moving on to the next book in the series ‘Hard Way’ as soon as possible! Also, one of the best things is that the first three books in the series are less than a pound on Kindle! BARGAIN!!!

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