It’s a tribute to the authenticity that James L. Weaver brings to his reformed mob enforcer Jake Caldwell in his new thriller Ares Road that I’ve just spent ten minutes deliberating whether I’d want to live with his hard man with a heart of gold.
Common sense suggests men like Jake are TROUBLE.
It’s a tough call, though, because Jake, like his alter ego Jack Reacher in the Lee Child books, is a good guy with a chequered history, who is trying to re-invent himself.
But, Jake, unlike Reacher, is not afraid of commitment and, having re-discovered his former childhood sweetheart Maggie, and the teenage daughter he didn’t know existed, he’s not about to let them go.
But, however, hard he tries to go straight, it seems his past won’t let him go.
His first job working as a private investigator turns up a teenage girl screaming down a dead man’s cell phone, and Logan, his mentor, and the only man with answers, beaten into a coma.
The only clues Jake has to unravel the mystery are a Russian with a stolen, silver briefcase and three names: Snell, Parley and Ares.
Teaming up with his best friend Bear, the Sheriff from his mid-west home town, and an FBI special agent, Jake quickly discovers they’re not the only ones looking for the briefcase and its deadly contents.
It’s no longer about seeking revenge.
A tense plot, tight writing, some believably sympathetic characters – and some distinctly unsympathetic ones – what reader could ask for more?
This thrilling second book in the Jake Caldwell series is a heart-stopping ride that won’t disappoint.
Jake’s first outing, Poor Boy Road, saw Weaver named as an IAN Thriller of the Year finalist.
And, if the odds are in his favour, he should pick up even more plaudits with this sequel.
And would I want to live with Jake?
Without giving away any spoilers, the answer has to be ‘No’.
Too dangerous: I’ve seen the ending, and I’m fairly sure there’s trouble ahead for Jake and Maggie and their daughter Halle.
Can’t wait for book three to find out more.
Review by Sue Featherstone.
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