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As the other reviewer for this book said, this is a Jack Reacher-ish sort of character with the biggest exception being that instead of him traveling around the United States he is a globe trotting "knight in shining armor "! He's also got some personal demons he's running from. He knows he's done some bad things in the name of good being a former DELTA but still can't help but feel guilt.
In this book he's in Australia. While sitting under a tree he sees two construction workers murdered in cold blood by what he believes are contract killers. When he goes to the closest town he finds it is very small and is being terrorized by a group of motorcyclists who think they are bad boys. That is until they meet Jason King, the protagonist. He's got all the time in the world to do what he thinks is right!! Sounds a little familiar huh? But with The bar being set by Lee Child it's kind of hard not to make comparisons. This story takes a strange twist about 1/2 way through and Jason realizes it's not so coincidental that he's there at the same time as the hired guns, he recognizes someone he used to work with.
Anyway, I found this to be a very entertaining, fast paced, action packed and believable book. No superman antics. It will be interesting to see how this character progresses.
Roger Wayne does the narration. I've never listened to him before but thought he did a great job.
My next purchase will be the newly released second book in this series.
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Over recent months I've read the 4 and 5 star reviews by Audible listener Shelley of the six novels in the Jason King series. So gave Book 1 a try.
Think of Jason King as a globe trotting Jack Reacher with a cell phone. In addition Jason King has a confidential military past as a US government hit man. Many extreme action thrillers tend to substitute continuous for as plot. Isolated has both a very good plot and huge amounts of action. Certainly much of the fighting and other extreme action by the protagonist strains credibility bounds, but it's called fiction for a reason. This series will appeal most to adrenaline junkies.
Isolated is that first book I have listened to Roger Wayne narrate. His narration is outstanding.
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I think this could be an entertaining enough series but not one of those where I’ll be panting with anticipation over the release of each new book. There’s plenty of action, decent pacing and it’s all good fun action thriller popcorn. The parallels with Child’s Jack Reacher or Baldacci’s John Puller are easy to see with Jason King. A tough ex-military type who has left his career and now wanders near-aimlessly armed with his own unique moral code which defines justice in ever so slightly harsher tones than the law chooses to. So fans of Reacher and Puller will immediately feel at home here even transported as they will be halfway round the world to the Australian Outback.
That said, I don’t think that Matt Rogers reaches the same heights as either Baldacci or Child. In some ways this reminded me of how Tom Cruise applied Hollywood to Jack Reacher dumbing him down and changing Reacher from something unique into just another Tinsel Town action figure. Even as a fan of these types of books the plot and how some of the key bad guys behaved had me wincing in places. The other characters that King meet also seem to go from natural distrust of a tough-looking stranger to near relatives in the blink of an eye.
The narration by Roger Wayne is thoroughly decent though he doesn’t have the Aussie accents so don’t expect the locals to sound particularly authentic. That aside he carries the story well and is clear and easy to listen to. So, if you are after an easy to read, quick moving action thriller or want to get some more Reacher-like entertainment this may well serve. I don’t think it is as good but I still found it fairly easy-listening.
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