Jack of Thieves : The Master Thief

  • by Ben Hale
  • Narrated by Derek Perkins
  • Series: The Master Thief
  • 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Thieves Guild is renowned for their ability to steal anything. Its elite members have robbed nobles of wealth, reputation, and even their honor. The Guildmaster rules them with brutality and fear, yet his name and past are a mystery. From the depths of the Evermist swamp, he seeks a master thief, one who can help him reclaim his lost power.
Young and brash, Jack Myst has drawn the Guildmaster's attention. His feats mark his potential, but his audacity and cunning make him dangerous. After years of preparation, an invitation from the guild is exactly what he desires. When he gets it, his hunt begins, and there is nothing he cannot steal.
Even the Guildmaster's secret.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

really......really good!

I was happily listening to what I thought was a nice story when the plot grabbed me and held me strongly till the end. i listen to multiple books at once unless one is so compelling I can't switch to another. Doesn't happen often so I know that when it does I have a gem in my hand. hey
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- Maryann

Nothing of interest here

Where to begin?

I guess I should state that I didn't quite hate this book, but I think that's mostly because I eventually began tuning it out, and my mood improved at that point.

I found the main character unlikable, at first. Later I transitioned into active dislike. First off, he seems to lack any charisma. Smirking and hurling uninspired insults doesn't constitute charm. His claim to Master Thief status is that he managed to climb a clockwork-like wall and reach the third of fourth doors on the first try. Okay, so he's athletic.

Later on when he goes up against flesh and blood enemies, he tends to get caught with his hand in the cookie jar. At this point, he flashes a smirk, tosses in some insults to sputtering, seemingly-impotent enemies and runs off. My favorite evasion scene involved him declaring that his victims couldn't follow him. Next chapter. That's a big part of my problem. The main character tells everyone, and the reader, how things are and that's the final word. The absolute opposite of "Show, don't Tell."

World building is non-existent. Environs are lazily described, if at all. The characters are all similarly shallow. The female character is named Beauty. The charm of the main character is established by his telling her she has nice legs, or other anatomy, at various points of the story. The leader of the assassins guild? A kid. Shocking. What a crazy twist!! Also, that's about the extent of his character development.

The main character's central motivation and goal seemed to hold some promise, but it unraveled and ended up taking another, and in my estimation, somewhat less interesting path. That's okay, with the lack of character depth and world building, the original goal wouldn't have involved anything too interesting to accomplish anyway.

This seems harsh and I hate to get so negative about a book, but I figure, that if I were a character in this story, being dismissive and unappreciative would qualify me for at least the rank of Journeyman Thief.
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- Joshua

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-10-2017
  • Publisher: Podium Publishing