I had read the three previous novels in the Jack Calder series by Seumas Gallacher so I was looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Killer City.
The story line begins with the discovery of a woman’s mutilated torso in a dumpster in the north of England. Jack Calder, a former SAS officer, propses to help an old friend’s son who has been been framed for the murder. He leads his colleagues at their specialist security firm, International Security Partners, from Manchester and London across Europe to Lithuania in order to hunt down those responsible for the murder.
The story is fast-paced and what a reader would expect from an action-packed story. I did not, however, enjoy this story as much as I did the previous ones. Instead I wished for more than a description of mayhem. As this is the fourth novel centred around a same character, I wished to learn a little more about Jack Calder, the person. Having said that, the novel is perfect for a quick read – and would not have to be read in order of the series to be enjoyed.
I give this novel ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars.
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018
(This novel was the 46th in my 50 book pledge for 2018)
This weekend I completed the first of Seumas Gallacher’s novels: The Violin Man’s Legacy. As I opened the book, I expected a fast-paced thriller – and I was not disappointed. The tale begins in situ with a murder and a robbery, and continues with the action towards a resolution.
In this story we are introduced to Jack Calder, an ex-SAS soldier born in Scotland. When we meet him, he is working at ISP – a specialist security firm. He is sent to Holland to investigate a diamond heist and follows the trial to Hong Kong where he meets May-Ling, a woman who intrigues him. Together, with the help of other ISP agents, they unravel a web of corruption and confront the leaders of one of Hong Kong’s most ruthless and powerful triad gangs.
The story kept me interested throughout and I regretted the need to put the book down in order to continue with my daily responsibilities. The storyline is believable, as are the actions taken by the characters in the story. My curiosity to see what would happen kept me turning the pages, and not all my guesses were correct.
I would recommend this read to anyone who enjoys fast-paced thrillers. I have seen that Seumas Gallacher has written more Jack Calder novels and I have put them on my list for when I next go shopping on Amazon.
Have you read any of the Jack Calder stories?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
Currently I am reading Seumas Gallacher’s first novel: The Violin Man’s Legacy. I am a little frustrated that I do not have the time to focus on my current read and instead I am forced to place the novel on the side table and complete other tasks. This is a fast-paced story and I am curious to know the end.
What follows is a taste of the tale: “Kluvin led the raid, with Jules on his heels as they stormed a fortified hideout in a condemned building on the outskirts of the city. The cell of seven men and two women never saw what hit them.” (p 48)
Hopefully I will have a chance to get stuck into the book this weekend and complete the story.
What are you reading this week? Feel free to share a few sentences from the book in the comments.
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2016
(This post is linked to Miz B’s Teaser Tuesdays)