Sunday, August 28, 2016

Nothing Short Of Dying - Erik Storey

Kindle Edition

Cost: Netgalley

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

Published: 14/07/16

Amazon uk link: Here

Goodreads Link: Here

The Blurb

Sixteen years. That’s how long Clyde Barr has been away from Colorado’s thick forests, alpine deserts, and craggy peaks, running from a past filled with haunting memories. But now he’s back, having roamed across three continents as a hunter, adventurer, soldier of fortune, and most recently, unjustly imprisoned convict. And once again, his past is reaching out to claim him.

By the light of a flickering campfire, Clyde received a frantic phone call for help from Jen, the youngest of his three older sisters. Then the line goes dead. Clyde doesn’t know how much time he has. He doesn’t know where Jen is located. He doesn’t even know who has her. All he knows is that nothing short of dying will stop him from saving her.

Tagging along with Clyde on this strange, desperate, against-all-odds rescue mission is a young woman named Allie whose motivations for hurtling into harm’s way are fascinatingly complex. As the duo races against the clock, it is Allie who gets Clyde to see what he has become and what he can be.

My Thoughts

Whether good or bad this book has attracted the inevitable comparisons to Jack Reacher. I have read all the Jack Reacher books; In fact the series was the first that I had read all.

Is it a fair comparison? Not really. It’s in the same genre but that’s where the similarity to Jack Reacher ends. If you need to pigeon hole Clyde Barr then he is more of a John Rambo crossed with Bonny and Clyde with a little bit of Bryan Mills from the film “taken” thrown in.

The story itself isn’t a mystery you know where the story is going from the first chapter and from that point on its all out action, with enough fights, car chases, death and excitement to fill 3 Jack Reacher books. I enjoyed it immensely and can see the series running for a long time. Clyde’s back-story was interesting and I’m sure more will be reveled as the series progresses but it didn’t get in the way of the main story of rescuing his sister from the bad guys. I don’t want to give any of the story away but I was so upset 75% of the way through, wasn’t expecting what happened to happen. Read it and you will understand what I mean.

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