It is a pleasure to join the blog tour for Rogue by J.B. Turner today! My thanks to the publisher for my review copy and to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for the invitation to join.
Author : J.B. Turner
Title : Rogue
Series : American Ghost Thriller #1
Pages : 290
Publisher : Thomas & Mercer
Publication date : June 7, 2018
Nathan Stone was killed in action while serving as a covert CIA operative. Or so everyone thought. In reality he’s become a ghost, a black-ops asset with a new identity and controlled by a secret government organization. The Commission has one aim: to hunt down and assassinate anti-establishment enemies of the state.
Its number-one target is Senator Brad Crichton, an ambitious politician with growing support. Stone is ready to take him out, but his plan is soon compromised when the Commission’s kill list is leaked to a journalist—whose own name is on the list too. And when the journalist tries to alert the senator, he is found dead in suspicious circumstances. Stone is closing in on Crichton, but must act swiftly to reach him before the truth does.
He knows that one wrong foot will put him in the firing line. But where national security is at stake, the hunter can quickly become the hunted.
Rogue features an outrageous and quite frightening scenario, yet it’s also believable and easy to imagine things like this happening somewhere.
A secret government committee has a list of people they want to have eliminated. A kill list, if you will. This list is mostly comprised of names of politicians and journalists who are deemed anti-establishment. People who are raising their voices about the current state of the country.
One such man is Senator Brad Crichton, a man who tells things as they are, whose voice is growing louder and whose support is growing. So it is decided he must be stopped. Permanently. But he’s not the only one.
Bring on, Nathan Stone. Nathan is basically a killing machine in the vain of Jason Bourne. Brainwashed, programmed, cold as ice, not showing feelings or emotions. Or at least that’s how Nathan used to be. After an accident which everyone believes left him dead, he’s been given a new identity and a new face. He’s endured years of training to restore him to his previous self. But as Nathan will discover, one wrong move and loyalty means absolutely nothing.
While the story is centred around American events, it is actually set in the glorious landscape of Scotland where Senator Crichton is attending a conference and I found the mountains and forests truly added to the atmosphere. It just wouldn’t have been the same on the streets of whatever big city, to be honest.
Rogue is intensely gripping and intriguing from the very first page. This is a well-paced, intelligently plotted and action-packed political thriller full of games and deceit with a host of unlikeable characters who only see missions and end results, without a care in the world about casualties. A quick read that makes for an enjoyable afternoon with an ending that, although maybe not entirely surprising, does set things up nicely for any follow-ups.
Rogue is available to buy!
J.B. Turner is a former journalist and author of the bestselling Jon Reznick™ action thriller series: Hard Road, Hard Kill, Hard Wired & Hard Way (Thomas & Mercer). The fifth book in the series, Hard Fall, is published on 8 February 2018. He is also the author of the forthcoming American Ghost™ thriller series. The first book in the series, Rogue (Thomas & Mercer), out 7 June 2018. The follow-up is Reckoning (Thomas & Mercer), out 2 August 2018.
He penned the Jon Reznick novella, Gone Bad (No Way Back Press), and the Deborah Jones crime thrillers, Miami Requiem (No Way Back Press) and Dark Waters (No Way Back Press).
He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is married with two children.