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A senior American security adviser is missing, presumed kidnapped for his top-level military intelligence. FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein needs to track him down before classified information gets into the wrong hands. She needs Jon Reznick on board. The former black-ops assassin is supposed to be on vacation with his daughter, but when Meyerstein calls, it doesn’ A senior American security adviser is missing, presumed kidnapped for his top-level military intelligence. FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein needs to track him down before classified information gets into the wrong hands. She needs Jon Reznick on board. The former black-ops assassin is supposed to be on vacation with his daughter, but when Meyerstein calls, it doesn’t pay to keep her waiting. Her elite team is convinced that the missing diplomat’s expertise in the Persian Gulf points to an Iranian terrorist cell, but Reznick isn’t so sure. His gut instinct tells him they’re all wrong. Never one to play by the rules, he finds himself working alone, following a lead that everyone else has dismissed. But to Reznick, the suspect seems a little too clean… When the team comes under attack, the kidnapping is exposed as part of a much wider conspiracy, one far more dangerous than Meyerstein feared. Nothing and nobody is safe—and only Jon Reznick stands between national security and a campaign of unprecedented terror. Revised edition: This edition of Hard Kill includes editorial revisions.


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A senior American security adviser is missing, presumed kidnapped for his top-level military intelligence. FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein needs to track him down before classified information gets into the wrong hands. She needs Jon Reznick on board. The former black-ops assassin is supposed to be on vacation with his daughter, but when Meyerstein calls, it doesn’ A senior American security adviser is missing, presumed kidnapped for his top-level military intelligence. FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein needs to track him down before classified information gets into the wrong hands. She needs Jon Reznick on board. The former black-ops assassin is supposed to be on vacation with his daughter, but when Meyerstein calls, it doesn’t pay to keep her waiting. Her elite team is convinced that the missing diplomat’s expertise in the Persian Gulf points to an Iranian terrorist cell, but Reznick isn’t so sure. His gut instinct tells him they’re all wrong. Never one to play by the rules, he finds himself working alone, following a lead that everyone else has dismissed. But to Reznick, the suspect seems a little too clean… When the team comes under attack, the kidnapping is exposed as part of a much wider conspiracy, one far more dangerous than Meyerstein feared. Nothing and nobody is safe—and only Jon Reznick stands between national security and a campaign of unprecedented terror. Revised edition: This edition of Hard Kill includes editorial revisions.

30 review for Hard Kill

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sean Peters

    Thank you to Net Galley, the author and the publishers for an ARC copy for an honest review. Firstly let me explain why 3.5/4 star book. Still very enjoyable, love the main character Jon Reznick and Martha Meyerstein but the story was slightly slower going, a lot of meetings, a lot of surveillance, a lot more "talking" rather than action. An American diplomat goes missing and ex-Special Forces operative Jon Reznick joins a top secret team, led by FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein, to help tr Thank you to Net Galley, the author and the publishers for an ARC copy for an honest review. Firstly let me explain why 3.5/4 star book. Still very enjoyable, love the main character Jon Reznick and Martha Meyerstein but the story was slightly slower going, a lot of meetings, a lot of surveillance, a lot more "talking" rather than action. An American diplomat goes missing and ex-Special Forces operative Jon Reznick joins a top secret team, led by FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein, to help track him down. The team believes that there may be a terrorist group - perhaps Islamists - who have kidnapped him, as the diplomat's area of expertise is the Persian Gulf. But Reznick is training his sights on an unlikely candidate - a leading Washington DC surgeon. But as the team itself comes under attack, and the 9/11 commemoration approaches, it becomes clear that the kidnapping is part of a much bigger plot, one that threatens not only New York, but the whole country too. Although not as fast paced as the first book, still well paced, tensions really build up for the last third of the book, many great characters and quite a few shocks throughout. Jon Reznick is a great strong character that will be around for a awhile. Another series that fans of action thrillers will enjoy. Now straight to Book 3.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Book Addict Shaun

    I am reading so many thriller series at the minute that they are all starting to merge into one and I’m finding it takes me a little longer to get into these political-based stories than it does a bog-standard crime thriller. That said once I’m into them I am hooked and Hard Kill was an immensely enjoyable read. Jon Reznick is not dissimilar to others in the genre but he’s a really likeable character who, like most thriller characters can often look back at the end of a story with a big ‘I told I am reading so many thriller series at the minute that they are all starting to merge into one and I’m finding it takes me a little longer to get into these political-based stories than it does a bog-standard crime thriller. That said once I’m into them I am hooked and Hard Kill was an immensely enjoyable read. Jon Reznick is not dissimilar to others in the genre but he’s a really likeable character who, like most thriller characters can often look back at the end of a story with a big ‘I told you so’ look on his face because it is these characters who always see what their superiors don’t see and who always have to go up against the grain to prove themselves right. I am enjoying the working relationship that he has with the Assistant Director of the FBI and I am also enjoying the fact that this is a thriller that doesn’t need to have sex scenes in every other chapters. But, all you straight macho male readers who think you can’t cope without the sex fear not, the story here is well worth reading. The story I felt was incredibly strong and moved at such a pace that I found it hard to put down my Kindle. It’s not just the characters in the book who are one step behind but this reader also had no clue as to why certain people were behaving how they were and what it all meant. Thrillers are often called unrealistic however the story here was quite frightening and ultimately was never too over the top that it couldn’t be believable. Some stuff is just that frightening that some people would rather not imagine it happening and so resort to saying that it isn’t believable. The ending was great and as with all the best thrillers left me wanting to continue with the series straightaway. Whilst there’s stories can be read standalone there is more of a continuance here with the plots than in say a Reacher novel. Highly recommended.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    3.5 Stars Hard Kill was another exciting read in the Jon Reznick series with an intriguing plot that never lets up. When an American diplomat goes missing, FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein is in charge of putting together a team to find him. Jon Reznick, feeling he needs to repay Martha after the debacle in Florida, agrees to join the team to help locate the diplomat. While the team focuses on a terrorist group as being the possible kidnappers, Jon focuses on a Washington DC surgeon believ 3.5 Stars Hard Kill was another exciting read in the Jon Reznick series with an intriguing plot that never lets up. When an American diplomat goes missing, FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein is in charge of putting together a team to find him. Jon Reznick, feeling he needs to repay Martha after the debacle in Florida, agrees to join the team to help locate the diplomat. While the team focuses on a terrorist group as being the possible kidnappers, Jon focuses on a Washington DC surgeon believing the man to somehow be involved. It soon becomes clear the missing diplomat was only the beginning and a larger plot is unfolding that may have devastating consequences for the United States. Jon continues to be a man who struggles with following orders and is more likely to go off on his own if he believes official channels won’t get the job done. Jon is a firm believer in following his gut instinct and it serves him well in Hard Kill. Despite the team’s lack of confidence in Jon’s assertion the man they’re looking into is connected to a larger plot somehow, Jon continues to push on in his investigation which certainly doesn’t earn him any friends. I was actually surprised by how much he butted heads with some of the others as initially everyone seemed to get on well enough. We meet a number of new characters in Hard Kill, most of which are connected to the intelligence community in some way. A few characters from the first book return as part of the team looking into the whereabouts of the missing diplomat and the possible terrorist group. FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein continues to be one of my favorite side characters in the series. She’s amazing at her job and it willing to put her neck on the line to follow leads that others consider not worth exploring. Her and Jon continue to work well together and I enjoy watching them team up despite their different methods. Hard Kill was a bit different than the first book, Hard Road, in that it contains less head on action and instead has more surveillance type efforts. No one rushes into anything in this book, not even Jon, which was something I appreciated. It seemed more realistic that the team would gather information before making a decision, although I understand how that wouldn’t always be the case. Ultimately I liked how everything tied together and how the bad guy was connected to everything. There were a few things left unanswered, but for the most part everything is resolved. (view spoiler)[I am curious to see if Adam Ford shows up in future books considering he evaded capture at the end of the book. (hide spoiler)] Overall, I really enjoyed Hard Kill and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series soon. I stand by my recommendation from the first book and would suggest this series for fans of other male-centric thriller series such as Jack Reacher or Mitch Rapp.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alex Cantone

    Subtle and insubstantial, the expert leaves no trace; divinely mysterious, he is inaudible. Thus he is the master of his enemy’s fate. – “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu. When a senior security advisor in Washington on the Persian Gulf goes missing. FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein leads a special access program to track him down - amid a media blackout - to prevent classified information falling into the wrong hands. She demands that former Delta-force operative and one-time assassin, Jon Rez Subtle and insubstantial, the expert leaves no trace; divinely mysterious, he is inaudible. Thus he is the master of his enemy’s fate. – “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu. When a senior security advisor in Washington on the Persian Gulf goes missing. FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein leads a special access program to track him down - amid a media blackout - to prevent classified information falling into the wrong hands. She demands that former Delta-force operative and one-time assassin, Jon Reznick is on the team as an independent observer, amid opposition from senior military members. The advisor’s phone calls include one to a Georgetown University student from New York who served an internship at the White House and she is also missing, her apartment mates only able to supply the briefest outline, and pointing out that she had recently been dumped by her boyfriend named Adam, who works at the Georgetown Hospital. Identified as a young respected surgeon, known for his humanitarian work, he is quickly dismissed as a suspect by some on the special access team who feel he is beyond reproach, but Reznick senses something. When the surgeon takes leave from the hospital and heads for New York to stay with friends, Reznick and FBI stalwarts Stamper and Chisholm are on his tail, following leads from ritzy Manhattan to a soup kitchen and homeless shelter in the poorest parts, a waitress at a diner, and a link to a local mosque. Aware they are days away from the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the team races to prevent an imminent terrorism attack. The night shadows disappeared like ghosts as dawn broke. Just after 6:30 a.m., men began to arrive at the mosque for Salat al-Ishraq post-sunrise prayer. This is intelligent writing, fast-paced at times, pushing through long days of thankless and sometimes fruitless tasks of surveillance work and combing through computer files to make connections. When a key member of the team comes under attack, it suggests a wider conspiracy – red flags, false flags, and the involvement of someone on the team. “We were identifying an Iranian Shia connection from early days. But I think we can say that, if Chechens are involved, this is far more likely to be a Sunni Islamist threat.” Black said, “Wahhabis, like al-Qaeda, is that what you’re saying?” “You have to remember that bin Laden wasn’t a Wahhabist. Most Islamic extremists follow the ideology of Sayyid Qutb…” The locations across New York are very well-researched, and while at times I got lost in the alphabet soup of agencies, all with their own agendas, I was riveted with the ending as Reznick tracks down the killer to protect the target. Reznick is much more believable character than say, Jack Reacher, and while this one was maybe not as good as Hard Road, I will definitely stick with this series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Trish R.

    Another exciting story about Jon Reznick helping the FBI catch a killer. Unfortunately, this book made a lot of the politicians in our government look really bad. AND the killer ended up getting away. Maybe he’ll show up in another book. Reznick worked with Martha Meyerstein again but I gotta say no one seems to sleep in these books. Reznick is forever popping Dexedrine and he and Martha drink tons of coffee, as if that’s the cure for never needing sleep. It’s really kind of silly. Also, one revie Another exciting story about Jon Reznick helping the FBI catch a killer. Unfortunately, this book made a lot of the politicians in our government look really bad. AND the killer ended up getting away. Maybe he’ll show up in another book. Reznick worked with Martha Meyerstein again but I gotta say no one seems to sleep in these books. Reznick is forever popping Dexedrine and he and Martha drink tons of coffee, as if that’s the cure for never needing sleep. It’s really kind of silly. Also, one reviewer gave it 1 or 2 stars because Martha, as Assistant Director of the FBI, went out into the field, Martha being “middle age” and all. Well, Martha is in her 30’s and if that’s “middle age” then I’m ancient. This was a very good story and again I totally enjoyed it. There wasn’t any kind of sex or thoughts of sex but the F-bomb was used 57 times. As to the narration: Jeffrey Kafer, again, has a great reading voice and his men are perfect but his women’s voices still suck AND still I don’t mind. If there had been any kind of romance I would have minded.

  6. 4 out of 5

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    Wow, having just finished this I feel exhausted. I have read book 2 straight off the back of book 1, which I personally like to do occasionally. Jon Reznick is our leading man and as an Ex-Delta Force guy he is no idiot. After book 1 Jon is taking some time out when he receives the nod from FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein that he is 'needed'. He once again puts his visit to his daughter on hold and goes to see what Meyerstein needs from him. When a Senior Security Adviser goes missing Jo Wow, having just finished this I feel exhausted. I have read book 2 straight off the back of book 1, which I personally like to do occasionally. Jon Reznick is our leading man and as an Ex-Delta Force guy he is no idiot. After book 1 Jon is taking some time out when he receives the nod from FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein that he is 'needed'. He once again puts his visit to his daughter on hold and goes to see what Meyerstein needs from him. When a Senior Security Adviser goes missing Jon joins Martha's team as they try and work out what could have happened and how on earth they go about finding him. As ever nothing is as it seems and what they actually uncover seems to be a terrorist cell. Reznick goes all in and manages to land himself on the surveillance team which ultimately means he ends up walking on the thin line of breaking the rules. In all honesty yes I have read thrillers similar in style and some people may not like the fact that this sort of book gets rave reviews but in all honesty they are right up my street. Jon is an easy character to like and I felt like we got to see a bit more of the real him in this book. We also see the welcome return of Martha's colleagues from book one including Roy Stamper who I still haven't quite made my mind up about yet! Plenty of plot threads, heart racing moments that have you holding your breath and action buy the bucket load. Maybe not the most original (especially in the wake of some of the very popular American TV dramas about) but an absolute page turner and a series that now makes me want to go straight onto book 3. Sadly I need to break this as I have other books I want to read prior to launch but lets see how long I can hold out.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    I thought this book was better than the first. An overall quickly paced thriller about a possible terrorist plot. A lot of twists to the plot. I listened to the audiobook and it performed well.

  8. 4 out of 5

    David Highton

    I had thought that Resnick might be a loner like Jack Reacher but instead he is more of a 'best of the bunch' kind of guy, working with FBI and other on a contract basis. This plot was a little typical of other books in the genre, with all the different US intelligence agencies involved, never knowing who can trust who. Cannot say much more without being a spoiler. An OK read and a page turner, but nothing special. I will give the next in the series a try. I had thought that Resnick might be a loner like Jack Reacher but instead he is more of a 'best of the bunch' kind of guy, working with FBI and other on a contract basis. This plot was a little typical of other books in the genre, with all the different US intelligence agencies involved, never knowing who can trust who. Cannot say much more without being a spoiler. An OK read and a page turner, but nothing special. I will give the next in the series a try.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Page Turner

    Book 2 in the series, but it is also a stand alone book. I enjoyed the fast pace and the plot kept me guessing “whodunnit” until the last page. A good read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Tremblay

    Hard Kill starts as an investigation into a diplomat's disappearance and goes on as a terrorist hunt. The action does not fail from beginning to end. The main characters are in line with expectations of the genre. FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein is a very capable and strong woman who supports her team members and is ready to take on responsibility for their actions. Jon Reznick is a tough guy who is afraid of nothing and does not care about procedures or even laws as long as what he doe Hard Kill starts as an investigation into a diplomat's disappearance and goes on as a terrorist hunt. The action does not fail from beginning to end. The main characters are in line with expectations of the genre. FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein is a very capable and strong woman who supports her team members and is ready to take on responsibility for their actions. Jon Reznick is a tough guy who is afraid of nothing and does not care about procedures or even laws as long as what he does allows the investigation to progress and they get the bad guy arrested. And Adam Kendrick, the bad guy, is the picture of success. He is a well-known doctor, an athlete, a great friend, an humanist who likes to alleviate the suffering of others. But… "peel back the layers of facade, and no one really knows what a person is like, deep down." I am a reader of thrillers (e.g. Stephen Hunter, Robert Crais, David Wiltse, Michael Chrichton...) and I have been a fan of TV shows like NCIS and CSI for years. I love when thrillers don't leave me time to breathe, that the pages are almost on fire so the action is intense and that the good guy is a scoundrel as able of tricks and cheats than the culprit. I have not been disappointed with this novel and its characters. I find it a shame that this author is not as famous as the authors I named above. If I had not got this book in GoodReads giveaways, I would have perhaps never known who he is and how his books are captivating. Now, I look forward to more. I give it 4½ stars (because I hate cliffhangers) rounded up to 5.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    They don’t get any better. This is the second I’ve read in the series, because apparently I like to torment myself with repetitive phrasing, poor editing and plots so far fetched that the books could almost make a success of themselves in the fantasy genre. What with all the sighing [72 sighs, 16 of which were “long”] and bridge of the nose pinching [5 times] and cheeks being blown out [9 times], there was hardly enough time for anyone to say “Goddamn.” Oh no, wait, my bad... it was uttered 39 t They don’t get any better. This is the second I’ve read in the series, because apparently I like to torment myself with repetitive phrasing, poor editing and plots so far fetched that the books could almost make a success of themselves in the fantasy genre. What with all the sighing [72 sighs, 16 of which were “long”] and bridge of the nose pinching [5 times] and cheeks being blown out [9 times], there was hardly enough time for anyone to say “Goddamn.” Oh no, wait, my bad... it was uttered 39 times, beaten only by the 57 times variations of “fuck” were uttered, gasped, or of course sighed. Don’t get me started on the number of times sweat ran down Reznick’s back [3]. It was all too distracting and frustrating and annoying and really? People have given this 5 stars?? It almost makes me want to pinch the bridge of my nose, let out a long sigh, blow my cheeks out and ask: what the goddam fuck were those people reading?!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Charleen

    The opening seemed hollow to me. Who is this guy who's gone missing? Why do I care? What are the stakes? For too long, the only answer is a vague concern about national security; not until much later does a picture start to develop. And even once things pick up, it's all action and no depth, nothing to make the story - or the characters - stand out. The first novel, while not a new favorite, at least made me want to read more about Jon Reznick. I can't say the same about this one. (review copy re The opening seemed hollow to me. Who is this guy who's gone missing? Why do I care? What are the stakes? For too long, the only answer is a vague concern about national security; not until much later does a picture start to develop. And even once things pick up, it's all action and no depth, nothing to make the story - or the characters - stand out. The first novel, while not a new favorite, at least made me want to read more about Jon Reznick. I can't say the same about this one. (review copy received via NetGalley)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pat (not getting friend updates currently)

    My marathon effort of catching up on months of backlog with my reviews is almost over. Another week should do it. That Jon Reznick, he's just too good. When a diplomat (O'Grady) goes missing without any clues, the FBI's Meyerstein seeks Reznick's help again. The last call O'Grady made on his phone was to a young woman, a student in Washington. This woman is now also missing so the starting point for the investigation is a former boyfriend of hers, a respected and brilliant surgeon, Dr Adam Ford. My marathon effort of catching up on months of backlog with my reviews is almost over. Another week should do it. That Jon Reznick, he's just too good. When a diplomat (O'Grady) goes missing without any clues, the FBI's Meyerstein seeks Reznick's help again. The last call O'Grady made on his phone was to a young woman, a student in Washington. This woman is now also missing so the starting point for the investigation is a former boyfriend of hers, a respected and brilliant surgeon, Dr Adam Ford. Digging into Ford's life reveals nothing of interest but Reznick has a gut feeling that the good doctor is a bit fishy. Electronic chatter indicates a heightened threat of 'something' occurring with the anniversary of 9/11 approaching. Meyerstein backs Reznick's gut against stiff opposition, and so begins a slow and methodical forensic dissection of the man's life. Every discovery seems to strengthen the suspicion that Ford is up to something but no one has a clue what that could be. Yes, there was a bit less action in this second book but I actually enjoyed the detail of the chase. If the FBI is capable of even some of what is portrayed in this book it's a wonder there are any criminals left undiscovered. Of course reality must be different to the fiction. I really enjoyed this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Reznick is back and he's teamed up with the FBI once more. That a bit of an unexpected turn for the character given that he was first introduced as an assassin. Now he's forsaken his full-black operational status to team up with the FBI as a consultant? The transition isn't logical and it's never appropriately explained over the course of the book. It almost feels like Reznick is just going with the flow, even if that flow involves terrorists and counterespionage investigations. I'm not entirely Reznick is back and he's teamed up with the FBI once more. That a bit of an unexpected turn for the character given that he was first introduced as an assassin. Now he's forsaken his full-black operational status to team up with the FBI as a consultant? The transition isn't logical and it's never appropriately explained over the course of the book. It almost feels like Reznick is just going with the flow, even if that flow involves terrorists and counterespionage investigations. I'm not entirely sure I understand the character's career motivations, but the book makes for a compelling adventure. Bring on book #3!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathi Defranc

    The saga of Jon Reznick continues... Another great action thriller featuring Jon Reznick , an ex-special forces operative with an uncanny ability to see through the fog of words and figure out the truth. A diplomat goes missing and the assistant FBI Director Martha Meyerstein asks Jon to join a team to find him. What seems true at first is found to be fed to them to push them in one direction as the truth moves away. The plot is great, with a fast-paced story that builds suspense until the end. L The saga of Jon Reznick continues... Another great action thriller featuring Jon Reznick , an ex-special forces operative with an uncanny ability to see through the fog of words and figure out the truth. A diplomat goes missing and the assistant FBI Director Martha Meyerstein asks Jon to join a team to find him. What seems true at first is found to be fed to them to push them in one direction as the truth moves away. The plot is great, with a fast-paced story that builds suspense until the end. Love the Reznick character, now on to the next book!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jess Waldron

    I've read the reviews and I have to agree. This is not a huge page turner..seemed kind of rushed. There wasn't much suspense. No heart pounding or heart racing. This was more surveillance. No much drama. I found it....kind of bland. I don't think I'll read the next one. I might have to stop reading book series type books LOL. Not having good luck with a book series. Its like the first book is amazing and then they drop off on the second. I've read the reviews and I have to agree. This is not a huge page turner..seemed kind of rushed. There wasn't much suspense. No heart pounding or heart racing. This was more surveillance. No much drama. I found it....kind of bland. I don't think I'll read the next one. I might have to stop reading book series type books LOL. Not having good luck with a book series. Its like the first book is amazing and then they drop off on the second.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    I liked #1 much better. This one has plenty of action, but seems to end in the middle of it. Not a true cliffhanger, but not really over, either. I was just left feeling it was unfinished. Many unanswered questions. I will not read #3. I need to move on to something that gives me a feeling of completion at the end.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Peled

    Great reading.Lots of fun. Lots of Twists. In line with all Vince Flynn lovers. You have a conspiracy, have an agent that no one will believe in him at the beginning. He is not a superman.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hema Vaidyanathan

    Very good. Very good. Excellent scenes. Great author. Would like to read all of his books. Would wait for new books. Please keep it up.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tan

    exciting story but the ending a bit nonsense

  21. 5 out of 5

    Claire Heath

    What a mid boggle I'm not into reading about terrorism I cannot keep up with it. There where bits in this book that I just couldn't grasp . However it was easy enough to keep up with the story line and plot . I found it really gripping and fascinating the plot gets seen in the end though . What a mid boggle I'm not into reading about terrorism I cannot keep up with it. There where bits in this book that I just couldn't grasp . However it was easy enough to keep up with the story line and plot . I found it really gripping and fascinating the plot gets seen in the end though .

  22. 4 out of 5

    Walt Mccluskey

    Hard kill One of the better thriller stories in some time with dedicated people fighting a foe with unique unlimited resources beyond those readily seen in reporting today. Real time tie-in to the characters and events of today make you nearly convinced it could happen.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karen Beckmann

    a great disappointment I had great hope for this book after a terrific opener in the Reznick story line but was deeply disappointed by J.B. Turner's 2nd effort here.......this was straight out of a hate America playbook, blaming the U.S. for creating Islamic terrorism and painting the CIA as our country's greatest enemy.......oh, and while trying to insert a thinly veiled jab at George W. Bush, Turner appeared unaware that our nation's CIA headquarters is named for his dad, George H.W. Bush (gos a great disappointment I had great hope for this book after a terrific opener in the Reznick story line but was deeply disappointed by J.B. Turner's 2nd effort here.......this was straight out of a hate America playbook, blaming the U.S. for creating Islamic terrorism and painting the CIA as our country's greatest enemy.......oh, and while trying to insert a thinly veiled jab at George W. Bush, Turner appeared unaware that our nation's CIA headquarters is named for his dad, George H.W. Bush (gosh Turner, what do you think about our 57 states or having kids with asthma use "breathalyzers"?---oh, those were Obamaisms and heaven forbid you'd take a jab at him or Joe Biden)......but I digress, the plot was completely unbelievable this time around and the book a major letdown. FB

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Shayler

    A well paced thriller, with a few well depicted murders. Although I like a bit more on the murder side and less of the investigating, an enjoyable read overall. I was indecisive at first if this was the book for me - the plot appealed to me but found when I started reading it, the beginning didn't really flow. However, when I became more involved in the story I found it hard to put down. A tense and gripping ending. A well paced thriller, with a few well depicted murders. Although I like a bit more on the murder side and less of the investigating, an enjoyable read overall. I was indecisive at first if this was the book for me - the plot appealed to me but found when I started reading it, the beginning didn't really flow. However, when I became more involved in the story I found it hard to put down. A tense and gripping ending.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rod

    Hard Kill (Jon Reznick #2) doesn't leave a doubt in my mind that we have another great thriller Writer I picked all of the Authors Books up and have them on my kindle lately I think I have developed a gut feeling for a good read this series does not disappoint i will be starting Hard Wired Next these are real page turners and really well written absolute 5 Stars Hard Kill (Jon Reznick #2) doesn't leave a doubt in my mind that we have another great thriller Writer I picked all of the Authors Books up and have them on my kindle lately I think I have developed a gut feeling for a good read this series does not disappoint i will be starting Hard Wired Next these are real page turners and really well written absolute 5 Stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    Zain

    Wow! This book was amazing! I couldn’t put it down. I love the Jon Reznick Thrillers so much. I have purchased the rest of them.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Niyati Em

    This was an interesting book. I mean the writer really did throw in a fair bit of complications that would keep me hooked on to the mystery of who was doing what. But the main problem with this book was: 1. There's a lack of information about Reznick. I mean I read this one out of the others I had requested and I had no idea about him and his history. There was very little information about him as a person and what are his thoughts and where he comes from as a person. 2. The action was very very s This was an interesting book. I mean the writer really did throw in a fair bit of complications that would keep me hooked on to the mystery of who was doing what. But the main problem with this book was: 1. There's a lack of information about Reznick. I mean I read this one out of the others I had requested and I had no idea about him and his history. There was very little information about him as a person and what are his thoughts and where he comes from as a person. 2. The action was very very slow burn. It took to almost the very last chapter before there was some element of excitement that happened in the book. That really annoyed me because there was intrigue but then it wasn't the typical spy thriller. It was too little too late. There's no clear motive behind all of this. I mean I get the explanations that the writer did put in but then it came in so late and there was no perspective about why the DC surgeon would do what he did. The explanations there weren't altogether that great. All in all, I would probably read the other books by the author but then this one wasn't one of the better thrillers I have read. There's no explanation for things moving only towards the end of the book. Even the action at the end wasn't fast paced. I mean when you're involving all the agencies in the US in one book, there has to be some action right? Another big issue I had with this book is that it covered too many administrative issues. By that, I mean it focussed too much on the bureacracy and meetings. The threat is big and grave, but at no point did I feel it was a huge enough threat for me to be worried about it. The villain wasn't really clear till the very end and that wasn't very enjoyable. If the issue or the problem is serious but it isn't somehow depicted to be as serious as it is then that's just a tragedy really. All in all, not one of the better thrillers I have read on NetGalley.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Niyati Em

    This was an interesting book. I mean the writer really did throw in a fair bit of complications that would keep me hooked on to the mystery of who was doing what. But the main problem with this book was: 1. There's a lack of information about Reznick. I mean I read this one out of the others I had requested and I had no idea about him and his history. There was very little information about him as a person and what are his thoughts and where he comes from as a person. 2. The action was very very s This was an interesting book. I mean the writer really did throw in a fair bit of complications that would keep me hooked on to the mystery of who was doing what. But the main problem with this book was: 1. There's a lack of information about Reznick. I mean I read this one out of the others I had requested and I had no idea about him and his history. There was very little information about him as a person and what are his thoughts and where he comes from as a person. 2. The action was very very slow burn. It took to almost the very last chapter before there was some element of excitement that happened in the book. That really annoyed me because there was intrigue but then it wasn't the typical spy thriller. It was too little too late. There's no clear motive behind all of this. I mean I get the explanations that the writer did put in but then it came in so late and there was no perspective about why the DC surgeon would do what he did. The explanations there weren't altogether that great. All in all, I would probably read the other books by the author but then this one wasn't one of the better thrillers I have read. There's no explanation for things moving only towards the end of the book. Even the action at the end wasn't fast paced. I mean when you're involving all the agencies in the US in one book, there has to be some action right? Another big issue I had with this book is that it covered too many administrative issues. By that, I mean it focussed too much on the bureacracy and meetings. The threat is big and grave, but at no point did I feel it was a huge enough threat for me to be worried about it. The villain wasn't really clear till the very end and that wasn't very enjoyable. If the issue or the problem is serious but it isn't somehow depicted to be as serious as it is then that's just a tragedy really. All in all, not one of the better thrillers I have read on NetGalley.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mike Nemeth

    "Hard Kill" marks the second in the J.B. Turner series about ex dark ops agent Jon Reznick and his return to the light. This time, FBI assistant director Martha Meyerstein calls Reznick right before he spends a little time with his daughter to help her track down a missing diplomat. The trail appears cold and every FBI resource turns up little more than vapor. But Reznick's instincts, honed after a lifetime of dealing with people with nefarious desires, uncover a lead. But the object of interest "Hard Kill" marks the second in the J.B. Turner series about ex dark ops agent Jon Reznick and his return to the light. This time, FBI assistant director Martha Meyerstein calls Reznick right before he spends a little time with his daughter to help her track down a missing diplomat. The trail appears cold and every FBI resource turns up little more than vapor. But Reznick's instincts, honed after a lifetime of dealing with people with nefarious desires, uncover a lead. But the object of interest looks as clean cut and nonthreatening as a nun. He's a doctor. Even his house is free of anything incriminating. The rest of the FBI team don't see the point in pursuing it. Yet Resnick has a feeling. Something isn't right. Turner provides his antagonists with complex motivations. He provides clues here and there concerning the why. But he doesn't let on the true nature of the conspiracy until the very end of the novel. And it's good. Meyerstein is frustrated at every turn but sticks to her plan of supporting Reznick. Like the first novel in the series, the action continues. This one is slightly more cerebral as the evidence is even more scant and the trail seemingly cold.

  30. 5 out of 5

    James Georger

    Spoiler Alert.... Stop reading now...unless of course your time is valuable and you don't want to waste it. This plot is a tease from start to finish...well it doesn't really finish... The bad guy somehow disappears from the vehicle in the midst of a hundred mph chase. Maybe in the next book, but I won't be there to read it. The author devotes a major portion of the book belaboring surveilance that produces nothing, and seemingly endless argument whether a) The subject is indeed a bad guy, or B) Spoiler Alert.... Stop reading now...unless of course your time is valuable and you don't want to waste it. This plot is a tease from start to finish...well it doesn't really finish... The bad guy somehow disappears from the vehicle in the midst of a hundred mph chase. Maybe in the next book, but I won't be there to read it. The author devotes a major portion of the book belaboring surveilance that produces nothing, and seemingly endless argument whether a) The subject is indeed a bad guy, or B) Resnick is an appropriate team member. The multi-agency team comes off like Keystone Cops letting the subject slip away. Inter-agency turf tiffs are tossed in to impede obvious progress. As in the first book promising revealers of key information get killed by unexplained forces. Throughout the book, the plot centers on some unknown world changing terrorist plot destined to happen in New York city. Literally hours before the attack, our heros realize " hey! the President is in town". Enough said. Our Scottish author has mastered "Godamn". He needs to work on " Gimme a break". Free on Kindle Unlimited....still over-priced.

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