Publication: 7th June 2018 by Thomas & Mercer
A deep-state US organization has a top-secret kill list—and a popular senator is on it.
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.
One Saturday afternoon, after lunch, I sat down with my kindle with the idea to start reading ROGUE. I didn’t expect to spend the next few hours completely absorbed in this twisty novel without realizing the time passing by.
At the center of the novel there is a secret organization that gets rid of the people considered a risk for the good of the nation. A list of targets that somehow found its way to a journalist. A well-loved senator who doesn’t know he is on the list. A woman worried about her lover. And a secret agent who many believe is dead and who is struggling with memories from his troubled past.
Nathan Stone is a ghost. Everyone believes he is dead, including his sister. He has no ties. He has no feelings and kills without remorse. That’s why he is the perfect agent to kill a senator and make it look like an accident. It should be a clean, easy job, but the list of targets is leaked to a journalist causing a chain of events that quickly spiral out of control. Also, Nathan’s memories resourface making him doubt everything he knows.
This novel is told from different points of views and in short chapters, leaving the readers to catch their breath as everything happens quickly. The characters are very well-crafted, and I really liked the character of Nathan. He is a new Jason Bourne, a man struggling with his past and his identity, with what is right and what is wrong and I am really looking forward to reading more of his adventures.
The novel is fast-paced, everything happens in a few days, and it is set between the world capital of politics, Washington DC, and the beautiful and evocative highlands of Scotland. ROGUE is a gripping, unpredictable and completely engrossing action thriller and I’d like to thank Anne Cater and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a copy of the book and for letting me take part in the blog tour.
J.B. Turner is the #1 Amazon international bestselling author of the Jon Reznick® thriller series. His latest book, Hard Fall (Thomas & Mercer), was published on 8 February 2018. His influences and favorite authors include: James Ellroy, Richard Stark, Hunter S. Thompson, James Lee Burke, George Orwell, Jack Kerouac, Henry James, Harlan Coben, Thomas H. Cook, John Grisham, James Patterson, John Buchan, John Grisham, and Michael Connelly.
He also wrote the forthcoming American Ghost® thriller series. The new series features protagonist Nathan Stone, a former CIA covert operative who had been critically wounded, and everyone thought was dead. But behind closed doors, he was rehabilitated by a highly secretive government organization known as the Commission, given a new identity and appearance, and remoulded into a lethal assassin. His brief: to execute kill orders drawn up by the Commission, all in the name of national security. The Commission owns him, but Stone knows one wrong move could turn him from loyal asset to hunted man. The first book in the new American Ghost series, Rogue (Thomas & Mercer), is out 7 June 2018. The follow-up is Reckoning (Thomas & Mercer), is out 2 August 2018. Requiem is out November 2018 (Thomas & Mercer).
He wrote 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).
His books have conspiratorial elements and themes throughout them. His work can often be described as thrillers; his books cover sub-genre categories including assassination thriller, suspense thriller, political thriller, crime fiction, military thriller, and, in the case of the Deborah Jones books, mysteries.
He has a keen interest in geo-politics.
He loves music and drinks dangerous levels of coffee (and a fair bit of red wine). He occasionally blogs. He listens to everything from Beethoven to The Beatles, The Cure to Bach. And everything in between. Occasionally writes. Loves films. Well, good ones. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Heat, The Godfather, The Offence, The French Connection, Payback, It’s a Wonderful Life, Manhattan, Annie Hall, Sideways, As Good As It Gets, Wonder Boys, The Deer Hunter, All the President’s Men, Babette’s Feast, and a personal fave, Animal House (what’s not to like?).
He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is married with two children.
He is represented by Mark Gottlieb of Trident Media Group, New York.
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