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Relentless: A Thriller

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  • Posted November 24, 2012

    Simon Kernick is a powerful writer. The reader is hardly ever gi

    Simon Kernick is a powerful writer. The reader is hardly ever given a chance to pause between events in this very complex mystery thriller. The plotting has a mosaic style as the author reveals new characters with new events.

    The book opens with computer software salesman, Tom Meron babysitting his 2 small children for the day. this mundane activity is transformed into mayhem when he receives a desperate phone call for help from a boyhood friend, Jack Calley, in the background Tom hears the sounds of violent struggling going on as Jack seems to be begging and fighting for his life and shouting “ they’re coming.” The last words he hears from Jack spoken to his killer is his own address, where he lives with his family. Fear for his family’s safely kicks in with an renal rush. Tom packs his children into the car and sets off to begin a journey that will change his life as he has perceived it. The grim facts he will discover will utterly knock him off course.

    Although the story is plot driven, there is some good character development. We share Tom’s emotions through his first person narrative. The author alternates to the third person when describing the officers and police procedures attending each murder. - Detective Inspector Mike Bolt from the National Crime Squad is the leading officer and one highly admired and loyalty from his officers. It works well. Each man is seeking to piece the puzzle of events into a whole picture form different perspectives and using different actions.

    It is Bolt’s investigating expertise that quickly deduces the there is a link between the apparent suicide of a senior member of the judiciary with the brutal murder of a middle-of - the - road solicitor. Tom encounters different characters who throw out pieces of knowledge as to what is going on.

    Tom’s wife’s character gets flushed out as we read along; as does the evil Lench.

    The action scenes are well written and do convey to the reader the ability to see them as if on a screen. Kudos to the author. The escapist scenes are not far fetched. The dialogue is a bit wooden but you wouldn’t expect great quotes from the characters evading both the police and the killers.

    From page 258, DI Bolt sums this story up excellently.
    “ sudden and explosive series of crimes that might be linked to individuals right at the very heart of the establishment and where suspects and victims alike appeared to be ordinary hard working people.”

    I enjoyed this book very much and am looking forward to reading additional books by Simon Kernick.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted November 17, 2013



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  • Posted April 20, 2013

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    Author: Simon Kernick Published by: Atria Books Age Recommende

    Author: Simon Kernick
    Published by: Atria Books
    Age Recommended: Adult
    Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
    Book Blog For: GMTA
    Rating: 4


    "Relentless" by Simon Kernick was some suspenseful, thriller- mystery crime read that kept me reading until the end once starting this read. This is a fast paced read that starts after a phone call and this read starts you in on a roller coaster ride. You will find this plot is very interesting in this well written script. I did have a few question that were not answered for me...but may be they will be a sequel? OK, this is how this starts out..."John Meron is at home with his two kids when he receives a call from his old college friend Jack, whom he hasn't seen in years. Jack is screaming for help and as John listens on in horror,he hears him being murdered in the phone. And he also screamed out one more thing - John's name and address..... he runs...and this story takes off...questions?...Who is after him John and what has happen to Jack? Why did John not call the police? Now you will find that this story alternates narratives between John and the Detective Inspector Mike Bolt. This is where I will say you will need to pick up this good read to find out what all is going on in all the twist and turns that will be presented in this 'seemingly unending conspiracy.' Be prepared to see lots of "shifting of loyalties and many hidden secrets that come out as this story gets deeper and deeper into the conspiracy" keeping your interest high in the read. The characters were all OK...nothing special about any of them from Tom,Kathy,Vanessa Blake, Jack, Mike(maybe some her), Tina Boyd and a few others that were there however, this author was still able to put together a fast moving good read and when it was all said and done...I felt like this was a good suspenseful, thriller-mystery crime novel that I would recommend to you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2014

    Atria books rock!

    I've always liked Atria. I picked this book not only because of the title but because of the publisher. I have not finished the book yet, but what I have read is worth your read. Try it out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2007

    A reviewer

    i like this book. a friend of mine recommend me thos book. i must say i m not dissappoint after read it. i recommend this book to all book lovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2007

    Great Book

    I read this as i was traveling through Europe this Summer and it was a great quality book that had you on suspense the whole time.

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