by James Rayburn

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Agents of the state murdered his wife and took his son. Now they're coming for Danny Ash.

Framed as a terrorist, the mild-mannered stay-at-home dad, desperate to find his child, has to evade both law enforcement and killers in the pay of shadowy vulture capitalist Victor Fabian, whose influence reaches deep into the White House. Fabian, battling political enemies and the creeping dementia that has him in its grip, is determined to silence Ash who has linked him to his wife's murder. As he tracks his son through an American heartland scarred by poverty and opioid addiction, Ash has to confront a dark secret from his past even as he fights to save the boy's life.

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BN ID: 2940161343869
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Publication date: 11/05/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 4,586
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

James is the pen name of Roger Smith, a South African filmmaker and author of highly praised thrillers set in Cape Town.

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Ash: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
cubfan1 28 days ago
excellent is there a sequel
Anonymous 8 months ago
Great story! There are lots of characters and sub-plots to untangle but the writing is superb and definitely kept me enthralled. I strongly recommend for anyone needing a Mission Impossible meets Natural Born Killers thrill of a ride! 4 Many thanks to NetGalley and publishers for the advanced reader’s copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Keith Chawgo 8 months ago
Rayburn’s new novel Ash is a thrill ride that leads the reader by the hand for a fast paced page turner that doesn’t let go until its explosive conclusion. Ash is an exciting thriller that works on different cylinders creating nail biting sequences against espionage, home invasion and abduction as tools. Whilst using these, it also breaks through barriers that tend to bog down the narrative which Rayburn avoids at all costs. Using a multi-structured narrative and jumping from character to character, Rayburn does something different. We normally have this structure with all the characters joining up at the end, but the author breaks the mould and gives us something different that works exceedingly well. The plot is simplistic in its narrative but carries forth to a deeply complex conundrum and finds itself working on the psychological aspects of past histories playing out to form the present and moulding the future. Ash is a complex character who starts out with the reader having misconceived ideas on what this character is but changes this up to form a multi-dimensional character. This is something of a rarity because most writers never think of doing this but Rayburn is very accomplished in doing so and making it believable. The characters are very three dimensional and enjoyed the evil, the good and the questionable ones. If I have to make a criticism, I would have liked some more of characters that will killed off way too soon as they were very interesting. Of course, the characters killed off too soon could spin off their own novels as they are that well conceived. Overall, this is an excellent book that I personally could not put down. This book consumed my life and loved every minute of it. With its plot twists, fully realised characters, personality developments and dilemmas this is certainly one to read and should keep people entertained. This book also piqued my interest in the author as well and can’t wait to read more from this author. This is a true winner.
ShelleyWalton_123 9 months ago
Ash's wife Jane dies in a supposed construction accident while in China on business. He is devastated and doing is best to raise Scooter, their son, who has not spoken a work since his mother died. Ash suspects that her company may not have been completely truthful about the circumstances surrounding her death. As a result of his obsessive questions and social media presence the media start to show an interest, much to his relief. That is until Scooter gets kidnapped in front of him and he realises that the police cannot be trusted and there is nowhere to turn. It is up to Ash to get his son back from Victor Fabian, the ruthless mobster, who refuses to recognise his increasingly losing grip on sanity. Victor has many secrets to protect and Jane was one of them. This is a perfectly adequate thriller but nothing new and not an edge-of-your seat action adventure. I found Ash's actions required some suspension of belief, considering he had just been thrust into that world. The characters I actually enjoyed the most were Nicola and John Dapp, I thought that their behaviours were better motivated than most of the other characters. Thanks to #Netgalley for the advance copy of #Ash in exchange for my honest review.