The Power of Zero: Book One
You don't greet your new boss dressed like an underage rent boy. But when Jack Horwood--ace hacker and ex-MI6 operative--opens the door to Gareth Flynn, he's too busy to worry over details like that. And anyway, his potential new boss is his former commanding officer – the same guy Jack has had a crush on since he was seventeen. So he should understand, right?
When he applied for the job in Nancarrow Mining's corporate security division, Jack had hoped for peaceful days repelling cyber attacks. Maybe a bit of corporate espionage on the side. His plans didn't include rescuing abused children, hunting pimps, or dealing with his overly protective and hot-as-hell boss, Gareth Flynn.
Walking away is not an option. Jack never takes the easy way out. More than that, meeting Gareth raises old ghosts that Jack needs to put to rest. Rescuing kids. Taking risks. Saving the day. Jack can do all that--but deciding what to do about his attraction to Gareth isn't the sort of cloak-and-dagger game Jack plays well. Yet Gareth, strong and smart and always on hand when needed, might be Jack's salvation.
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stunning debut author and narrator! Independent reviewer for Divine Magazine, I was gifted the AUDIO version of this book. Jack applies to a company that will benefit from his considerable talents. He never expected to run into his old commanding officer. Never expected that Gareth might harbour the same feelings that Jack did, even after all this time. Jack and Gareth face a testing time, there is something very wrong at Nancarrow Mining. And Jack has managed to find himself slap bang in the middle of a child prostitution investigation too. What we have here, are basically two stories intertwined into a larger one: the one at Jack's job, at Nancarrow Mining and the one with the child prostitution ring. The two tales are seemlessly joined, and at more than one point, did I think that they might actually merge, that the culprit at work, might be something to do with the police operation. I'm still on the fence about that one, I've yet been told otherwise! It is, as far as I can tell, a first time author. And it is a first in series. And it is brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. I loved the way we got into Jack's mind, when he is working, the way he calms his very busy mind; the way he lets so little of himself out to Gareth in the beginning, and how he lets it all out, eventually. How Jack deals with his own past, while trying to help the boys they rescued. How we get into Gareth's head, with his feelings for the brat, for Jack, how he just wants to look after Jack. How he felt he never really knew Jack, before, but how much he really needs to know him now. The situation with the boys is difficult, and made for some painful listening, we hear from a couple of them, and its hard, you know? To hear what those boys went through, are STILL going through. You are also left a bit....cliffhanger...ish. While Jack and Gareth get their happy for now, there are more problems ahead for them. That epilogue leaves you wondering just what the hell is going on! Fox Ballard narrates. This is, after looking on Audible, the only book I can find narrated by him. I hope he does more. Its so nice to hear an English accent in narration, and Ballard's voices for all the characters, but Jack and Gareth especially are excellent. I had no trouble defining the voices from each other, and Ballard's reading voice is deep and even. He portrays everyone brilliantly, and I do hope he gets to continue on with this series. I'll certain look to finding other books read by Ballard. 5 stars for the narration 5 stars for the book 5 stars overall. **same worded review will appear on Goodreads, Audible.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo**
FiveStars I loved this. Scotland Yard and MI6 tackle child slavery and corporate embezzlement in a thrilling, emotionally-charged ride. Jack Horwood has the slick British charm of James Bond and the vigilante drive of Jack Bauer. Add in a shrouded, troubled childhood and Keswick has crafted a perfect hero. Garreth Flynn, Jack’s former commanding officer, is the ultimate English gentleman. Handsome, compassionate and capable, I fell in love with him at first sight, much as Jack did at the age of 17. There is a little romance here, but this is ultimately a thriller. Jack is both an expert hacker and an experienced under-cover agent. His need to free the captive boys is personal and Jack has never played by the rules. With two brilliant leads and a host of well developed secondary characters, this has to be the first book in a compelling series. I’m eagerly awaiting the next one. I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. Sarah FourandHalfStarsJack and Flynn… where do I start? I really enjoyed this book. It made me feel so deeply at times. I really enjoyed the technology aspect and the back story of Jack. I thought that everything that was included was both necessary and integral to the story. I was glad, because often times, there is fluff, but this story did not really have that.The mystery in this story was well planned, intriguing, not easily guessed and I can’t wait for the story to continue. In the end, even though Jack is crazy, he is controlled and I know that makes him all that much more dangerous. This was a story where I never knew what was going to happen and I really enjoyed that. I am someone who loves to tease out the mystery in a story and this one kept me guessing. Readers should be warned that while this does not end in a true cliff hanger, it does lead the reader to know that more of the story is to come. So, I will wait patiently for the next installment. I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads. AvidReader