by Jeremy Chester

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ISBN-13: 9781935456247
Publisher: Bascom Hill Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/05/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 456
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

As a shipowner retired from the hurly-burly environment of the waterfront, Jeremy Chester has had more than his share of personal experience with the kinds of conflict and adventure that take place in this novel. His career, trading between the US, the Caribbean, and Central and South America, thrust him into hair raising situations and intimate dealings with characters not dissimilar to those you will meet in Smoke, be it dictator, federal agent, mafia capo, industrialist, smuggler, or assassin. He is also a retired U.S. Army officer, ranger and airborne qualified, having served with the First Infantry Division. He now divides his time between homes in Florida, Montana, and Norway, and extensive travels with his wife Britt Knai, a collector and trader of ethnographic art (, as he writes the sequel to Smoke. Mr. Chester welcomes comments, questions, criticism, etc. and can be reached at

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Smoke 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
hawkinsfamily on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Smoke by Jeremy Chester is an entertaining read. It is a modern day mystery that makes you try figure the main characters next move. I will look forward to trying another from this author.
LeonardIngram on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I liked this book. Quite a bit, actually. It combines espionage, business, and politics into multiple story lines that (mostly) tie back together in the end. I like the 1970's setting.There are a couple of negatives that keep me from giving this a better rating. At times, the language is stilted. The plot is a bit too convoluted. There is at least one character that more or less disappears. He may have reappeared later in the book, but I wasn't certain it was him.Also, I was left unsure of the fate of the main villain. He is beaten physically in one chapter and in the next, characters talk about him like he is dead. But--unless I totally missed it--it's never really clear. There were a couple of other disjointed moments in the book.But, despite the flaws, I read it avidly, very interested in the characters. I look forward to more by this author.
readafew on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I received Smoke from the Early Reviewers program. It was an interesting book. I'm still not sure what I thought of it overall. There were parts that fit together very well and there were other parts that seemed disjointed and awkwardly added to try to make the whole story work. If you accepted some of the small incidents that were unlikely then the things that flowed from them were much easier to accept. Frank Javonic, aka James 'Jim' Smyth, aka Mark Pine, aka 'Smoke' was installed in the witness protection program as Jim Smyth, after doing some work to 'help' the FBI bring down a drug smuggling operation. Several years later he gets an anonymous letter shattering his sense of security. It requires him to use his considerable skill set to abduct an executive of a large company and hold him for ransom. If he doesn't comply with the demands the people he was hiding from in the witness protection plan would be alerted to his new identity and his location. Jim reluctantly agrees in the hopes of catching the mastermind. The writing wasn't too bad though the first 1/4 of the book felt a little clunky. The middle of the book mostly kept my attention and at times many chapters in a row I couldn't put the book down. It's similar to a James Patterson Novel where parts can seem a little far fetched and unbelievable if you stop and think about them to much, but not to the point of a Dan Brown. Overall, it was a decent read and I wasn't disappointed in the reading,
tag100 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This is a good book, but it could be better. On the positive side, the story-line is novel and interesting; on the negative side, the editing left a lot to be desired. The typos and grammatical errors were terribly distracting and are the primary reason I rate this book only two stars. If you like a good murder/spy/mystery thriller, you will probably like this book, despite the flaws.
melselz on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I also liked this book. Although I agree that there are some negatives which kept me from rating it higher. I did like the general theme of the book and felt that the pace was well done. I was definitely motivated to keep reading to see what would happen next.. I was impressed with the unpredictability of the storyline.Most disappointing to me were the sheer number of typos or missing words in the text which distracted me and made me wonder who proofread this book. After reading the authors page at the end of the book I understand that there will be a sequel which explains why the fate of the main villain was not spelled out.. All in all it was well worth my time and I look forward to the sequel.
DeaconBernie on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Twice, I put this book down with no intention of finishing it. About mid-way through I decided to finish it. The plot develops like a shaggy dog story. One mystery along the way is solved only to uncover two more. the ending is so astonishing that one has to ask oneself was that really what I read. I will recommend it to others as completely escapist readings.
pmla1028 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Frank Jovanic, the protagonist of this story just can't catch a break. A highly trained soldier, he has just returned from a tour of duty in Vietnam when he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Circumstances force him to be a government witness and to enter the witness protection program, leaving his life behind. He has begun to build a new life as Jim Smyth when he is contacted by an unknown person or persons who seems ready to expose his identity, putting his life at risk, unless Frank agrees to do exactly as they say. Fearing reprisal from the people in his past as much as he fears the unknown, he decides to move forward and attempt to figure out who is trying to manipulate him. His search takes him to from Washington D.C to the hills of South America. This book begins slowly but the suspense and intensity builds to a surprising climax. Initially it was hard to keep track of the many characters, but once Frank/Jim got his assignment and met his "associates" I was hooked. This book has espionage, political corruption and a romantic story line. I could see it being adapted for a movie. I look forward to reading the sequel when it is released.
cycoduck on LibraryThing 24 days ago
A decent book, not quite what I was expecting, but still suspenseful and intriguing. Parts were a little slow or unnecessary, but it worked overall as a whole. Would definitely recommend as a read (passed the book on to a friend).
c6vette on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Smoke has spent several years in the witness protection program under the name Jim Smyth when he begins receiving letters from someone who knows about his past. As Frank Javonic he got himself in trouble by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. While not involved with drugs he got caught up in a drug war turned drug raid. Innocent but realizing it would never look that way to a jury he is coerced by the FBI into infiltrating a drug gang and informing on them. That is supposed to all be in the past and buried but somehow someone has dug it up. And so starts a bizarre and intriguing journey for Smoke and the reader.An intriguing story with a lot of potential that goes unrealized due to inconsistent writing. Some parts are on par with a Tom Clancy thriller but too many other parts, such as the final plot twist, fall well short. It is unfortunate that the final twist was included. While it might be meant as a lead-in to a future story it is a case of trying to gild the lily and ending up spoiling what you already have. It wasn't necessary, added nothing useful to the story line and gave the ending an amateurish feel. The main character is likable but inconsistent. For the most part he is a practical, no nonsense realist but there are lapses in this persona. For example, there are a few places where, if read out of context, you would think the character was an older teenager who'd finally found a strong male role model to follow.Mr. Chester obviously has the ability to conceive an good plot and the ability to write a fine story but he needs to make some improvements for the final product to be a winner. If he finds some dispassionate reviewers to read early versions of his next story and he listens closely to what they say we might have a fine new author on our hands.