Genre: Crime Thriller
Publisher: Three Rivers Press (May 2009)
Pages: 293 (Paperback)
JACK WAKES UP
Jack Palms walks into a diner just south of Japantown, the one where he's supposed to meet Ralph.Jack Palms is a washed-up movie star with one big hit to his name three years ago, he's also managed to kick his drug habit and hasn't had a drink in 2 years. His healthy lifestyle can get pretty boring though and when his old friend Ralph calls on him to help some Czechs to have a good time "where that mug of yours can still get us past a few red ropes" (and get paid for it) and be the go-between for drug dealer and buyer, he's more than ready, especially when the banks are on his back about his missed mortgage payments.
But when Ralph turns up dead, Jack gets himself beaten up, there's a crazy mix of Colombians, Russians, ex-KGB agents and a beautiful and sexy barmaid to tempt Jack that things really get interesting! He has to keep reminding himself that this is real life and not the sequel to his last movie, as he tries to find out who murdered his friend as well as still helping the Czechs.
The author, Seth Harwood described this story as 'an action movie between two covers' and I think that describes it perfectly. This was fast and furious, with the action never slowing for long, just long enough to take a breather till the next shooting or drug deal, and I just wanted to keep turning the pages as Jack lurched from one wild scene to the next, always hoping that the good guys would win in the end.
I guess this kind of novel would appeal mainly to young men, but, even though I'm neither young nor male, I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed all of it, yes, there is bad language and, yes, there are some gory scenes but nothing too graphic, and I would certainly recommend it if you want to read a story that doesn't take itself too seriously.
TITLE: JACK WAKES UP
AUTHOR: SETH HARWOOD