by Nick Petrie
JUNE, 2017
The narration was performed by Stephen Mendel, and he captured Ash’s voice perfectly. I enjoyed his narration…even though he was kind of slow. 
The second in the series, but a stand-alone by all rights, BURNING BRIGHT by Nick Petrie definitely channeled books like the Jason Bourne series. It was action-packed and had a modern, unique perspective about the political climate.
The novel starts out with an intense and interesting scene that sucked me right in. I was engrossed with what was going on with June and why she was being pursued by what seemed to be the U.S. government. Slowly the story unfolds, and Peter Ash is introduced, who I was also immediately drawn to. I love a good wounded veteran story, and Ash suffers from war-induced PTSD, which has led to intense bouts of claustrophobia. He happens upon June, who is literally hiding up a tree…and vows right then and there to help her. Overall, I liked how the author unfolded the story, he didn’t delve into length explanations of very complex subjects, he didn’t do flashbacks that explained past experiences that were currently relevant. He had a great grasp of what was needed to tell the story. I was caught within the story from the onset. But, I did find that the author used a lot of “convenient” happenings to push the story along. Ash stumbles upon June who is up a tree, they happen to go to a mechanic who happens to have a mother with a van, who happens to have something that helps them. He also happens to have a friend that shows up at the exact right moment, they stumble in and out of trouble easily, Ash being able to take down a handful of armed men easily, even though he is only one trained solider. Other than that, there was nothing wrong with the story as a story…but my main issues arose in the philosophical backbone of the story and the underlying message that the author pushed, along with the convenient happenings With novels like Bourne, and this series Peter Ash, the root of the novels is to promote a clandestine government that uses and abuses it’s citizens, always looking for an upper hand and the next big weapon. But, this one pushed this shadow government, a mercenary type group that doesn’t answer to any government. Which both characters were uniquely opposed to. So, the ending…well I think it was only there so there would be a third book. To go into detail would be a spoiler. To break it down, good book, with a lot of “pushed plot” and the characters acted in ways that I found did not play true to what they were, so the plot could be furthered in an overall series. I recommend reading it, maybe start from the beginning (unlike me) because Peter Ash is worth getting to know. I will read on in this series.
A Bourne-esque thriller with a lot of action, Burning Bright by Nick Petrie

Burning Bright (Peter Ash, #2) by Nicholas Petrie, Nick Petrie

Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on January 10th 2017
ISBN: 0399174575
Pages: 432
Source: Publisher
3 Stars

In the new novel featuring war veteran Peter Ash, an action hero of the likes of Jack Reacher or Jason Bourne (Lincoln Journal-Star), Ash has a woman's life in his hands and her mystery is stranger than he could ever imagine.

War veteran Peter Ash sought peace and quiet among the towering redwoods of northern California, but the trip isn't quite the balm he'd hoped for. The dense forest and close fog cause his claustrophobia to buzz and spark, and then he stumbles upon a grizzly, long thought to have vanished from this part of the country. In a fight of man against bear, Peter doesn't favor his odds, so he makes a strategic retreat up a nearby sapling.

There, he finds something strange: a climbing rope, affixed to a distant branch above. It leads to another, and another, up through the giant tree canopy, and ending at a hanging platform. On the platform is a woman on the run. From below them come the sounds of men and gunshots.

Just days ago, investigative journalist June Cassidy escaped a kidnapping by the men who are still on her trail. She suspects they re after something belonging to her mother, a prominent software designer who recently died in an accident. June needs time to figure out what is going on and help from someone with Peter's particular set of skills.

Only one step ahead of their pursuers, Peter and June must race to unravel this peculiar mystery. What they find leads them to an eccentric recluse, a shadowy pseudo-military organization, and an extraordinary tool that may change the modern world forever.

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1 Comment

  1. Anitya@Hookedtobooks

    For me convenient coincidences are a big turn-off. One or two in a book is fine – such things happen in real life, but when it’s too many it really bothers me to keep reading.

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