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, 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's 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 pseudomilitary organization, and an extraordinary tool that may change the modern world forever.
©2017 Nick Petrie (P)2017 Penguin Audio
"Readers can expect some good twists on the way to a hair-raising finish. Another fine thriller in what's shaping up to be a hell of a series." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A suspenseful high-tech ride, complete with a steadily mounting body count and a compelling protagonist." (Booklist)
"A top-notch series of thrillers marked by a considerable sympathy for veterans.... Aficionados of Lee Child's Jack Reacher will enjoy getting to know this new action hero." (Library Journal)
Character-driven, and suspense novels are for me. Not above a good beach read, but keep cheesy romances or poorly written books away.
I listened to, and enjoyed, Petrie's first book, The Drifter, so my review may, or may not, be colored by that fact. Peter Ash is an engaging, resourceful protagonist and that helped elevate my rating (to 3 stars) for the book. It starts off with a bang and is, for the most part, engaging throughout. I was riveted for probably 3/4 of the book, and then, not so much. Reviews of the written novel have been stellar, but I don't think I'd rate this much higher if I had read the book, instead of listened to it. Some of the dialogue is corny and laden with bad similes ("he folded like a bad hand of poker") - at least to me. As usual, per this type of book (in the realm of Jack Reacher), one must suspend some disbelief about how fast characters fall for one another - but perhaps it's the life-and-death circumstances that cause the almost "love at first sight" reactions. Regardless, overall, I'm disappointed in the book. I was really looking forward to it and started listening as soon as I bought it, so perhaps that led to my inevitable letdown; I may have expected too much. The ending was VERY anti-climactic and the lead up to it (the last 2 hours or so) was as well. The female protagonist, June, is okay, but did some really dumb tech things for someone who is supposed to be quite tech savvy and knows (after a short while) that the entire reason she is being chased is due to a technology breakthrough. Plus she makes a choice at the very end that I found unbelievable for her character based on all of her actions throughout the story. Louis (from The Drifter) an amusing, ex-gangster, makes a fairly lengthy appearance and it is a welcome one. The narrator does a good job with him, but overall he was just - sigh... adequate - perhaps on some of the days the narration was recorded, he was a little more "into it" than others. Not sure what it was, but , he didn't "add" anything to the book - which, let's face it, is what makes an audio book special. So my advice is to take a listen and perhaps be pleasantly surprised and throughly entertained. I really enjoyed the bulk of the book, but as I already wrote, the ending killed it for me.
SPOILER: Peter wasn't involved in the climax, just the baddies? What gives? Shouldn't the whole point of a suspense book like this be to have your hero take part in a great battle at the end? That killed it for me. And we are going to send the psychopath off into the sunset too! Nope, made me mad.
Petrie has developed a nice group of characters who we come to know with some depth. I like that Peter, the protagonist, is a more 'normal' guy than characters like Reacher. Peter has family, cooks, does laundry - not that I don't enjoy Reacher novels but it is nice that they are different ... The interplay and humor between the characters is nice. The story is interesting, plenty of action but I have to agree with others that the ending falls flat. 3/4 of the book is 5 stars or more, the last 1/4 four stars. While you don't need to listen to the first in the series, it does help to know the PTSD background with more depth than this novel goes into. I love the series and characters and will definitely listen to the next.
Blind listener reading everything, especially mystery/thrillers and sf&f. Restricted to audio so picky where credits spent. #BooksRule
Very entertaining... The action and intrigue grab you from the very beginning, and the pace continues throughout... The underlying mystery, and the tech are clever components to a really good suspense story... The plot moves nicely and trickily... If you haven't already you might want to read The Drifter first. This one could stand alone, but you'll get a lot more outta it w/ the past perspective... This book doesn't focus as much on PTSD, but still deals w/ it in a sensitive and understanding manner... The characters are fantastic... Ashes, June, and Louis are magnificently realized and utterly 3d... Throughout it has fluidity and wit... The narration could be better, but shouldn't keep one from enjoying one fun read... My only complaint, and the only reason I don't give 5* is that the climax is a little quick and convenient for a story that spent a good bit of itself setting up something a bit meatier... Still though, a great read and definitely worth the price or credit, and can't wait to see how this story proceeds...
Love to read, But also love to listen when I travel.
I like the development of characters and insight into their thinking. This is a bright new spot in my search for new characters and authors that fit part of the genre I like
The hospital scene: where he confronts the PTSD
Just good entertainment
I can't wait for the next book
I am an audiobook enthusiast who reviews audiobooks for his blog, The Guilded Earlobe. You can find me on Twitter @guildedearlobe talking about zombies, robots, monkeys and audiobooks.
In Burning Bright, Nick Petrie's second Pete Ash thriller, Petrie takes on a lot of hot button topic, Surveillance, drones, privacy, hacking, black budget special operators, military corruption, the influence of technology on our everyday life, survivalism and archery. Many of these topics have been explored better with more focus in other books but here he blends them into a interesting mosaic. Even the things that made his first novel stand out, the crisp action and his main characters PSTD are muted. This, at times leaves the listener a bit befuddled by the plot, not sure what piece is important and, by the end, you're left with the feeling that there's a lot of loose ends. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, because in a way it highlights the unique nature of Petrie's highly appealing main character and the reality that the world isn't always as cut and dry and books portray. As Ash hacks his way through this miasma of modern society, we get even more of a glimpse into his outsider nature. The highlight of a Burning Bright is the budding relationship between him and his quirky new love interest. It's an adult relationship between two complicated characters who are still coming to terms with who they are. All in all, Burning Bright is a solid effort, with some fun action and lots of developments that create interesting possibilities for the series. If you are already invested in this character than you'll enjoy the book, but if this would be your introduction to Peter Ash, go read The Drifter first.
Stephen Mendel seems to be one of those narrators whose main talent it seems is to blend into the background and let the listener immerse themselves into the story. He does an excellent job managing the rhythm of the dialogue, giving the interplay between characters a natural feel. He tries his best to guide the listener through a plot that can be a bit murky, keeping you in the game for the next key moment of character dialogue or action. Burning Bright is a worthwhile addition to a series that should appeal to fans of Jack Reacher style, thinking man action thrillers.
I'm a voracious reader and love books with strong characters - men or women -- and now dogs. I live in Arizona.
I give this book top rating. He writes in the tight incredible style of Robert Crais.
The characters make this book. PTSD is handled in a way that makes you realize how bad it can be, but he does not over do it, or make you feel like you're reading a medical book. Great story line. I love Peter Ash.
Perfect for this book. One of my favorite narrators.
It made me cry and it made me laugh.
I will read this book again. I recommend it to everyone that likes Robert Crais.
I have been jolted into writing for the first time in my 65 years by Nick Petrie. Specifically, it has to do with his character suffering from PTSD. Generally, I love all of the characters, the development of his relationship in this book, the deployment of his friend Luis, and essentially much of the plot was well done. I thought the end was tough to believe -- way too tough -- but that's a small price to pay for the great book that this is. Now I have to wait forever for another Petrie book to come out. Back to whatever I was doing before these two incredibly great books came my way.
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