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Publisher's Summary

The Navy SEALs trained him.

A secret unit of the NCIS recruited him.

Enemies fear him.

For elite undercover operative Jack Widow, the news that someone shot his mother, a small-town sheriff, will unleash him in number one best-selling author Scott Blade's explosive series starter.

Pulled off an undercover assignment, Widow returns home to a small town in Mississippi - a place he tried to forget.

Taken to be a worthless drifter by the locals, Widow uses his skills to uncover the truth about his mother's last investigation. What was she looking for?

What he discovers is an unsolved mystery of missing girls and townspeople harboring a deadly secret - a secret they'll die to protect.

Good thing that Jack Widow will kill to find out what.

Fans of Lee Child's Jack Reacher, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp, and Mark Greaney's The Gray Man series will love the Jack Widow action-thriller-mystery series.

If gripping thrillers loaded with mystery, suspense, action, twists, and turns is your thing, then Jack Widow is for you!

Listen to international best seller Scott Blade's first explosive book in the Jack Widow series today.

©2016 Scott Blade (P)2018 Scott Blade

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Too much!

many story inconsistencies. Characters too predictable and unbelievable. Worn out storyline with a main character too full of himself.

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Jack Reacher knockoff

A poorly written attempt to carry on the Jack Reacher next generation series. Hopefully the series improves.

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Reacher wanta be

This book is just OK. If I was Lee Child I would not be happy. The book implied the main character, Jack Widow is Reacher's son and writes a watered down version of a Reacher book. I don't plan to listen to the rest of the series, partially because it just seems wrong that an author can hi-jack another author's character and storyline. And it just wasn't that good.

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Think I'm Gonna Love This Series

This was a great start to this series. Action, intrigue, family, and a dash of romantic interaction. I can't wait to get to the next book. Glad to know this series has been out for a while so the books are there for the reading and listening. Great narrator! I hope he continues with this series.

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Who knew?!

I stumbled upon this author and this book by pure accident. To my total surprise and joy, I found Jack Reachers son! It never comes right out and says so, but as Reachers biggest fan...I know! I am so excited to have discovered Scott Blade and the outstanding character; Jack Widow! I’ve already purchased book two in this series! If you are a Reacher fan...you will love Widow!

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loved it!!

I loved the story and found my favorite male narrator. Great job to both(applause). I will definitely be listening to more!!

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A Reacher copycat

Reacher copycat. A Reacher copycat. Copycat copycat. A A A A Copycat. Not as good Reacher. Not even close to Reacher.

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Promising but needs some fine-tuning

A decent book, but the story and character need some fine-tuning. Overall this book was enjoyable. It just took too long for the action to get started. We didn’t get any action until about four hours into this book. The main character is such a ladies man that women just seem to drop at his feet, it’s a little much. Other than that The story was pretty good. Also, the author is implying without saying that the main character is the illegitimate son of Jack reacher. Other than that, the action was pretty good and the overall story was as well.

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Electrifying thriller that keeps you guessing

The Jack Widow series is a must for Jack Reacher fans. This first book Introduces you to the character while at the same time presents a storyline that keeps you other edge of your seat until the end. Even the narrator reminds me of Jack Reachers voice.

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Seemed like it had an agenda.

Mexican this Mexican that or Redneck this and Redneck that. This specific weapon or that one.

The Audible part was fine, story not so much.

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  • Carôle
  • 09-07-21

I Truly Don’t Understand The Hype!

I’m afraid that I’m not a fan.
Reacher - I Love! This character is nothing like Reacher. He appears to have gone at least a week without a toothbrush, or to feel the need for one! Ditto a change of clothes. There seems to be an emphasis on the fact that he (Jack Widow) is very tall, very intimidating and (quite possibly), ugly!! (Don’t quote me), with ‘beautiful’ blue eyes!

Did you read all of the above? Did it seem as if I went on and on without actually Saying anything? Or, did it seem as if I’d missed a pertinent point? Yes? Well, brace yourself, there is A LOT of that in this book! Plus, the characters are all from The Deep South - so they speak slowly - I had to adjust the narration speed to 1.2 for it to seem normal for me!

I’m at chapter 26. There’s no real story. 3 dead bodies, 1 severely wounded Deputy, a dozen missing girls and a completely racist, misogynistic, bigoted small town, with a blinkered Sheriff!

And yet, with all of that going on, I’m bored! There is no story. I wish that I’d just stuck with the Kindle Unlimited version of this title, because using a credit for it, is such a total waste for me.

He’s not Mitch Rapp
Nor Spider Sheherd
Or John Pullen
Or Amos Decker

If you love those characters, you won’t find them reflected in Jack Widow. I’m giving up now. If the story develops beyond chapter 26 and becomes absorbing, then I’ve missed out. But I have a feeling that I won’t have…

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  • LOUISE REBECCA
  • 06-26-21

Inane

Perhaps the most tedious book I’ve ever waded through. Actual plot probably alright but could have been effectively told in 2 hours. The remaining 7 were padding as boring as describing how the seat belt came undone - in the middle of a car chase - or how he had heard you could put a wet phone in rice! Seriously dull!!!
The author has tried to emulate Lee Child’s style of explanation but got it awfully wrong.
The author is intimating that this is Reacher’s son. I hope he asked fist!
The narrator had such a boring voice that I frequently (& annoyingly) had to back up as I realised I had daydreamed through large sections.
This has been an Amazon recommendation.
Very disappointing.

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  • Jackie
  • 03-22-22

not great

struggled to finish, lots of filling and chapter after chapter of nothing. was expecting a lot more.

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  • Gadget
  • 01-21-22

over elaborate good story but too much detail

nothing left to the imagination as should be in a really good story. This is where each person is left a real opinion

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  • Nigel Dale
  • 10-27-21

Jack Reacher he is not

Greet story great performance but I kept thinking this was a rejected Lee Childs novel too many similarities to Reacher no stand out moment it was a slog to get through but will read second novel to give him the benefit of the doubt.

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  • mangankillarney
  • 11-23-20

Thriller

First off I have to say Alan Phillip Ormond voice is perfect for this brilliant thriller. Very smooth and easy to listen to .


This is the first book in this great series. Jack Widow , is an NCIS agent , who has ben under cover many times. He has to go home , as his mother, who is a sheriff and has now been shoot. Reaching her in time to say goodbye and make peace .

But now wanting to know who shot his mother, who was looking into missing girls...

This book is set at a lovely pace, with characters who you enjoy and feel as if you know.

Does he get his man...... with his training , I think you know the answer. You will enjoy the ride.

Loved this book

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  • Mtc
  • 10-21-20

Great book Great narration and story line

much in the Reacher tradition- listen for the early hint! I am already looking forward to the next one.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-27-22

Enjoyable

I’m wondering if Widow has ever met Jack Reacher ?
Enjoyed the narrator and thought it was an engaging story

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  • Gege
  • 04-23-22

Just another Jack Reacher

It was ok I guess. However, it really is just another Jack Reacher. Too similar for my ongoing consumption I feel.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-27-22

Excellent first novel.

Took a few chapters to get going, and find it's own way, and once it did, it was excellent. Nice to have a story told by the main character

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  • Tony
  • 02-11-22

Great listening.

obviously Jack Reachers son. Would have liked a few more action scenes but still a good book. Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-14-22

The missing women!

Very Interesting Cop investigation story involving a Town Sheriff that turned out to be the Mother of the NCIS man who is her Son that becomes a Drifter but also does the Investigation of who her Murderer was.
The Narration is excellently done by Alan Phillip Ormond.

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  • John
  • 02-09-21

Waste of time

What a pathetic attempt at copying another author I am very disappointed in this author