Light It Up

Narrated by: Stephen Mendel
Series: Peter Ash, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (508 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Lots of characters get compared to my own Jack Reacher, but Petrie's Peter Ash is the real deal." (Lee Child)

In the newest action-packed thriller starring war veteran Peter Ash, a well-planned and flawlessly executed hijacking reveals the hidden dangers of Colorado's mellowest business, but Ash may find there's more to this crime than meets the eye.

Combat veteran Peter Ash leaves a simple life rebuilding hiking trails in Oregon to help his good friend Henry Nygaard, whose daughter runs a Denver security company that protects cash-rich cannabis entrepreneurs from modern-day highwaymen. Henry's son-in-law and the company's operations manager were carrying a large sum of client money when their vehicle vanished without a trace, leaving Henry's daughter and her company vulnerable.

Then, when Peter is riding shotgun on another cash run, the cargo he's guarding comes under attack from hijackers and he narrowly escapes with his life. As the incidents mount, he has to wonder: for criminals as sophisticated as these, is this money really worth the risk? And if not, what about his cargo is worth more?

©2018 Nick Petrie (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Propulsive...Petrie is a master of orchestrating convincing mayhem.” (Publishers Weekly)

"Like Robert Parker’s Spenser, Ash is a self-contained, unstoppable force with very useful friends. Vividly troubled yet likable, he intrigues the reader even while managing to save a little part of his world - again. The action in this third outing is nonstop; the drug scene is timely; the characters, including the villains, are deftly drawn, and the tension keeps rising." (Library Journal)

“Gun battles, harrowing high-speed escapes and lethal hand-to-hand fights...Petrie colors in more of the portrait of his troubled hero, including his darkest moment in the Middle East. Ash's posse is coalescing, too, including June, the savvy reporter he fell for in Burning Bright, and Lewis, the smooth but equally lethal compadre whose friendship with Ash has a Spenser-Hawk vibe.... Light It Up extends a quality action series with plenty of room ahead both for new adventures and character development.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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Series Keeps Getting Better

I have seen several reviews that compare Ash, the main character, to Jack Reacher. I don't really see the similarities other than they both are former military and travel the United States. However, their characters are very different and they are driven by different motives. I like Ash; the author has done a great job of slowly exposing the human side of him. He wants and needs his close friend and lover involved in his life. The Jack Reacher series focus is more on how he solves issues. Although both provide plenty of action for the adrenaline junkie. This was the best book in the series so far and I look forward to the next.

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Not as good as no. 1 and 2 of the series.

I didn't like this one as much as 1 and 2. The scene with the ambulance cart was hard to swollow, for one. The relationships were underwhelming compared to the first two books. All of this and I have to say I love this series!

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A good Peter Ash book

If you liked Burning Bright you'll like this even though the ending drug way out

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Outstanding Writing

The narrator captured the author's words and I didn't want to stop the audio.

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I don’t do headlines so you can take it like it is or forget it!

Great !! Petrie knows how to get it done. I read or listen to all his work

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Perhaps the personalities are too developed?

I recall how tremendous 5 reviews have been when I make them, and I'm only giving this 4's for everything. This doesn't mean that I won't read another. Nick Petrie is a favorite of mine. I actually heard this twice, perhaps because I was mostly asleep last time, and perhaps I ran into a true 5 book and dropped this without thinking back on it at all. I liked all the personality development, and mostly understood the events, but it was just not quite as good as I needed it to be. Still, the weaknesses are all in the personality development area -- for once there is actually, possibly, too much of that! This is not what I would normally think, as I always want to understand all the characters. So if you have loads of patience and a need for personality to be explained and understood, I recommend this. I never summarize books. That's for the more articulate ones to do.

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Not bad

I've been spoiled by Nick Pitrie's first 2 books; this was a good listen but not the page turner that the first in his Peter Ash series were. strong 4 star book

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Stretches belief beyond acceptable

Almost all stories in this genre require the reader to suspend disbelief in order to enjoy them, but this one jumps the shark quickly with the gurney ride down the mountain; it went downhill from there (pun intended). In addition there is always a fine line between the necessary violence that make up a story of this type, and just creating mayhem and death for the sake of it, or to reduce the characters the author has to deal with. Either way, this story exceeded the acceptable deaths within the first third of the book, and the protagonists response to those deaths was just too unreal. I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, even though they skirted the line of trivializing killing and death. They never really crossed that line. This book leapt over it by a mile.

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not up to the 1st two, but a good listen

Not up to the 1st two in the series, but a good listen.too easy conveniences in the plot structure were disheartening. Some fun female characters, including a barracuda attorney. Still a Jack Reacher sort of thriller, but with a truck and luggage and tools.

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EXCELLANT

can't believe author can keep your intrest thru out each book using same basic storyline. love Louis...definitely want him on my side..