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Hard Vengeance

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Oh my word, I have got to read the rest of the Jon Reznick thrillers. This book is pretty much nonstop action from the beginning to the fantastic ending. Can you imagine working for five years to get back at the person who thwarted you? That is just crazy. Highly recommended for all you adrenaline junkies out there!

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Absolutely amazingly written book! Captured my attention from the beginning! I read this all in one night and don’t regret it one bit! If you have any doubts, don’t. It’s totally worth the read.
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Hard Vengeance is the ninth instalment in the Jon Reznick Thriller series, set in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The story opens with FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein and her closest friend from her college days, Ann McCaul, sipping rosé on a luxury, high-end yacht belonging to Ann and her husband Sergio sailing just off the eastern coast of the Spanish island with not a care in the world. Ann pushes Martha to call Reznick, who she had longed to ask out for years ever since her divorce but lacked the self-confidence to do so. Perhaps, due to her Dutch courage, she decides to call him after a gentle ribbing from Ann. It couldn't hurt to let him know how she feels. She gets his answerphone and leaves a message saying she hopes he would take her out for a meal just the two of them if she travelled to his hometown of Rockland, Maine to see him once back from her vacation. Shortly after the call and without warning, the yacht explodes. Meanwhile, elsewhere, Reznick has been on a gruelling thirteen-hour flight back home, after attending the wedding of former Delta operator Teddy Fredericks, from Dubai back to JFK and was surprised to see a voice mail from Martha upon landing. Although when he tries to return the call there's no response, Reznick’s daughter Lauren, who has just graduated Quantico and become a fully-fledged FBI Agent, is overjoyed that her father is finally having strong feelings towards a woman again and that they are reciprocated. But soon his hope and excitement over the future is shattered beyond recognition.

He receives a call later that night from Jerry Meyerstein, Martha’s father, who alerts him to the fact that there's been an explosion and that Martha is dead. Trying to find out the truth thousands of miles away from where the incident took place in the Balearics is an impossible task; the FBI deny it's happened and The State Department are practically useless too, so Reznick takes matters into his own hands and catches the next flight to the Mediterranean but he is absolutely distraught. It feels like Elizabeth all over again. He intends to use all his skill as a former FBI Black-Ops member and assassin to identify who carried out the bombing killing the woman he loved and then ensuring they pay. He is hellbent on vengeance even at this early stage given they've taken away someone very special to him. Coming face to face with a ruthlessly intelligent perpetrator he realises it's someone from his past pulling the strings. But now that Reznick feels like he hasn't got anything to lose by chasing his brutal enemy and disposing of him then there's no telling the lengths to which he’ll go to exact revenge. This is a compulsive, riveting and action-packed thriller overflowing with tension, mystery, intrigue, twists and reveals but also, this time, emotion. It's pacey and well written and before you know it you're fully immersed in the story alongside the characters. The cast is comprised of fully rounded characters and. in particular. Reznick is becoming a multilayered individual before our very eyes. It was nice to see a softer side to him. An enthralling, exhilarating and thoroughly entertaining page-turner. Highly recommended.
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Another hard hitting and heart pounding mystery for Jon Reznick. Jon receives word that his best friend, FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein, has been killed in a boating accident while on vacation. Once he hears from her father, they both believe that there is more to the “accident” and he leaves for Mallorca. From the very beginning, things don’t add up. Attempts on his life, authorities refusing to answer questions and the fact that Martha’s body was not found. With the various Feds involved, Jon knows that they are trying to keep him from investigating. You would think by now they should know that has never worked. When he finally realizes who might be after him, he also knows that this entire set up was a way to get to him. When his daughter arrives on the island, all bets are off to keep both of them safe. Non-stop action and “take no prisoners” until the very satisfying end. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC of this book!  I like Jon Reznick and appreciate his loyalty to those he loves and to doing the right thing.  He gets to the truth and cuts through any bull, and he doesn't take no for an answer.  This book is emotional and I do not want to post any spoilers..  While reading this story, I felt like I was both on vacation in a beautiful, very hot setting (I swear at times I could feel the hot sun on me) and also fighting for my life at the same time.  What a combo!  I found this book to be an enjoyable read and I couldn't wait to see how Jon proceeded to make things right.  Now that Jon's daughter, Lauren, is in the FBI I look forward to the possibility of father/daughter collaborations in future books.  Thank you J.B. Turner for a very enjoyable cast of characters to both love and hate!
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My thanks to NetGalley and publisher Amazon Publishing UK for the ARC.
This is Book#9 in the Jon Reznick thriller series and reads well as a standalone.  The story is interesting, complex and multi-layered, but  equally frustrating because of lengthy and repetitive passages of Jon's musings surrounding his investigations.

Assistant FBI Director Martha Meyerstein and Jon had been friends for years as he consulted with the FBI - and other agencies - on black ops.  Martha and friend Ann are on a luxury yacht off the coast of Spain where, just after plucking up enough courage to phone Jon, leaving a message that they should meet up on her return, the yacht blows up.  At Martha's father's behest, and his own doubts about this being an 'accident' Jon travels to Europe to find out what happened.  No agency will own up to being in charge - the State Department calls it a National Security issue - the FBI, Martha's employer, nor the CIA will give anything away.  Why is there a news blackout and why, when Jon starts talking to ex-soldier Mac, Mac disappears, but not before telling his sister he'd found a piece of wreckage which had Arabic writing on it.  
Jon's daughter Lauren, fresh from FBI training convinces Jon to let her help, much against his better judgement.  
Always there is someone watching and waiting; knowing that killing Martha would lure Jon into his trap; years in the planning to gain vengeance for the past.

As said, this could be faster-moving if it wasn't for all those superfluous and tedious "thought" passages, but it is a good story - with a twist.
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J.B.Turner's excellent series has a welcome addition in Hard Vengeance.  This time the setting is a Spanish Island after an explosion causes Jon Reznick to investigate exactly what has happened.

As with the other instalments in this series (this is full story number 9) they can be read individually or in order. I have been lucky enough to read them in order and there are a few familiar faces who make repeat appearances.  However, one name from the past makes an unwelcome return and is creating carnage on the island of Palma with his end goal to kill Jon Reznick.

This story has a slightly less high octane fell than previous Reznick outings but still has some explosive set pieces and carnage aplenty.

The end of the story will make you smile. Your smile will be even bigger if you read stories 1-8 before you get to this.

Another enjoyable thriller outing for Reznick.

Thank you NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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This is the first book that I have read in this series and I would definitely read more. There is a lot of action and suspense. Jon is a strong likeable character with an interesting and heartbreaking background. I want to find out more about him.

Thank you to NetGalley for my copy.
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This is the ninth book in the series which continues to be a page turner!  Jon Reznick gets a call from Martha Myerstein's father saying that Martha has been killed by an explosion on a boat in Mallorca.  He believes she was assassinated, and asks Reznick to go to Mallorca and kill the man who did it.  Reznick goes, but does not get welcomed by the Spanish police or the US FBI and State Department.  The reader soon knows that the man responsible, Adam Ford,  really wanted to hurt and kill Reznick because Reznick kept him from killing the president, ruining Ford's chance at fame.  Ford is a brilliant doctor, former Special Forces, and psychotic.

Jon has his work set out for him, especially after being taken by US officials who want to put him on a plane home.  However, Jon is resourceful, and is joined by his daughter Lauren and cyber savy Trevelle Williams.  As the body count mounts, the big question is whether Reznick and team can get Adams before Ford gets him and/or his loved ones and friends.

I thank Netgalley and Amazon Publishing for allowing me to read this book for an honest review.
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This time it’s personal. Hard Vengeance is the ninth book in the Jon Reznick series about a former Delta operative who gets involved in off-the-books anti-terrorist missions, often to the frustration of the official agencies running them. I’ve read them all in order, and obviously that’s the best approach, but these adventures all work well as stand-alones and you get all the recap you need. I always enjoy these, as the plots manage to be different enough each time to keep them interesting. 

Jon has finally decided to confess his romantic feelings for his friend, Associate FBI Director Martha Meyerstein, so calls her in Mallorca where she’s holidaying on a friend’s yacht, when it explodes. Convinced it can’t be an accident, he travels to the Spanish Island to investigate, but is stonewalled by the local authorities and US State Department who fear the fallout if it’s reported as a terrorist attack. Determined to discover the truth, Reznick doesn’t mind who he offends, but he doesn’t know that an old enemy is watching him, with revenge on his mind.

This was another fast paced action adventure featuring Bastardo Duro (as the Spanish police grudgingly dub him) Reznick, but I liked seeing his softer side as he finally admits to himself how much he cares for Martha. This also meant I spent much of the book thinking “Surely she can’t really be dead?” which did add to the suspense. I also kept feeling like I’d encountered the baddie before - but I’m rubbish at remembering book plots and character names, so couldn’t remember where from. It’s not a spoiler to reveal that it’s the antagonist from Book two, Hard Kill - we learn his name and general motivation early on, although the exact details don’t get explained until much later on. I personally don’t like spending quite so much time in the villain’s head, especially not when he’s as deranged as Adam. I like Reznick as a hero, but find his big-headed daughter Lauren rather annoying - she’s a rookie FBI agent who overestimates her talents and mistakes bravado for bravery, so just gets in the way most of the time. 

Thanks to NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for the ARC which allowed me to give an honest review. Hard Vengeance is published on January 14th.
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Let me begin by saying I follow this author and have read the full series of the Jon Reznick and have enjoyed every single one of them. Hence when I started reading this novel to find out a long standing character had been killed off I was shocked.

The synopsis of this book is that Jon Reznick a former Delta Force soldier, CIA assassin, now FBI helper is relaxing at home when he finds out that his boss has been killed whilst she was on holiday. He puts a plan into action to determine who did it and why.

Even from the perspective of a new reader whilst there are brief recollections of previous stories, you can get away without reading them to be able to follow this story. The action is dealt with without any gratuitous description and the story flows really well through to the conclusion.

For any one who enjoys action thrillers, this is a great book and I would recommend giving it a try.

I was provided an ARC from NetGalley in return for my honest review.
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I received this book through "NetGalley" read now program.

I have read all of the Jon Reznick stories and this one does not disappoint. The story has Martha Meyerstein in Spain on vacation with a friend on a yacht. She is being pestered to make a call to Jon by her friend and she finally makes it and leaves a voice mail message. Shortly thereafter an explosion occurs.

Jon is returning from a trip overseas and sees the call and tries to reach her. Later he receives a call from Martha's father who informs him that Martha was killed in an accidental gas explosion. After Jon is requested to look into the matter by her father, he heads to Spain to look into it. As he does his investigation, he meets an individual who was a former SAS member who had information. Later as Jon was talking to this individual, he was taken away by Spanish Authorities. Jon later meets this individual's sister who was supposed to e picked up at the airport by here brother. As both Jon and the sister were trying to find out what happened to the brother, other individuals were attempting to get Jon to leave the country. When the sister was going to meeting with a British representative, she was involved in an accident.

Later, Jon's daughter arrived and wanted to help, but Jon wanted her to go away and stay safe. Once already an individual from his past had attempted to murder him. Ultimately, an attempt was made on both Jon and his daughter and they managed to escape. Both of them were abducted by individuals who wanted them to leave the country. Jon was separated from his daughter and managed to escape.

Eventually the other parties decided to use Jon as bait to catch the killer. One of the attempts that this group used was to try and determine that individuals location by tracing a cell phone call. This did not work out as planned. Later a second attempt was made on Jon and his daughter.

To discover who and why the individual was so intent on killing Jon and how the last attempt worked out, then you must read this book. It is well worth it and I recommend it highly.
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Book Review: Hard Vengeance (Jon Reznick #9) by J. B. Turner
(Published by Amazon Publishing UK and Thomas & Mercer, January 14, 2021)

4.5 Stars.

September 11, 2001. Elisabeth Reznick, young wife and new mom, was at the Twin Towers when the attacks came. She'd abruptly left her hapless soldier husband spiraling into the nadir - desperation, depression and alcoholism, lost, alone, a war fighter unfit to raise their baby girl by himself.

Present Day. Palma de Mallorca, off the eastern coast of Spain. FBI assistant director Martha Meyerstein is on vacation, lounging on the sundeck of a luxury yacht belonging to Ann C., her closest friend from college. Ann teases her about her love life. Martha makes a call; she knows she's being a little bit fresh, but she just needs to talk to Jon Reznick.

Minutes later the yacht blows up.

New York, NY. Fresh off the academy in Quantico, youthful FBI Special Agent Lauren Reznick ribs her old man. How long how it been since Mom, Dad? She knows he's hopelessly heads over heels with her FBI mentor and patron. Director Meyerstein.

Then the news comes in. An explosion somewhere in the Balearic Islands off the Spanish coast. Reznick knows it. Meyerstein is dead. The FBI denies. The State Department disavows any knowledge.

Hard Vengeance, Book #9.

Reznick takes it hard and personally. He flies off to the Mediterranean, a former black ops assassination specialist on a private vendetta for vengeance.

Hot on his tail, the FBI, the State Dept., the CIA and the Guardia Civil de España. For all intents and purposes, Reznick is declared persona non grata.

And out for his blood waiting in the shadows off picturesque coastal cliffs, a deranged and highly intelligent old adversary.

Author J. B. Turner takes a pivotal turn in the Jon Reznick series as he eliminates a main character and throws in the shuffle enough twists and turns to make heads spin.

Unputdownable. The Jon Reznick series. The definitive panacea for lockdown ennui!

Review based on an ARC from Amazon Publishing UK, Thomas & Mercer and NetGalley.
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His target was a fourthly something  woman, he was intrigued, and admired her. Watching these two women on a yacht in Mallorca, the one was a FBI agent, they were friends from college.  
Reznick was ecstatic to get a call from Martha, he was flying home and now has been trying to call her. It was time to move on. His daughter was with the FBI as a field agent, liking Martha and the news that she finally called her dad
A distraught father getting a call from the state department about his daughter Martha  and forbid him from traveling to see what took her life. The FBI she worked for had not been notified either. Now  calling Reznick who was an ex delta operator for help. Both. agreeing it was bizarre. Reznick. going to Mallorca to get answers. Being told not to get involved after he got there, it was assassination.   Someone who wanted revenge, retribution. 
A trap had been laid, the psychotic killer is ecstatic two for the price of one when Lauren now with the FBI flys in to help her dad.
A good flowing plot that draws  one in from the beginning. Filled with tension,  of what really is going on. Liked that Lauren has been involved in helping her father. Given ARC for my voluntary review and my honest opinion for  Net Galley and Amazon UK
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J.B. Turner's Hard Vengeance is #9 in the Jon Reznick Thriller series. When Jon Reznick's wife dies, Reznick doesn’t think he’ll ever love again but it seems to be happening with long time friend Martha Mayerstein, Asst. Director of the FBI. When a yacht blows up and she is killed while on vacation, most call it a horrible accident but neither Martha's father nor Jon think that’s true. Jon flies to Spain to investigate and quickly finds out it isn't as simple as it sounds. First, why is the FBI covering it up? And then, why is Jon's life threatened for simply trying to uncover the truth?

I love this series. I’ve read every book in it. The characters are strong and believable. The plots always quick and pithy and the writing tight. But this book was not one of Turner's best (IMHO). There was no lack of drama but Jon seemed slow to react and the plot's development and pacing seemed similarly slow. Scenes covered the same dramatic and emotional territory too many times which made me skip ahead. I was completed vested in Martha's safety and wanted to see Jon use his prodigious skills to beat the apparent bad guys, which he did, but slowly. The story was there but the storyteller wasn’t on his a game with this one.
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Amazing story. Well developed characters that are in a twisted engrossing thriller. Highly recommended. Super suspense that comes to a satisfying end! Highly recommended . A true roller coaster thrill ride
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J.B. Turner's latest book is a crime adventure story featuring a father -daughter relationship. JOn Reznick is again. the main character in the novel. He is searching for whoever killed a woman he loves. Martha Meyerstein. However his daughter, Lauren  has just joined the FBI wants to help him. Heaturallybas a protectiveparent wants her to stay away and is afraid she will get hurt. In theend theylearn to work together and catch the killer.
I enjoyed tgis book and feel it is. different because of the father-daughter relationship. Would like to read more books like this
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As always with the Jon Reznick series its is fast and furious. 
Great fast paced storyline. Maybe a little  unbelievable at times but awesome none the less.
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The ninth in the Jon Resnick series has Jon as the target when an old foe goes to great lengths to get his attention. Readers who enjoy this series will find this one satisfying. The bad guy is truly sadistic which is hard to fathom and read at times. I love that Jon's daughter it's included in the action. A Spanish island lends an picturesque scenario for this fast paced thriller. Recommended!
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A quick and easy read that I found myself picking up after a long day to unwind. The characters are beautifully written and I came to love them within the first few pages and was rooting for them all the way to the end. At times I wanted to stop reading because I just wanted the experience to go on for longer. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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