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The New Bad Thing

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Although I love a good thriller, I couldn't get into this one. The first chapter or two was great, but it devolved from there. The protagonist's mission seemed unrealistic and I never bonded with her. Given that I didn't dig the book, I won't pan it on social media.

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The New Bad Thing is a fast paced ride full of action and I didn't want to put this down. The characters, atmosphere and plot sucked me right in and I was completely engaged and never bored. This is truly a page-turner that anybody interested in thriller, action and espionage will love. I think this will make an amazing series and can't see what will come next.

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An action-packed, fast-paced thrill ride from beginning to end and a read in one sitting type of thriller, The New Bad Thing introduces Michael Ebner as a writer to watch and one seemingly with all the ingredients readily available to create explosive, exciting page-turners. I look forward to reading more from him in the future.

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This was a very good book that is a perfect read for anyone who loves crime thrillers with interesting characters!!!

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This was a good story which kept me turning the pages throughout the night. Great mystery, writing and plotting will recommend to all my friends who love this genre.

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The New Bad Thing” is a novel that offers a fresh perspective on the espionage genre. The protagonist, Teagan, is a well-written and realistic character that I could relate to. Her personal triumphs were particularly meaningful to me, given the struggles she faced. I won’t spoil the plot, but I can say that it is fast-paced and engaging, with action scenes that read like a movie. Michael Ebner is an exceptional author, and I’m eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.

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I found this book to be exceptional in a way that other thrillers fall short. While most thrillers vie for the same dramatic flair using screwed up relationships, good cop/bad cop, the main character is constantly fighting between being a bad ass and being the good guy, this didn't fully rely on those aspects to share the story. I appreciate that. Action packed and full of messy shoot out scenes with enough backstory to stand up on. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by this one.

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This was such a strong thriller that I was on the edge of my seat when reading this. It had everything that I hoped for. The characters worked well and I enjoyed the twists going on. It had a great concept and does it’s job as a thriller.

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I've chosen this book because of the cover and because of the information about the book. I received a copy from Pen and Picture via Netgalley and it'll be out on the 31st of October.

Seattle reporter Teagan Pen, who has some fertility issues, decides to start a special project after hearing some unsettling news. She needs to collect money to be able to do this and she comes in contact with some more or less shady people. That's the reason why she is in Paris. There happens to be an attack on her hotel. Is it a deliberate attack on her or is she an innocent bystander in this all? She goes on a crusade throughout Europe and the United States to find out what happened to the money. And of course this all comes with a cost.

The cover and the information appealed to me and that's why I decided to read this book. It's a very interesting storyline and I had to get used to the parts of the book that were a bit too much for just a reporter. I do like these books that play like a movie in your head, but this one took a bit too much of my imagination. The characters are likable and described well and I'm curious to see how they develop in the next book. I just think that this series needs to grow a bit on me. Hopefully it'll be a bit better when I read book two.

3/5⭐

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Teagan is successful in her own right but she’s not the crusader journalist she aspired to be back in college. She needs a personal distraction and decides to make a difference in the world to help others. When a foreign news story shocks her to the core, she takes matters into her own hands and starts a special project. But not everybody will be happy about her illegally funded venture. When Teagan travels to Paris to deal with a project setback, she wakes up in a luxury hotel in the middle of a terrorist siege. Or is it a planned attack on her life?

Absolutely brilliant, I cannot say how much I enjoyed this book. Exceptional plot that takes you in from page one and does not let go. Fabulous characters I am definitely now a huge fan of Teagan and am hoping there will be a much anticipated sequel to this story. If you are looking for plenty of action, suspence, twists and turns and excitement this is the book for you. Would give it more stars if I could, well done My Michael Ebner. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

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A fast paced thriller set in a world of terrorism, espionage and journalism. Belief certainly needs to be suspended while reading this book as the premise is so far fetched as to be fairly unbelievable. I did manage to read it all the way through and while it was quite enjoyable this was with a nagging voice in my head regarding various plot points that I just couldn't see happening. The end is a desperate set up for a sequel, almost like the cliff hanger on a movie. I don't think I'm going to bother with the follow up.
Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for my absence review copy.

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Interesting read, was pretty engrossing though a bit draggy at parts. I don't know if I love it though - Just had a fun time with it

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The New Bad Thing by Michael Ebner
Narrated by Braden Wright was an excellent audiobook especially as it's the first book in the new The New Bad Thing series. It had everything with lots of twists and turns that was super fast-paced throughout it was full of action, conspiracy and excitement from the beginning till the end which made it a brilliant book! I loved it!

Teagan is successful in her own right but she’s not the crusader journalist she aspired to be back in college. She needs a personal distraction and decides to make a difference in the world to help others. When a foreign news story shocks her to the core, she takes matters into her own hands and starts a special project. But not everybody will be happy about her illegally funded venture. When Teagan travels to Paris to deal with a project setback, she wakes up in a luxury hotel in the middle of a terrorist siege. Or is it a planned attack on her life?

Like other survivors from the siege, she is taken to a local police station. Routine questioning turns to intense interrogation by an American–a European Counterterrorism agent–Robert Lexington. She is the only one in custody who has seen Roman in the last ten years. Teagan is persuaded by Lexington to help locate him–a high priority person of interest–and in return she will avoid the courts and military prison back home. What follows is a challenging personal journey for Teagan across Europe and America. She must draw on her experience as a skilled interviewer, improviser and investigator to find the ghost-like Roman for her family's survival.

I highly recommend this book and looking forward to the next instalment. I loved it.

Big Thank you to Netgalley and Pen and Picture for this advanced copy in extreme for my honest and voluntary review.

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Incredible. Still processing. My full review to follow soon...
Crime thriller readers of ordinary-people-in-extraordinary-circumstances will enjoy this acclaimed new series – where espionage and mafia worlds collide with Seattle reporter, Teagan Penn. By award-winning author, Michael Ebner, a Kirkus Reviews ‘Best Books of the Year’ author.

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Teagan is a journalist who has had a few setbacks in her life from infertility to a failed marriage. A foreign news story catches her eye and she decides to start a new, special project to help women in need. After a major setback in the project, Teagan travels to Europe to deal with the problem. However, in her luxury hotel is a terrorist attack. Like all other survivors she is taken to a police station and questioned. Teagan's questioning goes beyond this terror attack and she is recruited to help locate a high priority person of interest with ties to her "special project" and in return will not face the courts back in the US. How far will she go to protect her family and her own freedom?

This book was really good. It's a crime thriller with a mix of mafia and terrorist activity. I really liked the personal journey Teagan goes on. Her journey to find Roman shows a lot of personal growth. I enjoyed how it went back and forth between past and present as we learn about Teagan more in depth. The ending was well done and not wrapped up too quick that pieces are missing or questions unanswered.

I would recommend this book. It was a good read with a lot of tough emotions and a good back story. I was lucky enough to read this for free and this is my honest review.

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Teagan and Todd had been trying to have a baby for some time, and the couple of miscarriages Teagan had had, depressed her. Continuing with treatment, she knew she needed distraction from her constant anxiety about a pregnancy - she was thirty seven years old, so not a lot of time left - so leaving Todd behind to his work, she headed to Paris to give aid to those who needed it - Project Rebound. Her absolute horror to wake up the following morning to terrorists killing the hotel guests, and anyone who got in their way, was the beginning of a new and terrifying time in her life.

With Robert Lexington interrogating her at the local police station, it seemed he was after a person Teagan knew - Roman was wanted by every law enforcement agency around, and Teagan needed to help locate him. But could Teagan do what they wanted her to do? She needed Todd by her side, but there was more to it all than it seemed.

The New Bad Thing is the 1st in The New Bad Thing series by Michael Ebner which I was invited to read by Pen & Picture. Intense and gritty from the start, my only issue was the alternate long chapters (the past) written in italics. Of course there would be no italics in an audio book :) Action packed and complex, there was always a lot going on. Recommended.

With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

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This wasn't for me, I ended up just skimming most of it to be honest. You really need to suspend belief for this one and that's fine since its a fiction after all. Its super jumpy though with multiple timelines and doesn't seem to flow very well. It just feels forced and like things are just thrown in as an afterthought rather than being left for the reader to discover organically.

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was fast paced, action packed and interesting. I would consider reading the next book to see where this is going.

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I really tried to like this book but it just wasn't my cup of tea. Switching
between the past and the present was confusing as was the extensive use of italics text. It was hard to believe that an average, civilian woman would or could get so heavily involved in counter terrorism.

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I found this book very easy to get through. It was fast-paced and I enjoyed the past and present timelines!

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