Book reviews, Thriller

Appetite For Risk by Jack Leavers – Book Review

 

PUBLISHERS BLURB 

A fast-paced action thriller inspired by real events in the aftermath of the Iraq War. 

With Saddam Hussein deposed and an entire country in need of rebuilding, former Royal Marine John Pierce hears the siren call of adventure and opportunity. His fledgling UK business is struggling to support his young family and he has connections in the Iraqi capital – fate seems to point one way. 

In early 2004, Pierce rolls the dice when he jumps into a taxi in Jordan and heads for the turmoil of postwar Baghdad to grab a share of the reconstruction gold rush. But when Iraq spirals into the hell of a full-blown insurgency, he must rely on his wits and his local friends if he’s to evade the rampant bloodshed. 

As the action rolls across the blood-stained Iraqi landscape and embraces London’s seedy underbelly, Pierce tangles with the authorities at home and finds himself thrust into the heart of British and American covert operations against Al-Qaeda in Iraq. 

Having set out with little more than ambitious goals and an appetite for risk, can a determined ex-bootneck survive the mounting chaos unscathed and succeed in hitting the jackpot?

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MY REVIEW

This is a fast-paced action thriller which is inspired by real events in and after the Iraq War.

Saddam Hussein has been deposed and the country needs rebuilding, former Royal Marine John Pierce, lover of danger and adventure sees an opportunity here, with a struggling business, maybe this is his chance…..

So he heads to Baghdad to reap the spoils of the rebuilding of this country, but then all hell breaks out, with the insurgents battling to take over. Will John be able to survive the bloodshed or get caught up in the various operations by U.K. and US governments against the growing Al-Qaeda….?

This is written in the first person and I felt it reads a little like a biography, which lent this action packed thriller a sense of realism and tension. Set in London and Iraq it gives background to both cultures, good and bad….an immersive and gripping read. 

Thank you to Damppebbles Blog Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the ebook. This is my honest, unbiased review. 

 

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2 thoughts on “Appetite For Risk by Jack Leavers – Book Review”

  1. Thanks Lesley, great review. And you nailed it – there’s a big, fat dose of the book written from memory and wound in with fictional plot lines. Very satisfying to hear that the sense of realism came across. Good luck with your battle against the Big C and, if it can’t be all of them, I hope most days are good days. Yours aye, Jack

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