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48 Hours: A City of London Thriller [Kindle Edition]

J Jackson Bentley
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,116 customer reviews)

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“If you don’t pay me £250,000.00 in the next 48 Hours you will die”. The text on Josh Hammond’s BlackBerry was blunt and chilling. Surely it must be a joke, but when Josh is attacked in broad daylight and people around him start to die he knows that his blackmailer is deadly serious. Can Josh raise the money, can his attractive new bodyguard protect him, who is blackmailing him and why? He has 48 hours to find out. The first novel in the acclaimed City of London Thriller series is a hit which will enthral everyone who knows and loves its London settings. Rich in detail and truly evocative it is a real page turner, told in around 100,000 words.

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JJackson Bentley has been a published author since 1994, with two technical books and five novels he has been a prolofic writer. His novels described by critics as "a taut and tense thriller", "does for soccer thrillers what Dick Francis did for racing thrillers" are available on Amazon and are in numerous 'lists'.
Living and writing in the Emirate of Dubai his first Dubai based thriller is Shadow of the Burj. The City of London thrillers Fidus books bestselllers, they are 48Hrs, Chameleon and the the runaway bestseller Fogarty based on the London riots of 2011.
JJ is married with four grown children, he is a legal consultant and uses his contacts in sport, security and business shamelessly.

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107 of 112 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Read within 48 hours 9 Jan. 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. After having on my kindle for almost two months once I started it I couldn't stop and have just read the whole thing in two days.

The imagery in the book is rich and really adds to its texture. The image of rainfall like sugar on strawberries had me from the off. The book is fast paced and moves into the main plot quickly, which helped keep my attention and increased my desire to read farther.

The manner of the writing and the content is so well researched and written that I had no problem suspending my disbelief. Everything, from how insurance works to the meticulous descriptions of London journies, right onto the very real feeling results of gunfire and combat add a gritty realism I find lacking in similar books.

I love the variety of characters and character types. Bentley has a vivid imagination, but his characters even down to secondary and even non-recurring characters all feel like real people who any of us might one day meet. I especially like Toby, what a treat it was to have him come to life so easily in my mind as he was described.

The plot is clever but not overly complex. The book can be enjoyed without the need to understand every meticulous detail. However should an avid fan want to look up gun makes and do a little legal research they can enjoy the deeper side to the book as well.

Nothing is wasted in the book. I thought the football references were merely an authorial indulgence only to find they played a role in the plot that was both realistic and unexpected.

A grounded thriller, realistic, compelling and even amusing. I heartily recommended this book and I'm off to read Chameleon
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66 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inventive page turner 6 May 2013
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An original plot, very cleverly written, plausible characters, and a good travel around London. Actually, that does not do this book justice. 10% of the way in, with the twisting plot leaving me clueless about what would happen next, but loving it. 50% in, still unable to predict anything but still loving it. Finished, very satisfied. A real pleasure to read.
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76 of 85 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A huge disappointment. 1 Jan. 2014
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I downloaded this book on the strength of the intriguing and interesting plot, which promised a good read.
Oh dear.
I'm not one to take wilful or malicious pleasure in leaving a poor review, but I do try to be honest - and this book was a huge disappointment.
The writing was shallow and at times juvenile, and the wonderfully inspired plot ruined by naïve, clunky, poor construction and narrative.
I initially wondered if the author had been sponsored by several well known brands, as everywhere the hero went, his choice of venue and beverage was over-described like a product placement. Brand names, street names, labels are thrown in with unnecessary and irritating regularity, which adds nothing to the story except exasperation.
While the author must be applauded for the originality of the idea, more research of exactly how police officers actually go about their business and interact, would have given the weak writing style at least some credibility. This is yet another example (I suspect) of an author writing about a genre of which he has no personal or professional experience; relying instead on his imagination and perceptions gained from watching too much TV. I'm afraid his interpretation of how surveillance works, (for example) and how he has the villain tailed, is excruciating and laughable to someone who actually knows the reality. This comment isn't meant in a sneering or conceited way - it just emphasises the importance of getting things factually correct, or you lose an informed reader straight away.
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106 of 121 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag 2 May 2013
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The premise of this is great - 48 hours to find £250k, or your blackmailer will kill you. That's the main driver for the first victim we meet. Later victims, and some detective work by the City police, the Met and the victim + his security firm play out the who what and where.

One of the things that jarred me out of the story was the statement from the police about death threats: "It is our official position that such threats are almost always made by people who are simply letting off steam" (location 253). Sorry, but that bit doesn't work for me. The major foundation behind the story is that the polce won't help, at least initially. This is despite there being credible written warnings, long distance telephotos and a mock shooting with an army issue paintball gun.

The second is the police procedure is off by a country mile - statements being prepared at home, IT investigations being done 200 pages after a complaint etc. There's no explanation why the police allow civilians to sit in on all of the investigation. No police force would allow a victim to sit in, let alone his bodyguard, and certainly not on investigations into other crimes committed by the same criminal.

The third is the poor proofreading e.g. "I'd like you make a detailed statement" instead of "to make a detailed statement" (location 256), "He walked long the Greenwich High Road" instead of "along the Greenwich High Road" (location 295), partial capitaliations e.g. "close Protection Office", too many full stops in an ellipse ("Battery.....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars 48 Hours. Far from a Thriller
When I thought I was reaching the end, my Kindle showed 43% complete. Which indicates that this effort was 100% + too long. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Mark Dickens
4.0 out of 5 stars easy reading. Enjoyed it so much I've just bought ...
First book I've read by this writer ,easy reading. Enjoyed it so much I've just bought another two
Published 2 days ago by anthony nevitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Loved it lots of twists and turns a good all round entertaining read with a touch of realistic characters for good measure
Published 5 days ago by craig
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 5 days ago by Diane McGinn
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!
An enjoyable fast paced thriller. I found the characters and the plot were believable and look forward to catching up with more of the authors offerings.
Published 5 days ago by MR NEIL BLOOD
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 6 days ago by Mr R.D.Kay
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Initially couldn't put it down but just became too far fetched.
Published 7 days ago by CS
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Will read another one of this authors book .I will definitely be downloading more especially if they are free ..
Published 8 days ago by joann baxter
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read.
I gave this a 4 because it was a good read. It had everything a good book should have. This had a good story with good sub plots. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Dawn
3.0 out of 5 stars not a bad read
Certainly wasn't an 'I can't put it down' kinda book but overall not too bad. I'd probably read another by this author.
Published 9 days ago by Mr D A Woodyatt
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