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Action Thriller (The Killer 1)

Action Thriller (The Killer 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jack Elgos
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Product Description

An Action & Adventure Mystery Thriller
The Killer is the first in a series of three fast paced fiction thrillers.

A story of espionage, suspense and terrorism, following Darren/Butch McCann, whose adventures begin amid the bombings and violence on the war torn streets of 1970s Belfast.
His survival depends on his ability to fight, he learns quickly and fights well.
The Provisional Irish Republican Army attempt to recruit him but, he refuses to take sides - until a family tragedy draw him into the ranks of IRA, and their cause.
Military training follows and he's found to be an excellent sniper and freedom fighter but, it is one night, and one brutal interrogation, which earn him a reputation as The Butcher of Belfast, pairing him with his infamous knife, The Killer.
Following a high profile kill he's forced to flee Ireland and take refuge in Spain, where he becomes involved with an ETA paramilitary unit at their training camp deep in the Basque country. There, a thrilling and daring raid ensues, and strong alliances are formed with his new brethren.
The Provos, and an old friend, call him back to service. He performs his duty but, a moment of doubt convinces him that his home is now in the hills of Spain.
McCann knows he will always fight against the establishment. But, one British military intelligence agent has other ideas.

Partial reviews for this fast moving action adventure trilogy

Very Well Done Thriller By Deslock
"This book was a quick read and very engaging. I like reading stories about the IRA and the Troubles. This book focuses more on how the lead character grew up and became what he became...." Full review on

Great story
By Mark
"This is a gripping action thriller that takes you on a journey to 70s and 80s England and Northern Ireland. The plot is very well written, and I've enjoyed the suspenseful action so much I read the book in one sitting...." Full review on

Highly recommended thriller, great reading By littleleg02
"This is a great read with plenty of action, once you start reading you won't be able to put it down. Fantastic story lines...." Full review on

Proper page-turner
By Lucius
"I have to agree with the previous reviewers - once I started reading The Killer, there was never a slow point where considered putting it down. The book is full of clever twists, and I loved the way the fast paced action...." Full review on

Quite the Page Turner. By Jacob G
"This book is remarkably well written, and the mystery is both gripping and original. Unlike many of the murder suspense thrillers out today this one has depth and will keep your attention with every single page." Full review on

A well written thriller, could not put it down. By Jay
"This book is a great read from start to finish, the troubles, lies, extreme violence all brilliantly written...." Full review on

Great Story By PHP
"Great adventure story, I know it was fiction but I wonder how much of it actually happens in real...." Full review on

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 375 KB
  • Print Length: 174 pages
  • Publisher: YellowBay (31 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0087XHV68
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,592 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Men's action adventure author Jack Elgos was born in the industrial north of England. A life long lover of men's adventure stories and action packed thrillers which Jack, in his broad Yorkshire accent, describes simply as Lad Lit.
Lad Lit is a British term for hard boiled gritty men's fiction, better known throughout the book world as either Crime Thrillers and Mystery, or Mystery, Thriller & Suspense.
As Jack says most crime action type thrillers are really Boy's Own style stories, but they're mystery thrillers for grown ups.
Jack lives with his long time girlfriend, twenty years on they remain stubbornly unmarried and childless and have traveled the world, taking a chance at whatever came their way.
From the strictly legal, through the definitely dodgy to the downright life threatening, they have enjoyed success and failure in equal measure.
Now in his fifties their adventures have inspired him to turn his hand to writing action-packed mystery thriller style novels.
Though his thrillers are fiction, there will always be a little bit of truth in there.
How much, he will not say.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good 8 April 2013
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Didn't like the thought of reading about a IRA killer being enforces , but knowing it only fiction I got into the book and found I couldn't put it down , looking forward to next one .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 17 April 2013
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Very addictive book, good story line, this is very typical of how the troubles played out on the early days..... look forward to reading book 2........
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Guns 4 July 2012
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I was recommended The Killer by a friend whose taste in books is pretty different from mine. I put off reading it for a couple of weeks, but when I started I couldn't stop. The main character, Darren, who while tough is essentially a decent guy, gets `in with the wrong crowd'. The wrong crowd being the IRA. Under it's wing he is trained as a terrorist and criminal, committing appalling crimes while rising up the ranks of the organization. A spell in Spain makes him reconsider his life, but it seems like it's too late when he's finally captured by the British secret service.

If you like an easy-to-read crime thriller that keeps you engaged but isn't too deep, give this one a shot.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre at best 5 July 2012
By Jay
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To be candid, I did only manage 25% of this book before giving up, so this review can only be based on that.

However I can't understand the high reviews for this. I've read a lot of trashy books and enjoyed them as a fun read, but this wasn't fun. It's poorly written, and not particularly exciting. Maybe this book could be good for a train journey or something. It is very low on detail, you can't really connect with the character, and the character emotions detailed are dolled out with a mallet. The action also reads more like a shopping list - he did this, then this, then this. Personally I prefer a book with a lot more detail.

I like crime, but personally I prefer crime along the lines of The Bourne Identity (book). If you do too, I'd stay away.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book 31 Mar 2014
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Good book, exciting cover to cover read delivered easily to my kindle and was a magnificent read and I'd recommend to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 7/10 24 Mar 2014
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Very gripping and entertaining book. Interesting concept but seemed somewhat predictable. Still a good read, would reccomend to anyone looking for a "fun" novel to read or something that will keep you going over a while.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 24 Dec 2013
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This is the best. Couldn't put this book down. Giving a short review as I can't wait to start the next one. Gripping!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining look on a piece of modern history 25 Oct 2013
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The Killer focuses on the IRA's struggle against the loyalist para-militaries and the British army at the height of the troubles in the late seventies through to the mid eighties.
Butch Mcann is a young Belfast catholic who falls into the hands of the IRA after the murder of his mother supposedly by the UVF. Admiring the lads dedication to the cause, Butch soon becomes an active member of the Provos, executing an informer and taking out a young UK soldier. But Butch gains notoriety for his crime, and is smuggled to Northern Spain where he is involved in training ETA paramilitaries, deep in the Basque country where Butch's knowledge of guns becomes useful.
The book demonstrates the struggle in the province between Catholic and Protestant, demonstrating the web of hate and distrust they have for one another and the IRA hatred for the British.
This is a gripping read about the Irish struggle, and though I feel that the story would have been better based solely in Ireland (The basque story was a bit detracting) this is a great tale and is excellent value for money at £0.99.
Worth shelling the pennies out for.8\10
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3.0 out of 5 stars The killer
Not a bad book, a bit far fetched at times it seems but look forward to reading the next two books to see where the author takes the main character. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alisdair Arkless
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor
Sparsely written. I just could not get into this novel. It lacks detail though not action. Characters are one dimensional. I gave up 24% through the book.
Published 6 months ago by Geoffrey H. Kerr
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I've always been interested in the Northern Irish troubles but usually from the British perspective. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Philjock
3.0 out of 5 stars BORING
Published 7 months ago by T. Wisdom
1.0 out of 5 stars Jack Elgos
Gave up on this book pretty quickly. Writing was very poor, cannot understand the praise given by other critics on here. Sorry but in my opinion unreadable.
Published 8 months ago by Kindle convert
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
Good read. Kept me interested to the end and looking forward to second instalment.hope second book as good as this!
Published 10 months ago by paul allan gibson
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
SLIGHT SPOILERS (first two chapters)

A pretty OK read really, provided you aren't offended by the subject matter and dont really mind much about deep and well-explored... Read more
Published 13 months ago by David
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