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VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK (Jack Calder Crime Series #2) Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2155 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: self published (2 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008H45KJC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #267,930 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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SEUMAS GALLACHER escaped from the world of finance seven years ago, after a career spanning three continents and five decades.

As the self-professed 'oldest computer Jurassic on the planet' his headlong immersion into the dizzy world of eBook publishing opened his eyes, mind, and pleasure to the joys of self-publishing. As a former businessman, he rapidly understood the concept of a writer's need to 'build the platform', and from a standing start began to develop a social networking outreach, which now tops 22,500 direct contacts.

His first three crime-thrillers, THE VIOLIN MAN'S LEGACY and VENGEANCE WEARS BLACK, followed by SAVAGE PAYBACK have blown his mind with more than 80,000 e-link downloads to date. The fourth in what has become the 'Jack Calder' series, KILLER CITY, was launched late August 2015.

He started a humorous, informative, self-publishers blog, never having heard of a 'blog' prior to that, was voted 'Blogger of the Year 2013' and now has a loyal blog following on his networks. He says the novels contain his 'Author's Voice', while the blog carries his 'Author's Brand'. And he's LUVVIN IT!

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I came to Vengence Wears Black without reading the author's previous book. However, it simply doesn't matter. This is not only part of a series, but a stand alone book as well. Jack Calder's undercover team are brilliantly drawn characters, who you wholly believe in with a cracking plot that spans continents. I particularly liked the fact that the author explores his characters, their foibles and their flaws, so you really get to know them, whilst still moving the plot forward, because if a character has flaws, you can be sure the bad guys will exploit them! If you like action, adventure and spooks then this is a thriller you won't want to miss.
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Vengeance Wears Black
By Seumas Gallacher

Reviewed by R. Murry

The plot has been used many times: The good guys against the bad guys. However, Mr. Gallacher's intriguing spin on that basic theme has flashes of believably events that brings in the reader. We know that drugs and prostitutes are sold around the world, but what is being done to curtail these criminal activities.

Seumas Gallacher, in his detailed novel, gives a plausible and creditable counter measure - a group of black operations experts who work under the legal radar for Interpol. They are International Security Partners (ISP.) Former SAS members brought together to do what the legal system are not allowed to do, which is to eliminate international criminals by whatever means possible.

One bombing incident, at the Peking Garden restaurant, brings about a turf war between two criminal groups, one Chinese and another East European, for the control over distribution of drugs and prostitution in the United Kingdom.
An ISP comrade is killed in the bombing, which intensifies their already on going contracted policing of these malcontents.

The plot thickens to the point that it hard, at times, to tell who the bad guy is. Mr. Gallacher's character driven story takes us into the background of the international underground. His characters are many, but they come alive to the point that you believe they are real. Three characters propel the story forward and keep you attentive: the leader of ISP, a Chinese elder, and a drug lord lieutenant. Their actions drive the story forward and to an acceptable conclusion.

Seumas descriptive prose delivers an interesting and colorful journey through Europe and Asia, where the drugs and women are imported from to major cities across the world. Unfortunately, there is much truth to what is in this fictional novel. You won't put the book down.

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Vengeance wears black is the second novel by the excellent Scottish author Seumas Gallacher whose debut "The Violin Man's legacy" was one of the best crime books I have read this year, so I had very high hopes for this book and boy it didn't disappoint.
The book like "legacy" follows the fortunes of former SAS solider Jack Calder and his ISP (international security partners) employers run by former SAS commanding officer Jules Townsend, when a hand grenade is thrown into a busy Chinese restaurant in London ex Ghurkha and friend of Jack and ISP dives on the grenade and saves everyone in the restraint and his friends in exchange for his own life Jules & jack and the rest of the team vow to avenge their friends death by using the skills the men have ultimately acquired in the SAS days to bring the Killers to justice.
In the hunt for the Killers the team are sent on a collision course with Asian triad and eastern European crime syndicates who's own gang wars have inadvertently sent them into a whole new war with ISP.
Seamus has an exceptional story telling ability that leaves readers truly hooked and is a up there with the best in the genre, I certainly think there is more to come in the Jack Calder series and quite rightly so too as Seamus is a gifted author without a doubt
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The first thing that struck me about this rip-roaring yarn was that the author is a true storyteller in the mould of Scotland's greatest adventure writer, Alastair Maclean. Having been a Maclean devotee for most of life I wouldn't throw comparisons lightly around but Glaswegian Gallacher comes pretty darn close to his compatriot for pace, excitement and credibility.

This is Gallacher's second outing for Jack Calder and a stellar cast of specialist security firm operatives who right wrongs around the globe, usually making do with a volley of lead where others get by on single-shot solutions. There's an up-and-at-em approach to problem-solving that makes you feel almost sorry for the bad guys!

In this latest romp Calder and the gang are out to avenge the death of a colleague and find themselves in a drugs turf war that takes them across Europe in search of the furtive movers and shakers. The action is relentless, the body count high, and the tension is strung at just the right tautness to make you keep turning the pages.

If you ignore the character-hopping and those maddening examples of bad formatting (paragraph and page divisions) often found in ebooks, you will enjoy this for what it is - a highly readable, highly enjoyable piece of escapism guaranteed to chase away the blues on many a long night.
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If you like your thrillers peppered with gunfire and explosions, and with a lots of bad guys getting blown away, `Vengeance Wears Black' is for you.

The action ranges across Europe as private security firm ISP - composed of ex-SAS officers and other soldiers of fortune - wages war on Chinese and Albanian drug and prostitution rings. The bangs and screams can be heard from London to Istanbul and a whole host of other places in between.

Seumas Gallacher knows how to spin a good yarn, and he takes us through ISP's battle plans and hit-and-run skirmishes as the violent chess-game rages across the continent, with the advantage shifting back and forth between the various protagonists.

Bent lawyers, sadistic Eastern European hoodlums, inscrutable Chinese Triads (including a one-eyed Asian version of Norman Bates' mother), hookers, drug dealers, and one Hong Kong hottie - all keep the story tearing along. Gallacher's descriptions of army-style planning and weaponry and of places and characters are sufficiently drawn to help you understand what is happening, while not so detailed as to slow down the action - of which there is a lot!

Hollywood take note: it would make a great `shoot-em-up' movie.

Cry havoc and bring on the next one!
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