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A WORLD OF TROUBLE (The Jack Shepherd International Crime Novels Book 3)

A WORLD OF TROUBLE (The Jack Shepherd International Crime Novels Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Jake Needham
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"Needham channels John le Carré in this raw, authentic tale of international intrigue. A WORLD OF TROUBLE is one terrific novel." – THE BANGKOK POST

Jack Shepherd was sick of Washington politics, sick of corporate law, and even a little sick of himself. So he hit the road looking for a new start, made a couple of wrong turns, and somehow wound up in Hong Kong. Now he needs a job, and being General Chalerm Kitnarock’s lawyer is a job, so he takes it.

Shepherd could certainly have done a lot worse for himself. Charlie Kitnarok is the world’s ninety-eighth richest man. He rules an international corporate empire and controls billions in personal assets. But he’s also a former prime minister of Thailand now living in exile in Dubai. When he’s not making money, he’s plotting his return to political power.

For Shepherd, that could be a real problem. Thailand already has a prime minister, and she's a woman with whom Shepherd once had a brief relationship. It will get particularly messy if, as Shepherd suspects, Charlie is smuggling arms to his supporters and intends to use the Thai army to seize control of the country. Can Shepherd keep his two friends from destroying each other and prevent Thailand from sliding into chaos?

Thailand is hurtling closer and closer to a bloody civil war. And as unlikely as it may sound, Jack Shepherd may be the only person on earth who can stop it.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2028 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Half Penny Ltd (Hong Kong) (16 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007N6A4DW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,677 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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JAKE NEEDHAM is an American screen and television writer who began writing crime novels when he realized he didn't really like movies and television very much.

He is a lawyer by education. Prior to becoming a screenwriter through a series of accidents too ridiculous to be believed, he held a number of significant positions in both the public and private sectors where he took part in a lengthy list of international operations he has no intention of telling you about.

Mr. Needham has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand for over twenty-five years. He, his wife, and their two sons now divide their time between homes in Bangkok and New York. You can read excerpts from his books as well as his occasional 'Letters from Asia' with a few insights into the background of his books at his web site:

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good read from Jake Needham 5 April 2012
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I started reading Jake Needham's books when I stumbled on his first published book in a bookshop in Hong Kong quite a few years back. Until now Europe has been missing the works of this fantastic writer, and boy have they missed something! The books are dark, but twists and turns in a wonderful way. The latest release - "A world of trouble" - provides the same easy reading. The pages fly by, and all too soon you are at the end. Like other reviewers I will say that you benefit somewhat from having read the earlier Jack Shepherd books, but if you have not it should not prevent you from reading this. The mix of environments (Dubai and Thailand mainly, with a bit of Hong Kong put in); the characters and the plot - all combine in a highly enjoyable read. Do not miss it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and a joy to read 29 Mar 2012
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I bought this book on Tuesday morning and by Tuesday evening I had finished it, that's because its a page turner, you cannot wait to see what Jack Shepard has got himself into. Is he dealing with CIA, FBI or Thai secret service mischief. A fast paced third book in the Jack Shepard series, this one takes our hero from Hong Kong to Dubai and as in the first two books eventually back to Bangkok. Those that follow Thai politics will know who one of the characters is loosely based upon, only thing missing was his football team. I recommend you read the first two books prior to this as its difficult to understand why Jack is living in HK and down on his luck without that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Whether or not you are familiar with the main protagonist, Jack Shepherd, whether or not you are familiar with the stamping grounds in Thailand, Hong Kong and Dubai, if you like your crime fiction fast and twisting you have to look no further than Jake Needham's great pacy novel. The dialogue is superb, and is sprinkled with some outstanding throwaway lines. The lead-in chapters are a great warm up act as the worldy-wise and at times worldly-weary business lawyer Shepherd makes decisions on his coat tails. The authenticity of the locations and the characters you'll encounter in each city is an uncanny reflection of how it is in so-called real life. It's often said of Needham's books that it's difficult sometimes to discern what's fiction and what's not. That adds all the more spice to the story. Treat yourself and start following this author's output. Magnificent reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Based on reality 25 April 2012
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An exiled Prime Minister, who'd love to get back into power; the current incumbent, a woman from the opposite party; red shirts and yellow shirts, violent demonstrations and a good smattering of corruption in all the high places.

You've heard something like this before, recently? Yes, it's topical: it's what's been happening in Thailand - well except for the exiled PM - and it's not done yet.

This is not fiction; it is how things are here, which lends a great deal of accuracy to A World of Trouble, Needham's latest Asia crime thriller novel. But who can calm things down before civil war breaks out? Enter Jack Shepherd, lawyer and money mover who's hired by the ex PM to ... well that would be telling, wouldn't it.

Needham shuttles you through Dubai, Bangkok via Hong Kong and back again. While you flit from country to country, your suspicions grow. You think you know what's coming, that it's just the Thais squabbling amongst themselves again, and you work out how it will all end up. Then, as you turn the pages faster, impatient for the end, you discover you're wrong.

A nice hook on the last page makes me suspect, and hope, that Jake will be giving us more of Jack.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars right up my street 18 Feb 2014
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I really enjoyed this third book in the Jack Shepherd series, which is written in the third person. This threw me initially, but was soon forgotten as the reader is taken straight into the gripping plot that swings from Dubai to Hong Kong and Thailand. Shepherd is up to his ears in political upheaval and is torn between friends and doing the right thing. A first class read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frighteningly believable 8 Sep 2012
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Being a regular visitor to SE Asia in general and Thailand in particular where my wife and I stay for 5 months each year, the background to Thailand's fairly recent political unrest and the politicians involved, makes some of the characters and the story in "A World of Trouble" very familiar and frighteningly believable. Although it is a great crime novel in its own right, which should appeal to readers unfamiliar with the background and the settings, it is not as far removed from non-fiction as they may think.
Jack Shepherd is a great character and his typical American sardonic sense of humour is always present in whatever scrape he manages to get himself into or, as in this case, others get him into.
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5.0 out of 5 stars VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED 26 July 2012
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Here we go again - being kidnapped once more by Jake Needham for another fast-paced adventure with Jack Shepherd, the guy with the wise-cracking sense of humor. You can't help but shake your head and laugh at how he's always falling into one intrigue or another and still manages to pick himself up unscathed - well, almost always.

A World of Trouble is filled with mystery and suspense from the first page. It's a tough story to put down because it moves you along like a captivating action movie. And, of course, it's filled with beautiful, vivid glimpses of exotic lands that Jake Needham is so adept at capturing for us.

Although A World of Trouble can be read and enjoyed as a standalone, it is the third book in the Jack Shepherd adventure series. For the full-blown Jack Shephert effect, start with The Laundry Man, move on to Killing Plato and end here with A World of Trouble.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jake is 5 star readable
If you've never read any of Jake Needham's work then trust me the characters are well rounded, the settings well described but most of all there is a confidence in the language... Read more
Published 6 months ago by .mcmahon
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Cracking Read
As has been said, it does help if you are aware of the Jack Shephard series but if you are not it doesn't detract from the story at all. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Steve@SPF
5.0 out of 5 stars Needham at his best.
A WORLD OF TROUBLE is the third Jack Shepherd crime novel and in my opinion the best yet. Having lost his teaching job, his reputation and his wife, Jack has once again become a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by A. W. SHAW
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Michael Connelly
Although much hyped by Needham himself as the new Michael Connelly the fact was clear within the first chapter that this he is nowhere near. However it's quite good.
Published 14 months ago by mago
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Author,
Another great read from Jake Needham, when ever I start to read I cannot put it down, I have been known to read all night, and this guy is oh so good an author, love him and all... Read more
Published 19 months ago by poppy55
5.0 out of 5 stars OK, Jake, I read this one, where is your next?
Jake Needham is a guarantee for interesting stories to be read.

So far, I have read all Needham novels and also "A world of trouble" was a winner from the first page to... Read more
Published 22 months ago by ADHamburg
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it too quickly, whens the next one?
The problem with Jakes books is that they are too good and I read them too quick. Looking forward to the next one.
Published 22 months ago by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Thailand in trouble, admit it
This is the third book in Needham's Jack Shepherd series. It follows KILLING PLATO at the end of which Shepherd was fired by the Thai university where he had been teaching for... Read more
Published 22 months ago by far side travel
3.0 out of 5 stars No end
I bought this because of the mention of Jack Reacher - Lee Child's character in one review.

There's not really any comparison. Read more
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