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War Games (A Glen Savage mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Jackson
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Book Description

Falkland’s War veteran Glen Savage came out of the army with two skills. He knew how to kill and he knew how to survive. Fortunately, he also had a special gift that’s provided him with a living ever since. Savage is a psychic, the cops’ last resort when all the other last resorts have struck out: the man they turn to when they have a murder, but no body.

But not everybody believes in the Savage myth, and just lately the gift is looking more like a curse. Glen is forced to take any job that comes along just to make ends meet.

An Asian girl vanishes. Has she been kidnapped, as her father claims, or is she running away from an arranged marriage? A Pakistani boy is snatched from a Glasgow street and turns up dead in the ruins of a Borders castle. As he tries to track down Gurya Ali, Glen gradually realises the two events are linked, and when the body count begins to rise he knows he’s involved in a desperate race against time to save her life.

It quickly becomes clear the killer knows more about Glen Savage, than Savage does about the killer, and as he's drawn into a web of intrigue dating back centuries, Glen has is increasingly certain his opponent is playing games with him. War Games.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1645 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KRDY7F4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Douglas Jackson is the author of the successful historical novels Caligula and Claudius and my next book Hero of Rome, the first of a new trilogy, will be published in July 2010. I was born in Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders in the summer of 1956. Educated at Parkside Primary School and Jedburgh Grammar School, I left three weeks before my 16th birthday with six O levels and no idea what I was going to do with the rest of my life. Luckily, a friend worked in the local employment office and got me a place on a Youth Opportunities Scheme. It turned out to be restoring a Roman marching camp at Pennymuir in the Cheviot Hills and I had a wonderful summer turning turf and dreaming of Romans. Later I joined my local paper and for the next 36 years worked in local and national newspapers in Scotland, including the Daily Record and the Scotsman. I left the Scotsman after nine years as assistant editor in the summer of 2009 to become a full-time writer.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A storming entry into the genre 5 Aug. 2014
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This was the pick of my summer reads. Easily.

I've read Mr Jackson's very enjoyable historical fiction, and I'd have been very chuffed with more storytelling of the same standard. But with this tale of a psychic detective set in the gritty modern world of central and borders Scotland, he has somewhat rocketed rather than stepped into the genre. The writing is first class, with dry wit, pithy action, poignant moments and a small dose of cheese (every tale in this genre has to have a wee bit).

I had wondered at the outset if the author's background in historical fiction might be detrimental to this tale, especially when the story takes us to a few historical sites around Scotland - Trimontium, Bannockburn, Melrose Abbey and Castle Douglas amongst others. But this is handled deftly, and the historical locations become clear assets, integral to the story and particularly atmospheric thanks to some excellent descriptive.

In places, 'War Games' reminded me strongly of the late, great Iain Banks, and I don't think there's a bigger compliment that that.

To sign off, here's a line from the tale that I had to jot down enviously:

"But there are some places where we are always profoundly alone. The human head contains its own torture chamber; a hidden room where the weak and the ruined retreat to seek martyrdom at the hands of their cruellest inquisitor - themselves..."

Awesome! Is there anybody on this planet who cannot identify with that?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing crime thriller 8 Aug. 2014
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Glen Savage isn’t any ordinary man. For one, he’s a war hero. A veteran of the Falklands War, he’s trained in how to kill and how to survive. He’s come through some harrowing events that now haunt his civilian life. But he’s more than that, he’s unique. For Savage was born with a gift, one he still struggles to live with, even as he’s come to understand it. He’s a psychic, able to reach the dead. Savage has always tried to use his gift for good and made a living of sorts from it after leaving the army and moving back to Scotland. He’s the man the police turn to when all other avenues to find murderers have failed. But it’s a last resort. Savage has many sceptics, and it seems only his ill wife believes in him any more.

When an Asian teenager called Gurya Ali vanishes, her father Assad turns to Savage. Assad is a self-made man of considerable means and he’s prepared to pay anything to get his girl back. The police won’t help, believing she’s run away. Savage tends to agree, but he needs the money. His wife has MS and dealing with the disease has scoured their bank account so he takes the case. He quickly finds that Assad is not quite all he seems. He had previously lined Gurya up for an arranged marriage, which she rebelled against.

Then the body of a teenage boy turns up. It seems unconnected, but Savage thinks there’s more to the case than meets the eye. He begins to dig and makes a link to previous deaths. Tiny lead soldiers have been left behind at each crime scene and the killer has taken a trophy from each body, a trophy that has a significant meaning. But he can’t go to the police, who remain sceptical of Savage and his powers. So he goes it alone, using all of his skills to track down the murderer and save Gurya.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Gem that needs a little more polish 17 July 2014
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When a author moves to another genre I try to read it as if I have not read the author before and judge it as a first timer. I was not sure if I was completely happy about a psychic Sam Spade but that soon disappeared as Glen Savage had me totally involved in the hunt for the missing daughter of a Asian business man and the murder of three others. There is a nice mix of crime and historical ,as the pace hots up in the chase to find the missing girl, add in a tour of Scotland's Borders, with it history and Majestic Abbey's and you have the beginning 's of a very good crime series. War Games for me ticks most of the boxes that I look for in a first time author, 1. I like the main character 2. The support character's added to the story 3. Great research and feeling for the genre 4. I want more of Glen Savage and will buy the next outing as I feel there is a lot more to come from our new gumshoe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff! 7 Jun. 2014
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This is what you would expect from Douglas Jackson and James Douglas combined. A history lesson, a geography lesson and a modern day crime to solve. A very well written story by a master story teller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read 5 Jun. 2014
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I had the privilege of getting an advance copy of this book by email whilst struck down with malaria in Ghana at Christmas time. I started reading it as soon as it arrived and couldn't put it down! An added bonus (for me) is that some of the story is set in and around my native Jedburgh and it was weird being able to picture where everything was happening. I would thoroughly recommend this book and all Doug's other books whether his Roman ones or the Jamie Saintclair series by his other name, James Douglas
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining crime novel 12 Aug. 2014
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A rather good value kindle book from an author more well known for his excellent stories set in Roman times. But this is a crime novel, featuring an ex Falklands veteran with some psychic abilities.. Glen Savage is brought in to locate a missing Asian girl but finds out there might be a link to a spate of deaths.

It kicks along nicely, the psychic bit is not overplayed and Savage is an interesting character with a good backstory. You can also tell the author’s love of both Scotland and history which again add dimension to the story. I enjoyed this and would be happy to pick up another book about Mr Savage.
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