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Czechmate: A Jack Palms Novel - Book 3 Paperback – 22 Feb 2012


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Product details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: CrimeWAV books (22 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615598994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615598994
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.8 x 21.6 cm

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x120cd60c) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f64a5ac) out of 5 stars Palms... 21 Nov. 2011
By Cameron - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Jack Palms returns in Czechmate, and it's worth the wait. I gotta say, this is a fitting way to round out the story as the third book in the series. Jack Wakes Up is extremely strong, and (though I love Seth's work and buy it whenever I can) This Is Life is a little slower. Czechmate is a hard-punching notch back up on the roller coaster of Jack Palms stories and gets into some pretty graphic and disturbing imagery as Jack is pitted against some pretty dark forces.

Like I said, strong close, and I hope someday soon we can hear what Jack did on the road between Jack Wakes Up and This Is Life, because more time spent with the Czechs means more craziness.

Personally, I listened to all three Jack Palms novels on Seth's podcast (as well as Triad Death Match), then I came back to buy the Kindle versions when they came out just to see if there's anything different.

Download. Read. Enjoy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f64c2c4) out of 5 stars Out of the fire... 16 Nov. 2011
By Heyes - Published on Amazon.com
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Bringing to a bloody close the story he started with with "Jack Palm: This is Life", Seth explores the seedy and cruel world of human trafficking and sex slavery in San Francisco. This is not a crime book for the feint of heart, and as the movie titles says "There Will Be Blood." Jack can't seem to find a break in this one, he's got the police, the FBI, and some really evil former KGB agents all turning their very big guns on him in this one. Written in that first person style of Jack Palms, you never know who's going to survive and who's going to end up with a fifty caliber bullet wound in their head.
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HASH(0x9f76e18c) out of 5 stars Climatic Wrapup 19 Nov. 2011
By Stu C. - Published on Amazon.com
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Jack wakes up in the hospital continuing the saga started in This Is Life. His Czech pals team with Jack, Officer Shaw (a veiled reincarnation of Junius Ponds?) and agent Jane Gannon to bring down the evil villain and shutdown the sex slavery operation that has been spewing dead teenage girls all over SanFrancisco. Fast paced non-stop action and gruesome violence pepper this exciting climatic wrapup to another SanFrancisco based Jack Palms present tense crime thriller.
HASH(0x9f76e24c) out of 5 stars Jack Palms 2 part 2! 22 Aug. 2013
By John M. Vizcarra - Published on Amazon.com
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Czechmate, or Jack Palms 3, continues where This is Life left off. I've seen on Amazon that apparently this 3rd installment is now included in the printed version of This is Life, and that makes sense. It really does feel like a more complete conclusion to the second story moreso than a standalone third story.

For the first time, we get the hectic world of Jack Palms from other perspectives. In the first two books, all the action and narration centers around Jack. We don't really get to see what other people are doing until they connect again with Jack and update us. In Czechmate, we finally see some other perspecties: Walnut Creek Police Officer Shaw & The Czech Quiet Storm Nicky. Although the narrative shift struck me, it quickly felt natural.

In the hospital after being shot at the end of Book Two, Jack Palms quickly finds himself identified as Public Enemy #1, with warrants out for his arrest. He goes to ground with Officer Shaw, and they join forces with the newly returned Czechs, with a bit of an assist from FBI Agent Jane Gannon. The intrepid group takes it upon themselves to straighten out the ex-KGB Sociopath that is trying to take over San Francisco.

Some old characters return, and our beleaguered hero Jack fights the good fight with his arm in a sling, upping his bad-assitude to the level of his film persona Al Haggerty.
HASH(0x9f66c228) out of 5 stars Jack Palms gets down and dirty like never before 24 Dec. 2011
By Edward G. Talbot - Thriller author - Published on Amazon.com
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In Jack Wakes Up, Jack Palms emerged as a character caught up in a web of violence but still trying to maintain some semblance of distance. In This is Life, Jack has to let go some and accept how dirty things are gonna get. Czechmate takes things to a whole new level. Jack doesn't just participate, he takes the lead, figuring that in an unavoidable confrontation, the best defense is a good offense.

Crafted with Harwood's masterful prose, Czechmate reminds the reader that in the world of girls, guns, and drugs, no one escapes unchanged. The heady days of the first book seem like another world, one where the possibility of considering anything other than survival still existed. And Jack Palms finds out just how far he is willing to go.
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