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Girl Jacked (Jack Stratton Detective) Hardcover – August 1, 2013
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- Item Weight : 15.5 ounces
- Hardcover : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1683990234
- ISBN-13 : 978-1683990239
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.56 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Greyson Media Associates (August 1, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,021,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author has got hold of a pretty good character and story, but is rather ragged in the telling. The relationship between Replacement, now a beautiful young woman, and Jack is awkwardly told at best. Overall the book is compelling and lacking at the same time. Hopefully, the author smoothes out the delivery in future books.
do that and so does the description of the book.
I stumbled on this series when the first book in the series, AND THEN SHE
WAS GONE was on an Amazon Promotion and I was placing a book order.
It looked interesting so I added it for something different— from an as yet
unknown author to me.
I enjoyed it so much, when I finished reading it, even though I still had a box of
books to read, I ordered the other 5 books in the series: GIRL JACKED,
JACK KNIFED, JACKS ARE WILD, JACK AND THE GIANT KILLER and DATA JACK.
During the past week or so I’ve re-read AND THEN SHE WAS GONE, following thru
reading each book in order. (It’s not necessary to read in order. Each book is a stand
alone story.) I’ve just finished # 6, DATA JACK. It should be said I have a lot of down
time, which means a lot of time to read.
I’ve found this series to be good enough to add to my list of “favs”—mystery authors
I follow and usually pre-order all their next books, not yet published. He’s joining the
likes of James Patterson, Michael Connelly, Patricia Cornwell, Jeffery Deaver,
Janet Evanovich, Iris Johansen, Ian Rankin and Nora Roberts writing as JD Robb
to name a few. If you enjoy reading their mystery books, you’ll probably enjoy
Christopher Greyson as well.
It should also be said that the editing is good. I think altogether in the six books of
the series published to date, I’ve only found 3-4 errors and they weren’t so egregious
as to detract you from your reading. Some books, supposedly professionally published
by large, well-known publishing houses, might have at least that many in one book.
The characters are well developed and real. I think that’s one of the things I really
like about Greyson. These characters are like “real” people. I can visualize them and
their interactions with one another as if they were people I know. All the dialog isn’t in
full sentences—but then I don’t talk that way either, do you? The stories are diverse
and I’ve found them to be page-turners.
The last time I checked, his newest addition to the series was only available for
pre-order for kindle. I prefer literally, “curling up with a good book”. Today, I see
JACK OF HEARTS is being released tomorrow (8.14.17) for all editions—so I’ve
I highly recommend this entire series to all who enjoy a good, well written mystery.
MBC Rating: Mild+ for mild language
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Girl Jacked is the second novel I have read that features Jack Stratton as the central character, and in many respects it is better than its prequel 'And Then She Was GONE'. Jack is now a police officer but he remains a very troubled soul. In this story we discover, through flashbacks, more about his time in the US Army when he was stationed in Iraq. Now, back in the USA, he is either suffering from a PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) or he has certain personality traits that make him a slightly unpleasant and unstable individual - I prefer to see him as suffering with PTSD! A number of the other characters that feature in the prequel are present in this story, but they are now several years older. As with Jack, many of them have unresolved problems that result in atypical behaviour.
The story opens with Haddie Williams reporting to the police the disappearance of her foster daughter Michelle. Unfortunately as Michelle is an adult, the police do not take Haddie's concerns too seriously, so she calls on Jack, who she had fostered for a while and who knew Michelle, to see if he can help find Michelle. The problem is that if he gets involved in an official capacity then his involvement would create a conflict of interest, so he initially goes about it as surreptitiously as possible.
The plot basically follows Jack's investigation. He is aided and abetted by Alice who goes by the name of 'Replacement' (you have to read the prequel to fully understand why she prefers to use this name rather than Alice). Between them they get into lots of scrapes and one has to suspend belief about the amazing healing & recuperative powers of their bodies! The story is a little slow and tedious at first but I was flying through the pages by the 75% mark as the action by this point comes thick and fast. In fact many of the 'action' scenes are described so well, they are quite easy to visualise. As I mentioned earlier, there are quite a number of characters in the story to keep track of, something which I found a little challenging.
So, if you enjoy your crime fiction to contain lots of action, a flawed and seemingly indestructible hero and a hint of romance, then this novel may well appeal ... and to fully enjoy it you will also need to suspend belief and remember it is a work of fiction!
The main thing bothering me was the name of the girl helping him to look for his foster sister....Replacement. I got to 30% and they'd not started using her real name and it bothered me a lot each time it was mentioned. It is disrespectful and a bit dumb, to be honest.
There were some odd parts I happened across, too. At one point he tells Replacement he didn't remember her but we'd already established a few pages back that he did. The same occurred with her telling Jack that Michelle had a full scholarship. This had already been related to him a few pages before ! I didn't know who Jimmy Olson was so looked on Google and it should be Olsen. He lost me here-"He figured that after the Army, he'd be a cop for two years while he finished active duty". I don't understand this at all.
There was way too much grabbing of heads when we met Marisa, enflamed should be inflamed and it got pretty tiresome that Replacement was always coming out of the bathroom !! I gave up when Jack was having what he refers to as one of his "blended memories" as I was finding those a little confusing too at times as he just launched into them while being in the here and now....
Unfortunately, I just wasn't enjoying it in the end.
Chandler and Michelle. He and Chandler go on to be soldiers in Iraq where Chandler
is killed. Jack can't get over this enough to visit the foster home and Michelle.
Now another foster "sister" (about 19) turns up to ask Jack to find Michelle, who has gone missing.
The girl was nicknamed Replacement (stupid name!) which Jack used, at her request, throughout the
book. Replacement really annoyed me as a lot of the time she acted like a petulant 12 year old - shouting,
sulking, throwing tantrums, putting her foot in it, etc. Then there were the countless showers at Jack's apartment
with either him or her being surprised naked or in a towel.
I found it a bit slow in places while he tried to trace Michelle's last movements. It did speed up towards the
end when Jack and the "baddies" encounter each other, but I was pleased this was a free book and I will not
be reading any more in the series. I see many others loved it though, so maybe it is me!