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- ASIN : B07GB16S3P
- Publisher : Harvey Berrick Publishing; 1st edition (November 1, 2018)
- Publication date : November 1, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2803 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 320 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #963,369 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I think what I found most engaging was that despite the fact that a slew of military lingo together with Islamic phrases and words being thrown at me frequently, I very much appreciated Harvey-Berrick's continued intense research in wanting to tell this story in the most accurate way possible. Sure there is a ton to digest and I found myself checking in with the glossary she provides at the end of the book very often, but I used this newfound knowledge to fully entrench myself into this story and in the end, it only made it more compelling and very rich.
I loved the way the story unfolds, with James and Amira as teacher and student and then as hurried lovers who are in the grips of time passing way too quickly. There is so much danger involved and I was in awe at how quickly Amira and Clay learned from one of the best in the business, being able to fit easily among the other 'workers' in the bomb warehouse and wanting to do their jobs and then live to tell all about it.
There is definite fast nature to this book, in spite of the number of pages, and I felt the urgency in order to stop the terrorists before they could unleash bombs upon the world together with the haste in not admitting the deep emotions both James and Amira were feeling when time was not on their side. Their thoughts and feelings like my own were all over the place, with safety at the forefront for all involved, yet grasping at every moment to simply feel with another person, even when it wasn't the most wise thing to do. James and Amira together with Clay form a rare kind of kinship that even the most horrific of events can't sever.
The Author's passion for soldiers and their advanced EOD training is apparent. Her determination to show the whole picture, just how dangerous and how unpredictable this type of career can be is to be applauded. I felt as if I was truly part of the training right along with Amira and Clay and I felt as if I was one of the crew as well.
Written in both Amira and James's POVs, we get the chance to fully understand their whys and the results of each of their decisions to be a part of this extremely dangerous assignment. We also get their frustrated thoughts of the most impossible kind of love and wondering why they would have to find each other now. But thank goodness for the delightful humor that Clay can't but help spout, even during the most dire of circumstances. He is such a bright light and I just adored him for putting Amira at ease and for being there when James needed him most. His fierce loyalty and outstanding bravery gave me pause more than once and I am in awe of the way his easygoing nature became the strength both Amira and James oft-times needed.
As Tick Tock came to a close, my emotions were all tied up in knots, hoping there would be more to their story. And there will be, with Bombshell coming in March 2019. I honestly had no idea that there would be more than one book but I am extremely happy there is a whole lot more to tell. Especially with the way things ended.
Tick Tock is the not the usual kind of love story. I honestly think this story has to be read with an open mind and a bit of patience to successfully wade through all the intricacies the Author delivers with these kinds of military missions. There is a lot to digest. But for me, I was very glad to savor every word and phrase and ultimately knew that all the heartache and pain was more than worth it. And I happily give this remarkable story a solid 5 stars!
Tick Tock is like no other military romance I’ve read. Not only did it exceed my expectations, but its power storyline unbalanced me to the point where I had to sit back and seriously think about what I’d read. However, there were moments the story begged me to turn the pages at lightning-fast speed and when I did, I found myself re-reading passages, chapters, highlighting and making notes. It’s extremely believable, sheds light on the dangers a bomb disposal expert faces day in, day out and the attitude he has towards a profession he’s dedicated his life to and loves. Also, I take my hat off to the author for tackling an issue such as is religion with so much delicacy and consideration for her readers’ feelings. Add love and war to the mix and it’s an angst-ridden novel.
James has a mission and it’s the most complicated one he has ever had to take on. His thoughts regarding it are loud and clear; he’s not happy when he finds out exactly what’s been asked of him. It seems like an impossible task, the clock is ticking and only his expertise can stop a disaster. It’s difficult to imagine what it would be like training two people who have no idea from one end of a bomb to another. But James never loses his cool; he has a job to do and will give it his all. Showing Alan Clayton and Amira the intricacies of explosives not only conveyed to me how high-risk it was for his students but James’ sensitivity and patience towards them I found nothing less than splendid. And I have to say I had no trouble investing in this beautiful man whose soul is so generous, and whose only concern is the safety for those he teaches.
Born to Muslim parents, Amira is an enigma. Used to the ways of the western world, I didn’t question her religion per se, but how she measured her true faith. At times, her inner conflicts confused me. I wondered why she’d agreed to being recruited by an intelligence agency and although a past happening was an influencing factor, I couldn’t quite come to terms with her reasoning regardless of her misery. Emotions run high, giving the story that added bite and throwing my feelings into a real turmoil–especially in one scene where I felt she’d been unfair to James. Hers and James’ relationship is such a complicated one and I’d be fibbing if I didn’t say I wanted to jump into my Kindle to give them both a good talking to; separately, of course! There’s no time or place for lovey-dovey scenes here, nonetheless, these two opposites have chemistry, the action flows at a fast pace and intrigue abounds from all corners of the globe.
It cannot be denied that Harvey-Berrick’s a courageous storyteller. Tick Tock is a very character driven story and you can easily see that she’s done her homework. Facts have been used from her research without prettying results up, the detail essentially setting the story in a stressful environment under harsh conditions. But I’d like to make something clear if you’re having doubts, something I give a lot of importance to. This story is neither racist nor hate-oriented. It is about two brave people striving for their goals. It’ll make you hold your breath and just wait for the ending, it knocked me for six! The secondary character development is spot on. Clay; what a marvellous man so full of life, so lovable. I’d really like you lovers of military romances to give book one in the EOD series a chance. You won’t regret it! Bravo Harvey-Berrick and thank you for the exceptional narration from Amira and James’ viewpoint.
Top reviews from other countries
The aspect of suspense in the environment of military and spooks is brilliantly created. It's thrilling, seems realistic and gets your heart rate going. I thoroughly enjoyed this part of Tick Tock.
The romantic aspect however falls a bit short. I didn't feel the chemistry between James and Amira, the British soldier and the Muslim woman - born in Syria but living in the USA, who both try to help an American organisation working somehow with the CIA seemingly without being a legitimate part of it. James is meant to train Amira and Clay, another soldier from the USA, to infiltrate a terror cell from ISIS, acting in the States and planning a terror attack..
They train together for a few weeks and learn to know each other. James' interest is spiked early but I never felt the same from Amira's side really.
When the suspense kicked in, it was breathtaking. Twists and turns let you enjoy this dangerous ride for Amira and Clay. Bad things happened and as reader you get emotionally vrry much involved but not necessarily with regard to the romantic aspect. Those scenes really let you sit on the edge of your chair or sofa. Amazing!
First I thought the book was lacking the connection and was surprised because the author takes you normally so brilliantly on the emotionally journey of hero and heroine. In the end, especially after realising that the story is to be continued, I came to the conclusion that the way Jane Harvey - Berrick has described this relationship between James and Amira is not lacking at all but deliberately described this way. It seems to be the fundament for future emotional development. I am very much looking forward to see where this all leads to and am sure we will find all the missing emotions, the romance, in the next book.
Tick Tock was definitely worth the read. Exciting, thrilling, intricate.
Jane has not only shown us exactly what it's like to be a Tick Tock man (a bomb disposal expert) but has show us exactly what people go through in the army in general or what it's like living in places while personally believing in a different culture and how truly difficult that must be. Shes taken more than one extremely sensitive issue and written about them with such care detail and attention you can't help but imagine what they are going through while you are reading.
This story gave me so many emotions and made me hold my breath with my heart going crazy in quite a few places... it was a true rollercoaster journey!
The main characters were so good... we have Amira who is putting herself in a new difficult place after a family trauma and
James who is a well trained expert..both complete opposites but they work so well together!
And we have Clay.. what can I say about him! He is amazing courageous funny and overall a person you'd want in your corner.
I can honestly say to everyone to give this book a read and I'm desperate to read book 2 already!
Huge well done Jane for giving us this book as I'm sure it wasn't easy in any way to write this!