- File Size: 1009 KB
- Print Length: 300 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Self Publishing as SGC Publishing (July 17, 2011)
- Publication Date: July 17, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005D7JNCQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,080 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
THE VIOLIN MAN'S LEGACY (Jack Calder Crime Series #1) Kindle Edition
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Our primary hero, Jack Calder, is a former SAS commando who is now working for a civilian security firm. We hear about the demons from his past, from having lost his father as a young boy. I didn't think this issue seemed to add much to the story other than adding a human element to the character.
His boss sends him to Holland to investigate the two robberies and what follows is a straight-forward crime procedural. The thriller part, to my eyes, comes in to play when they start dispensing their own justice.
This book is very readable and is essentially a logical see-problem, ask-questions, get-all-the-answers tale. It contains a lot of dialog and exposition related to all the characters congratulating themselves and each other over their pasts, their willingness to help each other, overlooking the law ... just about everything, which bordered on extreme.
I attempted to read this book several months ago, but the copy I got from Amazon was right-justified and impossible to read. I recently deleted that one and downloaded another copy which had no such issue. It did change font and format at the 40% mark, but nothing that threw me out of the story.
I went back-and-forth over whether this is a 3 (average) or 4 (good) rating and decided it is a 3.5. The writing is good, but the story itself (for me) was a little lacking.
I read the Kindle Edition (SGC Publishing, July 2011, 247p) which I downloaded for free during a promotion.
The main characters are solitary individuals, often with a personal tragedy in their baggage. This is a very shady world, where instant decisions are made about who dies and how, leaving no time for agonising over the whys and the wherefors. Morally, it's all very easy, with few attacks of remorse afterwards. Bodies are left for the bin men to collect, and the killers of friends are tracked down remorselessly, just on the margins of legality, but with the connivance of the police.
I found myself turning the pages, hoping the characters on the `good' side would not get hurt, and hoping the `bad' guys would get what was coming to them. The action jets around the world, with some nice descriptions, that range from Jack's poverty-stricken childhood in Glasgow, to the exotic brilliance of Hong Kong. The ends are all tied up in a believable way, leaving the reader with a couple of South American vignettes that stick in the mind long after the story ends. This isn't a novel that seeks to deliver moral judgements. It's about camaraderie and friendship. Recommended to anyone who enjoys thrillers with the emphasis on people rather than politics or espionage.
The Violin Man's Legacy:
Fast paced action that grabs you from the very first page mingles with spicy yet tasteful touches of steam to unwrinkle the investigative insights into the corporate world of security.
Travel around the world......
across Europe, to Hong Kong and South America as this arresting plot plays out.
No loose ends here readers and the 'legacy' will warm your heart with its honesty.
The characters are well built and sturdy enough to bring the reader back for a second read and a sequel or two!
Gallacher, tell us.... is there a sequel in the works?
This was a well-written, well-planned, well-paced, well executed plot from page 1. Not too perfectly tied up with ribbons like some of the 007 stories... this remained believable to a reader of the genre. Some authors put more depth into each main character, and I enjoy that when it's well done - but hate it when it overshadows the plot... so, Seumas didn't take us too deeply into our Captain Jack or his best friends, but deeply enough to bring us to care about them, and keep the spy aspect of the plot jogging right along! While fast-paced and exciting, it isn't filled with death-defying acts left and right that the main guy keeps surviving against all odds...those are silly. These are well-thought-out crimes and detective followups, with a believable element of danger. The dialogue is rarely over-done, coming across as natural, and in telling just the right amount of information.
I also love to travel - in reality and in my mind - so the many exciting locales of this book were a major enjoyment as well. It held my interest and kept me thinking - I didn't do a "well this is the secret bad guy" thing I can sometimes do - & don't enjoy - I want to be kept wondering if my hunches are right until the end. There were a couple of surprises along the way and I'm always glad of those. I will definitely be checking out if the rest of the series is as good as this one. This one was a highly enjoyable read and has the next in the series almost in my Cart as I write this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Yeah, the plot is a bit predictable. But getting there is the real fun, and The Violin Man's Legacy is a good read that moves right along. Mr. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sue Barrett
An excellent, fast paced spy novel with good character development. This well-written book kept me entertained throughout. Will definitely read more of this author!Published 3 months ago by P. Wight
former SAS commando::: keep you from the first pages alert investigation the corporate world of security . Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
A believable plot, solid characters, a page turner, what else would you ask for in a good book, I will be purchasing
Seumas other three books.
This is a well written book with a great early hook. From its strong start it continued to be a page turner. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Robyn Cain
I gave this book a 4, instead of a 5, because it took me a bit to get into the story. However, after that the story line was interesting and kept me going. Read morePublished 11 months ago by arthriticmama
The is the first novel in a series featuring Jack Calder, Scottish ex-SAS soldier and hard man. Calder, born in a tough, working class region of Glasgow, is now using his Special... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Anthony Mcmanus
Fast paced thriller that grabs you on page one! I felt the trauma experienced by Jack as a child! The story was interesting and I was captured seeing how they figured out the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Cindy J. Smith
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