Monday Book Review: The Good Soldier


The Good Soldier: Jack Noble Early Years Bundle (Noble Beginnings & A Deadly Distance)

Book Description [my review below]

March 15, 2014
From USA Today Bestselling Author L.T. Ryan – Available for a limited time at an amazing price – two fast-paced Jack Noble thrillers!
NOBLE BEGINNINGS (JACK NOBLE #1) – Over 300 5-Star Reviews!
In March of 2002, while the eyes of the world focused on Afghanistan, Jack Noble finds himself on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq. A Marine in name only, Jack is on-loan to the CIA. Normally an integral part of the team, he finds that he is nothing more than a security detail in Iraq.
Jack and his partner Bear have a run-in with four CIA special agents over the treatment of an Iraqi family. Within hours Jack and Bear are detained.
All Jack wanted was to finish his enlistment and move on with his life. All he did was intervene and save a family from unwarranted violence at the hands of four CIA agents. But he soon discovers that he did far more than intervene. He has placed himself dead square in the middle of a conspiracy that reaches the highest levels of the U.S. government.
This Jack Noble political thriller is not for the faint of heart!
A DEADLY DISTANCE (JACK NOBLE #2) – Over 180 5-Star Reviews!

Washington, D.C. Midday. A man waits at a bus stop, his intentions unknown. Two government operatives have been stalking him for days, waiting for him to make his move. Unexpectedly, the man takes off running and heads for a deserted warehouse.
Jack Noble and his partner, Frank Skinner, believe the man to be part of a terrorist organization that is involved in smuggling drugs and guns and men into the country. But it turns out their plan involves far more export than import, and hits a lot closer to home.
As the case in this explosive action thriller unfolds, the man behind it all reaches out to Jack with a simple message… 37 hours.

My Review

This package of two books was offered free on the Amazon App store.

My first impressions upon finishing these first two books in the Good Soldier series is two-fold: One, the author, L.T. Ryan, knows how to write; Two, they are filled with what I call “OTTT”, which is, Over The Top Testosterone.

I’m sure out in the world, there are men like Jack and Rile (Bear), both over six feet tall and hundreds of pounds of “pure muscle” that take on crowds of criminals with uzis, knives and bombs and emerge without as much as a scratch to show for their effort.  They casually wipe their dirty brows, grunt a sound of accomplishment and swagger off to the next saviour enterprise.

While reading such exploits of super-human He-Men, they in no way reflect actual reality as is known in the real world. The non-stop action where no one is tired after fleeing one unrealistic expectation after another is enjoyable to read, I wish Ryan would have added some measure of reality-such as even stating how tired tired they are, how they want a shower or why they seemingly have unlimited resources available whenever they want or need.

The prison scenes are escapist fantasy for readers.  Who wouldn’t like beating more powerful cellmates or getting one over on the guards, but hey, this is Jack and Bear! Beating up men twice their 6′ 250 pound sizes (approx) and having moles everywhere to help at the drop of a hat.

Don’t get me wrong, the books were both a good read to escape reality, read about super-he-men doing fast and furious feats beating the bad guys. Ryan knows how to draw the reader in, there weren’t any slow scenes, he kept the descriptive landscapes to what was only required (what some writers have an overflow of exposition that you glaze over). This is more action-adventure than mystery or thriller, to be sure, but still enjoyable.

I would give 3 1/2 stars.

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