Push Back

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Pub Date 12 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 12 Nov 2021

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They framed him. Tried to kill him. They were his fellow Police officers. But this time he will get revenge. This time he will Push Back.
Framed for the murder of two officers, retired police detective and ex-US Ranger Dean Riley finds himself fighting a one-man war to save everything he holds dear.
In a race against time, Riley must call on all his skills, training and determination to clear his name. Finding himself pitched against those he once trusted as colleagues, he uncovers a conspiracy of lies and corruption that threatens to overwhelm everyone in its path.
Can Riley stay alive long enough to prove his innocence?
Is there anyone left he can trust?
If you love action-packed thrillers in the vein of Jack Reacher and Jason Bourne, then you’ll love Push Back – a high octane read that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

They framed him. Tried to kill him. They were his fellow Police officers. But this time he will get revenge. This time he will Push Back.
Framed for the murder of two officers, retired police...

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Former Ranger, retired cop protagonist gets set up for kidnapping and multiple murders by organized crime and crooked cops. It’s been done before, but seldom this well. Anxiously looking forward to the sequel.

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I thought this book got off to a great start with the opening chapter and it just got better the more I read. I really liked the main character who is set up for the kidnapping of his nephew through an organised crime group and corrupt police officers. This doesn’t deter him from trying to locate his nephew and bring him home. Gosh, this was a very fast paced and thrilling book to read. It was full of action, tension and suspense and contained a lot of violent scenes. I think the author has created a character here who you just want to root for, even when everything is against him. The book is well written and engaging, and I liked the authors writing style. I read this in just over a day and thoroughly enjoyed it, and think this is a very promising start to a new series and I look forward to reading the next book to see how the main character develops.

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When I was younger and reading everything I could get my hands on, one summer I ran across the Mack Bolan Executioner series. Never read them in order, and never again after that summer,but boy, those were fun books.

Push Back reminds me of those books,but in a good way. It's more cerebral than "guy goes out to inflict maximum damage on thugs who wronged his family" but at its heart, it is exactly that.

The book opens with a bang - literally. Dean Riley, former Ranger, ex-cop, is on his knees in his own home when someone uses his gun to murder two cops. He may not be as young as he used to be, but Riley manages to get the upper hand on the murderer and make his escape.

We then go back in time just a wee bit, with Riley's nephew asking to meet him at a park. They'll hang out, fish, have a couple of beers, talk. But when Riley arrives, his nephew's car is there, but he is not - snatched by parties unknown, and Riley decides he'll get his nephew back no matter what it takes.

What it takes is a ton of driving around, beating up three punks who want to rob him, taking peoples' cars, sneaking back into his own house - a murder scene - to get a few things, and trying not only to outwit a large crew of corrupt cops, but to figure out what is going on with those corrupt cops.

He figures out part of it right away: they need a fall guy for the disappearance of the nephew, who is being held for a very specific purpose. How to unravel that plays out as Riley makes his way through various bent cops, beating up the people who need it (but not outright killing people unless it's in defense), and slowly pulling out the thread to get the entire story.

There are a few UK Englishisms in the book, but they're barely noticeable thanks to the fast pacing of the story.

One of the good things is that he is not some superhero cop who takes a bunch of beatings and bullets but shows no sign of it at all: he does get shot, he gets into fights, and by the end is about as worn down as someone can be without being dead. I suppose that's a minor spoiler, but come on: there was no doubt Mack Bolan or James Bond would live to fight another day, and there's no doubt here. There are just degrees of injuries to get past before the next fight. By the ending of this one, there seems to be a sequel planned, and I'll be happy to read that whenever it arrives.

Four and a half stars rounded up to five because Dean Riley seems like a righteous dude and isn't portrayed as Superman.

Thanks to Burning Chair LTD and NetGalley for the reading copy.

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If you like the chiselled individual hero taking on the world scenario, then Push Back by James Marx is worth the read. This new thriller with plenty of action, introduces Dean Riley, an ex-US Ranger and retired police detective. A simple telephone call from his nephew wanting to catch up for a chat sets off a series of events, that danger and combat require all of Dean’s skill set. Family is a given and protecting them at whatever the cost, the only motivation when he is framed for murder. A riveting read with an exciting new hero, a four-star rating and promises of more adventures to come. With thanks to Burning Chair Ltd and the author, for an uncorrected advanced review copy for review purposes. As always, the opinions herein are totally my own and are made without fear or favour.

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