Today is my spot in the “The Jinx” Blog Tour and I have a review and excerpt planned for you guys!
Synopsis provided by the publisher:
Disaster strikes and innocents die as police sniper Rick Munro is plagued by a first-call jinx. As his career takes off, he must overcome his rookie mistakes, and keep his team members safe.
When Munro returns to TACT as a newly promoted lieutenant, the jinx torments him still. He must contend with team members’ rival agendas around every turn. Munro finds himself in a battle he can’t escape as corruption and death unfold around him.
Who can he trust? Will Munro break the streak or will it destroy everything he believes in?
Author – Ernest Lancaster
Title – The Jinx
Publisher – Fiery Seas Publishing
Publication date – July 24th, 2018
Pages – 229
Price – 8.04 $
Series – Memphis M.O. #1
Version – ebook *
Genre – Suspense Action
Trigger Warning – Murder, Violence, Conspiracy Theories, Prostitution
Language – English
My Rating – 📖📖📖
I don’t know if you can remember but I took part in the cover reveal of this book a few months ago. And so I was really excited when I got asked if I wanted to take part in the upcoming blog tour. Before starting my review I just want to state that even if I “only” gave it 3 stars I still really enjoyed this book!
# What I liked
First of all, let’st start with a thing that I perceived throughout the whole reading experience. You immediately had a feeling, that the author knew his stuff well. And later on, I found out that the author worked himself as a captain before retiring. Which I find personally very cool! I mean it’s rare that a thriller/crime/suspense/mystery author worked in that field before.
In the What I disliked section you will see, that I had some major problems getting into the story as I honestly didn’t know what the heck was happening but after reading some chapters the story became truly quite interesting. I’m currently watching the TV Show “Designated Survivor“, which became one of my favourite shows after the pilot and some parts of this book reminded me so much of it. Even though there is definitely no Designated Survivor in this book. I was more talking about the conspiracy theories going on in “The Jinx“. And I unquestionably liked that! So that’s a big like which made me root for this novel.
# What I disliked
Unfortunately, I had no connection to the characters. I usually relate to at least one character in the novel but here I had my problems finding a connection.
I did also have my problems getting into the story. We were immediately confronted by a first chapter with action. Don’t get me wrong I definitely like it when a suspense novel is action-packed but when I absolutely don’t know what’s happening I can’t get that easily into the story.
Another thing I didn’t like was that it was way too long! I feel that some parts could have been left out because they were either unnecessary or didn’t help me understand the novel better. It was more the contrary sometimes I felt really confused.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this novel. During some parts, I felt really confused but the plot was really intriguing. Even though I liked it I’m still a bit disappointed I hoped to get more of the intriguing stuff. However, it’s only the first book in a trilogy so I’m a hundred per cent sure that I will get more in the next instalment.
I recommend it to every suspense novel fan with a tendency to conspiracy theories.
# Favourite Character
If I have to choose between all the characters in this book I’d choose Loretta!
EXCERPT: Chapter Twenty-nine
Miller shot Benedict a hard look and then softened. “Dwan, I appreciate the effort you and Greg put forth to make this school happen. Robbie and Rick have made clear to me the sacrifices you make training and putting your lives on hold just to get into shape to lead the school. I’m grateful for your passion for this squad, and I hope I’m worthy of leading it. If these were ordinary times, I’d support grinding it out until the bitter end.”
She gazed back and forth at Dwan and Canto. Both sat tall in their chairs, and neither looked convinced. “But the reason we need to scale back PT is bigger than TACT, and it’s bigger than the recruits. It’s bigger than anyone in this room. You know this team is about to be consumed with guarding presidential candidates, and even the president himself. What you don’t know is that we’ve been advised by outside intelligence agencies that there are unidentified threats set on disrupting the election with violence.”
Munro cocked a brow. Dwan tilted his head. “What kind of threats?”
“That we don’t know.” She leaned forward. “What we do know is they plan to do their dirty work in our backyard. And we’ve got to stop them.”
“Who are they?” Canto asked.
“I just told you more than I’m at liberty to say at this time.” Miller went on. “Just focus on the fact that we need new TACT officers on the streets soon, and we need them healthy, not recovering cripples. This isn’t about TACT tradition; it’s not about what City Hall wants. This is what our country needs.”
Canto shuffled in his seat. Dwan stared out the window.
Miller waited until Dwan returned his attention to her. “You two can’t walk out of here and just go through the motions with an attitude. I need both of you onboard with us. You’re the leaders out there, and I need our people following you in the right direction. Remember, you’re not doing me any favors. This is for your country.” She let her flattery and the appeal to patriotism sink in. “Can I count on you?”
Canto spoke first. “I’ll do what I’m ordered to do, Captain.”
Munro pointed a finger like Bill Clinton. “Hold it. She didn’t just ask you to follow orders. We know you’ll do that. She asked if you’d get onboard with us. Captain Miller came over here with a no-bullshit reputation, and I’ll vouch for everything she just said. We do have intel that needs to be kept quiet, and we’ll inform you with more at the proper time. Just know a definite threat lurks in the shadows that needs to be taken more seriously than any dignitary detail we’ve ever pulled. We need you to get us the personnel to handle it.”
“I’m onboard with you, Captain.” Dwan spoke with a distant coolness. “I’m onboard all the way—but not for my country. I’m onboard because it’s my job. Don’t talk to me about doing anything for my country.” He looked with hollow eyes. “I left more of myself over in Iraq for my country than it can ever give back. But at least I returned with my arms and legs. And I’m still trying to figure out what in the hell it was all about.”
Miller couldn’t have probed a nerve more sharply with a dentist’s pick. “Okay, Dwan. Fair enough. Your motivations are your business. Just get me the people to do our job.”
“You’ll get them,” he said. “Anything else?”
Ernest Lancaster retired from the Memphis Police Department as a captain after serving as a cop for thirty-three years.
In the early seventies Lancaster spent two years walking a night beat in downtown Memphis, when The Peabody and Beale Street lay boarded up and crumbling and the center city became a dystopian ghost town after dark. He patrolled in ward cars, trooped for three days through a sea of pilgrims to Elvis’s funeral, edited the Memphis Police Association’s newspaper and acted as the association’s vice-president. For twenty-six years he held positions on the TACT Squad.
Lancaster now resides with his wife and Yorkie in the Smoky Mountains, where they love to hike and camp.
Have you read “The Jinx” or do you plan on reading this suspense novel? Please let me know in the comments below!
I also want to say thank you to Fiery Seas for including me in this blog tour. It’s always a pleasure to work with them!
* A review copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review!
The information about the book and author as well as the pictures were sent to me by the publisher!