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Light It Up

By: Nick Petrie
Narrated by: Stephen Mendel
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Publisher's Summary

"Lots of characters get compared to my own Jack Reacher, but Petrie's Peter Ash is the real deal." (Lee Child)

In the newest action-packed thriller starring war veteran Peter Ash, a well-planned and flawlessly executed hijacking reveals the hidden dangers of Colorado's mellowest business, but Ash may find there's more to this crime than meets the eye.

Combat veteran Peter Ash leaves a simple life rebuilding hiking trails in Oregon to help his good friend Henry Nygaard, whose daughter runs a Denver security company that protects cash-rich cannabis entrepreneurs from modern-day highwaymen. Henry's son-in-law and the company's operations manager were carrying a large sum of client money when their vehicle vanished without a trace, leaving Henry's daughter and her company vulnerable.

Then, when Peter is riding shotgun on another cash run, the cargo he's guarding comes under attack from hijackers and he narrowly escapes with his life. As the incidents mount, he has to wonder: for criminals as sophisticated as these, is this money really worth the risk? And if not, what about his cargo is worth more?

©2018 Nick Petrie (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Propulsive...Petrie is a master of orchestrating convincing mayhem.” (Publishers Weekly)

"Like Robert Parker’s Spenser, Ash is a self-contained, unstoppable force with very useful friends. Vividly troubled yet likable, he intrigues the reader even while managing to save a little part of his world - again. The action in this third outing is nonstop; the drug scene is timely; the characters, including the villains, are deftly drawn, and the tension keeps rising." (Library Journal)

“Gun battles, harrowing high-speed escapes and lethal hand-to-hand fights...Petrie colors in more of the portrait of his troubled hero, including his darkest moment in the Middle East. Ash's posse is coalescing, too, including June, the savvy reporter he fell for in Burning Bright, and Lewis, the smooth but equally lethal compadre whose friendship with Ash has a Spenser-Hawk vibe.... Light It Up extends a quality action series with plenty of room ahead both for new adventures and character development.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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Just OK

As I said in the headline, just OK. Semi believable characters. Moderately entertaining. If you are a Peter Ash fan then go ahead and buy the book.

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Too much foul language

Too much unnecessary foul language. Why? Otherwise a good story. The reader did a good job.

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Series going down hill (like the opening scene)

First two books were okay, have to cut the author some slack since it's a new series. But the unnecessary and unrealistic scenes do nothing but generate eye rolls and make you consider getting a refund for the credit you spent. That gurney ride down a steep mountain road was idiotic. How did the author expect that would be possible? And then there's the kidnap scene at the airport. Seriously, you're at Denver International Airport and the only cars exiting the airport are the 3 involved in the kidnapping?

I get it, this is a fictional story, but making these scenes unrealistic doesn't make the story exciting, it makes it stupid.

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Ridiculous Escape Sequence

What would have made Light It Up better?

More realistic action sequences, the escape near the beginning of the book was ridiculous.

Has Light It Up turned you off from other books in this genre?

It has turned me off from the Nick Petrie novels.

What didn’t you like about Stephen Mendel’s performance?

It was just OK, but he had bad material to work with.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Light It Up?

See above.

Any additional comments?

I was unable to finish this book, it was almost cartoonish in it's sequences.

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Series Keeps Getting Better

I have seen several reviews that compare Ash, the main character, to Jack Reacher. I don't really see the similarities other than they both are former military and travel the United States. However, their characters are very different and they are driven by different motives. I like Ash; the author has done a great job of slowly exposing the human side of him. He wants and needs his close friend and lover involved in his life. The Jack Reacher series focus is more on how he solves issues. Although both provide plenty of action for the adrenaline junkie. This was the best book in the series so far and I look forward to the next.

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Great Story/Raunchy Language

I love the storyline and the characters but the language is raunchy at times which takes away from the experience for me. it does place you in the mind of Jack Reacher with a potty mouth.

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Awesome

I loved every minute of it. Peter Ash is a great character. Great dialog too.

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more of the same quality Peter Ash!

I thoughtbthst the book overall was another good story about the saga of Peter Ash and his struggles after war. I think the ending was too drawn out however. it took two hours to get to what everyone knew was going to happen. Hopefully the next novel shortens up the climax ending a bit. Still a good story. I like how Nick has bounced around the country. Can't wait to read about the next town!

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Exhilarating

Book three of the "Peter Ash" series takes you on a wild ride. This series is addictive as I have already finished the first six novels and awaiting the seventh. Peter Ash is a character that is easy to relate to in many ways as he is not perfect but tries his best to help others in danger. He has been through traumatic war times, which has left him with some bad PTSD, but he is working on that and trying to be a decent person. I enjoy all of the characters that author Nick Petrie brings to life in this series. Stephen Mendel continues his excellent narration.

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Nick Petrie does it again - an excellent book!

I’ve listen to several books in the series
“The Drifter”.
“Light it Up” is definitely the best book I have listened to so far! Im off to the next book.
Good job Mr. Petrie, don’t stop you are on a good run.