July 2, 2009

Review: Jack Wakes Up by Seth Harwood

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Three years ago action movie star Jack Palms was arrested in front of several paparazzi and his movie career tanked leaving his chances for a sequel to Shake ‘Em Down at next to nothing. But that was the wake up call he needed. He divorced his troubled wife, left Hollywood and successfully kicked a serious drug habit. Now all he has to look forward to is his rationed one cigarette per day, a bowl of cereal and working out at the gym.

When one of his old friends, Ralph Anderino, calls upon him for a favor it’s a no-brainer for Jack who’s fending off the creditors and he accepts. Ralph offers him $2,000 to take some Czech businessmen out on the town to use Jack’s celebrity to open VIP doors for the group. The only catch is that Jack also has to be the go between for a drug deal that will get the Czech’s foot in the door to start dealing big time. After a night of partying and drugs Jack amazingly was able to stay clean and he was proud of himself for it. When he goes Ralph’s house the next day to initiate the drug trade he finds Ralph dead.

Partnering up with the Czech businessmen Jack hunts down Ralph’s killer but soon he’s pulled right into the middle of an all out drug war that includes dueling drug lords, a prominent local businessman and both dirty and clean cops.

I sincerely hope that Jack Wakes Up is made into a movie. This was an action packed thrill ride that I didn’t want to end. I could totally see Johnny Depp speeding along in the ’66 Mustang Fastback that Jack drives. The characters were as endearing as thugs and drug dealers can be and I was sincerely rooting for them throughout the book.

Visit author Seth Harwood’s website to listen to the entire book free! I had finished about 2/3 of the book when I found the podcast version and I listened to all but the last few chapters online. It was so much more action packed with music and sound effects. I can't wait for Harwood's next book Young Junius. This is a highly recommended read for all action and crime fiction lovers.


bermudaonion said...

Wow, a 5 star book that you think should be a movie! It sounds fantastic!