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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

#ATBR2019 Review: The Network by L.C. Shaw @LCShawAuthor @harpercollins @jessmapreviews

The Network
by L.C. Shaw

Thank you HarperCollins for these copies! One of the final reviews for All The Book Reviews - Jess and I have been BUSY this year!

Publisher: Harper Collins
Publish Date: December 17, 2019
416 Pages
Series: Jack Logan #1
Genre: Thriller

A pulse-pounding, page-turning thriller involving corruption, secrets, and lies at the very deepest levels of government and media.

Late one night, investigative journalist Jack Logan receives a surprise visit from U.S. Senator Malcolm Phillips at his New York apartment. Disheveled and in a panic, the senator swears that he’s about to be murdered and pleads with Jack to protect his wife Taylor, who happens to be the only woman Jack has ever truly loved.

Days later, Phillips is found dead in a hotel room in Micronesia, the apparent victim of an allergy attack. While the nation mourns, Jack and Taylor race to find the one man who knows the truth. As they’re pursued by unknown assailants, their desperate hunt leads them to the Institute, an immense facility shrouded in mystery that has indoctrinated a generation of America’s political and media power players. Led by the enigmatic Damon Crosse, the Institute has its tentacles everywhere—but Taylor unknowingly holds the secret to the one thing that Crosse needs to carry out his plan.  

Taking readers on a thrill ride from the back halls of Congress to the high-rise offices of Madison Avenue and a remote Greek island, The Network is a provocative, pulse-pounding novel that dares to ask the question: who’s really in charge?

My Review:

So many things with this read! This is pretty action packed - starts off strong and continues without much hiccup.  A U.S. Senator found dead.  His wife's ex sent to protect her because now she's in danger too.  They have a past and are on a course to find someone named Jeremy who can shed some light on everything.  Enter evil man Crosse and the Institute that has its hands in so many parts of this world - trying to dictate it in one certain trajectory.

I was having a ton of fun with this book.  The only real issue I have is the clear line between good and evil when I think there are always shades of gray.  Also I wasn't expecting a bit of faith/religious tones to be brought into this, which kind of put me off since I'm not a particularly religious person... What started with one feel of the story went a bit of a different direction I wasn't quite expecting.  But there also were certain things that seemed standard and you could see where certain parts were coming.  I felt myself nodding as I was checking the thriller boxes. 

There was one scene I did clap for and I hope you know which part that is when you read this book.  I'm so curious where Shaw will take these characters in the next book.  Are the people they are trusting now really trustworthy? Or are they also a part of the master plan?  I'm not convinced on anything except for Beau... because dogs can't be conspirators... right? 


Jessica's Review:

This book is in the subgenre that I absolutely love - political thriller. THE NETWORK by L.C. Shaw is a great example as to why I love this genre. Nonstop action, conspiracies, a secret society that is all-powerful, an investigative journalist, and a Senator's death that is all at the center of it. I'm really happy to see that this is book one in a new series because I can't wait to see where this goes!

An investigative journalist, Jack Logan, has his world turned upside down when a US Senator shows up at his door. Convinced he's going to be murdered and needs to get information to Jack before it's too late. He leaves an envelope and garage remote with instructions to find his wife, Taylor. Of course, Jack and Taylor have a history, just to complicate things. Because, why not? I love it. 

When Jack sees the alert that the Senator is dead all hell breaks loose. He knows he must get to Taylor and keep her safe, which is easier said than done when secrets are involved. The author brings us through two different timelines - Jack and Taylor's current predicament and then another story taking place in 1975. The less said about that the better, but the Institute comes into play!

Overall, a great thriller with plenty of conspiracies and action to keep you pinned to the pages. I can't wait for more in this series and I loved the combination of Jack and Taylor. Having to work together and through their underlying trust issues made for a dynamic team. So many secrets and the right amount of over the top, I would definitely recommend this to political thriller fans!

4 stars

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