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False Allegiance
by Nick Thacker
First Lines

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This is a meme for all you ‘First Page Browsers‘

Cover image of the book 'False Allegiance' by author Nick Thacker





“Do me a favor, son,” the gruff voice on the other end of the line said.

“What’s that?”

“Don’t ever call me again.”

The conversation had already been nearing completion, but Jake Parker made things official by smashing the end button to disconnect the call. He then slammed the phone facedown into the top of the epoxy-covered wooden bar top.

“Careful, son,” the bartender said. “Don’t want to scratch my fancy new bar.”

Jake gave him a look through one squinting eye and considered telling the older man not to ever call him son, but decided instead to let it go. Crockett was playing with him, and he felt no need to rile him up.

“You and I both know this bar top ain’t getting scratched anytime soon, Crockett,” Jake said. “I should know, you had me slaving in here all night to make sure the epoxy wasn’t going to crack.”

The barman shrugged and continued the circular motion over the same spot on the top of the bar that he’d been wiping for the past five minutes. Jake was confident that whatever dirt had been in the white rag before had now successfully buffed onto the surface of the counter.

At this point, the bar – officially unnamed for years until Jake told Crockett to just call it The Bar – was Jake’s bar as much as it was Crockett’s. Sure, the older man owned the building and paid the property taxes and utility bill, but Jake had put his blood, sweat, and tears into fixing it up and keeping it nice inside. It had never been a looker, so Jake had recently undertaken a total interior renovation that he had – for some stupid reason – talked Crockett into taking on…

Cover image of the book 'False Allegiance' by author Nick Thacker

So, you have taken a sneak peek, would you read the book?

Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Just to give you an extra helping hand, here is the book’s premise …

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FALSE ALLEGIANCE – (Jake Parker #3)

Cover image of the book 'False Allegiance' by author Nick ThackerSomeone wants Jake Parker dead. He’ll find out why, or die trying…

Ex-army, ex-police, widowed husband, estranged son. Jake Parker has no family, no one to care if one of the government-contract jobs he takes goes wrong. So he’s shocked to get a phone call from his father as he’s pursuing an anomaly from his latest mission. But his dad isn’t calling for a chat, he’s issuing a warning: stop digging around, let this job go.

Jake barely has time to register the news that his father has been keeping tabs on him before a bomb tears apart his apartment, and he barely escapes with his life. Now he’s injured, on the run, and determined to find out who wants to silence him, and why.

The more he digs, the more drastic the attempts on his life become, but Jake won’t be beaten at this game. When he gets hold of one of the thugs trying to take him out, Jake learns that he’s treading on the toes of an illicit arms deal and now he may be the only person who can stop a cargo of weapons getting into the hands of international terrorists. Terrorists with their eyes on the US and who seem to have a hold on his father.

Now Jake has to make the ultimate choice: allegiance to his family, or to his country…? He can only save one.

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There are always plenty of new authors and titles to be discovered and you never know where that next ‘must read’ is going to come from!

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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