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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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    • Hi Angie,

      I have read all three books in this latest series by Nick Thacker, although he is such a prolific writer that I stand no chance of ever being able to catch up with any of his previous series!

      The character he has created for this series, Jake Parker, is brilliant and the action relentless and non-stop. These books should definitely be optioned for television or film!

      Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you have a great weekend 🙂

    • Hi Anne,

      This has been a great series so far, and Jake is a good all-action hero. I have also seen his softer side in the two previous stories, but in this adventure he really ups the ante and has to make a terrible decision!

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your support. Happy Reading 🙂

    • Hi Lorraine,

      If you want to know what happened between Jake and his father, you really do need to read the book – even I had a ‘WHAT!’ moment, and then when I sat and thought about it, I wondered if everything was quite as it had appeared to be, but I won’t know for sure until the next book comes out!

      Thanks for visiting, I hope that all is well with you and that you enjoy your weekend 🙂

  • I’m not very sure about this passage. The blurb sounds interesting though, so I might be tempted in the end.
    Have a lovely weekend xx

    • Hi Anca,

      The very first few lines of the conversation Jake has with his dad, grabbed my attention. The next part you really need to remember, as it is helping to set the scene for the coming action sequence, but I just didn’t want to make the passage too long, as that is not in the spirit of the meme and I already push the boundaries quite a bit!

      This has been a great series so far and I just hope that author Nick Thacker, doesn’t decide to bring it to a close anytime soon!

      Have a good weekend 🙂

    • Hi Roberta,

      Jake Parker is definitely an ‘all-action hero’ and his missions are always filled with danger.

      When it comes to the country or family choice, you need to remember the conversation he has with his father, right back in those first couple of lines. Although even that doesn’t really prepare you for the enormity of what actually happens!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I really appreciate your support 🙂

  • This sounds like a gritty thriller. Jake Parker sounds like an interesting character and I think the tension between him and his father will add more to the storyline. Enjoy this one!

    • Hi Naida,

      This is a really good series and would be good adapted for either television or film!

      Jake Parker is a very complex and intriguing individual. He is definitely an all action character, but he also has a much softer side – except for when it comes to relations with his father, which come to an explosive climax in this storyline.

      My review is due to be published as part of the mid May Blog Tour.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate your support and hope that all is well with you 🙂

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