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The Patriot (Jake Parker #2)
by Nick Thacker
First Lines

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Cover image of the book 'The Patriot, by author Nick Thacker

THE PATRIOT (Jake Parker #2) by NICK THACKER

BOOK BEGINNINGS / FIRST LINES

CHAPTER ONE

“I can help you find the man who killed your wife.”

“Jake Parker stared straight ahead, into the eyes of the man seated across the table from him. He didn’t move, and neither did Jake. For a moment, time stood still.

He had known this man for over fifteen years, and there had never been a time when Jake doubted him. But he had to be lying.

The newly minted Lieutenant Colonel Douglas McDonnell was an old friend from his West Point days and they were meeting at the same hot dog restaurant he and Jake had often visited after a game back in college – Pete’s Hot Dog Stand, a no-nonsense family-owned restaurant that had been serving tube steaks for longer than Jake could remember. Today, it was a traditional Chicago-style dog, done up right and served with a steaming pot of coffee. The coffee was good, with just enough heat to tickle the back of his throat without being overpowering.

McDonnell had sat perfectly still while eating and while he spoke, though not many words had been exchanged thus far. They’d barely gotten through the pleasantries when their food was ready, and neither man seemed to be interested in discussing anything over a mouthful of food. he had already finished his dog and now had his mug of coffee in front of him – black, a requirement for any career Army man – which he held with two hands, watching Jake. No doubt measuring his reaction to his statement.

“Tell me more,” Jake said quietly. He pulled his own mug up to his lips and took a sip. It was a much larger sip than he had intended, and the hot liquid stung the roof of his mouth. Still, he didn’t flinch”

Cover image of the book 'The Patriot, 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 help to decide, here is the book’s premise …

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THE PATRIOT (Jake Parker #2) 

Cover image of the book 'The Patriot, by author Nick ThackerIt’s the last thing Jake Parker expects to hear from an old friend from his military days at West Point, Lt Colonel Douglas McDonnell. Officially, Jake’s wife Mel was an unlucky bystander during a sudden terrorist attack, but Jake has always felt there was a missing piece of the puzzle. When McDonnell tells him that his team has been tracking the group responsible, it’s Jake’s opportunity to finally lay Mel’s ghost to rest.

McDonnell believes that the terrorist cell is linked to one of the big pharma companies operating out of Puerto Rico, and he needs Jake’s skills on his team for one specific task: find the link and take them down. But as soon as Jake arrives, the plan begins to crumble. Focused on targeting the group members one at a time, the team on the ground won’t listen to Jake’s insistence that they look at the bigger picture.

When Jake meets bio-chemist Veronique, they hit it off. But when she confesses her fears that her employer is manufacturing a drug for the US market with deadly side effects, Jake realises that the terrorists have raised the stakes, and more innocent lives are at risk if he doesn’t act fast. Then Veronique is kidnapped. Unable to trust anyone around him, Jake is pushed as never before to find Vero while taking down the evil organisation before they strike at the US population…

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