Savage Payback by Seumus Gallacher #Crime #Thriller 3rd Jack Calder book


My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Savage Payback is a crime thriller and the third book in the Jack Calder ex-SAS series who now run ISP (International Security Partners) The book opens with a brutal jewellery heist on London’s New Bond Street, when a well planned hit stole gems from 12 stores. As 3 of those stores were clients of Jack’s business he makes it his top priority to get involved with catching the thieves.

There follows a globe-trotting story of revenge and counter revenge as Jack and his team follow the trails leading to past adversaries and major dealers in drugs and crime across the world. There is a large cast of characters thrown at the reader early in the book and although the pace of the book isn’t hampered by large amounts of back story it was hard to decide which characters were major players and which could fade into the background.

The opening scenes were great, but then my attention was lost with all the planning, decisions and meetings, I felt the large amounts of dialogue told the reader the story rather than showing us with interestingly paced passages of writing, so rather than be drawn into the book I watched from behind a window.

The action picked up around half way through when each side took it’s share of attack and counter attacks, but by then I had lost my initial engagement with the storyline. I needed more emotions, it is an action book and men don’t “Do emotions” but it would help add a depth to the book and lift this to a popular series it has the potential to be.

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7 thoughts on “Savage Payback by Seumus Gallacher #Crime #Thriller 3rd Jack Calder book

  1. I think that showing the plot via dialogue is an easy trap to fall into – I’ve read crime novels when the whole conspiracy/mystery is painstakingly explained by one character talking to another at the end: “So then we realised that Mr A had in fact been missing that night.” “Oh, now I see. So that meant that Mr B actually stole the suitcase?” “Yes, and thus we knew that Miss C had been lying.” etc etc. Yep, pretty tedious, and it’s a lazy way of writing, instead of thinking of a more compelling way to present the facts.


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