Author: Matt Rogers
Pages: 272 (Ebook)
Release Date: August 14, 2016
Source: I bought this book myself, but received payment in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my opinion towards the book.
Jason King had just retired from his life as a Special Forces’ agent. A quiet town, in the middle of nowhere was the right place to run away from the ghosts of his past. Peace was what he searched for, but fate had other plans. When King witnesses a cold-blooded murder, he his swept back into a life of violence and danger, a life he was so eager to leave behind. However, King couldn’t exactly picture himself leading a “normal” life, so he decides to dig deeper into this business. He never imagined the origin of these deaths was so close to home.
Isolated, by Matt Rogers, is the first book in the Jason King Series – although there’s a prequel to this book already available. It was an action-packed story full of fighting and adrenaline. One could say that there was never a boring moment and I kept turning the pages because I couldn’t wait to know what happened next.
To be honest, at first I was a bit annoyed with King because he seemed to be playing the “avenger” role – the strong ex-army officer that helped frightened townsfolk in exchange for nothing (or almost nothing). In the beginning, the book seemed like a bunch of bloody fights and descriptions of how King was more experienced than the amateur hitmen or local thugs. However, soon King suffers some major beatings which certainly made him appear more “human” – at least he wasn’t exactly invincible – and the few glimpses into his soldier’s past added some depth to his character. Nevertheless, what I also didn’t appreciate were the constant descriptions of how King could master the rush of adrenaline he felt when combat was imminent due to his years of training and how his opponent surely didn’t feel the same way – the way he always knew he had the upper-hand seemed quite arrogant, but I was glad that his attitude changed slightly in the last half of the book.
Despite this issues, Isolated is still a thrilling read with well-described fights, a tinge of romance and an intricate plot full of twists. I was a bit sad to watch Jason King walk away from it all in the end, including Kate, but I guess that’s a soldier’s life. After saving the day, he couldn’t wait to have another adventure. I recommend this book to those who enjoy action books – Isolated certainly won’t disappoint – and I’m sure the next book in the series will be worth a try.