Wednesday 20 September 2023


Straight Shot by Jack Lively
Book 1 in the Tom Keeler series
Narrated by Jeff Harding
Genre: crime fiction
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

Ex-Special Forces operator Tom Keeler is a rambling man. He’s just passing through the town of Alencourt, France, and in less than an hour, someone tries to kill him.

Nice place, nice try.

But it’s a case of mistaken identity, and they picked the wrong guy.

The French police can’t be trusted, except for the beautiful Cecile Nazari.

She finds out fast, that keeping up with Keeler is a dangerous occupation.

Because someone’s preying on the weak and unprotected.

Someone murderous.

But they never counted on coming up against a guy like Keeler.
Source: Info in the "About Straight Shot" was taken from GoodReads at on 27/07/2023.

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My Thoughts:
This is my first Jack Lively read and I am glad that I stumbled upon him!

I had to switch gear to the level of violence this book packs because if that happened here in the UK, there would be serious consequences with the law. But I guess a sleepy old town in France would be a little bit more tolerant than us in Britain. I took that view anyway. So much easier to enjoy the book that way.

After 20 books of narrating Charlie Parker of the Charlie Parker series, Jeff Harding, IS Charlie Parker in my head! It took willful and conscientious effort to hear him as Tom Keeler.

Quantitative Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 4
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 3
Pace = (11 hrs and 2 mins listening time)
Plot = 4
Narration = 5

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

Books In The Tom Keeler Series:

Meet The Author

About Jack Lively:
Jack Lively was born in Sheffield, in the UK. He grew up in the United States of America. He has worked as a fisherman, an ice cream truck driver, underwater cinematographer, gas station attendant, and outboard engine repairman. The other thing about Jack is that since he grew up without a TV, before the internet, he was always reading. And later on, Jack started writing. All through those long years working odd jobs and traveling around, Jack wrote. He’d write in bars and cafes, on boats and trains and even on long haul bus trips.

Eventually Jack finished a book and figured he might as well see if anyone wanted to read it.

Tom Keeler is a veteran combat medic who served in a special tactics unit of United States Air Force. The series begins when Keeler receives his discharge from the military. Keeler just wants to roam free. But stuff happens, and Keeler’s not the kind of guy who just walks away.

Jack Lively lives in London with his family.

The Narrator

About Jeff Harding:
Jeff Harding is one of the most active American actors based in Britain. He is regularly seen in film and TV but he maintains interest in fringe theatre. He is particularly active in voice-over and radio. Having competed in rowing for many years, he still lives by the Thames and rows regularly – an appropriate sport for the reader of Ben Hur.

FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobook were bought with private funds.
No money received for this review.

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