Review: Shannon's Rebirth (Nick Shannon Thrillers Book 8)


Print Length: 236 pages
Publisher: Joffe Books (September 11, 2023)

From No bad deed goes unpunished.

As a favour to his old friend Sir Gerald Campion, Nick Shannon is investigating the books at an advertising agency to make sure everything’s kosher — his first mistake.

His second is attending the company’s annual fete for clients, employees and their families. It’s a wholesome affair with a selection of rides and stalls selling homemade and artisan products.

But the merriment comes to a grinding halt when a gut-wrenching scream escapes from the ghost train. Nick races to the scene to find Bradley, a prominent client, slumped in a train car with a knife sticking out of his chest. His final, cryptic McLuhan .

Now Nick has two find a fraudster and catch a killer.

With his wedding fast approaching, Nick’s race against time becomes a high-stakes gamble, where each step could cost him dearly.

The key to solving the enigma lies within Bradley’s final McLuhan . But the closer Nick gets, the more danger he’s in. Now Nick is entangled in a deadly dance where every move could be his last.

My Rating: 1 star out of 5

When you look at the synopsis for this novel, the first thing that stands out is that it's purported to be "AN UTTERLY GRIPPING, ACTION-PACKED THRILLER THAT WILL HAVE YOU HOOKED." And well, considering the fact that I have been on a good run of bad luck when it comes to books lately, I knew I had to give this one a chance. After all, it promised to break the cycle of disappointing books right? 

And while I will admit that I haven't read any of the other books in this series before, I didn't feel like I had to in order to understand this one. All of the characters and their relationships were well defined enough that I felt the story definitely can be read as a stand alone. My problem with it? 

I was utterly bored reading it. 

Not only was there very little action, but there was just way too much info dumping and things being dragged on for absolutely no reason. Each time Nick entered a room we got a complete picture of what everything (and everyone) looked like right down to the minute details of the books on the shelves, or the color of the shoes they were wearing. The actual interviews consisted of Nick asking every single person not only about their role in the company, but exactly how that role was performed and all of the little details that it entailed. Now I get that this may eventually be important information for Nick to know, however, there was just so much information being dumped on the reader page after page, that I found myself starting to skim just to get it over with. 

Another thing that I found a little bit unbelievable is the fact that the police relied so heavily on Nick and what he and his team could uncover, even though they should have been the ones investigating not only the murder, but who was after Nick himself. And even when Nick gave them crumbs, they didn't press him for more until he was ready to divulge that information. It just didn't make sense. Added to that the fact that Nick pretty much thinks and speaks in "turns of phrase" I just found his character to be annoying. 

Now that being said, just because this one didn't work for me, I can see where it might appeal to others, either established fans of this series, or those who want to know every little detail about every little thing happening in the setting the book takes place in. It just wasn't for me.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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