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Hard Way achieves 100,000 sales!

J.B. Turner

Just been told that HARD WAY, the 4th Jon Reznick thriller, has clocked up 100,000 sales worldwide! Many thanks to Amazon Publishing for all their hard work – editorial, design and marketing – making this series such a success. But most of all to all my loyal readers who are making the Jon Reznick series such a winner.

 

REQUIEM – American Ghost Book 3

Requiem (American Ghost Book 3)

Delighted to reveal the cover for the third in my explosive new AMERICAN GHOST thriller series. REQUIEM (Thomas & Mercer) is out 8 November 2018. Here’s what you need to know:

Nothing and no one can stop assassin Nathan Stone.

When black-ops asset Nathan Stone took out the heads of the Commission, a secret deep-state organization, he thought he’d destroyed them for good. Now he’s gone off the grid, trying to get as far away from his past as possible. But the Commission isn’t done with him yet.

Lying low in a Miami bar, Stone knows something’s up when an alluring actress strikes up a conversation with him. His suspicions are correct. The Commission is hot on his trail, and Stone is soon forced to run deep into the heart of the Everglades with the terrified woman as his hostage. He’s the Commission’s number one target—and this time nothing will stop them from eliminating him.

But Nathan Stone is no ordinary target. The crew of mercenary assassins on his heels have no idea what’s in store for them on the River of Grass. Because the hunt is on, and they picked the wrong prey.

Nathan Stone

Rogue book cover

Thriller writers can go off the deep end with characters.  The darker the character, the better. Such fictional characters as the brilliantly conceived Jackal in Frederick Forsyth’s The Day of the Jackal,stir up powerful emotions in readers. Fear, excitement or terror. Scientists have even shown that in such heightened circumstances, a chemical reaction in the brain releases dopamine and oxytocin. Which probably partially explains the huge attraction of the thriller genre for readers today.

Nathan Stone, the complex and unsettling protagonist in my latest book, ROGUE (Thomas & Mercer) which has just been released, 7 June 2018 – the first of my new American Ghost™ series – is such a character.

Stone has a past as murky and mysterious as the people who control him. He has been critically wounded while serving as a cover CIA operative and assassin. And everyone thought he was dead. But behind closed doors, he was rehabilitated by a highly secretive government organization known as the Commission. His brief: to execute kill orders drawn up by the Commission, all in the name of national security. The Commission owns him, but Stone knows one wrong move could turn him from loyal asset to hunted man.

Rogue sees Nathan Stone being housed at a secret facility in Scotland. And he is tasked with carrying out a hit on a popular senator who is on a top-secret kill list.

So how did this character come about?

Stone featured in one of my earlier books, Dark Waters, as a minor character. An assassin. But in the American Ghost series, I put Stone front and centre.

The book begins with the deliberations of the Commission – consisting of retired senior CIA and military experts – as to when and where the US senator should be killed. But then, the reader is introduced to Nathan Stone, at a facility off the north west coast of Scotland. A psychologist is trying to determine if Stone is ready to be deployed. He has undergone cosmetic surgery and extensive physical and psychological rehabilitation. New physical and mental identity. But the Commission are unsure if he still has the same killing instincts within him.

The psychologist shows Nathan Stone covert video footage taken of the US senator in Washington DC, the previous day.

“Can you identify this man?” the psychologist asked.

Stone studies the footage. He doesn’t recognize the man.

“Commit that face to memory?” the psychologist said.

When Stone asks why, the reply is simple.

“Because you’re going to kill him in nine days’ time, that’s why.”

But Stone is not just a cold assassin. Events in his past linger on in his mind. Stone is haunted by his upbringing at the hands of his sadistic father. His sister and Nathan suffered from beatings in his childhood home, a filthy one room apartment in New York’s Lower East Side. Their father was a drunk. And beat them every day. But one day, unable to take any more, Nathan’s sister picks up a pair of scissors, and kills their father. She is committed to a psychiatric hospital where she still languishes in Florida. But Stone hasn’t forgotten her.

When Stone is activated, after proving his assassin credentials in the most brutal manner at the secure facility, he begins to shadow the Senator. But what was envisioned as a straightforward hit on an American senator while he was alone, becomes more complicated when the girlfriend of the senator turns up.

Stone is closing in on the senator and the young woman in the wilds of the north west highlands of Scotland, miles from anywhere.

But unbeknown to Stone, the Commission are running a parallel operation. And when national security is at stake, he soon realises that the hunter can quickly become the hunted.

Although Nathan Stone is a dark and complex character, I ultimately wanted the reader to be rooting for him.

As a thriller writer, it meant going off the deep end to ensure a morally ambiguous protagonist, like Nathan Stone, can become a truly compelling character for the reader.

 

Cover reveal for Reckoning – the 2nd in the American Ghost thriller series

Reckoning

Delighted I can finally reveal the cover for my second book in the AMERICAN GHOST thriller series!

Reckoning is the high-octane follow-up to Rogue and features covert operative Nathan Stone. Great work from Blacksheep in London. Thanks guys.

Thanks also to my editor, Jack Butler, Jane Snelgrove and Hatty, and everyone at Amazon Publishing for their hard work and faith in this brand new series. Special mention also to Faith Black Ross.

Want to know what it’s about?

A sister kidnapped. A journalist in danger. A killer out for revenge.

After taking out a covert facility run by the Commission, a deep-state syndicate, Nathan Stone has made powerful enemies. He’s a black-ops asset—and he’s gone rogue.

But the organization wants payback. Kidnapping Stone’s sister from a Florida psychiatric hospital, the Commission have their asset exactly where they want him. They instruct him to neutralize journalist Mark Mahoney, to whom Stone had previously leaked documents about the Commission and their deadly conspiracy. Now, Nathan Stone has a choice: neutralize Mahoney and kill the story for good, or lose the only family he has left.

Stone knows that these men will stop at nothing to get what they want. Killing Mahoney is just the beginning. And when Stone learns the identity of their final target, he knows he has to stop the Commission once and for all—no matter the cost.

Reckoning is now available for pre-order, exclusively on Amazon, ahead of the 2 August 2018 publication date.

Get it here:

US readers: http://amzn.to/2oU2IcW

Hard Fall

Hard Fall a Jon Reznick thriller

Delighted to say that HARD FALL (Thomas & Mercer) is out today!

It’s a conspiracy thriller, a political thriller, a suspense thriller, an action thriller, all wrapped up in a mind-blowing mystery. It’s the fifth full-length Jon Reznick novel I’ve written. And it’s a bit out there, if I do so myself.

Many thanks to my brilliant editor, Jack Butler, and everyone at Amazon Publishing who’ve worked so hard to make this series such a hit.

So what are you waiting for?

Get your copy here:

US readers:     http://amzn.to/2FKEWH1

UK readers:     http://amzn.to/2BZDZbO

Australian readers:   https://www.amazon.com.au/Hard-Fall-Reznick-Thriller-Book-ebook/dp/B074CC429S/ref=sr_1_5?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1517832141&sr=1-5

Canadian readers:    https://www.amazon.ca/Hard-Fall-Reznick-Thriller-Book-ebook/dp/B074CC429S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517832250&sr=8-1&keywords=jb+turner+hard+fall

So what’s the story about, I hear you say?

A friend in danger. A shadowy psych ward. A conspiracy beyond Reznick’s worst nightmares.

When an old Delta Force buddy comes to Jon Reznick for help, paranoid and fearing for his life, Reznick feels duty-bound to protect him. As a black-ops specialist, loyalty to his brothers in arms comes before everything—even the law.

But Jerry White proves difficult to protect. A runaway from a top-security psychiatric facility in upstate New York, he’s considered a danger to himself and others, and Reznick is powerless to stop shadowy senior hospital managers taking Jerry back by force. When FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein warns him off, Reznick ignores her advice, suspecting the Wittenden Institute is not what it seems.

Digging deeper into the hospital’s background—and that of its esteemed manager, Dr. Robert Gittinger—Reznick begins to unravel a sinister plot that will bring warzone black ops to American soil. And when his own life comes under threat, he discovers that Jerry is trapped in a web of high-level conspiracies more terrifying than anything he has ever encountered…

Thanks again for all your fantastic support.

 

 

J.B. Turner

 

The CIA and Hard Fall

Imagine a Kafkaesque nightmare: held against your will, fed drugs, sleep deprived and force fed Orwellian-type instructions from hidden voices in a basement room.

My latest book in the Jon Reznick™ thriller series, Hard Fall (Thomas & Mercer—out 8 February 2018) has the ex-Delta operator confronted by such a scenario.

It begins with Reznick being followed by an old friend and former special forces operative. The man is a suicidal patient who is on the run from a shadowy upstate New York psychiatric facility. The hospital has, unbeknown to the world, resurrected hideous CIA psychological experiments which had been carried out in the 1950s; reactivated again in the 21st century. But it isn’t long before Reznick is drawn into a terrifying conspiracy at the heart of the deep state.

The seeds of this backdrop to my story are, sadly, far from fiction.

It is in fact rooted in one of the darkest episodes of the CIA’s history; mind control experiments which started way back in the 1950s.

In particular, the Agency’s shadowy and illegal MKUltra project.

It was given the go ahead in 1953 by then director, Allen Dulles. Unwitting American and Canadian citizens were experimented on to find out the best drugs to be used in interrogations and tortures.

Among the methods used to change the mental state included using LSD, sensory deprivation and isolation. Some of the unwitting subjects of the experiments were, among others, prostitutes, terminal cancer patients and drug addicts.

According to Sidney Gottlieb, the CIA chemist who introduced LSD to the Agency, they were for “people who could not fight back”.

I wanted my protagonist, Jon Reznick, to fight back on behalf of his friend.

But in doing so, he would be risking not only his life, but also his sanity.

HARD FALL is out on 8 February 2018 (Thomas & Mercer) – here is the tagline and book description:

A friend in danger. A shadowy psych ward. A conspiracy beyond Reznick’s worst nightmares.

When an old Delta Force buddy comes to Jon Reznick for help, paranoid and fearing for his life, Reznick feels duty-bound to protect him. As a black-ops specialist, loyalty to his brothers in arms comes before everything—even the law.

But Jerry White proves difficult to protect. A runaway from a top-security psychiatric facility in upstate New York, he’s considered a danger to himself and others, and Reznick is powerless to stop shadowy senior hospital managers taking Jerry back by force. When FBI Assistant Director Martha Meyerstein warns him off, Reznick ignores her advice, suspecting the Wittenden Institute is not what it seems.

Digging deeper into the hospital’s background—and that of its esteemed manager, Dr. Robert Gittinger—Reznick begins to unravel a sinister plot that will bring warzone black ops to American soil. And when his own life comes under threat, he discovers that Jerry is trapped in a web of high-level conspiracies more terrifying than anything he has ever encountered…

American Ghost

Rogue book cover

I’ve been keeping this news under wraps for a while now. I’ve been sworn to secrecy. Seriously. But I’m very excited to reveal that in summer 2018, I’ve got a brand new thriller series being launched.

The forthcoming American Ghost® series kicks off with Rogue (Thomas & Mercer) which will be published worldwide on 7 June 2018.

And I’ve got to say, I had a blast writing it. Writers love going off the deep end with characters. Trust me. And my terrifying protagonist, Nathan Stone, originally from the lower east side in New York city, is a perfect vehicle for that. His past is as murky and mysterious as the shadowy organisation who control him.

Here’s an overview of the American Ghost series which is launched in summer 2018:

After he was critically wounded while serving as a covert CIA operative, everyone thought Nathan Stone was dead. But behind closed doors, he was rehabilitated by a highly secretive government organization known as the Commission, given a new identity and appearance, and remoulded into a lethal assassin. His brief: to execute kill orders drawn up by the Commission, all in the name of national security. The Commission owns him, but Stone knows one wrong move could turn him from loyal asset to hunted man.

The first book in the series sees Nathan Stone being housed at a secret facility in Scotland.

Rogue concerns a deep-state US organization who have a top-secret kill list—and a popular senator is on it.

Here’s an overview of Rogue:

Nathan Stone was killed in action while serving as a covert CIA operative. Or so everyone thought. In reality he’s become a ghost, a black-ops asset with a new identity and controlled by a secret government organisation. The Commission has one aim: to hunt down and assassinate anti-establishment enemies of the state.

Its number one target is Senator Brad Crichton, an ambitious politician with growing popularity. Stone’s orders are to take him out. The kill list is leaked to a journalist —whose own name is on the list. But a short while after the journalist tries to alert the senator, he is found dead in suspicious circumstances. All the while, Stone is closing in on the senator.

He knows that one wrong foot will put him in the firing line. But where national security is at stake, the hunter can quickly become the hunted . . .

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