About the Book
Nearly two years ago, former mafia leg-breaker Jake Caldwell had ruthless drug lord Shane Langston staring down the wrong end of Jake’s pistol. Instead of pulling the trigger like he should have, Jake let the law handle it.
Now Langston’s escaped from a Missouri maximum security prison with a deadly goal – kill the men who put him there. With Langston’s crosshairs focused on Jake and his best friend, Sheriff Bear Parley, the duo must scramble to protect those they love and stop Langston’s bloody quest for vengeance.
As the hunt for Langston intensifies, Jake and Bear stumble upon a hard-nosed gang of bikers with their claws deep in murder, meth, guns and sex trafficking. Teaming up with some new allies to unravel the mystery and nail Langston, Jake finds himself caught up in a game of cat and mouse with some seriously deadly consequences.
This fourth instalment of the award-winning Jake Caldwell series will have you biting your nails to the nubs and praying you never have to make the trip to Asylum Road.
Format: Paperback, ebook (416 pp.) Publisher: Lakewater Press
Publication date: 1st October 2019 Genre: Crime, Thriller
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Regular followers of What Cathy Read Next will know me as a lover of historical fiction and literary fiction and may be surprised at the change of genre. However, I love this series and know I can rely upon it for some heart-pumping, full-on action when a change of pace is needed and your reading mojo is crying out for a gripping pageturner.
Asylum Road is the fourth in James L Weaver’s Jake Caldwell series. I’ve read and thoroughly enjoyed all the previous books in the series: Poor Boy Road, Ares Road and Blackbird Road. Links from the book titles will take you to my reviews. Although Asylum Road can be read as a standalone, readers looking for a new crime series to follow would do well to start from the beginning.
Asylum Road follows straight on from the dramatic conclusion to the previous book. It has all the elements I’ve loved about the earlier books. In particular, it was a joy to be reunited with Jake and his buddy, Bear. Underneath the wisecracks and leg pulling there’s real respect and affection. They know they can rely on each other completely, not least because they both have the same things they wish to protect. Bear’s mighty appetite remains undiminished. As he tucks into a plate of his favourite eggs and bacon, Bear’s wife Audrey remarks, ‘I didn’t say a word. But your doctor said each piece of bacon you eat takes nine minutes off your life.’ ‘In that case’, responds Bear, ‘I should’ve died in 1782’.
The short chapters contribute to the feeling of pace and defy you not to keep turning the pages. Just one more chapter, then I’ll go to sleep…
In Asylum Road, the bad guys are really bad and involved not just in corruption, extortion, murder and drugs and weapons smuggling but in the heinous sex-trafficking of young women. As the body count grows, the book builds to a breathless climax and Jake faces a showdown he knows he can’t afford to lose because at stake are those most precious to him. Now it’s time ‘to do it his way.’
Although I’m happily married, I’ll admit to being a little bit smitten by man of action, Jake Caldwell, whose tough exterior hides a softer interior. As someone remarks, “Your wife is a lucky woman, Jake Caldwell”.
Asylum Road is another high-octane, gripping read from the pen of James L Weaver. Fellow enthusiasts of the series will be delighted to learn, as I was, that another book – Husker Road – is coming in 2020. What does the future have in store for Jake, I wonder?
I received an advance review copy courtesy of Lakewater Press.
In three words: Compelling, action-packed, gritty
Try something similar: The Mountain Man’s Badge by Gary Corbin (read my review here)
About the Author
James L. Weaver is the Kansas City author of the Jake Caldwell series featuring IAN Thriller of the Year finalist Poor Boy Road and the sequel Ares Road from Lakewater Press. He makes his home in Olathe, Kansas with his wife of 19 years and two children. His previous publishing credits include a six part story called “The Nuts” and his 5-star rated debut novel Jack & Diane.
His limited free time is spent writing into the wee hours of the morning, playing parental taxi cab to his kids’ sporting endeavours, and binge watching Netflix and Amazon Prime.
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