She must uncover the truth. Or a young woman dies.

A quiet Manhattan street. Kristie Fain is walking to the train when she is snatched by a couple of strangers.

Special Agent Shannon Ames has just been reassigned to the New York Field Office, the biggest in the country. Since Kristie Fain is an aide to a US Senator, Shannon and her FBI team are given the case.

It’s immediately clear it’s anything but straightforward. Fain’s boyfriend, a rich Peruvian musician, is hiding something. Senator Nickerson’s staff are cooperative, but don’t seem to be sharing all they know. And who is the mystery man, masquerading as a cop, beating up potential witnesses?

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As Shannon gets deeper, she finds herself caught up in a web of lies and deceit. Someone powerful is pulling the strings and they will do anything — including murder — to stop her investigation.

This time, she can’t afford to play by the rules. If she does, Kristie Fain will die. So Shannon risks everything to save the young aide. And finds herself trapped — with no way back.

My Review

I’ve read quite a few books by this author (including Books 3 and 4 in the Shannon Ames series) and my favourite has always been Rough Country. So I can’t believe I’m saying this, but No Way Back may have just jumped to the top of the list. I read it in two sittings. I know it’s a cliché but I really couldn’t put it down.

In Book 5, Special Agent Shannon Ames of the FBI has been reassigned to the New York Field Office, the biggest in the country. It’s only her first week, when Kristie Fain, aide to US Senator Joel Nickerson, has been kidnapped in broad daylight while walking to the train station. What do the kidnappers want? Her wealthy druggie musician boyfriend Mateo (no idea what she sees in him) has an even wealthier father back home in Peru, but he hasn’t been asked for a ransom.

Or is it something to do with TIK, a political organisation who dress in black and wear make-up reminiscent of Insane Clown Posse, an American hip-hop duo that was popular with millennials in the nineties. Yes I did my research. And then we have someone who calls himself ‘Riley’ and passes himself off as a cop. What is his part in all this and whose side is he on? Or is it something closer to home?

Book 5 is all about politics, lies, deceit, money, power and how easy it is to manipulate politicians if you are prepared to go to any lengths that include kidnapping, deepfaking (look it up), and even murder. And this time Shannon has to resort to unorthodox methods if she is to find Kristie in time, whatever the risks to both her life and career.

Absolutely brilliant and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

About the Author

T.J. Brearton’s books have reached half a million readers around the world and have topped the Amazon charts in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. A graduate of the New York Film Academy in Manhattan, Brearton first worked in film before focusing on novels. His books are visually descriptive with sharp dialogue and underdog heroes. When not writing, Brearton does whatever his wife and three children tell him to do. They live happily in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. Yes, there are bears in the Adirondacks. But it’s really quite beautiful when you’re not running for your life.

1 Comment on “No Way Back (Shannon Ames, #5) by TJ Brearton

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