The King Tides Book Review

The King Tides Book Review

Title: The King Tides
Author: James Swain
Published: January 29, 2019, Thomas & Mercer
No. of Pages: 320
Cover Price: $24.95 Hardcover, $15.95 Paperback, $4.99 Kindle

The King Tides is the first book in the new Lancaster and Daniels series by bestselling veteran thriller James Swain. Nicki Pearl, daughter of affluent parents, and is, is according to them, a perfect daughter. However, Nicki is being stalked and watched constantly by men everywhere. Her father hires retired private detective and ex–Navy SEAL Jon Lancaster, who, since he works privately, prides himself on getting the job done even though his methods aren’t always legal or according to law enforcement protocol. Lancaster teams up with Beth Daniels, who is now an FBI agent, but is also a former abduction victim; she can see other angles because of her past, and is the perfect partner Together they investigate the stalking, as well as attempted kidnappings. No one can figure out why Nicki is a victim; Lancaster pulls her out of school and orders her parents not to leave her side.

Swain has done an excellent job of developing his characters. Lancaster is not a typical hero; he is rough and crass, but somehow readers will trust him and like him. Daniels is also a believable character. Together, they make a good team, and readers will anticipate them working together in subsequent novels. Swain has also done an excellent job of telling the story, with unexpected events and suspense that begins at the start and doesn’t stop until the surprising end.

All told, this is a thriller worth reading. Graphic violence is kept to a minimum, and the book is a fascinating read.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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