The Network (Jack Logan #1)
A pulse-pounding, page-turning thriller involving corruption, secrets, and lies at the very deepest levels of government and media.Late one night, investigative journalist Jack Logan receives a surprise visit from U.S. Senator Malcolm Phillips at his New York apartment. Disheveled and in a panic, the senator swears that he’s about to be murdered and pleads with Jack to protect his wife Taylor, who happens to be the only woman Jack has ever truly loved.Days later, Phillips is found dead in a hotel room in Micronesia, the apparent victim of an allergy attack. While the nation mourns, Jack and Taylor race to find the one man who knows the truth. As they’re pursued by unknown assailants, their desperate hunt leads them to the Institute, an immense facility shrouded in mystery that has indoctrinated a generation of America’s political and media power players. Led by the enigmatic Damon Crosse, the Institute has its tentacles everywhere—but Taylor unknowingly holds the secret to the one thing that Crosse needs to carry out his plan.  Taking readers on a thrill ride from the back halls of Congress to the high-rise offices of Madison Avenue and a remote Greek island, The Network is a provocative, pulse-pounding novel that dares to ask the question: who’s really in charge? 

The Network (Jack Logan #1) Details

TitleThe Network (Jack Logan #1)
Author
ReleaseDec 17th, 2019
PublisherHarper Paperbacks
ISBN-139780062950901
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Suspense

The Network (Jack Logan #1) Review

  • Deanna
    January 1, 1970
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...Investigative journalist, Jack Logan is surprised when he receives an unexpected visitor late one evening. His visitor is U.S. Senator Malcolm Phillips. The Senator barges in telling Jack that he needs his help. He’s talking so fast that Jack struggles to keep up. Then he hands Jack a garage remote and an envelope.“Take this. You’ll need it to convince Taylor. I didn’t believe it. He told me he would do it. I didn’t believe My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...Investigative journalist, Jack Logan is surprised when he receives an unexpected visitor late one evening. His visitor is U.S. Senator Malcolm Phillips. The Senator barges in telling Jack that he needs his help. He’s talking so fast that Jack struggles to keep up. Then he hands Jack a garage remote and an envelope.“Take this. You’ll need it to convince Taylor. I didn’t believe it. He told me he would do it. I didn’t believe him but…they’ll kill me” He tells Jack that he’s the only one he can trust. He wants Jack to find his wife, Taylor and take her to someone named Jeremy. Jack knows that he’ll be the LAST person that Taylor wants to see. Malcolm tells Jack to show Taylor the envelope. He says the contents will explain everything. As he runs out the door he tells Jack to remember that no matter what it looks like, he’s NOT suicidal or accident-prone.Jack is shocked by what just happened. Has the Senator lost his mind or does someone really want him dead? And who is Jeremy? Jack sets a Google alert for the Senator’s name and starts to investigate by opening the envelope with Taylor’s name on it.A week later he gets a Google alert. Jack has to get to Taylor. Jack and Taylor have a complicated history and they haven’t seen each other in almost fifteen years. But she’s in danger and Jack knows he must help, even though it means he’ll be putting a target on his own back.Taylor is shocked when she finds Jack at her door. He quickly tries to explain what Malcolm told him and says that they must leave immediately. At first Taylor refuses but then someone else arrives. Jack and Taylor need to leave, but how will they get past the people outside?Now Jack and Taylor are being hunted by someone unlikely to give up until he gets what he wants. Will Jack be able to keep both Taylor and himself alive? This was quite an intense and exciting read!Most of the story is told from Jack and Taylor’s perspective but does include quite a few other character's points of view (past and present). We learn more about Jack and Taylor’s history as well as the history of “The Institute” located on a remote island and run by the mysterious and powerful, Damon Crosse.A fast-paced and intense story about morality, politics, religion, power, corruption and more. There really is a lot going on. Some parts were difficult to read but were not prolonged. There were definitely some parts that were over the top, but like a good action movie, you know it can’t all possibly happen in real life, but it’s still entertaining. Some of the political and medical stuff went over my head, but I was still really invested in the story. I found the parts about Reality TV and society especially interesting.A sinister conspiracy thriller with many twists and turns!I'm looking forward to the next book in this thrilling series! I'd like to thank Harper for providing me with a copy of this novel. All opinions are my own.
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  • Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
    January 1, 1970
    Investigative journalist Jack Logan is contacted by a United States Senator for a meeting. It's been a while since they last talked and the Senator is behaving irrationally. The senator foresees his own assassination and is seeking help for himself and his wife, Taylor. Jack is left with a sealed envelope to be opened upon the senator’s his death.Shortly after Senator Phillips’ death, Jack rushes to protect Taylor. He is unsure how she will react because they were once lovers. They make a quick Investigative journalist Jack Logan is contacted by a United States Senator for a meeting. It's been a while since they last talked and the Senator is behaving irrationally. The senator foresees his own assassination and is seeking help for himself and his wife, Taylor. Jack is left with a sealed envelope to be opened upon the senator’s his death.Shortly after Senator Phillips’ death, Jack rushes to protect Taylor. He is unsure how she will react because they were once lovers. They make a quick escape using clues from the senator's envelope. Their goal is to get to safety while figuring out why the senator was killed.Together they begin to unravel a global network of conspiracy with very dark motives.This book by LC Shaw is a mixture of thriller and suspense. I enjoyed this action-packed novel that kept me guessing, and I look forward to a sequel.
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  • Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, this book was an intense, action packed thriller. Car chases, underground tunnels, bookcases that lead to a secret room, people held against their will, experiments that go against every single moral code, corrupt government officials...yes please! This book read like something straight out of a James Bond movie. Jack Logan is an investigative reporter that gets a shocking late night visit from Senator Malcolm Phillips, who brings to him a story that is a bit hard to believe. Except within Wow, this book was an intense, action packed thriller. Car chases, underground tunnels, bookcases that lead to a secret room, people held against their will, experiments that go against every single moral code, corrupt government officials...yes please! This book read like something straight out of a James Bond movie. Jack Logan is an investigative reporter that gets a shocking late night visit from Senator Malcolm Phillips, who brings to him a story that is a bit hard to believe. Except within 48 hrs the Senator is dead, just as he had predicted...now it is up to Jack with his new found information to make some waves. Jack and the Senator's wife are now on the run. Running from who? There are so many people involved that is hard to say....First off I was thrilled to discover that L.C. Shaw is part of the duo Liv Constantine, because I love their books! This book was so well written and it was so easy to read that I flew right through this in a mere day. It read like peeling the layers off an onion. I thought I knew what was going on and then I would discover another layer to this story. Very intriguing premise on how social media, reality television, politicians and media outlets can influence society and people's decision making process. It was very thought provoking, the fine art of persuasion and of course the fine art of paying a bunch of corrupt people off.The Network did have a theme that took off halfway into the book about good vs evil and it did require you to suspend belief in some parts. With that being said, I thought the book was going to wrap up the ending with a neat little bow ( which I don't really care for). Instead the author pulled out an ending that left me wanting more....like another book in this series more....I can't wait to get my hands on the next in this series!Thank you so much to HarperCollins for my finished copy of this book! I enjoyed it very much!! Looking forward to seeing what L.C. Shaw puts out next!
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  • Berit☀️✨
    January 1, 1970
    Wowza what a wild nonstop ride this book was! This book was fast-paced, action packed, and mind blowing! L. C. Shaw is half of the sister author writing team of Live Constantine. I’ve loved both books from this author team, So I knew this would be thrilling, but I have to say this is more action thriller than psychological thriller. Car chases, buildings blowing up, murder, gun fights, all with a bit of a Da Vinci Code vibe. I don’t generally like to compare books, but this book really reminded Wowza what a wild nonstop ride this book was! This book was fast-paced, action packed, and mind blowing! L. C. Shaw is half of the sister author writing team of Live Constantine. I’ve loved both books from this author team, So I knew this would be thrilling, but I have to say this is more action thriller than psychological thriller. Car chases, buildings blowing up, murder, gun fights, all with a bit of a Da Vinci Code vibe. I don’t generally like to compare books, but this book really reminded me of The Da Vinci Code, so if you like that book you will definitely like this one. There were some religious and political themes in the story. As well as conspiracy theories and secret societies. You absolutely need to suspend belief to truly appreciate this book. But just as I loved The Da Vinci Code I also thoroughly enjoyed The Network. Reporter jack Logan is approached by US senator Malcolm Phillips. Phillips is convinced that his assassination is eminent and asks Jack to take care of his wife Taylor after his death. Jack thinks the senator is a bit crazy, but when days later he is found dead Jack is convinced he needs to watch over Taylor. The problem is Taylor is his ex-girlfriend and things did not end well for this couple. What follows is a high octane pulse pounding thriller that will keep you on your toes. I loved puzzling the pieces of this book together. And even though some of it was a bit unbelievable and I didn’t always agree with the political implications, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I am eager to see what’s next in store for Jack Logan.🎧🎧🎧 The audiobook was narrated byCharlie Thurston. He did such an amazing job with all the different voices and really added the perfect amount of tension to the story.This book in emojis 💥 🔪 ⚔️ 🧬 🔬 🙏🏻 🤯 *** Big thanks to Harper Collins for my copy of this book ***
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  • PamG
    January 1, 1970
    THE NETWORK by L. C. Shaw starts out as a straight thriller that later evolves into an excellent thriller with a good versus evil theme. L. C. Shaw is the pen name of author Lynne Constantine who also writes novels with her sister as Liv Constantine. This is the first book in a new series.Investigative journalist Jack Logan is visited at home by U.S. Senator Malcolm Phillips. Phillips believes he will be murdered and gives Jack a sealed envelope in case he is killed and asks Jack to protect his THE NETWORK by L. C. Shaw starts out as a straight thriller that later evolves into an excellent thriller with a good versus evil theme. L. C. Shaw is the pen name of author Lynne Constantine who also writes novels with her sister as Liv Constantine. This is the first book in a new series.Investigative journalist Jack Logan is visited at home by U.S. Senator Malcolm Phillips. Phillips believes he will be murdered and gives Jack a sealed envelope in case he is killed and asks Jack to protect his wife Taylor. Days later the Senator is found dead. With this beginning, the story line is off and running.This book is extremely well written and fast-paced. For part of the book, it does go back and forward in time, but the transitions are smooth and easily followed. Jack and Taylor’s characters are well defined as is that of the main antagonist. There are lots of twists and turns.Who can be trusted? There is corruption, betrayals, religious artifacts, conspiracy, secrets and much more.Overall, the novel was thought-provoking, compelling and entertaining. If you enjoy good versus evil thrillers, I recommend you try this. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.Many thanks to HarperCollins Publishers and L. C. Shaw for a digital ARC of this novel via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way.
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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    January 1, 1970
    The Network is the new series by L.C. Shaw, also known as Lynne Constantine, an author of thrillers with her sister, Liv Constantine. The Network is the first installment in the Jack Logan series. To start out, it is GOOD. For me, it was a one-sitting read. The writing is smooth, and the tension begins with the first paragraph. It’s a thriller involving government and the media, which gives it a timely feel.I could imagine Jack’s travels in a TV show or movie. He’s an investigative journalist The Network is the new series by L.C. Shaw, also known as Lynne Constantine, an author of thrillers with her sister, Liv Constantine. The Network is the first installment in the Jack Logan series. To start out, it is GOOD. For me, it was a one-sitting read. The writing is smooth, and the tension begins with the first paragraph. It’s a thriller involving government and the media, which gives it a timely feel.I could imagine Jack’s travels in a TV show or movie. He’s an investigative journalist called upon to protect the wife of a US Senator who winds up dead. The story even makes it way to a tiny Greek island. It’s all too much fun, and the series is more than promising. I’m ready for book two!I received a complimentary copy from the publisher.Many of my reviews can also be found on instagram: www.instagram.com/tarheelreader
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  • Patricia
    January 1, 1970
    What a dynamic novel to introduce a new series! I couldn't get enough of THE NETWORK. The story begins when Senator Malcolm Philips visits Jack Logan, an investigative journalist. Philips says he is about to be murdered and asks Jack to protect Philips's wife Taylor, who is Jack's former lover. So begins a novel of corruption and secrets! I highly recommend this novel, and I can't wait for the next one!
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  • Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
    January 1, 1970
    Fast-paced and intense! What I love about The Network by L.C. Shaw is that it is a true thriller. Not a psychological thriller, not a suspense thriller, not a mystery thriller—but a thriller through and through. Conspiracies, secrets, good guys vs. bad guys, and a man and woman on the run trying to uncover the truth! This book had it all!Told in the past and present, The Network features investigative journalist Jack Logan who receives a surprise visit from a US Senator at his apartment telling Fast-paced and intense! What I love about The Network by L.C. Shaw is that it is a true thriller. Not a psychological thriller, not a suspense thriller, not a mystery thriller—but a thriller through and through. Conspiracies, secrets, good guys vs. bad guys, and a man and woman on the run trying to uncover the truth! This book had it all!Told in the past and present, The Network features investigative journalist Jack Logan who receives a surprise visit from a US Senator at his apartment telling him that he needs Jack’s help and he thinks he will be murdered. He asks Jack to take an envelope and a garage remote, to find his wife Taylor, and to bring Taylor to see a man named Jeremy.To make things even more complex, Jack and Taylor know one another. They actually grew up together and Jack loved Taylor, but something happened between them that ruined their trust in one another. When an alert comes through about the Senator, Jack knows he must find Taylor and help save her. When he arrives, it becomes clear that they only way to uncover what is going on is to evade whoever is chasing them.Meanwhile, an alternate storyline in the past is unfolding. In 1975 a pregnant woman is imprisoned in an institute with no means of escape. I won’t say too much more about that now, but you’ll find out what is happening at the Institute and how it ties to Jack and Taylor on the run.I really enjoyed the sort of Dan-Brown-feel to this thriller. Themes of faith, historical artifacts, hidden treasure, and conspiracies are all driving the plot. Add in a male and female duo who are working with key people while on the run to help them uncover the truth, and you have a fun and fast read that will definitely have you stepping out of whatever is going on in life and enjoying the ride!As with most thrillers, this is a bit over the top and that’s really what makes it fun. Expect some subtle (and some less subtle) commentary on politics, morality, religion, and the dark side to power. The storyline in 1975 is truly captivating in my opinion. There’s a character in the present storyline that we meet who probably helped lead my favorite section of the book (not going to say which because I don’t want to spoil it).All-in-all a fun and intense thriller that promises to be the start of a great series about our leading male, Jack Logan!Thank you to Suzy Approved Book Tours for my copy. Opinions are my own.
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  • Toya
    January 1, 1970
    Before I even get into this review, I want to make it perfectly clear that I have no ill will with the author and I will definitely read her future books. That being said, I feel like a bait and switch was pulled on me with The Network, and I’m still reeling from what I just read. This book opened as a heart palpitating, espionage thriller that I couldn’t get enough of. In less than 24 hours, Senator Malcolm Phillips is murdered but everything is being covered up as a tragic accident. His widow Before I even get into this review, I want to make it perfectly clear that I have no ill will with the author and I will definitely read her future books. That being said, I feel like a bait and switch was pulled on me with The Network, and I’m still reeling from what I just read. This book opened as a heart palpitating, espionage thriller that I couldn’t get enough of. In less than 24 hours, Senator Malcolm Phillips is murdered but everything is being covered up as a tragic accident. His widow Taylor is 8 weeks pregnant and is high risk. She now must trust Jack Logan, the man who betrayed her years ago. Who could want to hurt her husband and why are people trying to kill her?As we shift throughout the plot, we learn of Damon Crosse, a manipulative and sadistic man who controls everyone and everything around him. He is on the hunt for a set of coins that have been passed down since the beginning of time (biblically speaking that is) and are rumored to possess certain abilities. Now at this point, the book starts to touch into Dan Brown’s territory but with less finesse. I love Dan Brown, so I didn’t mind this interesting turn into the plot. However, half way throw the story, we take a nose dive into faith, more specifically, Christian faith and the consequences associated with being a nonbeliever. All of a sudden, we find ourselves in a scenario where those who are morally good/sound in the story are those who trust in God and have faith. Those that are rapists, sadists, and make morally reprehensible decisions are atheist. I don’t normally says these things in reviews because I assume it’s common knowledge and unnecessary. However, this book made me realize that it’s not, so here we go. Faith in a higher being does not equate to morality. Not ever. One of the one of the characters in the book was selected for impregnation because she was a Ph.D. scientist and an atheist therefore making her moral compass flexible. It was further revealed that it wasn’t until she reinstated her faith in God that she was capable of redemption and making sacrifices. I found the second half of the book to not only be insulting but completely inaccurate. Just because someone is atheist doesn’t mean that they lack a moral compass. As a Ph.D. scientist myself, I am an atheist and faithless, but my moral compass is in tact. I don’t have any dark and insidious desires that need to be fulfilled because I lack faith in a higher being. Overall, this book had so much potential in the beginning, but now I’m left insulted and wishing that I could erase the events that transpired in the last half. Thank you to Suzy Approved Book Tours and Harper Books for my review copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Camille Maio
    January 1, 1970
    If I could give it 10 stars, I would. This was an exceptional thriller from start to finish and a model for what a good book should be. It stayed just within the realm of reality as to be believable while stretching the reader's expectations for the genre in so many ways. Unless I am mistaken, this seems like book 1 in a future series and I will absolutely be awaiting the next.
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to Heather at Harper for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | Reddit | LinkedIn | YouTube |
  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
    January 1, 1970
    Book one in the Jack Logan series was action packed and just what this physiological thriller lover, loves to read. I love it when the action is from beginning to end.I love to be kept guessing and this book did just that.I can not wait for the next book in this series.This is a 4.5 star book, and I HIGHLY recommend it.The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
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  • Linda Zagon
    January 1, 1970
    Kudos to L.C Shaw, Author in weaving the intense, captivating , suspenseful, and intriguing plot and the characters in this Psychological Thriller and Mystery. BE WARNED: I suggest that you don’t attempt to read this before you go to sleep. There are hauntingly vivid descriptions of horrific activity and planning. There are twists, turns, adventures, and the chase for life or death. The author describes her characters as complex and complicated. There are betrayals, conspiracy, secrets, and Kudos to L.C Shaw, Author in weaving the intense, captivating , suspenseful, and intriguing plot and the characters in this Psychological Thriller and Mystery. BE WARNED: I suggest that you don’t attempt to read this before you go to sleep. There are hauntingly vivid descriptions of horrific activity and planning. There are twists, turns, adventures, and the chase for life or death. The author describes her characters as complex and complicated. There are betrayals, conspiracy, secrets, and deaths. There is corruption, fights for power, deception, control over every government and scientific agency and social media. . There is a fight over good and evil, and questions of morality and the believes in God. Who are these people, and what are their goals for humanity? Who can you trust? Who is whom they say they are? How can this be stopped? How and who can stop this? There is a question of certain coins from Greece that have caused the death of certain people. Why are these coins so special.? U.S. Senator Malcom Phillips seeks out journalist Jack Logan, with a request to protect the Senator’s wife, Taylor and uncover the truth, before he is killed. After the Senator’s death, Jack and Taylor discover something so huge and frightening , they find they do not know who they can trust? How can they be safe? I would highly recommend this novel to readers who enjoy pychological thrillers, adventure, and suspense. Happy Reading!!!
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  • Alyson
    January 1, 1970
    At first I thought "It's a real formulaic thriller" then "Is it a parody of a thriller?", then "Oh she's gone Dan Brown on us with the biblical coins" then "Is this Christian fiction?" Every "good" character finds their faith and the bad characters don't have any religion. AND by bad, I mean sadistic, evil, out to destroy the world characters. I guess since, I'm not religious the author would group me with the world destroyers. I like books with religious characters. It can really enhance the At first I thought "It's a real formulaic thriller" then "Is it a parody of a thriller?", then "Oh she's gone Dan Brown on us with the biblical coins" then "Is this Christian fiction?" Every "good" character finds their faith and the bad characters don't have any religion. AND by bad, I mean sadistic, evil, out to destroy the world characters. I guess since, I'm not religious the author would group me with the world destroyers. I like books with religious characters. It can really enhance the character development, but don't try to sell me a thriller than make it Christian fiction.
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  • Rich
    January 1, 1970
    What a book. I do not give out many one stars but this book deserved-it worked hard at it. The only good part about this book was that it has a fast pace to it. If a thriller is going to be good it has to be believed to a degree-this one simply can not be. The idea of a murdered Senator and a reporter sound good but the rest of the story was over the top bad bad bad. The characters were very flat, the dialogue was very bad at times and I just read it to see how bad the story could get. The What a book. I do not give out many one stars but this book deserved-it worked hard at it. The only good part about this book was that it has a fast pace to it. If a thriller is going to be good it has to be believed to a degree-this one simply can not be. The idea of a murdered Senator and a reporter sound good but the rest of the story was over the top bad bad bad. The characters were very flat, the dialogue was very bad at times and I just read it to see how bad the story could get. The ending was very bad and there were other scenes best guess twenty that would make your eyes role. Run for the hills do not give this book a spin life is too short.
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  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Harper Collins and Suzy Approved Book Tours for my gifted copy of this book. Well this was a wild ride!! Buckle up before you start reading this one! This was a fast paced thriller with car chases, murder, politics, corruption, and some shades of the DaVinci Code thrown in. A US Senator unexpectedly shows up at Jack Logan’s door and tells him a wild story. Malcolm insists that he knows he will soon be murdered and begs Jack to take care of his wife after he’s gone. Sure enough Thank you to Harper Collins and Suzy Approved Book Tours for my gifted copy of this book. Well this was a wild ride!! Buckle up before you start reading this one! This was a fast paced thriller with car chases, murder, politics, corruption, and some shades of the DaVinci Code thrown in. A US Senator unexpectedly shows up at Jack Logan’s door and tells him a wild story. Malcolm insists that he knows he will soon be murdered and begs Jack to take care of his wife after he’s gone. Sure enough Malcolm is killed and Jack has to convince his ex girlfriend, now Malcolm’s widow, that they have to follow Malcolm’s dying wishes for her safety. This is where the mayhem really ensures. As Jack and Taylor are on the run they have no idea who or what they can trust. What follows is a multi layered story that keeps you guessing even if you think you know where it’s heading. This is the first in a series and I’m interested to hear what is next for Jack and Taylor - because we know something will be happening. Overall I found this book very engaging and I thought the plot twists were great. I don’t want to give away too many details so I will leave it here. Fun Fact. L.C. Shaw is one half of the writing duo of Liv Constantine. This should peak your interest in the book even more.
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  • Laura Rash
    January 1, 1970
    Well that was unique!! Twists and turns, good vs evil! At first I thought this was going to be a straight talk run of the mill thriller but it evolved into so much more. A touch of Dan Brown in there for sure. Left me wanting more of this story and it’s characters
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  • Sandra Brannan
    January 1, 1970
    THIS is an incredible read! Wonderfully spun threads of colorful stories that twisted me into knots to the very end. I love this kind of read! It keeps me on my toes. More than gratifying. Exceptional.
  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars rounding up to 4 because Goodreads doesn't believe in half stars. ;)So many things with this read! This is pretty action packed - starts off strong and continues without much hiccup. A U.S. Senator found dead. His wife's ex sent to protect her because now she's in danger too. They have a past and are on a course to find someone named Jeremy who can shed some light on everything. Enter evil man Crosse and the Institute that has its hands in so many parts of this world - trying to 3.5 stars rounding up to 4 because Goodreads doesn't believe in half stars. ;)So many things with this read! This is pretty action packed - starts off strong and continues without much hiccup. A U.S. Senator found dead. His wife's ex sent to protect her because now she's in danger too. They have a past and are on a course to find someone named Jeremy who can shed some light on everything. Enter evil man Crosse and the Institute that has its hands in so many parts of this world - trying to dictate it in one certain trajectory.I was having a ton of fun with this book. The only real issue I have is the clear line between good and evil when I think there are always shades of gray. Also I wasn't expecting a bit of faith/religious tones to be brought into this, which kind of put me off since I'm not a particularly religious person... What started with one feel of the story went a bit of a different direction I wasn't quite expecting. But there also were certain things that seemed standard and you could see where certain parts were coming. I felt myself nodding as I was checking the thriller boxes. There was one scene I did clap for and I hope you know which part that is when you read this book. I'm so curious where Shaw will take these characters in the next book. Are the people they are trusting now really trustworthy? Or are they also a part of the master plan? I'm not convinced on anything except for Beau... because dogs can't be conspirators... right?
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  • KC
    January 1, 1970
    Investigative journalist Jack Logan gets an unexpected visit from his former lovers' husband Malcolm Phillips, a U.S. Senator, who claims his life is in danger and begs Jack to keep his wife, Taylor, safe. Days later, Logan learns of Phillips' death and realizes that he must do everything in his power to protect Taylor while trying to uncover the truth behind the Senator's allegations. Politics, religion, and genetic manipulation, grace the pages of this fast paced thriller. For those who enjoy Investigative journalist Jack Logan gets an unexpected visit from his former lovers' husband Malcolm Phillips, a U.S. Senator, who claims his life is in danger and begs Jack to keep his wife, Taylor, safe. Days later, Logan learns of Phillips' death and realizes that he must do everything in his power to protect Taylor while trying to uncover the truth behind the Senator's allegations. Politics, religion, and genetic manipulation, grace the pages of this fast paced thriller. For those who enjoy the Dan Brown or Preston/Child series.
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  • Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    January 1, 1970
    Going into this book I had no idea how quickly I would read it and how action packed it would be! Also this book was written by one of my favorite authors who make up the dynamic duo Liv Constantine. L.C Shaw! When Reporter Jack Logan is contacted by the US Senator Malcolm Phillips he’s not sure what to think, the Senator is convinced that an assassination will be happening he asks Jack to please look after his wife Taylor after his death the only issue with this request is that Taylor is Jacks Going into this book I had no idea how quickly I would read it and how action packed it would be! Also this book was written by one of my favorite authors who make up the dynamic duo Liv Constantine. L.C Shaw! When Reporter Jack Logan is contacted by the US Senator Malcolm Phillips he’s not sure what to think, the Senator is convinced that an assassination will be happening he asks Jack to please look after his wife Taylor after his death the only issue with this request is that Taylor is Jacks ex. Jack assumes that the Senator is blowing things out of proportion and is worrying to much. When the Senator is found murdered Jack rushes to look after the Senators wife . Soon their on the run. What Jack stumbles into is a hot mess straight out of a James Bond novel . Throw in some Government corruption, crazy experiments, underground tunnels and lots of action that will leave you wanting more! I give this book four stars! Cannot wait for another book to come out in this series! This was definitely a fast paced read and it’s more action than thriller!
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  • Aaron
    January 1, 1970
    A well written action novel with Christian & occult themes. Very much a good versus evil storyline that sells the reader on some of the machinations behind the downward spiral of society's values.The characters are well developed and believable, although the antagonist gets a bit extreme at times in behavior and speech. The plotline has twists and surprises which should catch the reader unexpectedly.The language and content are kept in check, but do contain some elements, especially A well written action novel with Christian & occult themes. Very much a good versus evil storyline that sells the reader on some of the machinations behind the downward spiral of society's values.The characters are well developed and believable, although the antagonist gets a bit extreme at times in behavior and speech. The plotline has twists and surprises which should catch the reader unexpectedly.The language and content are kept in check, but do contain some elements, especially concerning sexuality, that should keep this as an adult read or perhaps a conversation starter for older teens with their parents.* I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads giveaways *
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  • Ronald Barak
    January 1, 1970
    A good novel begins with a good title. THE NETWORK by L.C. Shaw is is no exception. Both the title and the story are terrific. So intricate. And so . . . deceptive!I tend to read thrillers that take place in the here and now. This one flashes back to biblical times, and then works its way forward to all of the technology, science, medicine, and bio-ethics of modern times. If not, imaginatively, future times as well! I found it to be a masterful blend of historical thriller and religious A good novel begins with a good title. THE NETWORK by L.C. Shaw is is no exception. Both the title and the story are terrific. So intricate. And so . . . deceptive!I tend to read thrillers that take place in the here and now. This one flashes back to biblical times, and then works its way forward to all of the technology, science, medicine, and bio-ethics of modern times. If not, imaginatively, future times as well! I found it to be a masterful blend of historical thriller and religious thriller. The pace, the mystery, the twists, the turns all keep you flipping the pages. Everything else about this work, and there is plenty else, makes you want to stop and think at the same time as you’re anxious to keep going.Good and evil. The Christ and the Anti-Christ. Who’s stronger? Who won before? Who will win today? And tomorrow? Once and for all! And just where might this adventure take us in the future? You’ll have to read THE NETWORK and decide for yourself.L.C. Shaw is a young author with a lot of craft skill at her hand. And a lot of substance behind it. I genuinely look forward to more of her works.
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  • Kim Torre-Tasso
    January 1, 1970
    The Network: A Jack Logan Thriller systematically dismantled what I expected from a thriller and re-constructed my expectations into a novel that enthralled and captivated from the moment I picked it up. The story thrust me into the drama between Damon Crosse (a corrupt authority with a secret master plan) and Jack and Taylor (investigative reporters and ex-lovers united in their desire to halt Damon's efforts). Jack and Taylor's investigation and adventures bring the reader along on Shaw's wild The Network: A Jack Logan Thriller systematically dismantled what I expected from a thriller and re-constructed my expectations into a novel that enthralled and captivated from the moment I picked it up. The story thrust me into the drama between Damon Crosse (a corrupt authority with a secret master plan) and Jack and Taylor (investigative reporters and ex-lovers united in their desire to halt Damon's efforts). Jack and Taylor's investigation and adventures bring the reader along on Shaw's wild ride that uncovers deep deception and makes it clear that things are not as they seem.
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  • Diana Iozzia (Bookworm Banter)
    January 1, 1970
    “The Network”Written by L.C. ShawReviewed by Diana Iozzia“The Network” was a highly disappointing read, due to the many tropes of novels in the political thriller and psychological thriller subgenres. After truly loving “The Last Mrs. Parrish” by Lynne and Valerie Constantine of the pen name, Liv Constantine, I had been disappointed by their second thriller, “The Last Time I Saw You”. L.C. Shaw is an additional pen name, created by Lynne Constantine. I had been interested to try out this novel, “The Network”Written by L.C. ShawReviewed by Diana Iozzia“The Network” was a highly disappointing read, due to the many tropes of novels in the political thriller and psychological thriller subgenres. After truly loving “The Last Mrs. Parrish” by Lynne and Valerie Constantine of the pen name, Liv Constantine, I had been disappointed by their second thriller, “The Last Time I Saw You”. L.C. Shaw is an additional pen name, created by Lynne Constantine. I had been interested to try out this novel, to see how it would compare.Unfortunately, “The Network” encompasses so many tired trends from the thriller genre, including big evil corporations called “The Institution”, two main characters that used to love each other, evil corporate villains who want to rid the world of sin, and disinteresting main characters.Jack Logan is an investigative reporter, who is tasked with hiding his ex-girlfriend, whose senator husband has just been murdered. Taylor, the wife, is pregnant with complications that require her to take certain medication and have as much bed rest as possible, which makes their situation all the more complex. We learn about their previous relationship which is eerily similar to another perspective, of Maya. Maya had been taken in by a super secretive and scientific institute, ruled by the power-hungry and righteous Damon Crosse, who has impregnated her illegally. He holds her hostage in the corporation, to help him take over the world.As the story continues, we learn more about Maya’s unfortunate scenario and see how her parents’ relic coins with supposed powers tie in with Taylor’s family history. Are they connected?Very early on, it can be quite predictable to see how this story is progressing. I found myself rolling my eyes at certain dialogue, especially with scenes involving sex. Also, can a dog be trained to bite into a neck artery and kill a bad guy? That was a question no one had ever asked or thought, “Wow, that must be included in a action thriller.Personally, I felt very disengaged from the story. I never felt connected with any of the characters. I was very surprised to see that this may be the first in an action / political thriller series, with Jack starring as the lead character. He’s not an offensive character, but I certainly would not continue onto the rest of the series. The writing feels incredibly immature, which combines with “The Last Time I Saw You”, makes me wonder if I would still love “The Last Mrs. Parrish” as much as I did when I initially read.Due to my true disappointment for the story, I cannot recommend it. If you love big, bad government corporations that want to take over the world, I recommend “Recursion” by Blake Crouch instead, which has very realistic science fiction and well-written characters. I was disappointed with the story turning out into more of a Dan Brown / religious conspiracy novel. Lastly, I am not sure if I will continue to read from the Constantine sisters.I received an advance edition of this novel in exchange for reading and reviewing purposes. Thank you to Harper Collins for the opportunity.
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  • Carla Suto
    January 1, 1970
    THE NETWORK by L. C. Shaw is a riveting, action-packed thriller that kept me flipping the pages from beginning to end. It is the first book in the author’s new Jack Logan series. Investigative journalist, Jack Logan is shocked by a surprise visit at his home from U. S. Senator Malcolm Phillips, the husband of Jack’s former girlfriend, Taylor. The senator is certain that someone wants him dead and he makes Jack promise he will protect Taylor in the event of his death. Sure enough, just days THE NETWORK by L. C. Shaw is a riveting, action-packed thriller that kept me flipping the pages from beginning to end. It is the first book in the author’s new Jack Logan series. Investigative journalist, Jack Logan is shocked by a surprise visit at his home from U. S. Senator Malcolm Phillips, the husband of Jack’s former girlfriend, Taylor. The senator is certain that someone wants him dead and he makes Jack promise he will protect Taylor in the event of his death. Sure enough, just days later, Senator Phillips is found dead just as he feared. Jack has to convince Taylor to trust him and go with him to a place of safety. The story takes off from there and the pace never lets up as secrets, lies and conspiracies are revealed at every turn. There are lots of twists that leave the reader wondering who, if anyone, can be trusted. Questions of morality, good versus evil and God versus Satan become central themes as the story progresses. THE NETWORK is an intriguing suspense thriller and I look forward to the next book in the series. Thank you to the author and publisher for the chance to read an early copy.
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  • Nicole Aquilina
    January 1, 1970
    {@harperbooks #partner @suzyapprovedbooktours}Okay, seriously. THIS BOOK!I dove in not knowing much about the storyline. I just knew that the author was one half of Liv Constantine who I happen to love so I was on board. Well let me tell you that this book blew me out of the water! It was smart, action packed, and twisty. You know how sometimes books are categorized as thrillers but you read it and you don’t feel thrilled? I promise, The Network will THRILL you! One note I will leave with you. {@harperbooks #partner @suzyapprovedbooktours⁣}⁣⁣⁣⁣Okay, seriously. THIS BOOK!⁣⁣I dove in not knowing much about the storyline. I just knew that the author was one half of Liv Constantine who I happen to love so I was on board. Well let me tell you that this book blew me out of the water! It was smart, action packed, and twisty. You know how sometimes books are categorized as thrillers but you read it and you don’t feel thrilled? I promise, The Network will THRILL you! ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣One note I will leave with you. There is a little bit of the story that focuses on religion. If you’re like me, I don’t enjoy that subject matter in books BUT I will say that I was so engrossed in the story that I pushed through that part and I am so glad that I did because where the story goes is so worth it! ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣I’m not going to lie! I think I’m a little obsessed with Jack Logan now. A smart, sexy journalist kicking ass and saving lives? Yes please!!! This is the first in a series and I can’t wait for the return of Jack! ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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  • Caryn
    January 1, 1970
    3.5. Lots of things were done right in this thriller, written by one half of the duo of Liv Constantine. The action started immediately and the reader learned of the backstory as the plot unfolded, so there was no unnecessary background that held up the plot. It was paced well and I always love short chapters because it becomes a faster read. We also got constant surprises dropped throughout so we didn’t have to wait until the end for one big surprise.I just felt this book tried to do too many 3.5. Lots of things were done right in this thriller, written by one half of the duo of Liv Constantine. The action started immediately and the reader learned of the backstory as the plot unfolded, so there was no unnecessary background that held up the plot. It was paced well and I always love short chapters because it becomes a faster read. We also got constant surprises dropped throughout so we didn’t have to wait until the end for one big surprise.I just felt this book tried to do too many things at once. It had a little Dan Brown feel but I couldn’t tell if it was also trying to pass itself off as Christian. I was a little lost by the Bible stories. It was great that it was left open for a sequel but felt parts of this storyline didn’t completely end and the final epilogue/timeline was off.I’d be interested to meet these characters again, which I feel we will if this is the start of a series. My thanks to the publisher for the early copy.
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  • Nicole reading_with_nicole
    January 1, 1970
    U.S Senator Malcom Phillips believes he is going to be murdered; he believes he will be assassinated and he is seeking help to protect his wife. He visits Jack Logan an investigative journalist at his home one day and gives him a sealed envelope in case he is killed. Jack and Taylor use to be lovers and Jack is unsure how this will all work. Days after meeting with the Senator Jack learns he has been killed; now Jack and Taylor must uncover the clues left to them in the envelope. This is the U.S Senator Malcom Phillips believes he is going to be murdered; he believes he will be assassinated and he is seeking help to protect his wife. He visits Jack Logan an investigative journalist at his home one day and gives him a sealed envelope in case he is killed. Jack and Taylor use to be lovers and Jack is unsure how this will all work. Days after meeting with the Senator Jack learns he has been killed; now Jack and Taylor must uncover the clues left to them in the envelope. This is the first book in a new series and I cannot wait for the next; I usually stay away from series books because I have zero patience to wait for the next book. There are a lot if layers to this book and I think everyone who reads it will not be disappointed at all
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  • Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
    January 1, 1970
    Move over, Alex Cross and Stephanie Plum, Jack Logan is here and he’s absolutely amazing! L.C. Shaw has absolutely caught me, hook-line-sink with this one! From start to finish, I was wrapped up, wound up tight, and taken on a thrilling roller coaster ride of politics, death, who’s, what’s and why’s. That was a fabulous time! And, let me tell you. If you are like me and read this in one sitting, you’ll be kicking yourself for doing so because NOW I HAVE TO WAIT FOR MORE!I love the way Shaw Move over, Alex Cross and Stephanie Plum, Jack Logan is here and he’s absolutely amazing! L.C. Shaw has absolutely caught me, hook-line-sink with this one! From start to finish, I was wrapped up, wound up tight, and taken on a thrilling roller coaster ride of politics, death, who’s, what’s and why’s. That was a fabulous time! And, let me tell you. If you are like me and read this in one sitting, you’ll be kicking yourself for doing so because NOW I HAVE TO WAIT FOR MORE!I love the way Shaw created Jack Logan. His character was absolutely awesome. I felt myself drifting into his shoes, becoming him, with each new page turn. The way he raced against time to piece the clues together, the way he uncovered the truth to the death of a Senator, was fantabulously done, and I loved every second of Logan’s action packed story. Let’s not forget Taylor, Logan’s former love. The emotions there, well let’s just say that it wasn’t hard to feel them as your own! Taylor’s character was also created beautifully and perfect for her role of helping Logan piece the puzzle together on what really happened to her husband.I gotta say this. If you love Liv Constantine writing duet, then you will love L.C. Shaw. She’s one half of the Constantine duet and is magnificently stunning on her own! This book is filled with so much, from the twists and turns of corruption, to the ups and downs of politics, to a network of unforgettable thrills. If you are looking for a novel that will have you gripping the book with white knuckles, sitting on the edge of your seat, and wanting that glass of Jack Daniels because you just don’t know what’s going to happen, then this is a novel you don’t want to miss! Grab your 5 star copy today!*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
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