Friday, March 31, 2017

Review: Never Go Alone by Denison Hatch

Genre: Thriller


“A rash of elaborate cat burglaries of luxury buildings in Manhattan has the city panicked.

When a group of social media obsessed millennials--a loosely organized crew that call themselves ‘urban explorers’--are suspected in the heists, undercover NYPD detective Jake Rivett is assigned the case.

Rivett dives deep into the urban exploration scene in pursuit of the truth. But what, and who, he finds--deep in the sewers, up in the cranes above under-construction skyscrapers, and everywhere else in New York--will change not only Jake, but the city itself.”


Denison is a writer in Los Angeles. His original screenplay, Vanish Man, is set up at Lionsgate. A graduate of Cornell University, he lives with his wife and a big dog in a little house in Hollywood. He is presently working on the third Jake Rivett thriller.


What a terrific story! I loved the fast pace and slick writing, but mostly I loved Jake Rivett, a truly unique character who had me at “Hello.” The novel’s overall premise--corrupt government official colludes with heartless real estate developer-- was valid, although far from unique, but the way Mr. Hatch wove in the concept of urban exploring kept me up past my bedtime, turning pages.

This is the second in a planned series of books featuring the main character, and Jake Rivett can easily handle a long series. If I didn’t have such a long TBR list, I’d certainly read the first in the series (Flash Crash).

If you enjoy high-octane thrillers filled with action and populated by quirky, unique characters, I highly recommend you give the Jake Rivett series a try.

Buy now from:            Amazon US     Amazon UK

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating:  ***** Five Stars

Reviewed by: Pete Barber

Approximate word count: 75-80,000 words

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