The Violin Man's Legacy
Jack Calder is an ex-SAS soldier working with former colleagues at ISP, a specialist security firm. He is sent to investigate a murderous diamond heist in Holland, but swiftly learns that there is a very strong Far East connection. He then travels to Hong Kong where he meet ...more
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Jack Calder and the ISP ( International Security Partners), are called in when a deadly bomb goes off in London's West End, taking out a slew of jewelry stores. This crack team of men and women begin putting the pieces together of how and why this happened. But before they can catch their breaths, the case takes on a personal tone. They ...more
I love crime novels and thrillers, so thought I would give this one a go. I particularly liked that it had an international feel and as a keen traveller, I c ...more
Jack Calder and his team from "International Security Partners," get another outing in this new tale from the flamboyant Scot. If you like your action thick and fast paced, I can thoroughly recommend this book. SAVAGE PAYBACK
At first I was thrown a bit by British terms but didn't create a problem. I think the title should be one of a series named after the company as opposed to Jack because every character is essential to the story.
Looking forward to reading the others.
Thank you Crooked Cat
Seumas Gallacher was born in the cradle of the Govan shipyards in Glasgow in the so-called ‘bad old days’, which were really the greatest of days, where everybody was a true character of note. An early career as a trainee banker led to a spell in London, where his pretence to be a missionary converting the English fell on deaf ears. Escape to the Far East in 1980 opened up access to cultures and societies on a global scale, eventually bringing the realisation th ...more
By Monica Paul, Magic MasterMinds
Reading “Savage Payback” has been an adventure itself. I have to accept, even though it was hard to do it, I took it easy, I read it slowly and digested it with all its complexities and characters. Seumas is indeed a gifted writer; the story was so real, that sometimes it was as if the scenes were developing in front of me.
Let me give you a brief, and you will know what I talk about…
The story begins with a violent jewelry robbery taking place ...more
It has been described as violent, realistic and very fast but it will also make you laugh as the characters reveal themselves and the banter betwe ...more
Jack Calder is ex-SAS now working for a security firm contracted to keep a Dutch diamond merchant’s goods safe from a Hong Kong triad doing its best to relieve the merchant of them. The triad isn’t particular who gets hurt or killed along the way. Jack and his colleagues, also ex-SAS, thought they’d left the risky life behind whe ...more
Vengeance Wears Black, by Seumas Gallacher, reminds me of many of the action movies I recall with fond memories. It wasn’t a perfect book, but it was enjoyable. Here’s my take:
It took me a while to get involved with the characters, and they weren’t as deep as I might have liked, but they were solid and did their job.
I felt that Seumas relied on dialogue too much; he tried providing information through dialogue that should
The main characters are solitary individuals, often with a personal tragedy in their baggage. This is a very shady world, where instant decisions are made about who dies and how, leaving no time for agonising over the whys and the wherefors. Morally, it’s all very easy ...more
Written by Seumas Gallacher
Reviewed by Author Roy Murry
Action packed is what I call SAVAGE PAYBACK. With revenge in his mind, an ex-SAS agent puts into motion a crime wave the leads to the theft of a major jewelry district and the death of a many good people.
This thriller keeps you trying to stay ahead of ISP, International Security Partners, and Interpol’s endeavors to curtail or eliminate the vengeful perpetrator and his paymaster, who wants ISP destroyed man by man.
Her day starts much like any other except for the unusual stillness of the empty street. At eight thirty she unlocks the door to the shop and her day continues as normal until ten o`clock when an explosion rocks the area around the shop. Into the chaos of burning buildings and dead and injured bodies four ambulances arrive and a number of men, dresses as doctors and carrying an assortment of weapons, begin ...more
'Savage Payback' is the third novel in the Jack Calder series. For those of you (unlike me) who have not read the first two books in this action/adventure franchise, Seumas Gallacher's tales are about ISP, an international security firm manned by ex-SAS and other police/special forces personnel who can boldly go where other more conventional authorities cannot.
This is the best of the bunch so far (and that's saying something). In the first two ...more
Coordinated attacks are made against some of London's most elite jewelry merchants— many of them ISP clients. The subsequent murders of ISP employees in Europe and Asia soon makes it clear both the jewelry h ...more
Jack and Jules are former commandos who have seen havoc countless times before. They knew what to search for: The type of device? Where it came from? Who would have access that that kind of weapon?
Can these partners win their war against International mobsters who smuggle drugs, and deal in violence as well as human trafficking, prostitution and money laundering?
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This novel takes us at breath-taking speed to London’s china town, cities in Europe, Albania, Istanbul, Tangier … The action is non-stop as a crack team of ex-military personnel helps Interpol disrupt the operations of two drug peddling and human trafficking gangs. With the approval and support of the authorities, the team ‘goes black’, ensuring that no trace remains of the perpetrators of these crimes. A sequel to ‘The Violin Man’s Legacy’, this story nevertheless stands o ...more
I gave this novel four stars because the characters could’ve been shown with more emotion. This caused the story to drag at times. Also, the author seemed to think several pages of character’s back stories, even minor ones, were important.
Otherwise, I’m glad I found this new author, ...more
Set in London’s West End Jack Calder, a former SAS officer is witnessing bomb attacks, murders and international drug trafficking. As the attacks get closer to home Jack and his team are in a race for time to stop the attacks while facing some of the most powerful Drug lords. Soon he finds the crimes are occurring international, as far away as South America.
Action backed, suspense filled thriller. I really enjoyed this read and would like to read more by Seumas ...more
Yet another outstanding thriller from the great Seumas Gallacher. Unfortunately do some heros die as well. There are no words to describe this action packed page turner. ISP is facing the greatest challenge yet, taking Jack Calder and his team to the limits, but as before, they manage very well. You really wished, that International Security Partners would not only be fiction. Looking forward to the next master piece of this fantastic author..!!!
ISP are hired to recover jewellery stolen in a coordinated attack in London's new bond district. This is more than just a jewel heist as Jack Calder and the rest of ISP soon discover in this cat and mouse thriller.
If you haven't already started the series you are missing out big time, so go on get reading the books or you'll regret it!
As the self-professed 'oldest computer Jurassic on the planet' his headlong immersion into the dizzy world of eBook publishing opened his eyes, mind, and pleasure to the joys of self-publishing. As a former businessman, he rapidly understood the concept of a writer's need t ...more