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The Violin Man's Legacy

4.37  ·  Rating Details ·  315 Ratings  ·  148 Reviews
Thriller with bloody twists and turns as ruthless killers meet their match in a former SAS hit squad.

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
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published July 17th 2011 by SGC Publishing
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Helen White
Oct 24, 2013 Helen White rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book got hold of me right from the start and didn't let go. There is a lot to admire about the style of Seumas Gallagher. The main characters are succinctly introduced in the first few chapters in a way that makes them easily accessible if the reader has never met them before. The skill lies in the short precise language used about the protagonists. There is no description per se, rather the use of phrases that enable the reader to draw their own conclusions. For example one character comme ...more
Oct 19, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Savage Payback by Seumas Gallagher is a SGC publication, released in October 2013.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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
Susan Buchanan
May 24, 2012 Susan Buchanan rated it really liked it
I started reading this book months ago, but I wasn't really in the mood to read a thriller, so only came back to it a few weeks ago. The title and the cover of The Violin Man's Legacy, which has a picture of a gun on it, attracted me initially. I was intrigued as to what violins and guns had in common, as I am a big lover of classical music.

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
Claudia Harbaugh
My husband and I have a deal. He'll go to my relationship driven movies with me and I'll go to the shoot 'em ups with him. It works. However when it comes to reading, I stick with cozy mysteries, historical romance and a few others of that ilk. So, when I considered reading Savage Payback, I was hesitant. It took me a few pages to get into it, just to acclimate myself to the new-for-me genre, but then I was hooked. And here's why: I cared about the characters. For me that is paramount in a book ...more
Stevie Turner
Sep 04, 2016 Stevie Turner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Calder, ex SAS and a man with a troubled childhood history, now works for a security company, ISP, which is investigating who is behind the ambush of a routine delivery of diamonds from Johannesburg to Utrecht. An injured security guard is certain that the criminals were Chinese. Jack's boss Julian Townsend asks attractive widow and head of Hong Kong's branch of ISP, May-Ling, to help him. May-Ling's informants tell her the diamonds have arrived in Hong Kong and that the two criminal Half M ...more
Kevin Taggart
Oct 20, 2013 Kevin Taggart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An all action and violent thriller from Seumas Gallacher, who's quickly making his mark in this genre.The story twists and weaves from beginning to end.
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
Jeanne O'donnell
This is a fabulous novel with an intricate plot which resolves beautifully and characters fully developed and likable.
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
Theresa 'tish'
Oct 19, 2013 Theresa 'tish' rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely brilliant!
Paul Bennett
Jan 01, 2014 Paul Bennett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seumas Gallacher…Author Background

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
Monique Paul
Oct 21, 2013 Monique Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Savage Payback Review
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
Oct 20, 2013 Dee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished the book in two days, there was not walking away from it. This intricate, realistic thriller will have your heart racing from the first page as the story open with an almighty explosion. The complex plot twists and turns as the tale unfolds, and the body count grows, and when the threat becomes personal the twists take some unexpected turns.

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
Alana Woods
Oct 13, 2012 Alana Woods rated it really liked it
This is a well-paced thriller packed with lots to keep an action reader happy. There’s intrigue and violence with just a touch of romance and sex to round the story out.

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
Aug 27, 2012 Giacomo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vengeance Wears Black—A book that reminds me of the action movies I loved.

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

Jun 29, 2013 Jane rated it really liked it
Like retired footballers turning trainer, this story is about the professional soldiers, SAS and mercenaries, who retire into the security business, bringing their expertise in organised to the protection of legitimate businesses.
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
Roy Murry
Feb 03, 2014 Roy Murry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Lynne  Morrison
Oct 25, 2013 Lynne Morrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Martha Compton is the manager of a Swiss Based Jewellery shop, Moertens, in Bond Street.
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
Eric Gates
Oct 19, 2013 Eric Gates rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Chris Ryan and Andy McNab
‘Savage Payback’ is the third thriller in a series about a private security firm created by Seumas Gallacher. Like its predecessors, the storyline is solid and believable and the pace relentless. The author immerses the reader in a world of deadly violence as the protagonists encounter two old enemies bent upon vengeance, one of whom possesses skills on a par with the ex-Special Forces soldiers that make up the aforementioned security firm. From an explosive start, the protagonists find themselv ...more
John Dolan
Nov 24, 2013 John Dolan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Cinematic, Thrilling, Action-Packed Adventure Tale"

'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
Martin Hill
Nov 08, 2013 Martin Hill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Savage Payback, Seumas Gallacher's third entry in his Jack Calder series, sees the former SAS officer thrown up against the international drug trade and a renegade former special ops operator with a thirst for revenge against Calder's specialist security firm, International Security Partners.

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
Susan Toy
Jul 17, 2014 Susan Toy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seumas Gallacher has done everything right with this book: The story pulls you in from the first page, carries you along throughout at a great pace, and never lets go - right up to the final page! It's very engaging, the characters are believable and the storyline appears to be authentic (Gallacher apparently has first-hand knowledge of the subject and the international stage on which it's set). The writing is accomplished; this book is very well-written and can stand as an example of how to wri ...more
Jeannie Walker
Jan 24, 2013 Jeannie Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this interesting novel made me think of Sean Connery playiing Jack Calder as the lead man in this action packed adventure.
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?
I h
Joanne Eley
Oct 21, 2013 Joanne Eley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The reader is swept along in this International Security Partners deadly assignment. The seamless weaving together throughout of the principle characters lives and their missions whether it be for good or evil Make for an absorbing read. Yes, it is savage,violent, ruthless and brutal at times. But, loyalty, love, pain suffering and sacrifice are there too, leading to Revenge. This novel is action packed with vivd descriptions illuminating the read. The plot is a masterpiece, surprising, intrigui ...more
Charles Stubbs
Sep 12, 2012 Charles Stubbs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast paced adventure

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
Dana Griffin
Jan 23, 2013 Dana Griffin rated it really liked it
This is a complex story I enjoyed reading. The scenes and culture of England, Holland, and Hong Kong are described in such detail and flavor I felt the author must’ve lived there. The writing was crisp and efficient.

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,
Oct 19, 2013 Sheri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
SAVAGE PAYBACK by Seumas Gallacher

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
Frank J.
Jan 23, 2014 Frank J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing must read for thriller lovers..!

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..!!!
Matthew Andrus
Nov 14, 2013 Matthew Andrus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fantastic thriller in the Jack Calder series, Seamus Gallagher is one of the best British crime writers of his generation.

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!
Pamela Beckford
Oct 23, 2013 Pamela Beckford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chapter One and I was hooked. This was a gripping, heart pounding tale. I haven't read any of the other books, but now I must. I thoroughly enjoyed this. I, unwittingly, read this book first. Time to start with book 1.
Boyko Ovcharov
Jul 30, 2016 Boyko Ovcharov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plausible Title!

Good thriller, action-packed, well written. It definitely shows creativity and imagination. Not exactly thought-provoking implications or real-life comparisons.
John Cranor
Jan 11, 2014 John Cranor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fast paced international thriller. This is the third in a series that is turning my friend Seumas into a star.
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SEUMAS GALLACHER escaped from the world of finance nine years ago, after a career spanning three continents and five decades.

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
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