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A Thousand Bayonets

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Upon returning from Afghanistan, journalist John Webster discovers a gang war in his backyard. Now he must find a way to survive in this Canadian warzone-or die in the crossfire.

John Webster has seen the terrible things human beings can do. He's an experienced investigative journalist, recently returned from the war in Afghanistan. John saw hell over there; he looked death
Paperback, 312 pages
Published August 18th 2011 by iUniverse
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Alexander S...........
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Good must read book of 2012
Really interesting book, well written with good clear characters...
When I started reading it I could not put it down
it did remind me about my youth and days as security (Group4)
life on the street....
I really like and enjoy this book
I do hope Joel Mark Harris continue to write more...
as he able to see and write about true streets....
Georgiann Hennelly
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a very goog thriller, John Webster is an investigative reporter, who has just returned from the war in Afganistan. Where he saw all the terrible things human beings can do to one another. But when he returns to what he thought would be a peaceful life, he follows up on a tip that puts him right in the middle of an explosive crime scene. John had been tipped off to a meeting of the top members of the Heart gang. To John the media and police it appears to be a gangland hit in the war betwe ...more
Joalby Phoenix
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I often tell my friends I'm not a big fan of works of Fiction because often it seems the author is trying too hard and overdeveloping the characters... This book does NOT fall into that category. The build up to the multiple climaxes and low points in the books keep the reader intrigued and interested in what's next for John.
From the minute you read the first page you're thrown into the adrenaline rather than take multiple chapters to develop characters and eventually 7 chapters in create the p
Susan Ashcraft
John Webster is a handsome, broad shouldered experienced reporter, once stationed in Baghdad where he witnessed a bombing that killed and injured several people. While following the story he was shot in the leg. He is now a reporter for the Vancouver Daily Globe.

Upon receiving a lead from his source, Webster is hopeful of learning more about the ongoing war between factions in Vancouver. Webster witnesses the shooting of 5 members of the Heart gang including Kenneth Dzyinski, the big boss; Anth
Janet Newport
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read-wins
I received this book as a First Reads winner.

First off - please clear out an entire afternoon to read A Thousand Bayonets. It deserves that. It's a quick read that way. I started late in the evening and read 30 - 40 pages a night for 4 nights. But had to keep backing up because I'd gotten lost.... Put it down and waited for a clear afternoon and when one came along, I started from page one and got through page 254 and only put it down then because the broccoli was burning (Dinner, anyone?).

Mar 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
My thanks to Goodreads Giveaways and Author Joel Mark Harris for the gift of 'A Thousand Bayonets.' I look forward to receiving, reading and reviewing.

I have received my book and look forward to reading! Thank you!

I liked it! It was a good, fast-paced mafia mystery. If the genre is Sopranoish, I'm there!

What bothered me, and perhaps I'm a little sensitive, but good golly, the protagonist's mother is all of 50 years old and has had hip replacement surgery, moves fragiley and has an old face with
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: can-lit, thriller
A Thousand Bayonets is a good thriller. Returning home from the war in Afghanistan, John Webster, investigative reporter, following up on a tip finds himself literally in the middle of an explosive crime scene. To the police and media, and John himself, it appears to be a gangland hit in a war between criminal gangs. Despite haunting flashbacks from Afghanistan, a personal life in disarray, subpoenas from the police and threats on his life, John’s journalistic instincts, honed in war zones in Ir ...more
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
After reading the description of A Thousand Bayonets I decided to enter the first-reads giveaway and to my surprise I was a winner! This is a story about a journalist who after suffering a traumatic experience in Afghanistan gets involved in trying to live a "normal" life. It was an interesting read.
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Very good book about organized crime, and a journalists quest to find justice. Very quick moving book, with good characters, and an easy to follow story line. Thanks Goodreads "First Reads" giveaways for the free copy!
May 18, 2012 rated it liked it

I won a copy of this in a FirstReads draw. The plot line is a new twist on an old standard... In a good way. I'm glad I read it, I'm not sure I would have even known about it of not for the giveaway. Thanks to Mr Harris!
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won this book as a giveaway and I am glad I won. The story held my interest and moved along at a good pace. The ending was exciting and did not let me down. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Mar 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
Won an ARC on First Reads, look forward to reading it.
Phoenix Carvelli
Mar 16, 2012 marked it as to-read
Review copy won on on 3-16-12.
Feb 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, thriller
Up until this point I didn't realize how many thrillers I read. I don't get it. It's not a genre that particularly intrigues me and yet, here's another review of yet another thriller. A Thousand Bayonets by Joel Mark Harris doesn't necessarily follow the typical formula. The books actually kind of reminds me of a 1940s noir film more than anything.

A Thousand Bayonets follows journalist John Webster who after returning from Afghanistan, begins covering the gang wars taking place in his hometown,
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A Thousand Bayonets is a story about redemption. John Webster, who is an investigative journalist, was haunted by one incident from Afghanistan. His nightmare is always about a Afghan boy that he didn't save because John froze. Now John is back home in Canada. His marriage has fallen apart due that one nightmare which he has refused to get counseling. His son Bryon doesn't talk to him since John hasn't visit his son in four months.

One of John's source has led him into a war between two criminal
First off, as a matter of full disclosure, Harris was brought up in Vancouver and the novel takes place there. I have this problem where I get strangely sentimental about books that place in the city I live in. I get a strange sense of delight when I'm reading about Gastown or South Vancouver or the Vancouver Public Library. This probably means I'm a little biased, but I'll put my thoughts down about this book anyway.

John Webster is a deeply flawed character. He's a borderline alcoholic, not a g
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book tells the story of John Webster who is a journalist that has recently come home from reporting on the war in Afghanistan. While researching a story, he is a witness to a gang shootout and soon is on the run from both the police and people who are trying to kill him.

My thoughts:

John was a messed up guy. He wasn't someone that I liked. It seemed like he had made a mess of most of his life...except for his work, which he was extremely dedicated to. He definitely does what he thinks is rig
Jenee Rager
Mar 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1st-reads, legal, thriller
This is the first time I've given a book I won on goodreads a one. I feel terrible doing it, but I can't in good faith rate it any higher.

I was drawn to the story of a reporter, back from Afghanistan taking on the mob through his work. What I got instead was a hot mess of a novel that seemed to be written using the standard mystery checksheet... croocked cops, check, love scene, check (who cares if it was out of place and pointless we have to have one), crush on the single mom in tough circumst
Jun 19, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a good book and it kept me interested through out. It wasn't great, and I wish that I could give it three and a half stars but alas, Goodreads doesn't go by halves and I have to keep reminding myself that three stars is "I liked it" according to the rating scheme so it's not as bad as I always feel like a three star book is.

This is about a war correspondent in Vancouver British Columbia who has covered brutal conflicts all over the planet to include Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Congo, an
Hierarchy Against
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
A Thousand Bayonets is most certainly a mystery novel. Before I read the publication, my interests were consistently convergent to a handful of topics, you know, teenage stuff, more or less. I decided to try my luck on the giveaway sponsored by publishers and distributed by Goodreads and thought the book looked fairly interesting enough, despite being a departure from normalcy. To my surprise, I won and after the first chapter, I was hooked. As clichéd as my scenario sounded, the feeling was gen ...more
Mar 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
This book was a gift from Goodreads. I was drawn to it by both the title and the synopsis.
A military journalist, after spending time in Afghanistan, returns home only to find that living in current western society is sometimes even more frightening than living in a war zone; it's often more difficult to identify the enemy. After witnessing a mob murder, the reporter's own life is on the line. Inexplicably, the reporter puts himself in situations in which he could be shot or otherwise killed by
Carrie Smith
Sep 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Joel MarkHarris’ A Thousand Bayonets is a Canadian cops a robbers adventure situated in Vancouver. The novel's lead character John Webster is a grizzled alcoholic newspaper reporter, who is scarred from his time in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has returned to Canada and is a crime beat reporter on a Vancouver daily, where he discovers himself entangled in the murder of a mobster and his cronies. It’s a Dick Tracy/Clark Kent adventure and it has an appealing pull throughout. Most importantly it passe ...more
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
John Webster is a war-time journalist who has returned to his native Canada thinking to take on more tame assignments. The gangs of Vancouver have no intention of making his life that easy, though, and soon Webster finds himself embroiled in a murder mystery that threatens his life and maybe even the lives of those he loves. As dire as his circumstances are, he finds he has trouble focusing on them as the rest of his life continues to unravel. Grasping for straws, he drinks too much and seeks ro ...more
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: action, thriller
I received a copy of A Thosand Bayonets by Joel Mark Harris through the Goodreads Giveaway.

This novel is a very good thriller, filled with lots of action. John Webster, an investigative reporter,returns home from the war in Afghanistan. There he saw the terrible things human beings can do.But when he comes home, to what he thought would be a peaceful life,he follows up on a tip that literally puts him right in the middle of an explosive crime scene.Webster had been tipped off to a meeting of the
Roger Royer
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Let me say that I enjoyed the book very much though I did have trouble getting through parts of it for some reason. I think it was probably because of something personal to me and not the book itself though the style did create some issues for me. The store on a whole was well done and the characters are well written if not as polished and complete as I would like but then again when are people the way we want them to be. I did find our hero to be more disjointed than I would normally care for b ...more
Mar 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, thriller
For a thriller, A THOUSAND BAYONETS is only moderately thrilling. It is the tale of former war reporter John Webster, who has returned home to Vancouver, B.C. where he finds himself again enmeshed in violence when he witnesses the gangland style slaying of some local criminals. I never really developed empathy with the main character and probably because of this did not find myself concerned for his well being when I was supposed to be on the edge of my seat. Having visited Vancouver many times, ...more
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Published in 2011 by iUniverse

Joel Mark Harris is a young Canadian journalist and new novel writer. The advice always given to writers is to "write what you know" so Harris has done that - the main character of this novel is John Webster, an experienced investigative journalist for a Vancouver newspaper. He carries physical and emotional battle scars from covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is too old to start a blog to promote his articles and he is definitely too experienced to be pl
Kathy Russo
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Thousand Bayonets by Joel Harris is a quick and enjoyable read that I got through in one evening.

This book truly was a pleasant surprise. From the very first page I had been sucked in and immersed in the suspense, action and heart-clenching pace of Harris' book. It is unpredictable and engaging; I literally couldn’t put this book down, it is without a doubt a strong, realistic and emotive book that will draw out a response from readers.

A strong yet brutal novel that takes a look at the destru
Cassaundra Aunna
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was not a huge fan of the book. That being said, I don't think it was bad. It had it's thrills, and the author gave good insight into the life of a journalist in the field. It is not the authors writing that I did not enjoy much, it is the subject. I just really don't care to hear about drug wars, turf wars, wars at all. If you are into that type of thing, you will love this book. If you are a journalist you will probably enjoy the book as well. It wasn't for me, but the writing was good, and ...more
Ryan Mac
Mar 16, 2012 marked it as abandoned
I received this book via Goodreads giveaway. The synopsis (journalist returning to Vancouver after being a correspondent in Afghanistan and Iraq gets caught up in organized crime turf wars) sounded very interesting--the execution wasn't as good. I found the characters to be very flat and cookie-cutter. Journalist has ex-wife that he still loves and doesn't really know his kid, the old crusty detective with the new younger female partner, the newspaper editor who has been in the business forever ...more
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Joel Mark Harris is an award-winning British-Canadian journalist, novelist, screenwriter and producer. Born in Vancouver, he graduated from Langara Journalism School in 2007 and worked for the Squamish Chief newspaper before freelancing. At Langara, Joel got the idea to write a series of books about a journalist, the first of which is called A Thousand Bayonets. In the novel, a former war correspo ...more
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