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Ethan Justice: Origins

(Ethan Justice #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  770 ratings  ·  145 reviews
In the morning, he’s struggling to remember. By the evening, he’s struggling to survive. John Smith’s risk avoidance policy just expired!

Waking up beside the gorgeous Savannah Jones, John is shocked to learn she was for hire, and he can’t pay the price - a thousand pounds or broken legs. In desperation, he turns to best friend, Mark, for the money. Only one problem - Mark
Kindle Edition, 246 pages
Published May 30th 2012
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Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free download of "Ethan Justice: Origins" by Simon R. Jenner in exchange for an honest review. All I can say is WOW! This book was amazing. This novel is a fast-paced, action-packed character-driven thriller that totally grips you and never lets up. It is written in the third person with some chapters in the first person from the antagonists point of view, which works well allowing for more insight into the character of the killer.

John Smith is thirty-two years old, comes from a wea
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is an action/thriller with an accidental hero and a really twisted bad guy. The story threatens sympathy for the bad guy, but our hero is not to be fooled. The action is fabulous. The suspense is edgy and surprising.

The opening scene is gruesome, made even more so by the shiftless counterpoint that is our hero’s life. The pace of the story is balanced as the point of view switches between the two main characters and incorporates the perspective of the secondary characters periodically. Ther
Olga Miret
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
ETHAN JUSTICE: Origins by Simon Jenner
I don’t read spy books very often and my memories of them are of very hefty tomes with lots of weird names, convoluted plots and characters I did not much care for (I apologise to the lovers of the genre and I’m sure I just read the wrong books). I found ‘Ethan Justice: Origins’ refreshingly different. The main character, John Smith (his name a never ending source of amusement to everybody he meets and nobody believes is his real name) when first introduced
Kath Middleton
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book begins with a dissolute 32 year old man with the bland name of John Smith, being taken to task by his parents and best friend for wasting his life and talents. He has a good Oxford degree and is working as a junior clerk. His parents own his flat. He becomes involved with Savannah Jones (Smith and Jones eh!) in tracking down a murderer, helped and hindered by two special agents.

There’s a huge amount of action in here and quite a lot of dark humour. The interplay of characters is very
I had signed up to win this book on goodreads giveaways but lost. I lose a lot more than I win so life goes on. That should be the end of this review, but wait...what's this...the author has just e-mailed me asking if I would like a preview copy of the book sent to my Kindle. Thought about it for a few moments and said yes. The next day I have the copy and begin reading and was hooked. The hook was set so deep that when I got about 45% done with the book and could go no further (preview copy) I ...more
T.W. Barton
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I saw this advertised on another site and went to Amazon to look at it and get more information. I generally like to read the first few reviews to get a feel for the book and see if it is something I might like but on this one I never got past the title of the first review that said the book had a good plot but too much sex and language for the reviewer. I bought the book!

I admit that was a eye catcher but having completed the book I can only surmise that the reviewer has a very delicate constit
Carrie Terrell
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It really makes me mad when you read a book and it prompts you to keep going! Isn't this what all authors want, for their readers to want to continue reading their work whether it's a stand alone or a series? This is the case with Simon R. Jenner. First I would like to thank him for being that author that truly wants to help his readers get access to a book in whichever format they can. Simon helped me to understand and accomplish this task on my eReader. This alone opens up a whole new world to ...more
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, series, action, 2013, may
This was given to me in exchange for an honest review by the author.

The novel is a third person action thriller with some chapters in 1st person from the antagonists point of view. I really like Simon Jenner's writing style and the way he added a first person perspective from the antagonists point of view as it really helped to get to know the kind of person he is and helped to get into his head better than it would have done in third.

I really enjoyed reading this novel and I finished it quickl
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
From the first page I was hooked! Maybe its because I had just read it a couple of month's ago, but this novel kept reminding of Carl Hiaasen's "Bad Monkey." And that's a good thing. Jenner's characters are anything but stock much like Hiaasen's.

The novel is told from the third person point of view like a lot of books. However the author also chose to make one of the character's view first person. I loved this decision. Not only does it you give you a peak into the mind of the character but it
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Ethan Justice: Origins is a fast paced thriller with some little comedy gems woven into it. Written in bad-guy-first-person and good-guy-third-person, it's a little different from your common or garden thrillers in that it gives an insight into the thought process of the baddie right from the get-go. Each character is well developed with a thorough back story, and the plot is entertaining, although I felt it lost
Valerie Shisler
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished the book today. I am a big fan of mystery/psychological thrillers and your novel did not disappoint. Each time I thought I had it "figured out" a new twist would emerge. I also enjoyed the fact that it was written with a British perspective -- references to lifestyle, local color ect. I found myself routing for Savannah & John to become a couple. Again, I was not disappointed -- the chapter where he bears himself to her was moving; I could actually see the two as if I was pre ...more
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, suspense
This first book in the series was an exciting, fast-paced read with lots of unpredictable twists. The main characters were somewhat quirky at first, but we get to know them better and empathize with them as danger mounts and the thrilling plot unfolds. An exciting debut!
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Ethan Justice: Origins” (Simon Jenner)

Calling all bookworms – this is a novel to read in one sitting! Simon Jenner has created a gem that you will not be able to put down.

Posh layabout, John Smith, has been given an ultimatum by his parents. Get a proper job or find your own way; no flat and no bills will be paid. Now for most people, John has a reasonable job but not everyone has an honours degree from Oxford and a prestigious family name. Even his best friend, city whiz, Mark, has been roped
Heather Payer-Smith
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Book Review for “Ethan Justice : Origins” by Simon Jenner

John Smith leads a life as uneventful and uninspiring as his name. Born to a wealthy family, he has been afforded privilege and opportunity that he has mostly taken for granted. Though intelligent and a graduate of Oxford University, John works a menial job, lives in a flat his parents pay for and is the main source of stress and disappointment to his father. It is only after a surprise intervention from his family and best friend, Mark, t
Laura Pilcher
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: author-freebie
4.5 / 5

Really enjoyed this book. Yawn!! another late night as i HAD to get to the end of the story.

We meet John Smith (yes John Smith!) who is coasting in life on his parents money. His parents have effectively cut him off until he can live life to his full potential. After a night of getting drunk with his best friend Mark (a high flyer financial whizz) he wakes up next to an unknown women. Cue Savannah Jones, a Sexy beauty who has had a rough few years in life. Savannah turns out to be a pros
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
The 'Failure to launch' concept has become a household term in the last fifteen years. Son and daughters with more time and little enthusiasm live off of mom and dad. Thirty is the new seventeen and forty is the new twenty one. Most parents that are "blessed" with a failure to launch child pray for some miraculous motivational spark to light inside their child's brain or to at least have them mooch off of someone else for a while. This book is about one man that was a poster child for the failur ...more
Tony Parsons
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
9/18, Mark Bradshaw (John’s BMF, financial wizard, Cambridge; science, physics), went over to Johnathan “John” Smith (32, son, Oxford, mathematics) house.
The 2 went to Dribbles sports bar (Soho) to have a couple of beers.
Savannah Jones (21, Carmen’s BFF) had gone home with John.
She told him to pay her a $1,000 lbs.
John didn’t have it, He has 48 hrs. or her boss; Christopher “Christos the Greek” (45), will mess him up.

9/24, Agent Herb Johnson (Earthguard) asked Agent Max Wilson (Earthguard) h
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 1 of the Ethan Justice.

It all started when Ethan, then plain John Smith, got an ultimatum (I would say more emotional blackmail than ultimatum) from his family to make them proud or to lose his luxury flat with all expenses paid by papa. You see, John was the only son in a well to do family, but he did not really care about all the glitter. He was quite happy to be in a boring dead end job of his choosing. Alas, now he had six months to find a career that would make his parents happy. John
My eyes went wide at the opening paragraph of the Prologue. On the second page, I actually sucked in an involuntary gasp. Two pages later, at the end of the Prologue, I know that we have one psycho of a bad guy and I want to know how the hero – whom we haven’t even met yet – is going to survive this lunatic. And I want to know NOW!

Over the next several chapters the author introduces us to the hero, the heroine (yes, there’s a reason for using these terms, rather than the more euphemistic “protag
Julie Wear
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Simon Jenner is the author of Ethan Justice: Origins. The second book in the series, Ethan Justice: Relentless, is available with the third book of the series in the works.

John Smith is thirty-two years old, living in an apartment his parents pay for, working a menial job, and going through the motions of life without much of a desire to do otherwise. His life quickly begins to change when he wakes up with a gorgeous prostitute in his bed and no way to pay her. John, scared of what Savannah’s pi
Liz Barnsley
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
My latest blogpost talked about Genre Reading and getting out of your comfort zone, and occasionally trying something a bit different. Well thats what I did with "Ethan Justice" a novel that perhaps I would not have picked up in the ordinary course of things but now I have I'm glad I did. It was one of those enjoyable books that kind of flows over you, pulling you along with it and when you are finally done you realise you've had a great time! John Smith, pretty much living off his parents and b ...more
Liz Barnsley
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My latest blogpost talked about Genre Reading and getting out of your comfort zone, and occasionally trying something a bit different. Well thats what I did with “Ethan Justice” a novel that perhaps I would not have picked up in the ordinary course of things but now I have I’m glad I did. It was one of those enjoyable books that kind of flows over you, pulling you along with it and when you are finally done you realise you’ve had a great time! John Smith, pretty much living off his parents and b ...more
David Roberts
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am reviewing the novel Ethan Justice Origins by Simon Jenner which is an excellent thriller. It's quite a gritty kind of thriller set in London & is about someone being forced into the sex trade by the Russian Mafia and someone trying to rescue her. It's around 200 pages so is a reasonable length. It's quite violent and there are a couple of particularly effective scenes. One is where someone is interogated and has a finger chopped off with a hatchet. He is given the choice of putting one ...more
Chelsea Johnson
Ethan Justice: Origins is an engrossing, action filled thriller that's fast paced and draws you in, never letting go up until the very last page.

Most of the novel is written in a 3rd person narrative, however there are some chapters written in 1st person that are told from the antagonists POV. This was a new writing style for me, and Simon Jenner did a great job with it. It gave you an opportunity to get to know the kind of person the antagonist is in a better way than a 3rd person narrative wou
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing

John Smith is an average guy. He earns enough of a salary to pay his bills, and is content with that, despite his mother’s insistence that he should be something more productive with his Oxford degree. In contrast, his friend Mark is soaring up the career ladder and Mrs Smith just cannot understand why her son has no ambition for himself - one night out later though, and everything changes.

The stakes are made quite clear from the start. The villain has no qualms about killing to get what he want
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I wasn't really sure what to expect when I started Ethan Justice. I thought it would be just another run of the mill crime novel, which I'd been reading quite a bit of when I first started this book.

Life got in the way of my reading, unfortunately, and I wasn't able to really finish the book for months. Here I am in October, finally finishing the book, and wishing I'd have just sat down in one sitting to read this novel.

The twists and turns were great, things kept coming at you that you didn't e
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
John Smith is a 32 years old underachiever. His wealthy parents pay for his lovely flat ‘cos his low profile job won’t allow him to pay his bills. No matter what his family tries to do, they can’t get John motivated enough to do something constructive with his life. As the last attempt to influence John his parents recruit Mark, his best friend, to help…

However Mark turns out to be not the person everyone thinks he was…

Mark introduces John to Savannah who changes his life forever…
John & Sava
Lauren Eames
Nov 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lauren by: Simon Jenner
Shelves: giveaways, e-books
The author very kindly emailed me a Kindle version of this book in exchange for an honest review.

"I remind my captive of the need for obedience by stubbing out my cigarette on his forehead."

I knew that from this first line, I was going to love this book. And I wasn't disappointed. Simon Jenner has created the perfect cold and calculated bad guy. Although some of the things he does made me flinch and pull a face (much to the amusement of the people in the room with me), I found myself intrigued b
Jim Wright
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Fasten your seatbelts readers, Ethan Justice: Origins is one helluva ride!

Ethan Justice: Origins is a fast-paced, action-packed, character-driven thriller, guaranteed to make you laugh out loud, cringe, cry and cheer.

The opening sequence hooked me. The very first sentence promised a great deal of well described action. That promise was not only fulfilled, but exceeded in a grand way!

I was very pleasantly reminded of the old noir tales. Action, drama, and romance well seasoned with sarcastic humo
R J Mckay
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meet John Smith…a 32 year old underachiever who has managed to get through life on a shipping clerk salary and his parents money. Unfortunately, Mom and Dad are tired of supporting him. They give him six months to grow up and take charge of his life. John’s best friend Mark is going along with the idea, while still trying to help John. When Mark and john get together to talk and visit a local bar, Mark decides to set his friend up with a girl. It isn’t until the next morning when Savannah wants ...more
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