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48 Hours

(City of London #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  2,708 ratings  ·  179 reviews
“If you don’t pay me £250,000.00 in the next 48 Hours you will die”. The text on Josh Hammond’s BlackBerry was blunt and chilling. Surely it must be a joke, but when Josh is attacked in broad daylight and people around him start to die he knows that his blackmailer is deadly serious. Can Josh raise the money, can his attractive new bodyguard protect him, who is blackmailin ...more
ebook, 385 pages
Published 2011 by Fidus Publishing (first published October 28th 2010)
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Simon Jenner
I was intrigued by this novel's premise - a sudden demand to pay £250,000 in 48 hours or be killed. It seemed crazy but equally something that could happen to you out of the blue in real life. I imagine, like Josh, I would think it was a hoax, but the baddie's subsequent actions show you just how serious he is and you wonder what you would do in similar circumstances. The main character, Josh, was a bit wet when it came to women, which was actually a refreshing change, but I could feel for him a ...more
Paul Dunlop
Aug 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
The author is on to something here, but its desperately executed and awfully written.

For example the characters are pretty good, the lead, the body guard, the police are all believable. The villain, despite being almost a poor boy made good stereotype is just awful. The book also flits between perspectives even when dealing with one character, giving it an annoying read.

Then we have the show dont tell. Just before something happens, the main character explains it to us or the body guard does o
Sophie Narey (Bookreview- aholic)
Published: 28/10/2010
Author: J. Jackson Bentley
Recommended for: fans of thrillers
Edition: Kindle

I found this book on the Kindle Store for free and so I thought that I would give this a go. This is a pretty good thriller book that keeps you entertained throughout. I have the Kindle version which has a few spelling mistakes and grammer problems. This book works just as well if you read it alone or in the series. The characters were interesting and the storyline kept you reading on to find out what
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An interesting thriller that keeps you engaged throughout…

The characters are likable enough to keep you reading and you never quite know which twists and turns are going to come up next.

However, one thing you do know is that you can have a lot of fun on this ride!
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is in serious need of an editor, the most glaring mistake being the sentence that claimed that UK time is an hour ahead of European time, when the reality is in fact the opposite... Characters' names kept changing, particularly Michael to Martin and Martin to Michael, and there was a Jason/Jonas as well. A few basic typos that could have easily been picked up cropped up.


As usual with these thriller books, the characters were not particularly likeable - in this book
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Utter rubbish even for a freebie!
With Stuart Mcbride, Peter James etc it’s immediately apparent how much research these authors do for their books to be a continuing success.
This author appears to be at the complete opposite end of the scale with characters joining the Police as amateur investigators. So factually incorrect as far as Police Procedures go I found it unbelievable and couldn’t finish it.
Barry Lillie
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it
I really liked the premise to this tale and the short bursts of drama led chapters really carried it along in a measured way: I started to think here's a five star novel, but then... The pointless over information based football match and constant author intrusion, I guess you are a football fan in real life, nothing wrong with that but keep it out of your writing. So we were down to four stars then despite the standard disclaimer that all characters are fictitious and any coincidences coinciden ...more
Matthew Andrus
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
48hrs Is actually a really refreshing thriller set in London.

J Jackson Bentley has crafted really good book right from the outset where Josh the main protagonist receives a text on his blackberry by an unknown person telling he has to find a quarter of a million pounds in 48hrs or he'll be killed, a just as Josh was convincing himself that it's a prank by one of his few friends who actually know he has that sort of money to his disposal he receives an email that throws a doubt that it is in fact
Jul 01, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's very rare that I give a book 2 stars, but it was only my unwillingness to leave a book unfinished that meant I got to the end of this one. The final third of the book is worth persevering for, but it is hard going before that. The premise of the story is a good one and it does twist and turn nicely, the main problem is the writing style, which I can only describe as clunky. The book would be half as long if the author hadn't felt the need to over describe everything and drop in the brand na ...more
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
I finished the book but won't read any more. This book seems to polarise readers. I am from the negative side. It was hard to read because it felt so wooden & forced. The author seems to feel the need to over explain everything. Like a comedian explaining his jokes, this doesn't work. The idea was decent, the twists & turns had potential but the delivery made it become painful reading for me by the end. ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
A well-paced thriller...
3 stars because the plot became a little long-winded and the the main characters were quite stereotyped. Having said that, it must be almost impossible to create totally new fiction in this genre.

On the plus side, the detailed geography of London added to the atmosphere the author maintained throughout the story, which would make a good TV mini-series in 4 parts...
Clare Hamilton
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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Feb 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Been generous giving this a 3 - probably 3 minus. A pacy thriller set around London - blackmail, art theft, kidnapping. But entertaining enough.
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked the premise to this tale and the short bursts of drama led chapters really carried it along in a measured way: I started to think here's a five star novel, but then... The pointless over information based football match and constant author intrusion, I guess you are a football fan in real life, nothing wrong with that but keep it out of your writing. So we were down to four stars then despite the standard disclaimer that all characters are fictitious and any coincidences coinciden ...more
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
The first of the City of London Thrillers series, this tells the back-story of some of the characters who feature in Chameleon. Often, in a series, reading them out of order can be disruptive to the flow of the stories, but not in this case. I did know of some of the events in 48 Hours from later references in Chameleon, but because they were just reference points rather than repeats of what happened it meant that I was able to enjoy 48 Hours and learn what actually happened in the earlier book. ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a strange one! The first 25% was great and had me gripped, although by the end of this section we already know who the blackmailer is and why they have chosen their subject, so I was wondering what the remaining 75% would hold. It didn't have me hooked as much as the first quarter of the book but was still a good read for a free book. I'm not going to bother with any more in the series though as I have enough on my kindle to get through! ...more
Robert Samuel
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just good easy read.

A lot of conflicting reviews on this one and after reading i have to side with the positives. Yes it's your standard thriller but a bloody fun one both with some twists and a few not believable bits. Being involved with law i just can not see police allowing victims that much invlovment with fhe investigation. But it does not matter it's a fun action read. Take it for what it is. I will be lookng on Amazon for the rest of the series.
Frank Roberto
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book!!

I really enjoy reading books by authors that I have never heard of and read before. That's the reason for choosing this book. I enjoyed this book a lot. It gave a glimpse into how a black mailer would try to what they wanted from another person and the lengths that they would be willing to go to get what they want and avoid being caught at all costs.
Karl Wiggins
It just went on too long

I don't know what else I can say about this. It was a decent book, but went on for far too long. Decent story, you know who the villain is almost from the start, but that's no bad thing, but when the author should really have wrapped it all up it just felt like he kept on writing for no understandable reason.

Mrs. A E Wood
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This is one of the best I have read. Superbly written, and although the villain is identified early on the twists and turns as the police struggle to find evidence to prove his guilt is fascinating
Feb 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Yet another storyline that starts with great promise only to descend into farce. Such a shame. It is reasonably well-written and engaging, but has too many unnecessary explanations and descriptions and should have ended about halfway through.
angela richiardi
Exiting & gripping

From the moment of openning this book i could not put it down
When you thought you knew what was going to happen annother twist came along
Never ever bored reading this book
Cannot wait until tomorrow to read annother book by j jackson bentley
Stephen Marrable

I'm an Inspector Morse fan. This is not close, the story itself would have been good if told with more dialogue rather than the humdrum of long drawn out explanations.

I enjoyed the sightseeing of London, the history was cool. Not sure if Sir Bob would enjoy it though.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Frightening premise, recommended for the ‘scare-me-to-death' basis. i liked the solution, as well which was well done by the author. ...more
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Fast paced and enjoyable.
Linda Amos
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read. As a freebie I wasn't expecting much so was pleasantly surprised. There were a few glaring errors and spelling mistakes, otherwise a good 'romp' through London. ...more
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just couldn’t put this down, loved it. Looking for to reading book 2
Claire Rayner
Apr 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
I rarely bin a book off but my word this is awful. I managed to get 15% of the way through before I threw in the towel.
Jyoti Sharma
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this author for the first time. Pretty intriguing premise - and well written.
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Epic read

Best author ive read in ages. Fast paced exciting and full of twists and turns .A real page turner couldn't put it down.
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