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48 Hours

(City of London #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  2,469 ratings  ·  170 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
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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
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
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
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.
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!
Clare Hamilton
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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Chris Taylor
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...
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.
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
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
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.
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 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Fast paced and enjoyable.
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.
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.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just couldn’t put this down, loved it. Looking for to reading book 2
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.
Selina Griffin
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I thought this began well but gradually got less likeable, I found the romance fairly ridiculous and honestly would have preferred the book without.
Malcolm Thomson
Oct 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
When so minded I can cavil with the best of them, nit-pick and chunter like a grumpy old git. It seems that "48 Hours" has attracted the attention of some who have these predilections.

They complain that the proof-reading has not been sufficiently thorough. Surely allowances must be made for the fact that self-publishers are on their own... self-editing one's text for the nth time borders on masochism. And so, yes, a scattering of typos must be reckoned with.

Then there are reviewers who seem to b
John Hackett
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Jul 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting little thriller, written somewhat unusually (for me anyway) in a mixture of first person and third person. By that I mean, it sometimes is 'I did this', other times it's 'they did that' and the action takes place somewhere the previous 'first person', isn't. If that makes it any clearer. Probably not.

A good little book. A thriller, even. Our main character gets, seemingly out of the blue, a note, a threat, to pay up a huge sum of money, inside the 48 hours of the title, or suffer
Dec 07, 2013 rated it liked it
An irritating novel:

Don’t be fooled by the title: ’48 Hours’ doesn’t minutely focus on the 48 hours that Josh Hammond suffers after receiving a text message blackmailing him for a quarter of a million pounds, like a series of ’24′. No, the large focus of this book is about trying to capture the villain and links made to other crimes that the blackmailer is committing. I did enjoy this element to the story as I felt this made it more interesting to read, but I did feel that it dragged on a fair b
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
Trevor Burton
Jul 31, 2013 rated it liked it
The book starts off at a good pace with an immediate demand for £250k which grabs the reader’s interest straight away.
I found it refreshing to have a different type of main character in the loss adjuster Josh Hammond, especially as the hard-man hero is in fact a girl called Dee Conrad but Josh could perhaps have more depth in his character. Good descriptions of London Streets. It was interesting to learn more about how insurance works.
There to be too many chapters and is it necessary to have a d
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