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Killing State

(A Michael North Thriller #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  197 ratings  ·  31 reviews
The bullet in his brain isn't the problem. She is.
Michael North is a hero, with a bullet in the brain to prove it. A bullet which has rewired his neural pathways and heightened his sense of intuition. A bullet which is driving him mad. Working for an extra-governmental agency called The Board, North knows one thing for sure. He is very good at killing very bad guys. But
Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published November 6th 2017 by Loughman Press
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Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it

Micheal North is an assasin, ( who has a bullet lodged in his head!!) working for, well, shady people inc the Government, he works on a need to know basis and never questions his orders....until he receives instructions to kill Honor Jones MP, he has never assassinated a woman before.....nor questioned those that sanction his work, if he did he would become the assassinated! What will he choose to do...
The story then follows what happens in this tale of ‘New
Order’Govts, treachery, wealth, power,
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
KILLING STATE by Judith O'Reilly is a fast-paced, action-packed story of power, corruption, and murder, and nobody could tear this book out of my hands until I had reached the very last word (which, by the way, left me desperately wanting the next book in this addictive new series!).

Michael North is a soldier, a killer, and a dead man walking if the bullet that is lodged in his brain ever decides to move slightly and finally finish him off. Determined that he would not waste what little life he
Joanna Park
From the fantastic opening line this book drew me in with it’s intriguing story line and fast paced action. I loved the description of the secret agency with a slightly murky mission run by a gentleman who reminded me or a character from a James Bond movie to our hero North, the Killer with nothing to lose. I found it fascinating and kept reading hoping to discover more about it. My enjoyment was heightened by the added mystery of what had happened to Peggy and what she had got her self involved ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Killing State is author Judith O’Reilly’s first foray into the thriller genre having previously written two non-fiction books, Wife In The North and A Year of Doing Good.

Michael North is a war hero, a trained killer and a very intriguing character. Despite not believing it possible during the opening chapters, I grew to be rather fond of him. We first meet North as he is stalking his next target through a London park. Honor Jones is the Tory MP for Mile End and has mere minutes to live. But the
Gordon Mcghie
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Michael North is a hero but he is also used as a killer by a mysterious agency known as The Board. The Board seem to be working in shadows but appear to be associated with the UK Government. Michael has been instructed to kill a Member of Parliament who has been asking all the wrong questions.

Michael North has a personal code – he will kill bad guys but he does not kill women. So when Michael comes face to face with his next target, an M.P. called Honor Jones, he will have to ignore his own code
Mary Picken
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Killing State is certainly a worrying action thriller for our times. Michael North is our protagonist, young, good looking, but walking around with a death sentence quite literally in his head. Prone to blinding headaches as a result of the bullet in his brain which is simply too dangerous for surgeons to remove, North also has flashes of extreme empathy or intuition, which leads him to believe he knows what someone he is in physical proximity to is thinking or has been through.

It’s not an
Andy Walker
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’d never heard of Judith O’Reilly, least of all her first novel Killing State. I bought the book after it was recommended to me by an assistant at Waterstones in Durham. I was at the shop to see crime author Mari Hannah do a signing and it just so happened that O’Reilly was speaking at the same event. I was collared in the shop by an assistant who said “You must read this, it’s brilliant”. Given that the book was a political thriller with intrigue and state corruption aplenty I thought I’d give ...more
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
“You should come with me.”

He turned over the offer in his mind.

Why would he?

Because she was stop-your-heart beautiful.

Then again, the world teemed with beautiful women. Because he wanted to know how it ended.

Badly, he predicted.

What happens when an assassin doesn't get the expected reaction from his target? Honor Jones, MP, tells him to let her finish her cigarette and asks him a question, "Where's Peggy?" The assassin in question,
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What if you have a bullet in your head and work as an assassin knowing life can end for you at any time. Michael North is that person and his next assignment is to kill the MP Honor Jones. When he confronts her she asks if he knows where her friend Peggy is. Honor seems to be on the list to kill for who she knows not what she has done. He finds himself drawn to her and her hunt for Peggy. But Peggy is not the only one missing. North has thought his assignments were to save the country but now he ...more
Jane Kelsey
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
I was hooked from the first line: “This morning for Honour Jones MP was unremarkable, except in one respect. She was going to die.” As opening lines go, this is a great one and the best part is that it promised without disappointing!

North is trained in the art of killing and his paycheck is secured by The Board, a national UK organisation dealing [which means killing] national security threats. North is ex-military, but a bullet stuck into his brain means that his death can be imminent and his
Doniya Soni
2.5 Stars.

I generally loathe to leave somewhat negative reviews, but I had to air some of my (spoiler free) gripes with this book.

I first picked it up because it ticked all the boxes of books I like to read: thriller, political, by a female author, but I was unfortunately disappointed.

I'll keep it short, but my two main gripes were:

1) The descriptions of female characters (e.g. "crazy hot breasts" "supple young body" "sprayed on jeans" "pert boobs"). I expected more from another woman, but the
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Action, romance, sexy broken hero, fun teen sidekick. Loved it. Can't wait for book 2!
Jacob Collins
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I was utterly gripped by this brilliant book, if you’re after a thriller which is brimming with action, I would highly recommend this one.

In Killing State, Judith introduces us to trained killer Michael North. Michael has been hired to assassinate MP Honor Jones, the Tory MP for Mile End, who has become too much of a liability for those who want her killed. But Michael’s conscience gets the better of him and he realises
Sam (Clues and Reviews)
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Every so often, I find myself in the mood for an action thriller. Killing State, the newest (and third!) novel by Judith O’Reilly, seemed to fit this bill for me. A perfect blend of an action thriller, political thriller and romance thriller, from the first pages, I was captivated by O’Reilly’s prose; I had to keep turning the pages.

As the novel opens, we are introduced to Michael North, a man with a bullet in his brain from his time spent in the war that has heightened his neural pathways and
Julie Morris
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, this book has it all going on! Right from the opening pages, the action never lets up for a second and we find ourselves in a labyrinth of cross and double-cross, people switching sides in the blink of an eye, assassinations, explosions, fights, intrigue, paranoia, shadowy organisations and political machinations (do those of you who grew up with Blackadder always want to finish that phrase with ‘of the evil Pitt. Lord Baldrick’ or is that just me? Blackadder the Third, Episode 1: Dish and ...more
Cassandra MADEUP BookBlog
What a brilliant, fast paced and actions packed ride this was!! I loved every page and couldn’t put it down!

The story progresses at the perfect pace, something new being added or shocking happening at every turn. I expected this to be a very typical type of story, man gets sent to kill woman, falls in love and can’t do it. Man and woman run away and get revenge.

I honestly expected this to follow much the same lines, a predictable storyline that’s fun to wind down with, but what I found myself
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Michael North has a very special job, he is a killer for sale, he is ready to kill anyone who could put the state in danger, he only has two rules; never kill a child nor a woman. So, when he receives the order to kill the MP Honor Jones, he is not eager to take the job, there is something that doesn’t feel right with it.
MP Honor Jones is searching for her best friend, it had been two weeks without any news from her, so when she starts asking questions about her disappearance she starts being
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Michael North. What a guy. The ultimate of mercenaries who kills without remorse and without thought. Once a target is set it is not his job to question why, simply to establish the how and carry out his duty. Until he meets Honor Jones. She is the one who changes everything.

Somebody, it seems, is targeting people across the UK. At least this is what Honor’s strange friends believe. She just has to find the proof, assuming, that is, she believes them. But when Michael North is sent to derail her
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Killing State is a terrific, near-future, thriller which starts off at a cracking pace which rarely falters throughout. It's full of morally dubious characters, including its damaged protagonist, a government assassin, Michael North. At the centre of the story is an all-encompassing conspiracy which drags in prominent, influential people from all walks of life in a worryingly plausible way. The author's insider knowledge is displayed with a light touch and the vision of what the future holds in ...more
yvette aldridge
Oct 14, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Don't pay for this! It isn't worth it.

It started well, and the last chapter was good. However, in between these was a very poor read. Too much repetition. Too many completely irrelevant points, words etc. I was going to give up after the first chapter but kept hoping it might get better, but it didnt. I think that in general it was a really poor storyline. The characters weren't developed enough. The plot was very loose. Not enough detail in a lot of areas. I would not pay for this book or
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was a bit apprehensive as I started this book as I didn't like the style of writing of Judith O'Reilly's previous books but I liked the sound of this one so decided to give it a go. I must say that I was pleasantly surprised, it did take me a little while to get into the story but once I did I started to enjoy it although it was not a fast read for me. I am not really into futuristic storylines but this one was ok as it wasn't too far into the future and did have a ring of truth to it. I will ...more
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly absorbing read, difficult to put down and two days after finishing I'm still turning it over in my mind.

I began reading thinking it was a thriller and it is yes, but more than that it's a complex political drama. Very clever, very well conceived. All this could happen in the future. Maybe it already does? What do we know?

A brilliant book. Looking forward to the sequel.

Julie S. Evans
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Story of action & redemption in today's world of uncertainty

A very exciting thriller, set in London. It's a bit like a Robert Ludlum sort of story, with a sinister government agency ordering a former soldier to kill select enemies of the government. The characters are intense and I cared to know what would happen to them. Looking forward to the next book by this author.
gary owen
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fast paced and gritty

I started reading this book and I was hooked from the first chapter. Some books are a chore to read but Judith O'Reilly has written a page turner and not the usual predictability of some new authors, a genuine good read. Looking forward to see what's Next for North and I hope Fangfang.
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Incredible. But not in a good way. Cliche ridden and repetitive. The book world does not need another superhuman, brooding ex squaddie. The references to "post Brexit Britain" were so sparse and shallow that they weren't worthy of the blurb. Not a patch on This Disunited Kingdom by Leslie J Nicholls
Dave Dawe
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thriller, crime, political and right on trend - this is an adventure story that resonates with Today.
Judith O’Reilly’s writing style fuels the pace and alarm of the clever story line. Strong characters abound (male & female). The promise of more to follow is good news: looking forward to following North & Fang Fang along their way.
Gutsy. Modern. Stylish.
Liam Mycroft
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very interesting new addition to the genre of bad guys turned good, with issues. In this case, a bullet in the head, a death sentence waiting to happen. Michael North is someone I want to know more about, and I look forward to the follow up in 2020.
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written enthralling thriller

This book is one of the best I've read in 2017. The premise is chillingly prophetic. I loved North and the way he thought was almost poetic which is kind of weird considering his line of work. Highly recommend
Robert Scragg
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommend this one

A fast paced thriller right from the start - really enjoyed it and looking forward to the next Michael North book for sure!!
Jim B.
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lots of turns and twists. Who do you trust? Surprises here and there. Can a woman change a man. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
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Judith O’Reilly's claim to fame is that one of her books was a Radio 4 Book of the Week. As far as she's concerned that's as good as it gets.

Judith has written three books. Her latest book is called Killing State and is out in November. It's a commercial political thriller and her first novel – at least the first one she's allowed to leave the house without her. She likes to describe it as a Lee

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