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The King Tides

(Lancaster & Daniels #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  11,622 ratings  ·  819 reviews
Reality and illusion blur for an ex-Navy SEAL investigating a deadly case of stalking in this page-turner that Michael Connelly calls “a hundred percent adrenaline rush disguised as a detective novel.”

Nicki Pearl is the perfect daughter—every parent’s dream. And that of strangers, too. Wherever she goes, she’s being watched. Each stalker is different from the last, except
Kindle Edition, 318 pages
Published August 1st 2018 by Thomas & Mercer
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Gregory Attaway
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Cliche. Cliche. Cliche. For starters, Swain uses cliches in is writing as if he's got a cliche reference book. The plot twists were also cliche, as was the dialogue style, the dialogue itself, and the characters. The thing that bothered me most was the exposition. Reading this book, I get the strong sense that Swain does not trust his readers. Everything must be explained, including conversations paraphrased in narration, restating the same information. Easy to read, but that's due to a lack of ...more
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was my freebie for the month of July and I have to say I really wish I had picked a different one.

It feels mean to disparage something with such good intentions but the writing was just bad. I felt nothing at all for the characters because they came across as lifeless and robotic. It was extremely difficult to differentiate the dialogue between characters because they all sounded exactly the same when they spoke. This was an extremely tense and emotionally terrifying experience this family
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book started with a bang and ended in a pow! A fast exciting read from beginning to end! Loved every page.
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books, thriller
I'm happy to have read this for free (Amazon Prime First Reads) because I love James Swain's books. I have read all but one. This one was pretty weak. It stars Jon Lancaster, an ex-Navy Seal, who becomes a private investigator after saving his unit by killing a child bomber. He is hired by a couple recently returned from overseas, whose innocent (?) daughter is being stalked by many different men. The question is why. Getting this answer takes awhile and Jon makes some mistakes along the way, ev ...more
Jim A
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another outstanding crime thriller from James Swain. Jon Lancaster, ex SEAL and ex cop, is a private investigator. His fee? Something for his house. He's called on to investigate the reasons so many men are stalking a doctor's teen daughter. The trail he follows intersects with an investigation by a FBI agent. A few twists here and there, as well as a few false leads. Makes for a very good read.

Although this is listed as the beginning of a series, it can be read as a stand alone. No cliffhanger
Tina Bailey
Jul 03, 2018 rated it liked it
It could have been better.

I really dislike giving bad reviews because I know every writer deserves recognition for putting themselves out here. This book was irritating in the fact that it was so repetitive about every situation. There's no reason to repeat every detail of each person, place, and thing because it takes away from the story. I didn't like the "problem" in this criminal thriller because it seemed too drastic of an effect brought about by an unrealistic cause. Child pornography is n
Jul 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Wow. This was awful.

Where do I start? The writing felt amateur and the story was forced. The characters were underdeveloped with basic, predictable personality traits. Honestly, I don't usually review books, but wow, this was bad. This felt like someone who read a thriller/crime novel and then told it back in basic form. None of the criminals actions made any sense, and formal protocol was ignored the entire book. The first half of the book focuses on one story which then introduces you to Danie
Kelsey Bohn
Sep 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
This is one of the worst books I have read and I really can't comprehend the good reviews. I'm just glad it was free. At first, I did find myself wanting to read on just to find out what happens despite the truly frustrating writing. But, there came a point where even the plot became too much.

First, it felt as if the author and the main character shared the same backward views on issues of sexual assault victims and aggressors. Where I can forgive a character for being unlikable, because after
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a huge fan of James Swain. All his characters are well fleshed out and honor bound. Swain's characters are people you want on your side when trouble strikes - and it always does. In King Tides, Jon Lancaster is a P.I. who is hired to investigate a stalking case. The stalkers believe that the girl they are harassing is in the porn industry making films. Our hero, the P.I. teams with the victim's aunt who is an F.B.I. Special agent. Together they attempt to solve the case and provide a welcom ...more
Aug 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to preview The King Tides by James Swain.
The plot is intricate and absorbing, the characters are developed and interesting, and the plot is fast paced.
An ex-navy seal, Lancaster, teams up with a FBI agent, Daniels, are dispatched to help a young girl who is being stalked. Why this girl, and why are so many interested in her...The more they investigate, the more they begin to wonder if there is more to this than meets the eye...the secrets keep building up
Heather Fineisen
A fair first novel in a series, this was a quick read. The plot has a few too many holes in it that are conveniently filled. The idea of child pornography and abduction is a tough subject and this is not graphic. Not sure if I would read more of this series. This caught my attention because Michael Connelly had given it a favorable blurb.

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Ronald Keeler
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
The King of Tides by James Swain is two pleasing detective stories in one. Hero Jon Lancaster is a detective physically unlike most readers meet. How many heroes appear physically fat? Jon’s stomach, which several female characters in the story seem compelled to touch, is the result of some sort of physical condition. His stomach only looks fat as it enters a room slightly in advance of Jon. It is actually hard in the way that indicates lots of physical training, logical for an ex-Navy SEAL. Thi ...more
I would not have picked this as my KU free book of the month had I know it dealt with (view spoiler). I know it's a real thing, but it just makes me so sad and I choose not to read about it. That being said, I also couldn't connect to the author's writing style. There were elements that I really enjoyed: an H who is a genuinely decent guy but isn't a 6'4" hunk with an eight pack and the lack of romance (it really would've just squicked me out). The H's medical ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
Pure laziness

This story could have been good had the author done just a little bit of research. It’s clear he didn’t so there are holes in the plot you could drive a semi through. Do NOT read this if you are a military vet, a nurse, in law enforcement, or know anyone who is. As an RN, who is a vet, married to a LEO, I have a headache from all the eye rolling I’ve done reading this story. We live in a digital age; there’s zero excuse for not doing cursory research.
* If any nurse is convicted of
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Isn't it interesting how readers' tastes vary? Swain has many awards and many novels, almost all of which have near 4 or higher stars from Goodreads readers. This book, The King Tides, has over 2000 ratings with 73% 4 or 5 stars. Yet I find it quite pedestrian. Many of the events portrayed seem very unlikely to me, some are predictable, the dialogue is amateurish, and the title is unoriginal and plays no significant part in the story. My rating that "it was OK" was given despite these drawbacks ...more
Jenny Boyce
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Decent, not my favorite book but would probably read more in the series if I stumbled upon them.
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Over the top laughable cliche after cliche

This book was so bad. It was cliche after cliche. The characters were over the top, Telenovela style. They were also very one dimensional rather than fleshed out. There is our main character who [read in a dramatic voice] is a private investigator who used to be a cop, but now he operates outside of the law and is a loose cannon. He fights for his clients and wants to bring the bad guys to justice.

I kept rolling my eyes and laughing out loud every oth
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I have read and enjoyed several of Tony Swain’s novels before, but they all dealt with grift, con games, and gambling. I feel like those subjects are his wheelhouse, and I was interested to see what he’d bring to a detective novel.

The plot is an interesting one, albeit perhaps a bit far fetched. His two main characters, an ex Navy SEAL called John Lancaster, and an FBI agent by the name of Beth Daniels, are fairly engaging. The trouble emerges as these characters become inconsistent. John is in
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, ku, cops
The real mystery to me is why Michael Connelly heaped praise on the POS.

This book is filled with so many WTF moments I couldn't possible list them all. The entire premise is so absurd that you feel like every character is a caricature. But all of this I could have overlooked if it wasn't for the ridiculous inconsistencies, early in the book Lancaster has to call a friend in the sheriff's dept to get into the DMV but later in the book he suddenly has access via his own computer. In the middle of
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is one of those books where it seems the author has taken all those ideas he has had that didn't really fit in the other series he wrote, and jammed them into a new book. There are just a bunch of hackneyed characters and worn out tropes.
I just didn't buy it.
Rhonda Lomazow
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Page turner

Very enjoyable novel detailing horrific abductions of female victims by a couple of serial killers,which are tied to pornography fixations.Who are the bad guys is the central question of the book..
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fast and furious read. Very entertaining!
Sue Hilger
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a creepy thriller!

This novel is a page turner. While really creepy, the writing kept me in suspense and wasn’t predictable in the least. 5is is not usually my genre, and yet I enjoyed it.
Martini Dozier
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
without giving too much away:
the main character was a former Navy SEAL, former police officer, current PI, yet was so slow to figure some things out I am starting to wonder if I have a career ahead of me in any of those fields. Then there were some plot points that did not make much sense, bringing in random characters at the final hour I guess so prove the reader's were not as smart as Lancaster? If we'd been given all the information I'm pretty sure we'd have solved the crime a lot quicker.
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed mostly the Fort Lauderdale settings and having places I've been to in my new home state. Nice to have an author actually keep things in place. I have seen movies where someone is driving south on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago to get north to the Cuneo Estate in the northern suburbs. And one story recently when a horse ride from Janesville to the Mississippi river took 20 minutes. It takes longer than that by far to drive it in a car. So, thank you, Mr. Swain, for an enjoyable few days.
Geoff. Lamb
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The novels featuring Seals or ex-Seals mount by the day. Is it too soon to say that Seal/ex-Seal novels multiply like tribbles?!??

This is not one of those novels. Jon Lancaster is a refreshing character. He has all the requisite Seal skills, plus some decent cop chops. And a beer belly. (no spoilers here)
The King Tides is a well-written effort that is over too soon. Oh and there is Beth Daniels!
Barbara Bingham
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
He has done it again!

I loved all his books and this one is no exception.
Lancaster & Daniels join force to capture pedophiles and serial killers. Their intelligence and tenacity makes them an unforgettable duo. Once started hard to put it down. Great mystery, great plot, smooth writing keeps one turning the pages. Great read.

Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
A nice quick detective story. I really enjoyed this one, with the exception of the fact that the investigation involves a child porn storyline. It's not too graphic, so it's fine, but it wouldn't be my first choice if I had known that going in.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Don't read this book. I did not finish because of the grotesque use of pornography. It was a free book which I regret. Beyond the subject, it's just poorly written and cringeworthy. Honestly not sure how people can give this 5 stars. I'm begging you, do not read this book.
Mar 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm torn a about this story. 

On the one hand, it's a very interesting mystery with many intriguing twists and turns that keep the story constantly evolving in unexpected directions. This held my interest throughout and I was turning pages eagerly. 

That's a good thing, because the writing was poor and, one of my pet peeves, the characters were constantly doing things that weren't believable. For example, the female FBI agent is tough as nails one minute and crying emotionally and asking for help
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James Swain is the national best selling author of seventeen mystery novels, and has been published in twelve different languages. His books have been chosen as Mysteries of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, and have received three Barry Award nominations, a Florida Book Award for Fiction, and France’s prestigious Prix Calibre .38 for Best American Crime Fiction. Born in Huntingto ...more

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