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The Night Shift

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Sam Pope was one of the UK’s finest soldiers, serving over a decade as an elite sniper. After a near fatal shooting brings an end to his career, Sam returns home to his family and a potential new career in the Metropolitan Police. When disaster strikes and his bond with his family is broken, Sam takes a job as an archive officer within the Met, hunting down criminals that have beaten the system and delivering his own brand of justice.

When a terrorist attack at the London Marathon shakes the city to its core, Sam decides to open his own line of investigation. Venturing into the world of organised crime and police corruption, Sam soon finds himself as the number one target…and faces a race against time to expose the truth.

Fans of Lee Child, Mark Dawson, Robert Ludlum and Vince Flynn who are looking for their next action hero, will be thrilled by The Night Shift.

232 pages, Kindle Edition

First published September 8, 2016

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Robert Enright

23 books59 followers
Robert Enright was born in North London and resides in Buckinghamshire with his wife and daughter, working earnestly to write for a living and dreaming of the day he can get a dog.

He is the author of the international best selling Sam Pope series as well as the Bermuda Jones series.

Robert also hosts the Two Indie Authors podcast, alongside fellow best selling author, David B.Lyons.

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82 reviews2 followers
October 2, 2020
This is really pretty terrible. 3 stars for the plot. 1 star for execution. This averages a 2 [generous] star rating. The writing is sophomoric, at best. I can imagine a teenager sitting down and writing it after a rigorous round of playing violent video games, and no other background to write this genre. First rule for a new author: write about a subject you know about, and that obviously didn't happen here. I understand why this author is "self-published."
What I can't even begin to understand is WHY this author seems to average about 4.25 stars for his "books." His readers are other teenagers? Or dreaming wannabes?
This author's ratings are equal to or better than average ratings for well know authors of this genre like Vince Flynn [Kyle Mills], Alex Berenson, and Brad Thor. Maybe toss in Lee Childs, Gregg Hurwitz, and Don Winslow, although the plots are somewhat different. Sigh!
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357 reviews32 followers
August 28, 2021

A great beginning to a series!

What is their not to love about Sam Pope? He is a kick-ass vigilante, who gets justice, where the justice system fails.

The Night Shift is a fast paced novel that kept me listening chapter after chapter to the very end!
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168 reviews1 follower
August 1, 2021
DNF. I only made it to the third chapter before I overdosed on bad metaphors and similes. I'm not going to comment on the book; simply post a few relevant quotes.

"The room lacked a woman's touch. His whole life did, for the past three years."
"He watched Morton enter the Range Rover, driven by what he assumed was Right Said Fred on steroids."
"With his brain rattling around his head, Morton woozily tried to get up."
"...his face a car crash of blood, broken bones and missing teeth. As he breathed, his nose gasped for air like a dog's chew toy."
April 17, 2022
I started the series by accident out of order and this book is how it all began. I loved it!
Its not something I thought I’d dig into but I’m all in. I want to hug Sam, I want to protect him, I’m rooting for his survival. The secondary characters are solid good and evil and they all add to a well rounded action series. If there are flaws I don’t care. I’m in this race with Mr Pope.
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4,156 reviews75 followers
August 26, 2020
London, England. Southwark Crown Court. Chris Morton’s (drug pusher) lawyer had done a remarkable job representing him.
Catriona Crouch’s family was furious. She had been raped.
The Judge ruled in Chris favor & he walked out of the courthouse a free man.
Or so he thought, until he spied Mark Conner (fixer, East End gangster) setting on a bench.
Brian Stack (East End gangster advisor, driver) was waiting in the car to pick the 2 of them up to go for a ride.
Samuel “Sam” Pope (Metropolitan PD archives office clerk, former UK Army Sergeant elite sniper soldier, Operation Hailstorm Afghanistan X 3, Iraq) knew where they were taking Chris.
Baseball bats aren’t always used for hitting home runs.

DI Adrian Pierce (Professional Standards) called Sam to his office.
Sam (PTSD) had been seeing Mrs. Amy Devereux (certified therapist) for quite some time.
London, England. London Marathon. The runners were well on their way.
Security was beefed up for this yearly event.
BOOM! Derek Urnshaw (27, LM runner, city planning head) & Judge Chris Bolton (LM runner) both heard & saw the explosion.
PC Harding watched in horror as the marathon runners ran amuck. He had also seen PC Jake Howell (nephew) go into the alley before he was blown up.

ISIS took credit for the Marathon massacre.
DS Colin Mayer (CTU leader) was leading the not so pleasant AM briefing.
Those in attendance were DI Michael Howell (Uncle), DS Mayer, DC Williams (Counter Terrorist Unite team member) & others.
Derek Earnshaw was injured as were many others.
PC Jake Howell was laid to rest with full honors.
Later, PC Harding was found on top of a car dead.
Richmond Park. Chief Hyde & his team & DI Adrian Pierce arrived at the crime scene.
Sam asked Theo (former UK Army medic) for his help.

What did Frank “the Gent” Johnson (East End gang mob boss) want done?

I do not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing free books from publishers & authors. Therefore, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one.

An awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very professionally written crime thriller book. It was quite easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a huge description list of unique characters, settings, facts etc. to keep track of. This could also make another great crime thriller movie, an animated cartoon (pulp fiction), or better yet a mini TV series. It was just OK for me but I will still rate it at 5 stars.

Thank you for the free author; Google Play; FreeBooksy; Amazon Digital Services LLC.; book
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
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669 reviews26 followers
September 13, 2018
Sam Pope was ex forces, now working in the archives of Scotland Yard. An unimposing man who was a bit of a loner. But he had a secret he worked the night shift. However, he forced to decide whether to break a promise or walk away.
Sam Pope was one of the most bad ass characters that I have read in a while. A man of action trained to be the best, who had a sense of justice. He kept himself to himself and was underestimated by many that he worked with. After a bombing at the London Marathon, he knew that he needed to find out who was behind it and when innocent lives were in danger, his training kicked in and he was a man on a mission. Going up against the men behind the bombing he got support from an unusual source. Throughout the story, you understand what made Pope the man he was and the revelation about his family left me agog. Finding out more about his army life, just enforced how highly trained he was and the explained how he was injured on his final tour.
This book lived up to the tag line, it was full of action and by the end I had lost count on how many dead bodies there were. Some of the kills were due to torture so can you can imagine what carnage was caused. There were times when I could not believe how much punishment Pope’s body could take and it showed just how serious he was of getting justice. This book was fast paced, as there was always something going on. However. there were times when it did slow down and the scenes involving the police officer’s funeral were really moving. From page 1 you are drawn into a story that will please thriller lovers.
I have enjoyed reading this author’s other stories about Bermuda, but Sam Pope is my favourite. Cant wait to see what this character does next.
Profile Image for Dilwyn Roberts.
29 reviews
October 19, 2019
Someone has already mentioned that this book needed more editing. In my opinion it needed more research, or any, together with some police knowledge! It's based on the premise that the Detective Sergeant in charge of the Counter Terrorism Unit isn't just driven but corrupt and that he's got the wrong side of a Special Forces sniper who is employed as a filing clerk in the Met. A bit unlikely to say the least. I'm sorry Robert but the Met Counter Terrorism Command consists of 1,500 Detectives and civilian staff led by a Commander. You seem to think its a local team which runs in a police station where briefings (to uniform officers who wouldn't exist) could be witnessed by a civilian clerk and walked into by a Directorate of Professional Standards DCI, who is apparently also based at this 'local station'. If that was the only thing then I could get over it, but mistakes and lack of research come up over and over. See my notes. On the bright side it is quite entertaining (it wasn't just the mistakes that kept me reading to the end). It's obviously been written as a potential film script as the closing scenes hark after 'Death Wish'/'Lethal Weapon'. Sorry Robert but it's just not right, but if you need a 'police advisor' give me a call. Oddly, despite all this I am tempted to read the second Sam Pope book (if only to see if he did some research and employed a good editor this time around).
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175 reviews2 followers
February 11, 2022
A good crime thriller about an ex-British military sniper turned cop who rendered vigilante justice on the side (nicknamed the Night Shift") for criminals who escaped justice. It reminds me of the premise of the TV show Dexter. The depth of the corruption in the police department was to the degree that it may be more than even Sam Pope could handle. Will he survive while being exposed within and outside of the government when there are very few that are trustworthy when the system fails? I liked the action and suspense especially toward the end and it was full of surprises regarding who was involved in the corruption and who was not. Had Sam Pope not come along, who knows to what extent the criminal element would've continued to thrive and how deep the police corruption would've continued. A clever story and interesting character worthy of a read particularly if you like the stories of Lee Child's Jack Reacher character. Recommended.
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Author 24 books22 followers
September 29, 2021
The protagonist is usual ex-army and loner on the lines of Jack Reacher, works in night shift with the police, but does a vigilante job as well, brings justice to those who managed to dodge the justice system. He stumbles upon a conspiracy that involves a terror attack, gangs of London and police department. What follows is one man army against hardened criminals and unstoppable action. While the story started slowly and at one point I felt like abandoning the book, but slowly the narration gained strength. Once the action began, it was unstoppable. I loved the no nonsense action sequences. There were crisp cross fire sequences and brute fist fight. A treat for action thriller lovers. Plus the protagonist's backstory would make sure you'll feel for him. So author has done a great job in emotional angle as well. Will pick the next book soon.
235 reviews4 followers
September 14, 2018
An action filled roller coaster of a story! Lots of violence, bodily harm, blood, guts and gore. Which is not to everyone's taste but sometimes it's nice to see justice delivered in fiction as it sometimes isn't in real life. The characters are well drawn, the hero is damaged but still likeable, as are the secondary good guys while the “bad guys” are rotten to the core! I can easily see this as an action movie... If I have a reservation it's at the negative portrayal of the police officers since I am perhaps a little naive and like think they Serve and Protect for our safety and that the few "bad apples" (that exist in every profession and walk of life) are far outweighed by the excellence of the many good ones.
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1,269 reviews6 followers
February 14, 2021
Sam Pope is a quiet, nondescript archiver for the Metro Police. He has a hard time letting injustice go unpunished and he has the military experience to do something about it. Like when a rapist goes free on a technicality, Pope has a bat with his name on it. When a targeted bomb explosion gets blamed on terrorists, it becomes personal for same, because he knew the young officer that was killed. When everything seems to be swept under the carpet, is is starting to look like most of the department is on the take. Pope stops by his psychologist's house just in time to prevent her and her husband from being murdered. Now it is war and Sam has some experience with war. If you like vigilante justice, you should like this book.
163 reviews1 follower
May 13, 2022
For fiction, Britain’s (and America’s) special military operations keep on giving and giving. The Falklands introduced the ex-army hero as malcontent; Bosnia as repulsed observer; Afghanistan as brutalised technician. Sam Pope’s the latter. The level of violence supposed to be visited upon London here is staggeringly high. On the other hand, , the composition plumbs new troughs – the author has never heard of sentence structure, doesn’t know meanings of words, has figures of speech that are flabbergastingly haphazard. I guess he’s busy trying to make a living by self-publishing, upon my soul, I pity the man.
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113 reviews
December 1, 2022
So Many Parodies …

You’ve read them all …
Equaliser meets Jack Reacher meets … well I’m sure you can all work out other characters. Even if this one is English …
Sick to death of reading about his skills & background , how dangerous he is … we know … we know, we know.

The two good bits was the major twist with one character towards the end & about our heroes son.

It’s an easy but frustrating read that has been done so many times before. I won’t be finishing the series or reading the next book that’s for sure … unless I run out of things or series to read!

A good effort that doesn’t make the grade.
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86 reviews3 followers
September 13, 2018
What a fast past action novel to read.
I fell in love with Sam Pope from page one. Forever being the soldier that services and protects. He just can’t help himself and then when the very system that is suppose to protect you turns out to be the very one that wants to kill you, what do you do? You become Sam Pope and survive.
Definitely, a must read if you want to lose yourself totally between the pages of a book. You cannot put down the book before it's finished.
Absolutely loved the book and can’t wait to read more of Sam Pope.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.'
1,474 reviews14 followers
December 7, 2019
The Night Shift. Robert Enright

To say this is an action packed thriller is a tremendous understatement. This is a suspenseful riveting read from the first to last page. Sam Pope an elite British soldier and now an archive employee in the Metropolitan Police Department has a cache of personal demons to battle with. He unintentionally gets caught up in a major incident of police corruption. It's a battle he is not afraid to take on. Extremely well written novel. Enjoyed immensely!
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192 reviews
July 30, 2019
A great book let down by too many mistakes

This should have been a five star review about a story that was all action and really exciting to read. The main problem is the number of printing errors throughout the book which for me really spoilt it. If more time had been spent proof reading the story before releasing it this would most definitely be a five star review but as it is I can only give it four.
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1,006 reviews5 followers
January 26, 2021
8-2021. This was a fast-paced thriller about our hyper-capable anti-hero. He wreaks havoc and rights some wrongs with his special skills. Sure, the idea of a police force so heavily controlled and infected by the reach of gangsters is a little over the top, but the surprises and plot twists were satisfying. Lots of mayhem, and a bit of Jack Reacher flavor. I’m looking forward to tracking Mr. Pope in future books.
3 reviews
February 20, 2022
I will read just about anything. I will read the back of a cornflake packet. But I could not bring myself to finish reading this. The story was okay (I gave a star for that) but the writing? Abysmal. More similes than a year ten creative writing exercise, wooden characters, clunky writing. Seriously, the five star reviews comparing this drivel to the bestest most awesomest action books EVAH cannot be taken seriously.

Do yourself a favour. Read anything else.
11.5k reviews50 followers
September 13, 2018
He suffered a life threatening injury while on the job so he returns to his family and takes a new job. Now he is happy but it won't last as an attack happens and he tries to find out what is going to happen. Follow him as he tries to find the person behind it
I received an advanced copy and I enjoyed it so much that I want to review
76 reviews
February 2, 2020
Fast and Furious!!!

I've been searching recently for a book that would be pounding and grip me from the beginning to the end. And this book has done that and much more. What a central character....the personal demons that keep you guessing until all is revealed. The other characters also have so much depth and the storyline is gripping. It has everything. Brilliant.
5 reviews
May 5, 2020
Amazing book from beginning to end. It really is a true page turner (even if I did read it on my Kindle haha). It has action all the way through until the very last moment and it keeps you wanting to read more and more. This is the first book I have read from this author and will be reading a lot more of his stuff.
395 reviews4 followers
August 2, 2021
At first, I thought it was going to be another vigilante justice story and I’ve read enough of them. But this is well written with a number of interesting characters besides the protagonist. Sam Pope is not only perhaps the deadliest soldier in British military history but a man with principles. I hear the second book in this series is even better.
20 reviews
September 22, 2021
Wonderful crime tale.

Robert, I loved this story. Had to read it in as short a time as possible. I really empathised with Sam and shed a tear when he deleted the message. (My life fell apart whilst i was working away from my family) Looking forward to reading the other books in the series.
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109 reviews1 follower
September 14, 2022
At one point they call Sam Pope an angel of death. That is a good description, he is a killing machine, and the bodies pile up in this book. It is amazing to see how he survives as he gets beat up with each new attack. It is a reasonable plot with a few surprises, but you have to be comfortable with death to get through this book.
238 reviews2 followers
September 26, 2022
Five Stasrs

Wow, non stop action from beginning to end. This was a new author for me and I am really pleased to be introduced to Sam Pope. Lots of twists and turns. I am really looking forward to starting the next book in the series, The Takers. A big thank you to the author Robert Enright and from me a well deserved 5 stars ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
January 16, 2023

Wow what can incredible book. I simply couldn't put it down. The story of an ex soldier who finds corruption at a high level in the police force, and a complete lack of Justice in the judicial system, so determines to put it right in his own way. Thrilling and fast paced, it's very gruesome at times
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Author 4 books2 followers
November 26, 2019
It was OK. A couple of things.
A great deal of violence which would be expected, but unnecessarily descriptive in my view.
The interactions between the various police officers, and departments, came across as inaccurate and confused - not that I'm an expert - but seemed phoney.
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103 reviews
March 16, 2020
Great fast moving action packed thriller from first page to last cleverly linking Sam Pope’s military past to present day. Characters involved in story linked into it seamlessly from both the good and the evil. A great book which when started I could not put down until finished. Highly recommended.
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