The Last Act
(That said: I really did like this book. I don't know if the characters were real to you, but they were sure real in my head).
Drug lords and cartels have more power than you nor I will hopefully ever know. When Tommy Jump bumps into a former classmate working for the FBI, he is tasked with working as an undercover actor in order to seek out answers against one of the most deadly cartels in Mexico—New Colima. The FBI wants to stage a coup against the cartel, ...more
Although the beginning part ...more
When I saw the blurb for this book I knew I had to read it. I can't seem to resist book descriptions with buzzwords like FBI, undercover, prison, the cartels, money laundering etc. Sign me up! The great news: Brad Parks delivered a cinematic, action filled story I couldn't put down.Tommy Jump is offered an acting deal he feels he can't pass up. The FBI want him to go undercover in a low security prison to make contact with Mitchell Dupree, a banker who has been convicted of ...more
Tommy is offered a once in a lifetime acting job working for the FBI and making some serious money doing so, but he has to go undercover in a prison. I know I would never in a million ...more
Do you read author notes? Because if you don't you really should. His note comes at the beginning and states how although this is a work of fiction, it's based on real events and ...more
An actor goes undercover in prison to learn where a jailed banker has stashed the documents that could bring down a drug cartel. Didn't i see that in a Sylvester Stallone movie or was in Arnold Schwarzenegger? Or was it some hour tv drama? Anyway not a bad read but it's not something i can recommend. The kind of book dad reads on the airplane.
"My fiance isn't a criminal. He's an actor." -Amanda
But first...there is a prequel titled The Whistleblower that helps set the stage for a suspenseful thriller. Mitch Dupree landed his dream job: bank compliance director. It is his job to abide by Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations with a Cover Your Ass (CYA) mentality. After all, banks are the first line of defense against illicit transactions. He notices suspicious activity and what may possibly be money laundering ...more
Tommy Jump is a child actor who never made the big time and is at loose ends after his final performance when he is approached by a childhood friend he has not seen in years who now works for the FBI. Tommy is presented with an offer to earn up to 150k and continue the career he loves. The catch? He will be pretending to be a prisoner in a minimum security prison, befriend another innate and obtain ...more
I would like to thank Faber & Faber for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. This review is my unbiased opinion.
Brad Parks is a new author to me. The Last Act was my door to his work. This door was blown up and my hours were lit on fire as soon as I opened this novel. There is no other way to describe it!!
Tommy Jump is an actor running out of stage time. His prestigious hours are gone. But it doesn’t mean his life is over. He has a wonderful girlfriend and the kind of mom which make...more
I have read one other Brad Parks novel and I really liked that one, but this one wouldn’t make me pick up the next in the series, because I think this is the start of a series.
On to the next....
Inspired by the Wachovia Bank scandal from a few years back, Brad Parks' third stand-alone is a departure in a sense from his previous two. Rather than crimes close to home for his protagonists, this is crime on an international scale, with most of the figures involved never laying eyes on each other.
Mitch Dupree was a high-level bank executive who was convicted of aiding a Mexican drug cartel by laundering a lot of money. He's been ...more
This was a fun, quick read that will keep you guessing and one I would recommend to a friend.
Tommy Jump is tough but Mitch Dupree may be tougher!
What it all boils down too is who wants it more, who wants it bad enough they're willing to turn a blind eye and even risk a well paying job, who wants to get in the heat of a battle against the drug cartel and money laundering banks! Who is this person willing to risk it all for money?
Ahh enter this thickening plot that only Brad Parks could deliver on a silver platter to his ...more
The writing is pretty simplistic, but the plot sizzles. There were a lot of crazy twists I never saw coming (but then again, I never do). I'm sure a lot of it ...more
A father of two and a husband of one, Brad lives in Virginia, where he spends four hours a day at his local Hardee's, writing his novels. When not at ...more