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The Network

(Jack Logan #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  43 reviews
A pulse-pounding, page-turning thriller involving corruption, secrets, and lies at the very deepest levels of government and media.

Late one night, investigative journalist Jack Logan receives a surprise visit from U.S. Senator Malcolm Phillips at his New York apartment. Disheveled and in a panic, the senator swears that he’s about to be murdered and pleads with Jack to
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Expected publication: December 17th 2019 by Harper Paperbacks
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    The Network (Jack Logan #1)
    Release date: Dec 17, 2019
    When investigative journalist Jack Logan hears a knock at his door late one night in Washington, DC, he knows it can’t be good news. But he opens the ...more

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    Giveaway dates: Dec 14 - Dec 28, 2019

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    Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
    Investigative journalist Jack Logan is contacted by a United States Senator for a meeting. It's been a while since they last talked and the Senator is behaving irrationally. The senator foresees his own assassination and is seeking help for himself and his wife, Taylor. Jack is left with a sealed envelope to be opened upon the senator’s his death.

    Shortly after Senator Phillips’ death, Jack rushes to protect Taylor. He is unsure how she will react because they were once lovers. They make a quick
    THE NETWORK by L. C. Shaw starts out as a straight thriller that later evolves into a Christian thriller with a good versus evil theme. L. C. Shaw is the pen name of author Lynne Constantine who also writes novels with her sister as Liv Constantine. This is the first book in a new series.

    Investigative journalist Jack Logan is visited at home by U.S. Senator Malcolm Phillips. Phillips believes he will be murdered and gives Jack a sealed envelope in case he is killed and asks Jack to protect his
    Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Wowza what a wild nonstop ride this book was! This book was fast-paced, action packed, and mind blowing! L. C. Shaw is half of the sister author writing team of Live Constantine. I’ve loved both books from this author team, So I knew this would be thrilling, but I have to say this is more action thriller than psychological thriller. Car chases, buildings blowing up, murder, gun fights, all with a bit of a Da Vinci Code vibe. I don’t generally like to compare books, but this book really reminded ...more
    What a dynamic novel to introduce a new series! I couldn't get enough of THE NETWORK. The story begins when Senator Malcolm Philips visits Jack Logan, an investigative journalist. Philips says he is about to be murdered and asks Jack to protect Philips's wife Taylor, who is Jack's former lover. So begins a novel of corruption and secrets! I highly recommend this novel, and I can't wait for the next one!

    Camille Maio
    Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    If I could give it 10 stars, I would. This was an exceptional thriller from start to finish and a model for what a good book should be. It stayed just within the realm of reality as to be believable while stretching the reader's expectations for the genre in so many ways. Unless I am mistaken, this seems like book 1 in a future series and I will absolutely be awaiting the next.
    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
    Wow, this book was an intense, action packed thriller. Car chases, underground tunnels, bookcases that lead to a secret room, people held against their will, experiments that go against every single moral code, corrupt government officials...yes please! This book read like something straight out of a James Bond movie.

    Jack Logan is an investigative reporter that gets a shocking late night visit from Senator Malcolm Phillips, who brings to him a story that is a bit hard to believe. Except within
    Linda Zagon
    Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Kudos to L.C Shaw, Author in weaving the intense, captivating , suspenseful, and intriguing plot and the characters in this Psychological Thriller and Mystery. BE WARNED: I suggest that you don’t attempt to read this before you go to sleep. There are hauntingly vivid descriptions of horrific activity and planning. There are twists, turns, adventures, and the chase for life or death. The author describes her characters as complex and complicated. There are betrayals, conspiracy, secrets, and ...more
    Nov 16, 2019 marked it as review-copies-to-read

    Many thanks to Heather at Harper for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

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    Aug 12, 2019 rated it did not like it
    At first I thought "It's a real formulaic thriller" then "Is it a parody of a thriller?", then "Oh she's gone Dan Brown on us with the biblical coins" then "Is this Christian fiction?" Every "good" character finds their faith and the bad characters don't have any religion. AND by bad, I mean sadistic, evil, out to destroy the world characters. I guess since, I'm not religious the author would group me with the world destroyers.
    I like books with religious characters. It can really enhance the
    Sandra Brannan
    Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    THIS is an incredible read! Wonderfully spun threads of colorful stories that twisted me into knots to the very end. I love this kind of read! It keeps me on my toes. More than gratifying. Exceptional.
    Ronald Barak
    Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    A good novel begins with a good title. THE NETWORK by L.C. Shaw is is no exception. Both the title and the story are terrific. So intricate. And so . . . deceptive!

    I tend to read thrillers that take place in the here and now. This one flashes back to biblical times, and then works its way forward to all of the technology, science, medicine, and bio-ethics of modern times. If not, imaginatively, future times as well! I found it to be a masterful blend of historical thriller and religious
    Kim Torre-Tasso
    Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The Network: A Jack Logan Thriller systematically dismantled what I expected from a thriller and re-constructed my expectations into a novel that enthralled and captivated from the moment I picked it up. The story thrust me into the drama between Damon Crosse (a corrupt authority with a secret master plan) and Jack and Taylor (investigative reporters and ex-lovers united in their desire to halt Damon's efforts). Jack and Taylor's investigation and adventures bring the reader along on Shaw's wild ...more
    Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Investigative journalist Jack Logan gets an unexpected visit from his former lovers' husband Malcolm Phillips, a U.S. Senator, who claims his life is in danger and begs Jack to keep his wife, Taylor, safe. Days later, Logan learns of Phillips' death and realizes that he must do everything in his power to protect Taylor while trying to uncover the truth behind the Senator's allegations. Politics, religion, and genetic manipulation, grace the pages of this fast paced thriller. For those who enjoy ...more
    Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
    A well written action novel with Christian & occult themes. Very much a good versus evil storyline that sells the reader on some of the machinations behind the downward spiral of society's values.
    The characters are well developed and believable, although the antagonist gets a bit extreme at times in behavior and speech. The plotline has twists and surprises which should catch the reader unexpectedly.
    The language and content are kept in check, but do contain some elements, especially
    Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: netgalley, 2019
    Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review.

    The Network jumps straight into the action- this story fills in the character information as it goes, and instead the first chapters read like diving into an action movie. It's a very quickly paced story with short chapters moving it along at quite the clip. It could essentially have been billed as a Christian thriller, and it's probably a decent comp for readers who are looking for something Dan Brown-esque.
    Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This was a surprising one. I didn’t look up the author beforehand. It was as the description says, a page turning thriller. It was hard to keep up with all the characters at first but once we started splitting between time I was racing to piece it all together. It was more than half way that demons and God solidify as main points. For me it was a pleasant surprise; as a Christian it was reasonable and still well written. I’m in for more Jack Logan.
    Gallery picked up from HarperCollins at ALA
    Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: netgalley
    When I realized the author of The Network was one half of the duo who wrote a book I had previously enjoyed, I Immediately wanted to read it. After a few chapters I was a little disappointed because, while the writing was skilled, the plot seemed scattered and overly ambitious. And, while all the components of a thriller were present, it was almost like they were being checked off a list. Despite these problems, it was an interesting story, until an absurd ending for which I’m taking off a star. ...more
    E.J. Findorff
    Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The Network was a great read. Due to my schedule, I had to read this in many short clips, but I kept coming back and I always remembered what was going on, even when I couldn't get to it for a few days. The sign of a great thriller. And talk about patience to let an evil plan come together! The antagonist was a bad dude who wanted some religious coins to complete his heinous puzzle. The problem was trying to figure out who was working for him, because surely someone had to be.
    jeri gragg
    Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    What an exciting read. A fast-paced journey with non-stop action. A smidge of Dan Brown with a touch of Stephen King. Good versus evil, with lots of twists and turns.
    Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arcs, 2019-releases

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    Investigative journalist, Jack Logan is surprised when he receives an unexpected visitor late one evening. His visitor is U.S. Senator Malcolm Phillips. The Senator barges in telling Jack that he needs his help. He’s talking so fast that Jack struggles to keep up. Then he hands Jack a garage remote and an envelope.

    “Take this. You’ll need it to convince Taylor. I didn’t believe it. He told me he would do it. I didn’t believe
    Diana Iozzia (Bookworm Banter)
    “The Network”
    Written by L.C. Shaw
    Reviewed by Diana Iozzia

    “The Network” was a highly disappointing read, due to the many tropes of novels in the political thriller and psychological thriller subgenres. After truly loving “The Last Mrs. Parrish” by Lynne and Valerie Constantine of the pen name, Liv Constantine, I had been disappointed by their second thriller, “The Last Time I Saw You”. L.C. Shaw is an additional pen name, created by Lynne Constantine. I had been interested to try out this novel,
    This book isn't being marketed properly. The teaser I received, promising "A pulse-pounding, page-turning thriller involving corruption, secrets, and lies at the very deepest levels of government and media" is only part of what this is.

    This book takes a Dan Brown turn, and it's unexpected. The Network has themes of good vs. evil, but more literally in the book, Satan vs. God. It is a Christian-ish bent, and it becomes central to the story. I think it will take readers by surprise, and not
    Reads a Latte Thrillers
    Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Have you ever wondered if there’s a secret group or person pulling all the strings to manipulate society? The Network is so many stories rolled into one. Deception, religion, abuse, and freedom (think Raiders of the Lost Ark with a dash of the Da Vinci Code). The story begins when Jack Logan is visited by his Senator friend Malcolm. Malcolm is in danger and wants Jack to help save his wife Taylor and their unborn child from powerful players who wish them harm. Jack and Taylor begin a ...more
    Cassie-Traveling Sister-
    Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Going into this book I had no idea how quickly I would read it and how action packed it would be! Also this book was written by one of my favorite authors who make up the dynamic duo Liv Constantine. L.C Shaw! When Reporter Jack Logan is contacted by the US Senator Malcolm Phillips he’s not sure what to think, the Senator is convinced that an assassination will be happening he asks Jack to please look after his wife Taylor after his death the only issue with this request is that Taylor is Jacks ...more
    Nicole reading_with_nicole
    U.S Senator Malcom Phillips believes he is going to be murdered; he believes he will be assassinated and he is seeking help to protect his wife. He visits Jack Logan an investigative journalist at his home one day and gives him a sealed envelope in case he is killed.
    Jack and Taylor use to be lovers and Jack is unsure how this will all work. Days after meeting with the Senator Jack learns he has been killed; now Jack and Taylor must uncover the clues left to them in the envelope.
    This is the
    Kathleen Gray
    Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Fans of thrillers with Christian themes will relish this tale of two people who go up against an evil man who is trying to manipulate well, everything. Jack Logan and Taylor Phillips were once a couple and then she married Senator Malcolm Phillips. He dies mysteriously in Micronesia, after telling Jack that he's going to be murdered. Jack and Taylor set off to find out what really happened and what Damien Crosse, the head of the Institute has to do with it. This has political machinations, good ...more
    Ashley Brook
    I read the gripping novel The Network last month and found it a thriller in all senses of the word! Intrigue, bad guys, who to trust, who to believe, and a well-written story made this a wild ride! I could not wait to see what jam Jack Logan and Taylor would find themselves in next. It was an entertaining story and one that I will definitely recommend to my thriller-loving friends. Damon Crosse scared me to death and I am glad that he was a heavy of epic proportion only in this story. I won this ...more
    Alyssa's Bookshelves
    Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Nazis, Investigative Journalism, Murder and conspiracy theories- that’s everything I’ve ever looked for in a book and The Network by L.C Shaw was all that and more. U.S. Senator Malcolm Philips is facing death threats for changing his vote on a new vaccine and one night he is no more. Now the investigative journalist Jack Logan must not only protect his only love, Philip’s widow Taylor but he must find the one man who can lead them to the truth. The search for the truth of the senator’s ...more
    Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    WOW! The action in this book begins on the first page and doesn't let up. It has it all - corruption, evil, conspiracy, heart-pounding action, along with a cast of characters you love (Jack & Talor) and hate (Damon Crosse). I enjoyed every thrilling page, with all their twists and revelations. Then, got to the end, pleased things were working out, and BAM! Okay, what just happened? There's going to be a sequel, right??!! ...more
    Lisa Welch
    Nov 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
    A definite page turner that was hard to put down. I kept guessing at how the pieces were going to come together, and I wasn't sure until things were actually revealed. The end leaves you with a bit of a cliff hanger, and I can't wait to see what comes next!
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    L.C. Shaw is the pen name of internationally bestselling author Lynne Constantine who also writes psychological thrillers with her sister as Liv Constantine. Her family wonder if she is actually a spy, and never knows what to call her. She has explored coral reefs all over the world, sunken wrecks in the South Pacific, and fallen in love with angelfish in the Caribbean. Lynne is a former marketing ...more

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