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The Last Act by Brad Parks
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2019-pub, arc-publisher, contemporary, coverporn, detective, thriller

The Last Act is an emotionally driven thriller, seeking out to show you the deception and power of some of the most corrupt criminal organizations in the world.

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, and Tommy's professional history is the key to unlocking how. Tommy Jump is a former child star—famous from his Broadway days, but he's been struggling to find work after being typecast in the role that made him famous. Although nervous about being put in jail, he takes this as a gig and knows that he will not only be helping the criminal justice system out, but he will also be making enough money for his family to thrive on for a good amount of time in the future. They won't have to worry about their next paycheck, and they can live a good life for enough time for Tommy to find another job. Under a pseudonym, Tommy has entered the prison where he must go undercover and find out the truth. However, with New Colima also peeking nearby, will this be his last act?

I really can't get into the story anymore than I have, because it's just one of those novels that you need to take just a peek before diving in, but then you need to dive in full force. And once you do dive in, you will be shook! Seriously, I read this over the holiday break, and instead of talking to my family, I just ignored them and read this amazing Brad Parks novel. The writing is on point, gripping, and it delivers. I seriously cannot believe how gripped I was in this story, especially since I've read so many books over the last year with a similar premise.

One thing that sticks out with The Last Act that so many books fail to deliver, is the fear of reality. Although I'm not an actor, and probably never get asked to participate in such a riveting acting job, I do think that Tommy's fears and stress with life is relatable. Money issues, relationship dramas, and fear. He's not only a relatable character, but a charismatic, multifaceted, and likable character as well.

If you enjoy anything by John Grishman, JP Delaney's Believe Me, or Jennifer Hillier's Jar of Hearts, I think you'd love The Last Act . It's a whirlwind of thrills from start-to-finish, and it gives the viewers a peek about our criminal justice system and how crime against drug offenses are possibly being handled in our society today. I hope to see more of Tommy Jump, and I hope to read more from Brad Parks. Five glowing stars.
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Reading Progress

November 13, 2018 – Shelved
November 13, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
December 28, 2018 – Started Reading
December 30, 2018 – Finished Reading
January 11, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019-pub
January 11, 2019 – Shelved as: arc-publisher
January 11, 2019 – Shelved as: contemporary
January 11, 2019 – Shelved as: coverporn
January 11, 2019 – Shelved as: detective
January 11, 2019 – Shelved as: thriller

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Miriam I will look to buy this book

Naim Peress I agree. The Last Act is very well done.

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