Any Means Necessary (a Luke Stone Thriller—Book #1)Jack Mars

Any Means Necessary (a Luke Stone Thriller—Book #1)

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Any Means Necessary (a Luke Stone Thriller—Book #1) by Jack Mars Book Summary

“One of the best thrillers I have read this year. The plot is intelligent and will keep you hooked from the beginning. The author did a superb job creating a set of characters who are fully developed and very much enjoyable. I can hardly wait for the sequel.” --Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Any Means Necessary)

When nuclear waste is stolen by jihadists in the middle of the night from an unguarded New York City hospital, the police, in a frantic race against time, call in the FBI. Luke Stone, head of an elite, secretive, department within the FBI, is the only man they can turn to. Luke realizes right away that the terrorists’ aim is to create a dirty bomb, that they seek a high-value target, and that they will hit it within 48 hours.

A cat and mouse chase follows, pitting the world’s most savvy government agents versus its most sophisticated terrorists. As Agent Stone peels back layer after layer, he soon realizes he is up against a vast conspiracy, and that the target is even more high value than he could have imagined—leading all the way to the President of the United States.

With Luke framed for the crime, his team threatened and his own family in danger, the stakes could not be higher. But as a former special forces commando, Luke has been in tough positions before, and he will not give up until he finds a way to stop them—using any means necessary.

Twist follows twist as one man finds himself up against an army of obstacles and conspiracies, pushing even the limits of what he can handle, and culminating in a shocking climax.

A political thriller with heart-pounding action, dramatic international settings, and non-stop suspense, ANY MEANS NECESSARY marks the debut of an explosive new series that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

Book #2 in the Luke Stone series is also now available!

Any Means Necessary (a Luke Stone Thriller—Book #1) (Jack Mars) Book Reviews

A good bookThis book kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. The best I have read in long time. I recommend it to anyone who likes thrillersp..Score: 5/5

Any Means NecessaryThis was a very good book with lots of action. My one complaint with this book and any others like it is that I don't like an ending that is not complete. I don't like to feel that I am required to read the next book to find out what happens. I am sure the next book will have the same type of ending, and I may not care to read all the books in the series..Score: 4/5

Any means necessaryGood first read. Looking forward to see character development in book two..Score: 4/5

Hooked to the endI’ve always been a fan of military novels and got this ebook after putting off reading for almost a year. Great plot and sub-plots that draws the reader in and captivates till the last page. Only critique is that the bad guy is highlighted a little too early/obviously in the book. Highly recommended and a great read. Thank you, Jack!.Score: 5/5

Excellent readingThis is a great book and first time reading a book by this author. I could not stop until I finished reading it. Love the characters, Luke and Ed..Score: 5/5

Page turning storyI loved this book. It was suspenseful and twisting plots. Patriotism all the way..Score: 5/5

Any means necessaryWell I had already read and reviewed this book! But I was about to start #2 but decided that I would reread #1. This is straight action, excellent story-telling and grippingly intense. In the current political environment (2/19), seems like the general overthrow scenario could occur again.Score: 5/5

Action packedThis books is filled with action and a lot of twists! I usually don't write reviews on things, but this book deserves it! :).Score: 5/5

I just couldn't put it down!Very intriguing. Love the twists and turns. Looking forward to the next one..Score: 5/5

Any Means NecessaryFast read, good author. Jack Mars moves the reader through each chapter without repetitive descriptions while increasing the suspense and focusing on the story..Score: 5/5

Any Means NecessaryI read into the book a very short way and was slapped in the face with the most filthy of filthy profane word. You writers need to realize that not everyone is profane and you are missing out on a very large percentage of the population = money because of it. I will not read this author again..Score: 1/5

Dope bookDope book.Score: 5/5

Any Means MecessaryWow! Quite a ride! Kept me reading so I finished it in 1day; certainly well written. No problem with my recommending it..Score: 5/5

THRILL RIDE!Amazing read. Fast paced and awesome..Score: 5/5

Any Means NecessaryNon-stop, plain and simple exhausting action! Wonderfully written and engaging. Can’t put it down..Score: 5/5

Reads like watching a movie!Very well written and engaging the whole way through!.Score: 5/5

Any Means NecessaryA great Read. It keeps on the edge of your seat as if you were there yourself. It is hard to put it down the book after you start reading.Score: 5/5

Any Means NecessaryA real page-turner, scary in our current environment of political senselessness. Good suspense..Score: 4/5

Any Means NecessaryReally enjoyed all the suspense and action. Loved the characters and how the main ones come out every time. Thanks for a good read..Score: 5/5

Any Means NecessaryRead it from the from front to back before putting it down!.Score: 5/5

Inconsistent and predictableIt’s so unfortunate that the continuity of character interaction is so inconsistent between this and the ‘Forging Luke Stone’ series. It turned me off in the first chapter, and I couldn’t continue. It’s just lazy. Not recommended..Score: 1/5

Good bookI liked the book. A lot of action, easy to follow. Only complaint is that it ended very fast. Well thought out plot, good build up, 10 page wrap up. I will end up getting the second book in the series..Score: 4/5

Fast-pacedEnjoyable read that really makes you hate the Republicans more! Viva lá peace.Score: 5/5

CoolHere's a great book that will keep you guessing. And you will be wrong about how things are going to happen. Enjoy!!!.Score: 5/5

Great readGood story fast paced.Score: 5/5

Fantastic!Fantastic story. Kept the story line going to the last page!.Score: 5/5

DisappointedI really was hoping to have discovered a series, new to me, to be excited about. Instead, reading this book was a slog. The characters were flat, and while the premise sounded exciting, I was bored for most of the read..Score: 2/5

Stars strong.... butAt about the midpoint the plot starts struggling for credibility ... just walk her in front of a camera, lol.Score: 2/5

Any Means NecessaryEnjoyed the twist and turns of the book. Quick reading and kept your attention. Was surprised as how it ended. Looking forward to reading the sequel..Score: 4/5

Any means NecassaryUnimaginative, predictable plot. Obvious villains. Dissappointing..Score: 2/5

Non Stop ThrillerFast pace story keeps you turning the pages late into the night..Score: 5/5

Could not put it down!This book hooked me from the beginning and kept me until the very end! The author is able to develop characters and provide rich details without slowing down the pace of the book in a way I don't ever remember experiencing in a book. I look forward to reading more from this author!.Score: 5/5

Any means necessaryGood read..Score: 4/5

All Means NecessaryJack Mars Stone Thriller is a captivating and throughly entertaining read with many twists and turns that maintained my interest throughout. I'd recommend this book to anyone interested in action adventure genre..Score: 4/5

Raised my blood pressure!So exciting but things like this could possibly happen. So much action and lots of plots. Couldn’t wait until I finished the book..Score: 4/5

Great read!Very good book.Score: 4/5

ANY MEANS NECESSARYExcellent read. Hard to put down; so, I didn't. Read in two sittings, and just finished. Now, I have to have the second book so I can, as Paul Harvey used to say, "....and now, the rest of the story.".Score: 5/5

Excellent thriller could happen tomorrowJack Mars builds his thriller right out of what could be tomorrow’s headlines. Luke Stone is a believable terrific agent who you are glad is on your side..Score: 5/5

Any Means NecessaryExcellent! Can’t get enough !!!!!.Score: 5/5

Any Means NecessaryI would not normally have been interested in this book, but I loved it and look forward to reading the next. The continuous action made it difficult to put the book down.Score: 5/5

Great actionAction packed from beginning to end..Score: 5/5

Any Means NecessaryAny Means Necessary...EXCELLENT. Top drawer in all respects. DLSmith.Score: 5/5

Any means necessaryAn unrealistic story from a person whose only goal is to sell more books. The no ending is real disappointment. Would not recommend this book to anyone..Score: 1/5

By any means necessary!!Excellent Read!.Score: 5/5

Great read!!!Any Means Necessary was a great suspense book. I couldn’t put it down. It really helped take my mind off of Covid-19 while I was staying at home. Thanks!!!.Score: 5/5

A New Favorite AuthorI am delighted to discover Jack Mars. Based on this first book, l will eagerly await and buy his every new release. This book had a very good plot, lots of action, and surprises. He is a skilled storyteller. Pretty soon these low prices are certain to go up. But worth every penny. Right now I am going to buy and read book #2!.Score: 5/5

Familiar themesThe books starts out with the same Islamic terrorist threat to America but quickly diverts to domestic terrorism and a coup toppling the American government. Sound familiar? It is the same super hero, silent macho, secretive government agents, accountable to no one who save the day. These types of protagonists, who are found throughout many contemporary novels are getting a little threadbare and boring..Score: 3/5

Very GoodIt is hard for me to even imagine writing a review on a book... I don't read books at all, usually stick to articles. I get bored with books easily, Not with this book! This book grabbed my attention and held onto it the entire time. I read it in two days, not bad for someone who has never read a book longer than 25 pages. Even in college I didn't read. If I had to I would find cliff notes on the book and do my work... Superb writing, action packed, attention getter. Good Job... Cannot wait to read book 2,3,4. I have less than 100 pages to go in this book..Score: 5/5

Great Story!Love the character Luke Stone. Fast paced, well written and can’t wait to read the next one..Score: 5/5

Real page-turnerThis is a really good book and a very easy read. You’ll find you won’t want to stop reading it. The author does a good job of making you feel too are a part of the action..Score: 5/5

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Any Means NecessaryEnjoyed this book!.Score: 4/5

Great ReadJack's debut thriller is an action-packed romp as protagonist Luke tries to thwart a plot to assassinate the President. Lot's of plot twists and reliable characters..Score: 5/5

Any Means NecessaryUnputdownable!.Score: 5/5

Is goodThis book is really bad but good it’s really long and boring so if u can make a movie that would be great be sucks.Score: 5/5

Any Means NecessaryNone stop action. Great characters. Intriguing plot. Enjoyed every moment..Score: 5/5

10/10A really interesting and action packed story. Well written characters..Score: 5/5

ANY MEANS NECESSARYCould not put this book down...well done! One of the best thriller/action book ever for sure! The plot never falters, the action and twists and turns never stop...on to the next one now....Score: 5/5

Good readingGood suspense.Score: 4/5

Worth It? You bet..Really Good Read.. Keeps you interested from start to finish. Now going to look for book #2...Score: 5/5

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Any Means NecessaryEnjoyable read, but a bit disappointing to have to buy the next book to find out what happens to Luke's family..Score: 4/5

Thrilling!Really enjoyed this one. Highly recommended..Score: 5/5

It got me.I picked this up as the free book on iTunes. As soon as I finished it I bought the next instalment. It looks like Luke Stone and I will be spending some time together through his adventures..Score: 4/5

Love itThis book keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout. Fantastic thriller.Score: 5/5

Loved it!Great pace,likeable character, good technical details.......keep me binge reading from start to finish!.Score: 5/5

Turn to stoneAuthor American. Has written a shedload of thrillers, initially self published, which are described as USA Today bestsellers on his blog. Say what your like about Mr Mars, he knows how to crank them out: a seven book series about ex-Delta Force hero turned FBI covert agent Luke Stone, who is best described as a jacked up version of Jason Bourne; a prequel series about Luke when he was still in the military, tearing sh*t up in sandy places; and a series about a spy called Agent Zero, who had his brain wiped so he people keep reminding him of all the bad stuff he did back in the day so he's inspired to do more of it. This review pertains to the first Luke Stone book, which I presume was Mr Mars's debut. Plot Nasty Republicans and military hawks within the "deep state" plot to overthrow a left leaning US Prez they don't approve of, by making it look as if Islamic terrorists did it and blaming Iran (sound familiar?). Unfortunately for them, Luke is on the case and the Vice Prez, a former supermodel now married to a tech billionaire, manages to survive. Yada, yada. Cliffhanger ending that segues into book #2. Narrative Third person breathless, various POVs, principally our boy. Characters Who needs 'em? Caricatures are easier. Prose Bam, whack, pow, zap, off, splat, boom etc, all at warp speed. Incorporates the usual tropes you'd expect for this sort of book, except the retired Secret Service agent doesn't just have an arsenal, he has an armoured GMC Suburban in the garage! Boo-yah! Bottom line Having finished this, I feel no need to sample any more of Mr Mars's wares, which are appear tp be exactly the same. The laugh is on me though, as he undoubtedly makes a whole lot more from writing this stuff than I do from reviewing it..Score: 2/5

Excellent readingRead the free book, bought the second and pre ordered the third, looks like a great series and I'm really enjoying it.Score: 5/5

A must haveCouldn't get enough. The first book of the Luke Stone collection and is a must read!!!! You'll be crazy not to! WARNING! A must read during the day book and not a 'Read before you sleep' book or you'll be up all night reading this fantastic book!! I know, I learnt it the hard way, Guaranteed..Score: 5/5

Couldn't put it downFirst of Mars' books I have read. Couldn't put it down. Loved the characters and there were a couple of surprising plot twists. Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Purchased the 2nd instalment straight away..Score: 4/5

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Ant Means Necessary.a reviewI have enjoyed this book very much and look forward to reading the next book in the series,it was a thriller from beginning to end.Score: 5/5

Any Means NecessaryI seldom give 5 stars but I really did enjoy this book.It has all that a good read should have---well written,good plot,excellent and believable characters and a gripping plot.Recommended for men/women,even with a broad military theme.I am female!!Can't wait to start enjoying more in the series.Enjoy!.Score: 5/5

Great book, love the Luke Stone seriesThe book keeps you drawn in and guessing, you won’t want to put it down. I’ve really enjoyed the Luke Stone series so far. The only downside is that I came across the prequel series first. The main character (Stone) apparently meets some of his supporting cast for the first time in this book (Ed, Swann & Trudy) but he’s already working closely with them in the prequel series. Would have enjoyed it more if the characters stories flowed a bit better..Score: 3/5

American thrillerEasy to read, follows the usual plot one good man saves America from itself. Fast paced a good read..Score: 4/5

Old HatWhile this is an entertaining read, the plot is something from the Cold War era. ************* SPOILER ALERT ******************* The story that nasty old capitalists want to seize power is one that I'd thought had been consigned to the great plot graveyard in the sky. But, obviously not. ******************SPOILER ALERT ******************* Although it, the plot that is, is cliched and hackneyed the story itself and how it unfolds makes this an entertaining read. The characters are fairly believable and, while the main characters don't wear their underpants outside their trousers on too many occasions, there is enough action and suspense to keep one engaged. Would I read the others in the series? At this point I'm not sure..Score: 3/5

A cracking good read. Good characterization.Would have given it 5 stars but for the very abrupt ending..Score: 4/5

Burn this book.One big cliche, not worth buying for free..Score: 1/5

ANY MEANS NECESSARY .Very good fiction ,especially for a First attempt . Enjoyed reading ..Score: 4/5

Thoroughly enjoyedGreat read and can't wait to continue the story.Score: 5/5

Any means necessaryBrilliant.Score: 5/5

Oath of officeBrilliant very good read action from start to final page.Score: 5/5

Action packed and easy readPacked with action from start to finish. Easy to read but hard to put down. The story has enough technical detail to be interesting but not overloading..Score: 5/5

Any Means NecessaryPathetically weak ending..Score: 2/5

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