Review - Burning Bright by Nicholas Petrie @Petrie_Nicholas @PutnamBooks

Burning Bright by Nicholas Petrie
Series: Peter Ash #2
Penguin Group - Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Date Read: December 26, 2016
Source: NetGalley & First to Read

In the new novel featuring war veteran Peter Ash, “an action hero of the likes of Jack Reacher or Jason Bourne” (Lincoln Journal-Star), Ash has a woman’s life in his hands—and her mystery is stranger than he could ever imagine.

War veteran Peter Ash sought peace and quiet among the towering redwoods of northern California, but the trip isn’t quite the balm he’d hoped for. The dense forest and close fog cause his claustrophobia to buzz and spark, and then he stumbles upon a grizzly, long thought to have vanished from this part of the country. In a fight of man against bear, Peter doesn’t favor his odds, so he makes a strategic retreat up a nearby sapling.

There, he finds something strange: a climbing rope, affixed to a distant branch above. It leads to another, and another, up through the giant tree canopy, and ending at a hanging platform. On the platform is a woman on the run. From below them come the sounds of men and gunshots.

Just days ago, investigative journalist June Cassidy escaped a kidnapping by the men who are still on her trail. She suspects they’re after something belonging to her mother, a prominent software designer who recently died in an accident. June needs time to figure out what’s going on, and help from someone with Peter’s particular set of skills.

Only one step ahead of their pursuers, Peter and June must race to unravel this peculiar mystery. What they find leads them to an eccentric recluse, a shadowy pseudo-military organization, and an extraordinary tool that may change the modern world forever.
My Review

This book really grabbed my attention from the start with almost non-stop excitement.  It almost felt like I had been thrown into an action movie and I loved every minute of it.  Before I even knew it, I had read a large part of the book.  The pace of the story did eventually slow down but the excitement never stopped because I couldn't stop trying to figure out how things would work out.  This was such a great read.

Peter Ash is veteran dealing with PTSD which causes him to feel claustrophobic anytime he is indoors.  He deals with it as best he can which usually means that he tries to stay out of buildings as much as possible. I find Peter to be a very interesting and unique character.  He thinks quick and knows his limitations.  June is a reporter that finds herself hiding from a group of men that attempted to kidnap her.  June meets Peter and they start to work together to figure out why she has been targeted.  June's character really complimented Peter's nicely.  Their personalities meshed perfectly and they seemed to be able to work smoothly together almost from the moment that they met.

This book has no shortage of action.  Peter and June find themselves in the middle of several intense situations and I never know exactly how things would turn around.  I was never quite sure exactly who the bad guy was so I didn't really trust any of the characters besides Peter and June and of course, Lewis, who I was very happy to see make an appearance in this book.  The story took quite a few twists and turns with many unexpected moments.

I would recommend this book to others.  This is the second book in the Peter Ash series and while it could be read as a stand alone, readers will probably appreciated the background knowledge from the first book.  I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in this exciting series.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group - Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons via NetGalley and First to Read.

The Series
Book #1 - The Drifter - My Review
Book #2 - Burning Bright
About the Author

Photo: © Troye Foxe
Nicholas Petrie received his MFA in fiction from the University of Washington, won a Hopwood Award for short fiction while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, and his story “At the Laundromat” won the 2006 Short Story Contest in the The Seattle Review, a national literary journal. A husband and father, he runs a home-inspection business in Milwaukee. The Drifter is his first novel.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter


  1. Ohhh, I love to read stories with action. And this one sounds really exciting. I'll be checking this one out. Awesome review Carole :)

  2. This sounds like an action-packed story! I like thrillers but don't read nearly enough of them. That's awesome that the protagonists work well together and complement each other nicely. I'm glad you enjoyed this one, Carole! Fantastic review. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

  3. I sometimes feel exhausted if a book has a non-stop action. But then again, I read faster that way.

    This sounds like a good series to follow!

  4. I do love being thrown straight into a book, it can really be a intense experience. It also makes the book hard to put down too.

  5. Adding this to my TBR! Love the intrigue and the non-stop action sound! I've been reading a lot of psychological thrillers lately but this one sounds like a straight up thriller which sounds really fun!

  6. I've not seen these before. They sound amazing! I love when I get swept up into a book like that :D


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