Appetite for Risk

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  • Author Name: Jack Leavers
  • Publication Date: 28/07/2019
  • Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9781912881505

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A fast-paced action thriller inspired by real events in the aftermath of the Iraq War.

With Saddam Hussein deposed and an entire country in need of rebuilding, former Royal Marine John Pierce hears the siren call of adventure and opportunity. His fledgling UK business is struggling to support his young family and he has connections in the Iraqi capital – fate seems to point one way.

In early 2004, Pierce rolls the dice when he jumps into a taxi in Jordan and heads for the turmoil of postwar Baghdad to grab a share of the reconstruction gold rush. But when Iraq spirals into the hell of a full-blown insurgency, he must rely on his wits and his local friends if he’s to evade the rampant bloodshed.

As the action rolls across the blood-stained Iraqi landscape and embraces London’s seedy underbelly, Pierce tangles with the authorities at home and finds himself thrust into the heart of British and American covert operations against Al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Having set out with little more than ambitious goals and an appetite for risk, can a determined ex-bootneck survive the mounting chaos unscathed and succeed in hitting the jackpot?

Jack Leavers is a former Royal Marine with over thirty-years’ experience working in the military, private security, corporate investigations, maritime counter-piracy, and risk management. His varied career has included numerous deployments to conflict zones around the world such as Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, trouble spots in Africa, and the Somali pirate-infested waters of the Indian Ocean. He continues to work in challenging environments and has now begun to pen novels inspired by some of the more enterprising projects that got the green light and other audacious plans that didn’t. When knuckling down to write, he is normally based in London, UK.

1 review for Appetite for Risk

  1. Rabia Tanveer (Readers’ Favorite)

    Appetite for Risk by Jack Leavers is a story written on a very touchy topic, but the author does it justice. It is a fast-paced novel that takes the reader on a roller coaster ride that they don’t want to get off. Simply put, this is a novel that runs heavy on great plot, smooth action, and suspense that keeps the interest of readers and builds it. I became invested in the characters, even though I didn’t particularly like quite a few of them. John Pierce is a hard character to like, but this is something that makes him such a good protagonist. I enjoyed hating and loving him!

    This is the story of a man named John Pierce, a man whose business is not doing so well and he is barely making ends meet to support his family. His contacts and friends living in Iraq tell him that the time is ripe for him to set up in Iraq and make money quickly. Relocating was easier for him than he anticipated, but things went crazy when the battle against Al Qaeda in Iraq reached its peak. He finds himself in the center of it all and there is nothing he can do to get out of it. Can he remain untouched and keep his family safe in this war? Does he even have a chance? I never felt that the novel was rushed, not even once. The story was given proper time to develop and grow so that the flow continued unscathed. John was one hard character; he was good and bad, but that just made him even more attractive to me. It made him more human and that made it easier for me to understand him. This is a really good, well-developed and well-constructed novel!

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