I received a complimentary copy of JOVE BRAND IS NEAR DEATH by J.A. Crawford as part of a scheduled Let’s Talk Books promotional tour! Thank you to CamCat Books and the author!
Rating: 4 / 5
JOVE BRAND IS NEAR DEATH follows Ken Allen, the man who once had the opportunity to portray one of the world’s best known spy movie characters, Jove Brand. His particular installment in the franchise, Near Death, was low budget and never even made it to an English release, but its cult classic status has given Ken some opportunities and a bit of fame.
When he is asked to participate in a sketch to help promote the passing of the torch to the newest Jove Brand actor, Ken’s successor is brutally killed. With the death appearing to be ripped from the script of Near Death, Ken is the prime suspect. When it turns out that is not the only murder to happen around him, Ken must put his Jove Brand persona to use to track down the killer.
This was a change of pace from a lot of my usual reads, but this one was so much fun! I loved the way the author played with the James Bond and spy movie tropes throughout the book. Ken reaches out to the man who produced all the fun gadgets and gizmos for the movies and gets to put some real life spy weapons to use.
This book is full of action sequences and there are some brutal scenes and injuries along the way, but it is also full of fun tongue-in-cheek humor throughout. The author managed to surprise me with some of the twists and turns as well as secrets from Ken’s and the movie franchise’s past come into play.
I would absolutely pick up more books from J.R. Crawford in the future! JOVE BRAND IS NEAR DEATH is available now!!