Calling all bookworms – this is a novel to read in one sitting! Simon Jenner has created a gem that you will not be able to put down.
The Story of Ethan Justice: Origins by Simon Jenner
Posh layabout, John Smith, has been given an ultimatum by his parents. Get a proper job or find your own way; no flat and no bills will be paid. Now for most people, John has a reasonable job but not everyone has an honours degree from Oxford and a prestigious family name. Even his best friend, city whiz, Mark, has been roped in to help.
Feeling betrayed by all, John goes home and spends a week moping around wondering what he could possibly do with his life that would make his parents proud. Eventually, he agrees to meet Mark for drinks…one things lead to another and he ends up at home with Savannah, a “high class” escort that needs paying for.
Waking up, unable to remember the night before John clings to the hope that Mark will not only be able to shed some light on the situation but pay the £1000 escort bill as well. Little does he know at this point that his best friend is currently in his own compromising life or death position.
Being threatened with broken legs and just 48 hours to pay, John rushes round to Marks posh penthouse to insist he helps him out. Unfortunately, he is too late and instead of the funds he finds a dead body which leads to him having to fight for his own life, and Savannah’s.
Savannah’s life has been nowhere near as comfortable – her mother dies of cancer, her fathers a drunk and she loses her home. To compensate for this, she seeks help in a person she believes is a friend. This friend, offers her a roof over her head for a small price – she becomes the property of someone else.
In a few short hours, the lives of these two individuals are thrown together. With only each to rely on John agrees to help Savannah but will she do the same?
She believes that he has lost his marbles and agrees to help him knowing that she will betray him as soon as her predicament allows. What neither of them realise is that there is a 3rd party involved and both are now entangled in something far more dangerous.
A secret force, Earthguard, apparently working for the good of the country, are hot on their tracks and believe they know far more about Mark’s “city” work then first appears. All their lives quickly become entwined into a spy thriller that will have you gripped.
Will they survive? Who turns out to be the person they can trust?
If all secret service interviews work this way I can see why only the best are chosen.
This is a high action novel that takes you into a world which makes you question just how much we know about the people that protect our country. How many secret forces are there?
From cover to cover, the twists in this story make you question whether there is going to be a happy ending – will you be able to put the book down before you find out?
An Insider’s Interview with Author Simon Jenner
Simon also kindly agreed to answer a few questions I posed to him about his life as an author.
“Ethan Justice: Origins” is a fantastic Novel, if you could describe the story line to someone in just a few sentences how would you entice someone to want to read it?
After his best friend is murdered, John, a highly educated underachiever, and Savannah, a beautiful escort, are plunged into a dangerous world where wits and adrenaline are their only weapons and trust in each other their only certainty. Danger lurks around every corner as the race to recover a terrifying invention pits the unlikely pairing against a psychotic soldier who will stop at nothing to wreak his revenge. Ethan Justice: Origins is a fast-paced, action-packed, character-driven thriller, that I hope will make you laugh out loud, cringe, cry and cheer.
When and why did you begin writing?
My mind has always wanted to escape life and flee to imaginary worlds so after leaving school, I wrote many part-finished, no barely started novels. I must have churned out twenty in about twenty-five years but a job or lack of commitment always got in the way of completing one. Eventually my wife really threw the ball into my court by telling me to take a break from work, take writing more seriously and finish something. So I did!
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I think it has to be the days when I can write from the point of view of a character I really despise. It can be very liberating and therapeutic. Other than that, I love the days when the words flow and I can see the story taking shape.
What is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Where do I begin? The days when everything you read back sounds like garbage, the wondering if anything will grab a reader’s imagination, the solitude, marketing and trying to find readers, the money … Other than that it’s all good!
What inspires you to write?
An over-active imagination and a need to channel those thoughts into something productive.; the fun I have when my characters lead me on a merry dance after I’ve thrown them into sticky situations; and reading great work by others.
When working on a new novel, what is the first thing you do?
Get overly excited, panic, and then procrastinate. After that, I flesh out the main characters, plan the first three chapters and start to write. I never plan the whole thing as I find it cramps my imagination and also dulls my fun in finding out what happens next.
Which Writers do you admire and can you name a favourite book?
In my twenties I loved Stephen King and Dean Koontz. In my forties I began to prefer thrillers and now pretty much stick with those. My favorite book ever is the Exorcist, although I did read it when I was a teen so it probably isn’t as good as my younger mind believed it to be at the time. Since then the books that seriously grabbed my attention were the Stieg Larrson Millennium novels. What a tragic loss of a superbly talented writer.
What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?
Don’t listen to your detractors unless the criticism is constructive. Read a lot, break rules, write write write and read some more. Oh and when you’re taking a break, start interacting with readers in your genre.
What are your plans for the future?
To keep on writing and doing whatever I can to ensure readers continue to enjoy my books. I’m currently finishing up the first draft of Ethan Justice #3 and have also written a few thousand words for a completely new action thriller series about a man who has fallen on hard times in the current financial crisis. He gets recruited as an assassin to pay the bills. But all is not as it seems!
Simon Jenner is a man whose goal in life is to discover his goal in life. He lives with his wife, who keeps his dream alive and his stomach tight against his trousers; his son, a dreamer just like his dad; and a dog who receives fuss like he’s the one doing the favour.
Does this sound like a thriller you would enjoy? What other thrillers have you read lately that you would recommend to others?
I would like to thank Simon Jenner for taking the time to answer my questions when he is trying to juggle writing and his family life.