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Kat's Review of Budapest by Sean Black (Ryan Lock Novella)

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My Rating: 4/5

Available: Released on Kindle, Audio, Nook and Kobo 15 March 2015

Synopsis: It sounds like easy money. Fly into Budapest. Handle the exchange in a straightforward kidnap for ransom case. Fly back home.

Total time involved: 48 hours.

But as private security operators Ryan Lock and Ty Johnson are about to find out, there is no such thing as easy money.

 Please note that Budapest/48 is a standalone story of approximately 19,000 words. To give regular readers a point of comparison, the full-length Lock novels average around 70,000 words.


My Review: Some of you may know I am a huge Lock fan and although this isn’t a full book, it’s certainly better than a short story. It’s about a third of the length of a normal Lock novel, which is enough to whet the appetite. Meeting up with Ryan and Ty is like seeing old friends and I feel like I read about them only yesterday. This time they are on their way to do a job extracting a guy in a straightforward kidnap for ransom case.

As ever with these two, nothing is that straightforward. Typically the case has its own issued and Ryan and Ty find themselves at one point in a rather precarious position. I wasn’t that amused to see a potential love interest for Ryan, especially as her name was not Kat! The story, although not full length, had the exact same style and flair that has made me a fan of this series in the first place. The only downside is that there just wasn’t enough. I could read about these two endlessly.

With two fantastic characters in Ty and Lock, along with some black humour they are the perfect combination for me and I have yet to be let down by a Lock book. Another great read by Mr Black, and as always I will be waiting with baited breath for the next instalment.

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