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on January 26, 2015
I started reading one of the Noble Intentions series books, discovering quickly that there must be prequels. Too many references to characters and events the one should be aware of. A couple of quick searches located the Jack Noble books in published sequence. I'm glad I did, and this book, Noble Beginnings, was the first.
This book firmly establishes who what Jack Noble is all about. It makes it clear early on, that Jack is the fearless protagonist.The book is well-written, and enjoyable from beginning to end. I only discovered this series some months ago, and was surprised when I found that Lee Ryan had been writing Jack Noble books for several years. A bit of the technology was already dated by then, but once the time-frame was established, it made that perfectly acceptable.
The end of this book made me want more of Jack Noble. The last few pages made it clear which they were, and where to find them.
Regarding the character himself, Jack Noble, it is evident early on that he has several James Bond-ish traits. Unafraid for the most part, and with a sense of humor, he charges ahead in the plot with a zeal for doing "what is right".
I'm hooked, and will read all the rest of the series.
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on January 4, 2018
Except for his best buddy, Jack just keeps getting blind sided by individuals he should be able to trust. The intrigue is very complex and surprises lurk around every corner. This is really a fast moving adventure and I felt like I was on one of those amusement park rides that slowly lifts you up and then suddenly drops you down. I could almost feel the wind rushing past my ears with all that was going on. Rather exciting, for certain.

I always enjoy reading a novel by author, Ryan. His characters are bigger than any life I know of. I see Tom Cruise all over this one.

Well done, Mr. Ryan.
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on August 28, 2017
I love legal/political thrillers, so I was looking forward to this one. The story line involving an intelligence operation in Iraq grabbed me right away, the action was non stop. Like most political thrillers, the plot line was a like a ball of tangled Christmas lights. Attention and patience in equal measure are usually rewarded.
As the story line played out the character became less and less believable to me. And the ending while obviously a tease for the next book in the series, left me cold. Jack Noble has been compared to Jason Bourne. in my opinion, not even close.
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on June 25, 2018
Great Start But Then Downhill.
I've read almost the entire series.. Noble Beginnings is a good read but I found that each subsequent book in the series became a bit harder to get into. The stories become cumbersome with twists and turns that end nowhere. There are many unforgivable technical mistakes especially with firearms. Mistakes in nomenclature, operation and function. ( Grips are called "handles ) Magazines are "clips" slides are being racked seconds before firing, handguns are held muzzle up instead of muzzle down in a close quarters situation, One of the greatest firearms ever designed ( next to the 1911) is the Browning Hi Power and yet the gun is denigrated and described as a single action that if you need a follow up shot you are out of luck AND when given one Jack Noble wishes he had a real semi automatic instead. WHAT IS RYAN TALKING ABOUT.? . I realize that if you are not a firearms buff you might not notice, but then you might not be reading these kinds of books in the first place. ( just 14 more rounds as fast you can pull the trigger). There are so many evil villains , fleeting alliances and allegiances that it is difficult at best to follow the story line. It is at the end an " is he is or is he aint " pseudo biographical mish mash of predictable outcomes , take your pick.. I couldn't finish the last book purchased " Noble Betrayal ".
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on November 28, 2016
A marine is assigned to a CIA team. At first everything is going smoothly, then the nightmare begins. People start dying. Noble and his partner are caught in the middle. Noble is taking the fall, a murderer, a traitor. Everyone he contacts is murdered. This is a high energy action thriller. A Colonel, a General, Is everyone on the take? Betrayal, deceit, the lure of money. I highly recommend. Can't wait to read the next book!
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L.T. Ryan is a new author, for me, and I like him very well, indeed.

As a lifelong reader, I don't know how I missed him before now - other than the schooling and the long work hours over the past 40 yrs, that limited my free time, for my favorite past-time - reading.

When my health finally led to an enforced retirement, and all this free time, I bought a Kindle, and through Amazon, have discovered some wonderful authors.

I especially like to read the interesting book reviews - by actual readers, not just critics!
Additionally, many Amazon books are priced low enough to entice me to try out these new (to me) authors. And when I like their books, I buy more of their books.

So Mr. L.T. Ryan, I'm off to read more about Jack Noble, Bear, Jessie, et al., in the next book in their series. Thanks for a great read in "Noble Beginnings".
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on May 1, 2016
An fully engaging action mystery: The lead character is caught up in a web of intrigue; following clues and tracking down witnesses while dodging bullets and assassins. The author provides well developed details that kept me reading. Jack Noble lives up to the name noble - as a good guy double crossed yet seeking the truth without revenge. I was particularly pleased that the author spins a well-told story without gratuitous vulgarity. Altogether a thoroughly enjoyable read. I intend to read more by L.T. Ryan.
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on March 28, 2018
This book compared to a finely crafted thriller is what e-mail is to a finely crafted letter. The action is choppy, nonsensical, the characters are superficial, yet then the author tries to infuse color in all the wrong places. This makes this book difficult to read, and completely incomprehensible. This reader loves to relax with a good thriller, but it should have some consistency. May-be this is just the first tome of the author and things will get better, but this reader is not willing to chance that.
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on May 16, 2018
Target audience must be a 15 year old with an overdose of testosterone. A non-existent story line. I can't believe I am so far out of synch with those who allegedly gave it such a high rating.
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on May 25, 2018
Noble Beginnings: A Jack Noble Thriller (Jack Noble #1)
I am in the minority.
I most definitively can take it or leave it and I prefer the latter.
Mariani, Lee Child, Lustbader, Baldacci and plenty others that each have their various heroes and groups with ongoing stories do it better. They have been compared, in print, to the this author, there is NO COMPARISON.
When my children were small they had a bottom weighted toy that always stood up again when knocked over. That was what I remembered when I read this book and told in first person! A little, a lot, "over the top".
A convincing action hero cannot tell his or her own story. It has to be about them.
The authors name: LT. Ryan - army connotations.....huh....
I finished the book in one sitting only because it is a fast reader and I knew if I stopped in the middle I wouldn't return to finish. I won't be buying more of these.
I read the book in one sitting. I knew that if I stopped and put it on one side I wouldn't go back. I will NOT be continuing to buy these books. My wish list (private) is full of the above mentioned authors and their new books...
But having written the above I must admit that as I said I am in the minority. There are plenty of super positive reviews online. I agree with Melanie.
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