NEVER GO ALONE by Denison Hatch Book Review

by on February 24, 2017

in book reviews, Entertainment

Never Go Alone book reviewDenison Hatch‘s latest book is titled Never Go Alone… A Jake Rivett Thriller. In Hatch’s last Jake Rivett novel, his first, we had a compelling bank heist with the bad guys being investigated by NYPD’s brash and daring detective, Jake Rivett. What I liked about that book was that we followed the characters involved in the heist, and we got bits and dribbles about Det. Rivett. It was a fun read.

In his latest book, Never Go Alone, the teaser reads:

“A rash of elaborate cat burglaries of luxury buildings in Manhattan has the city panicked.

When a group of social media obsessed millennials — a loosely organized crew that call themselves “urban explorers”–are suspected in the heists, undercover NYPD detective Jake Rivett is assigned the case.

Rivett dives deep into the urban exploration scene in pursuit of the truth. But what, and who, he finds–deep in the sewers, up in the cranes above under-construction skyscrapers, and everywhere else in New York–will change not only Jake, but the city itself.

The second novel in the critically acclaimed Jake Rivett Series, Never Go Alone is a heist mystery and urban exploration thriller on the razor’s edge of modern culture. As Kirkus Reviews writes, “Written in a particularly visceral fashion, readers get to experience firsthand the pure adrenaline rush of this new breed of urban explorer and location hacker.”

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Never Go Alone on Amazon.

Never Go Alone is a novel whose subject matter, urban exploring, was critically researched by Hatch and translated into a band of characters who are highly experienced climbers. Climbers who could scale any mountain or cliff face, but rather, they use their skills to crawl around the city, clambering up, over and through buildings and subways. All while they pull off heists that no one else can do.

But the heists are so unique, it baffles the cops until they are forced to pull Det Jake Rivett into the mix. It’s not their first choice, but he gets the job done. That, and one of the heist victims seems to keep getting robbed at his different hi-rise homes and he’s friends with powerful, political parties. So the NYPD is forced to pull in Jake.

Jake a typical detective. He hates his office and would rather be out in the thick of it, deep in his covers, while he also spends what spare time he has playing in his head banging rock band.

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This is another great story by Denison Hatch. He tosses out the mysterious heists in the beginning without saying much more. He pulls in Jake, and throughout the story, we learn a lot more about both our crooks and Jake. In face we learn a lot more about Jake this time around than we did in the last book. By the end of the story, we know a ton about Jake and what makes him tick.

Despite the subject content, it does not feel that far-fetched as the author designs a great criminal team who plans and plots out their heists in meticulous detail. Very smart crooks are very hard to catch. Unless you’re the rebellious Jake Rivett. And Rivett is just rebellious enough to think like the crooks, helping him get inside the gang.

This is yet another story well done by Denison Hatch. Bravo. It’s a fun, great read and I highly recommend it.

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