Last month I read Nick Petrie’s first Peter Ash thriller, The Drifter (you can read my review here). I enjoyed it so much I found and read the second. book in the series, Burning Bright. Peter Ash is a itinerant veteran with PTSD. He’s prone to physical problems when he’s inside a structure. So Ash lives outside or in his truck.

In Burning Bright Ash travels to Northern California and gets involved in saving the life of investigative journalist, June Cassidy. Cassidy finds herself being tracked down by a shadowy organization who murdered her mother, a world-famous computer scientist. Cassidy’s mother created an Artificial Intelligence that potentially be worth billions of dollars. But only June Cassidy knows where the AI is located.

As in The Drifter, Peter Ash gets to employ his combat skills to protect June Cassidy. In addition, Ash also works on solving who is behind the attempted abductions and attacks on Cassidy.

If you like Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels, you’ll enjoy these Peter Ash thrillers. Plenty of action! This is a perfect page-turner for these coronavirus shelter-in-place times. GRADE: B+

4 thoughts on “BURNING BRIGHT By Nick Petrie

  1. Patti Abbott

    Sounds good, George, although PTSD is turning up too often as a plot device. So many wars, so many people with it, I guess.

    1. george Post author

      Patti, I was watching NEW HOUR on PBS the other day and the doctors who treat coronavirus patients mentioned that even those who recover suffer PTSD and depression for months.

  2. Jeff Meyerson

    I agree. The first two were, in my estimation, the best so far (I just finished #5, set in Iceland in December, of all places). June is an interesting, tough character herself, and she has a small role in most of the books (yes, they stay a couple). If you like Reacher, these are must-reads.

    1. george Post author

      Jeff, I’m becoming a fan of Nick Petrie. I have copies of the next books in the series. I’ll try to read one every month or so.


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