Light It Up by Nick Petrie

Light It Up

Nick Petrie

“A top-notch series of thrillers marked by a considerable sympathy for veterans . . . Aficionados of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher will enjoy getting to know this new action hero.”–Library Journal

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“Lots of characters get compared to my own Jack Reacher, but Petrie’s Peter Ash is the real deal.”—Lee Child

In this action-packed thriller starring war veteran Peter Ash, a well-planned and flawlessly executed hijacking reveals the hidden dangers of Colorado's mellowest business, but Ash may find there’s more to this crime than meets the eye.

Combat veteran Peter Ash leaves a simple life rebuilding hiking trails in Oregon to help his good friend Henry Nygaard, whose daughter runs a Denver security company that protects cash-rich cannabis entrepreneurs from modern-day highwaymen. Henry’s son-in-law and the company’s operations manager were carrying a large sum of client money when their vehicle vanished without a trace, leaving Henry’s daughter and her company vulnerable.

When Peter is riding shotgun on another cash run, the cargo he’s guarding comes under attack and he narrowly escapes with his life. As the assaults escalate, Peter has to wonder: for criminals this sophisticated, is it really just about the cash?

After finding himself on the defensive for too long, Peter marshals his resources and begins to dig for the truth in a scheme that is bigger—and far more lucrative—than he’d ever anticipated. With so much on the line, his enemy will not give up quietly...and now he has Peter directly in his sights.

Advance Galley Reviews

Light It Up was an excellent addition to the Peter Ash series that was action-packed with a thrilling plot that didn’t let up from start to finish. Peter Ash has spent the past few months living a simple life rebuilding hiking trails in Oregon when his friend Henry asks him to come help him for a week in Denver. Henry’s daughter runs a security company that provides protection for the cash heavy cannabis industry and two of her men have gone missing leaving her in a bind. While Peter is helping out on a cash run for a client, their vehicle comes under attack and only Peter narrowly escapes. Peter knows the amount of money they were moving couldn’t be worth all this, so what were the hijackers really after? Light It Up picks up about six months after the events in book two of the series, Burning Bright. The plot of this book was really interesting and quite relevant with the recent legalization of marijuana in several states. I definitely found the plot believable as marijuana stores are mainly cash businesses as federal law still prohibits the sale of marijuana making it difficult for the owners of the stores to use banks. The book was full of action-packed scenes with a lot of tension and the book moves at a quick pace with little down time. There were a few scenes I was surprised by for their brutality, but overall I liked the choices the author made for the story. In the months since Burning Bright, Peter has been working with a therapist on his claustrophobia and the “white static” that goes with it. He can now tolerate being indoors for longer periods of time, but his condition is in no way fixed and he still spends most of his time outside. During the cash run he is on that gets hijacked, we see Peter display more of his skills as he deals with the men who intercepted them. His physical strength combined with his quick thinking are certainly what saved his life. Despite his friendship with Henry being only a few months old, Peter was instantly willing to help him and was determined to find out who came after them. My favorite character of the series, Lewis, returned in Light It Up which made me very happy. Lewis is such a mystery, I enjoy learning little bits about him in each successive book. His friendship with Peter is excellent and I enjoy their conversations. June also returns in this book and I enjoy her relationship with Peter as it’s done well for this not being a romance book (which is something as a romance reader I appreciate since that’s not always the case). I love that June is able to handle herself and doesn’t need saving as she’s perfectly capable of saving herself. Light It Up has been my favorite book in the series thus far and I look forward to reading more from the author in the future. **I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via the First to Read program in exchange for an honest review.**

While this is the third in the Peter Ash series of mysteries, it is the first one I have read. I will have to locate the other two. As is usual with series that I start in a later book, I am glad that enough information about continuing characters is presented. I didn't feel lost at all, except maybe for some of the locations. I live in the Denver metroplex. For a good many years I lived in Capitol Hill, before most of the new building and the cannabis revolution (which I do think is a good thing). Most of the time I could follow the action, and there is plenty of action. I did like the PTSD symptoms that the lead character had and his struggle to work his way trough them. That is becoming more of an issue. The most unbelievable thing in the book for me is the idea that anyone can drive from Boulder to Denver at 80 miles per hours. I really want to know where that road is because I haven't been able to do more than 50 for any real distance on any of the roads that I know. I liked the book. I read it on Netgalley for this review.

3.5 I enjoy Peter Ash and the crazy things he gets caught up in. Peter returns and of course bad things happen where people die, some by his hand. Lewis and June come in and help, btw how do you get a friend like Lewis? He has a lot of connections. The bad guys were somewhat predictable, but the plot with the drugs and money was interesting enough that you can overlook that. The new good guys (and ladies) were fun, Miranda was spicy, Steinburger and Sykes were respectable. I did not care that much for the ending or Big Dog parts. Big Dog was a nice character but his narrating parts didn't add too much to the story, just felt like it was dragging out the book. The ending was just BAM there, so.... I hope this is not the end of Peter Ash's adventures!

Peter Ash in this third book of the series once again seems to have gotten himself mixed up with some bad hombres while trying to help a friend. The story was clever and original but there was just a little too much violence for my taste. This is an action packed story with Peter fighting for his and his friends lives every moment. While I enjoyed the second book, this book left me cold. The story was good and well plotted and will have an appeal to many readers.

I received a copy of Light It Up by Nick Petrie to read and give an honest review. I thought the plot was really great but the book was just ok. It started out with a lot of action and it ended with a lot of action. The main problem I had was that the author uses a lot more language and description than I thought was necessary in this type of action thriller. Also, the main character is always reliving events and actions and being morose. I may just not be connecting and this character is directed more toward other readers. I think you could cut 100 pages and have a much tighter action book.

This was maybe a 3 star read for me. I'm iffy on the rating right now because I had a hard time finishing reading it. I just wasn't emotionally invested whatsoever.

"Light it up" is the third book in the Peter Ash Series and it is the first book in the series that I have read. However, it was not difficult for me to understand the main character, the book atmosphere or follow the story. Peter Ash is a former Marin. He is back in the States now, but he is suffering from PTSD, meaning that he has such a nasty claustrophobia, he cannot stay inside four walls for as much as more than 20 minutes, without freaking out. Therefore he stays in the woods, rebuilding hiking trails in Oregon, along with a newly acquired friend, Henry, a veteran like himself. Henry's daughter is running a security company which protects cash-rich cannabis entrepreneurs from modern-day highwaymen. So when her husband and his crew are gone missing on an assignment, Henry turns to help her and asks for Peter's support. While the two friends are on an assignment, they get attacked probably by the same hijackers that attacked the other company vehicle. As gunshots start to fly around, Peter starts to wonder, is it worth it to risk his life for that money? He would however, risk everything for his friend's life. After cannabis legalization, a whole new legal business has been set up in the states. It is a way through for those working with it outside the law. Now they can make it legal and still keep growing and selling it. The only catch is that the business is not supported by the banking system, so all exchanges must be made in cash. This raises the need for a safekeeping place for all that cash, as well as guarding and security services. This is were new security businesses come up, however, at the same time there is a new opportunity for those that want to benefit without effort. Grab the cash and walk away. The story is very well told. Amazing big screen scenes all over the book, while at the same time there is great character building. Peter Ash is a marine, but he is much more than that. He is a thinking person, one that has definitely been through a lot and he has learned to appreciate things and take nothing for granted. He is the honest guy, the one you can trust with your life, the person that would do anything for his mates. To keep them safe. To make sure the return home on their own, not in a box. Apart from the fascinating story and plot, the action and the military part of the book, there are also other aspects of the hero layed out. He is a troubled person, as one would expect, based on his experiences and PTSD, but he is trying to become normal again and live his life like everyone else. The author gives a glimpse of his mind and as well as his feeling. He has met a woman in the previous book which he likes, so he puts an effort to be able to be with her like everyone else would. Peter Ash is a character that is going to be around for a while and I would most definitely like to read more of Nick Petrie's books!

I just couldn’t get invested in this book. Unfortunately I didn’t finish it

In the book “Light It Up” Peter Ash is a nice enough character but in the end I did not feel emotionally invested in the character. June his love interest is little better than a side character. And Lewis, who is with him through all of the real action in the story, is a mystery that despite getting a very small glimpse into who is is remains a mystery all the way to the end. None of the characters are emotionally accessible. It was slow to start, but when it finally got there the action wasn’t that bad. If you like an action story with not much else to distract you from the action then from approximately chapter 11 on this is the book for you. I think the book would have been better if Peter’s PTSD was more clearly defined in such a way that it was understandable. But white static while inside is not much of description. What happens to him if he is inside to long? This is not explained. Not a bad story but certainly not the best I’ve ever read of this type.

I have to give this one a 4 1/2 out of 5. I enjoyed the characters; Peter, Lewis and June. I really liked to learn about Peter and his history as a Marine. Peter is a good guy with some bad things in his past. How he handles PTSD is very descriptive and I could actually feel his pain and anxiety at times. The reason I didn't give it a 5 is because of the ending. I would have liked more detail, more of an ending. Instead I felt I was missing something. However, I would love to read more about Peter, Lewis and June for sure! So in this story Peter is helping a friend when things go terribly wrong. He has to find out what is going on and who is behind it. In a way he is also on a quest to help himself since he suffers from PTSD. You will be rooting for him to find the truth about whta happened and for him to "heal" himself. I would definitely recommend this book.

This was my first Peter Ash story but it won't be my last. Although this was the third book in the series I didn't feel lost as enough back story was given. In fact, the back story given makes me want to read the first two books, I want to see how he helped his girl June and the other situations he has gotten involved in. This story was terrific with lots of twists that kept you guessing and lots of action that made you not want to stop reading. I liked learning about PTSD a little more and how it affects our Veterans and I also enjoyed learning a little bit about the cannabis trade, both medical and recreational. I sure hope there is a next Peter Ash book as I really like this character and want to read more about him.

Fast paced thriller with twists and turns - keeps one engrossed until the very end. I enjoyed discovering how Peter was dealing with his PTSD and catching up with Lewis. While this is the third book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone. I highly recommend reading the first two.

A great thriller! This is my first Nick Petrie book and I haven’t read the previous novels in the series but I enjoyed the story and I can’t wait to read more.

I enjoyed Light It Up by Nick Petrie. I have not read one of his previous novels and this book is such a good stand alone, I didn't realize it was 3rd in a series until the end. It's a quick read that will keep you turning the pages to see what happens next. I enjoyed the character development and the twist and turns in the story. I highly recommend this book for a good, quick read. I received a free copy of Light It Up for this review.

This is the third Peter Ash story, the PTSD suffering, former Marine, now stateside struggling to come inside, literally. The first two books spent more time addressing his issues keeping him outdoors but LIGHT IT UP involves his efforts at getting together with the woman from book 2 and trying for a normal life. He just has a quick errand to do first. As readers might guess, that errand becomes the plot for the book. Author Nick Petrie makes good use of the novelties surrounding the burgeoning legal cannabis trade in Colorado and the security business that has evolved to protect it. He also writes incredible chase and fight scenes; they are taut, suspenseful, and fast. The weakness of the book is the predictability of the overall story. Too many of the twists and turns are tropes of the genre. They are just too obvious for the caliber of writer that the author could be, if he pushed. The first book in the series really made the case for the potential of this protagonist and the series. The second and third books just haven’t lived up to the promise, although they are entertaining; they just aren’t great.

I haven't read the previous two Peter Ash novels by Nick Petrie, but I didn't feel too lost starting partway through a series. Peter Ash is a complicated character - well suited to life as a soldier, but not comfortable in life as a civilian. He is very aware of what he is and what he has to overcome, but he needs to work on getting there. I felt for his struggle to deal with his problems and try to make himself into a better partner for the woman he loves. However, most of what he needs to do in this story is what he does best - stay alive, take out enemies, and protect his own. The good guys have a code of honor, but sometimes make less than honorable choices to get to what they think is the best end. The two main bad guys were very different; one was a true psychopath while the other was more sympathetic. Two of the female characters were a bit mercenary, though the third - Peter's love June - is a bit more fleshed out and likeable. The description of the Colorado cannabis industry and its challenges was actually kind of fascinating since I was unfamiliar with it. There is plenty of local interest if you live in Denver and have some familiarity with the area. The story was action from end-to-end and was a surprisingly fast read. I would recommend it to my friends who like thrillers and aren't put off by gritty action.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The main character was damaged yet likeable. Maybe that's why he was likeable. I liked the plausibility of the plot. Grow farms have indeed become a big business in recent years with the changing laws. Early on, the book reminded me of a David Baldacci novel, with the pace of events, the precision of the hijackers, and the the back stories of the characters. When I finished it I discovered it was the third in a series. I found not only my library had both previous books but I also had the first book, The Drifter, on my kindle. So guess what im reading now? Very good!

I received a free copy of Light It Up for this review. I enjoyed the book. There were a lot of gory details but I expected that since the early review said Jack Reacher readers would like this . The plot was well developed and even though I have read none of the other Peter Ash books it was easy to catch on who was who. The book gives you insight into PTSD from the character Peter Ash's side. The development of the characters was well written and believable. Although I am not sure how realistic the fight and rescue scenes are. I enjoyed the book although the ending left you hanging. So I expect another sequel.


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