TJ's Ride

TJ's Ride

Book One of The TJ Series

Fiction - Action
180 Pages
Reviewed on 07/10/2017
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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

TJ's Ride by J.R. Hamilton is the first book in the action adventure series known as The TJ Series. This is a book that would appeal most to a mixed audience of mature young adults and adults who enjoy undercover stories filled with betrayal and revenge. Petty Officer Thomas Jefferson Hamlin, better known as TJ, is an officer in the United States Navy. He spent fourteen months on boats in Viet Nam, before being ordered back to his home town of Corpus Christi. It is there that he is brought to Captain Joseph, who uses his transportation of Dexedrine to blackmail him in going undercover with his old friends to help the Navy in the war against drugs. Will TJ get the Navy the evidence they need to halt drug trafficking in the Navy or will he end up dead along the way?

TJ's Ride by J.R. Hamilton reminded me of a cross between the James Bond movies and the NCIS TV show. TJ was an easy character to like because, even though he had made the bad decision to transport Dexedrine, he stayed away from the harder drugs and he tried to do good in his job in the Navy - yet his position in the Navy put him in a dilemma of choosing between his job and his friends. Unlike many crime fiction novels, this one did not make it seem like TJ was some sort of superhero. Instead, he felt like a real person in a tough spot who had to decide which loyalty he should honor. The story line always moved at a fast pace, yet there was never a time where I felt like the author was skipping over important information. Overall, I have to say that I really enjoyed reading this book and I am very excited at the idea of future books with TJ!

Fast, Exciting Read

When I first picked up TJ's Ride by J.R. Hamilton, I was afraid it might be too much of a gear-head book for a non-biker person to get into. I was wrong. While there is plenty of motorcycle and gun talk for aficionados to appreciate, it is not so heavy-handed to drive away fans of adventure novels.

After running riverboats in Vietnam for 14 months, TJ Hamlin is tasked (basically blackmailed) into going undercover for the Navy in his old motorcycle club to break up a drug ring. Back in his old haunts, he encounters not only old friends but old enemies as well, and he discovers that those enemies will do anything--including murder--to keep their drug money flowing.

Things heat up when a friend is murdered, and TJ becomes focused on revenge.

TJ's Ride is fast paced and will keep you interested to the end. The dialogue is realistic and propels the story forward to a somewhat surprising ending. But even more than an entertaining story, Hamilton has developed characters we grow to care about. It will be a joy to encounter them again in the rest of the series.