Job Hunt (The Power of Zero: Book One) by Jackie Keswick ~ Audiobook Review by Teresa

Job-HuntAUDLGTitle: Job Hunt (The Power of Zero: Book One)

Author: Jackie Keswick

Narrator: Fox Ballard

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Cover Artist: Maria Fanning

Story Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 02/11/2016

Length: 09 hours 38 minutes

Genre: Action/Adventure, M/M Romance, Mystery


You don’t greet your new boss dressed like an underage rent boy. But when Jack Horwood—ace hacker and ex-MI6 operative—opens the door to Gareth Flynn, he’s too busy to worry over details like that. And anyway, his potential new boss is his former Commanding Officer – the same guy Jack has had a crush on since he was seventeen. So he should understand, right?

When he applied for the job in Nancarrow Mining’s corporate security division, Jack had hoped for peaceful days repelling cyber attacks. Maybe a bit of corporate espionage on the side. His plans didn’t include rescuing abused children, hunting pimps, or dealing with his overly protective and hot-as-hell boss, Gareth Flynn.

Walking away is not an option. Jack never takes the easy way out. More than that, meeting Gareth raises old ghosts that Jack needs to put to rest. Rescuing kids. Taking risks. Saving the day. Jack can do all that – but deciding what to do about his attraction to Gareth isn’t the sort of cloak-and-dagger game Jack plays well. Yet Gareth, strong and smart and always on hand when needed, might be Jack’s salvation.

Story Review:

Job Hunt was an action packed, suspense filled ride with great characters and a worthy cause. It played out like a great movie, but without the inevitable plot holes.

We had a sexy yet troubled main character in Jack who was highly skilled both in the field and behind a computer. We had Gareth who kept a close watch on Jack’s back and made sure he had what he needed both in the field and in bed, plus a huge cast of supporting characters each with their own stories, that rounded out the story.

Jack is the center of the story, but we get to see things from many different perspectives which added another layer of dimension to the tale. Seeing Jack from other’s points of view really helped paint a picture of the complicated man as was seeing him vulnerable in Gareth’s arms.

We get lots of intrigue and mystery searching out the bad guys. We get lots of action taking them down. There is some violence and blood and mentions of abuse, but the abuse is not in great detail. However the way it is cleverly put out there leaves so much to the imagination that it is almost worse. I found myself aching for the abused boys and for Jack.

I found the ending a bit abrupt and the romance a little lacking, but I don’t think romance was the focus of this book, Jack and the story was. The epilogue definitely leads into the next book of the series of which I want to read!

Fans of action should definitely read this book.

Narration Review:

I wasn’t sure I would like the narration at first, but as I got into it I really enjoyed Fox Ballard’s voice and his ability to do the accents. Every character had an appropriate voice and it really added to the experience. I could picture ages and well as nationalities and gender for all the players. I will definitely seek out this narrator again.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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