I am an unusual female. I prefer Sci-fi to Romantic Comedies and Horror to Fantasy and I’d much rather read a Historical Fiction tale to Contemporary Action or Thrillers any day. There are, however, exceptions to every rule. William Miller’s Noble Man (Book 1 of the Noble Man series) is one of those exceptions.
Jake Noble is an ex-CIA agent, a Company man, disavowed when a mission goes sideways and the higher-ups need a fall guy. Scraping by as a marine photographer, a couple of years later, he’s approached by the Company with another mission, one they’re willing to pay a lot of cash to see completed. Noble wants to say no. Yet, just like he’s an EX-agent… he’s also a son of a dying mother. He needs the money for medical bills. Before he knows it, he’s right in the middle of the sex-trafficking trade in the Philippines going against the Triads, kidnappers, other special-ops trained killers and his heart. It’s awfully hard to fall in love while bullets are whizzing by your head as everyone seems to be trying to kill you…but, somehow, Noble manages.
This is a truly a well written, fast-paced, page turning book; I loved it!
Mr. Miller is a great story-teller. His work is so well devised I could see the action taking place in my imagination as if I were watching a movie on the back of my skull. Gun battles, fight scenes, car chases—these are all very difficult happenings to write for the unskilled author. Mr. Miller does not have that problem. He is incredibly talented and his prose is seamless.
I fell in love with Jake Noble. He is handsome and intelligent, quick-witted and compassionate…brave… and just as hard, cruel and capable of doing whatever it takes to get the job done. I never once questioned his motivations, his decisions or his reasoning.
Jake Noble could very easily be the next Jack Reacher.
Here is my highest praise yet for this book: William Miller managed to bring a very small portion of faith and religion into this story—as a great part of the female lead’s motivation, in fact—without the issue ever becoming a campaign on the character’s part or the author’s. It is mentioned, it is used as a vehicle to get from point A to point B—WITH SKILL AND APLOMB—without beating the reader over the head with it. THIS also takes a great deal of skill. Mr. Miller has it.
Don’t get me wrong. I am a Christian. In fact, I am a Christian author of devotional books. However, even I don’t want to get slammed with religion, or the message, when I’m reading an action thriller. That is not a cause for worry here. My faith (and I’m assuming Mr. Miller’s) is handled adroitly and with dexterity AND with small measure.
Very well done, William Miller.
I usually try to balance both criticism and praise with at least some measure of balance. In other words, I’m not afraid to throw in an honest reproach wherever I find it necessary when reviewing books. However, I can honestly say that I have no real criticism to offer in this case.
Noble Man is a great story and it’s written incredibly well. I liked every minute of it and I would recommend it to anyone.