Review: “Die Next” by Jonathan Stone

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The son of wealthy parents, Zack’s never wanted for anything, including purpose or ambition.

Hired assassin Joey Richter’s never had anything in his life, not even meaningful connections to other people.

But that’s all about to change when they mistakenly swap cell phones.

“Die Next” by Jonathan Stone is a fast-paced technothriller that will have you second-guessing the information you keep on your cell phone.

About the Book

“Die Next” by Jonathan Stone

In a crowded coffee shop, Zack Yellin sits down next to a business man with a cell phone identical to his own. He watches without meaning to as the guy enters his password before making a call.

A few moments later, the man leaves — accidentally taking Zack’s phone with him. The problem seems easy enough to remedy. Zack uses the phone to dial his own. The two men agree to meet back at the same coffee shop in 20 minutes.

But as Zack waits, he looks through texts and pictures on the stranger’s phone. It turns out that the owner, Joey Richter, isn’t a business man at all. He’s a hired assassin, and the phone contains photographic evidence.

Zack’s smart enough to know the trouble it spells. Now that Joey knows he’s had access to his phone, he may feel the need to do away with Zack if he hangs around to return it. But if he doesn’t, Joey has access to all of the information on Zack’s phone. It’s information that he can use to locate him, his new girlfriend Emily, his best friend Steve, and all his other loved ones. The choices Zack makes next will put his life in danger, as well as the lives of others.

My Review

“Die Next” by Jonathan Stone starts out at a sprint and never slows down. Short sentences and quick chapters fuel the pace. Yet, the speed at which this action-packed novel moves doesn’t mean it lacks depth. The riveting plot is full of revenge, murder, and suspense. Both Zack and Joey are impulsive, multi-layered individuals. Their motivations and desperation rise off the page and create tension in the reader.

From beginning to end, “Die Next” is the ultimate adrenaline rush in book format. The last few chapters will (quite literally) have your heart racing. But through it all — through the cat and mouse chase between Zack and Joey and all the danger-filled twists and turns along the way — you’ll find yourself rooting (somewhat) for both men and hating it when the book comes to its satisfying end.

Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for providing a copy of the eBook in exchange for an honest review.

Thanks to Jonathan Stone for creeping me out enough to remove some of the info on my phone — just in case. 🙂

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