The King Tides (Lancaster & Daniels, #1) by James Swain

The King Tides (Lancaster & Daniels, #1)

Reality and illusion blur for an ex-Navy SEAL investigating a deadly case of stalking in this page-turner that Michael Connelly calls “a hundred percent adrenaline rush disguised as a detective novel.”Nicki Pearl is the perfect daughter—every parent’s dream. And that of strangers, too. Wherever she goes, she’s being watched. Each stalker is different from the last, except for one thing—their alarming obsession with Nicki.Desperate tim...

Details The King Tides (Lancaster & Daniels, #1)

TitleThe King Tides (Lancaster & Daniels, #1)
Release DateAug 1st, 2018
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction

Reviews The King Tides (Lancaster & Daniels, #1)

  • Gregory Attaway
    Cliche. Cliche. Cliche. For starters, Swain uses cliches in is writing as if he's got a cliche reference book. The plot twists were also cliche, as was the dialogue style, the dialogue itself, and the characters. The thing that bothered me most was the exposition. Reading this book, I get the strong sense that Swain does not trust his readers. Everything must be explained, including conversations paraphrased in narration, restating the same infor...
  • Laura
    This was my freebie for the month of July and I have to say I really wish I had picked a different one. It feels mean to disparage something with such good intentions but the writing was just bad. I felt nothing at all for the characters because they came across as lifeless and robotic. It was extremely difficult to differentiate the dialogue between characters because they all sounded exactly the same when they spoke. This was an extremely tense...
  • Erth
    This book started with a bang and ended in a pow! A fast exciting read from beginning to end! Loved every page.
  • Skip
    I'm happy to have read this for free (Amazon Prime First Reads) because I love James Swain's books. I have read all but one. This one was pretty weak. It stars Jon Lancaster, an ex-Navy Seal, who becomes a private investigator after saving his unit by killing a child bomber. He is hired by a couple recently returned from overseas, whose innocent (?) daughter is being stalked by many different men. The question is why. Getting this answer takes aw...
  • Jim A
    Another outstanding crime thriller from James Swain. Jon Lancaster, ex SEAL and ex cop, is a private investigator. His fee? Something for his house. He's called on to investigate the reasons so many men are stalking a doctor's teen daughter. The trail he follows intersects with an investigation by a FBI agent. A few twists here and there, as well as a few false leads. Makes for a very good read. Although this is listed as the beginning of a serie...
  • Tina Bailey
    It could have been better.I really dislike giving bad reviews because I know every writer deserves recognition for putting themselves out here. This book was irritating in the fact that it was so repetitive about every situation. There's no reason to repeat every detail of each person, place, and thing because it takes away from the story. I didn't like the "problem" in this criminal thriller because it seemed too drastic of an effect brought abo...
  • Tera
    Wow. This was awful.Where do I start? The writing felt amateur and the story was forced. The characters were underdeveloped with basic, predictable personality traits. Honestly, I don't usually review books, but wow, this was bad. This felt like someone who read a thriller/crime novel and then told it back in basic form. None of the criminals actions made any sense, and formal protocol was ignored the entire book. The first half of the book focus...
  • Pattyh
    Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to preview The King Tides by James Swain. The plot is intricate and absorbing, the characters are developed and interesting, and the plot is fast paced.An ex-navy seal, Lancaster, teams up with a FBI agent, Daniels, are dispatched to help a young girl who is being stalked. Why this girl, and why are so many interested in her...The more they investigate, the more they begin to wonder if there is more to this...
  • Steve
    I am a huge fan of James Swain. All his characters are well fleshed out and honor bound. Swain's characters are people you want on your side when trouble strikes - and it always does. In King Tides, Jon Lancaster is a P.I. who is hired to investigate a stalking case. The stalkers believe that the girl they are harassing is in the porn industry making films. Our hero, the P.I. teams with the victim's aunt who is an F.B.I. Special agent. Together t...
  • Heather Fineisen
    A fair first novel in a series, this was a quick read. The plot has a few too many holes in it that are conveniently filled. The idea of child pornography and abduction is a tough subject and this is not graphic. Not sure if I would read more of this series. This caught my attention because Michael Connelly had given it a favorable blurb.Copy provided by the Publisher and NetGalley
  • Jenny Boyce
    Decent, not my favorite book but would probably read more in the series if I stumbled upon them.
  • Kelsey Bohn
    This is one of the worst books I have read and I really can't comprehend the good reviews. I'm just glad it was free. At first, I did find myself wanting to read on just to find out what happens despite the truly frustrating writing. But, there came a point where even the plot became too much. First, it felt as if the author and the main character shared the same backward views on issues of sexual assault victims and aggressors. Where I can forgi...
  • Heather
    Pure lazinessThis story could have been good had the author done just a little bit of research. It’s clear he didn’t so there are holes in the plot you could drive a semi through. Do NOT read this if you are a military vet, a nurse, in law enforcement, or know anyone who is. As an RN, who is a vet, married to a LEO, I have a headache from all the eye rolling I’ve done reading this story. We live in a digital age; there’s zero excuse for n...
  • John
    Isn't it interesting how readers' tastes vary? Swain has many awards and many novels, almost all of which have near 4 or higher stars from Goodreads readers. This book, The King Tides, has over 2000 ratings with 73% 4 or 5 stars. Yet I find it quite pedestrian. Many of the events portrayed seem very unlikely to me, some are predictable, the dialogue is amateurish, and the title is unoriginal and plays no significant part in the story. My rating t...
  • Ronald Keeler
    The King of Tides by James Swain is two pleasing detective stories in one. Hero Jon Lancaster is a detective physically unlike most readers meet. How many heroes appear physically fat? Jon’s stomach, which several female characters in the story seem compelled to touch, is the result of some sort of physical condition. His stomach only looks fat as it enters a room slightly in advance of Jon. It is actually hard in the way that indicates lots of...
  • Ann-Marie
    This is one of those books where it seems the author has taken all those ideas he has had that didn't really fit in the other series he wrote, and jammed them into a new book. There are just a bunch of hackneyed characters and worn out tropes. I just didn't buy it.
  • Rhonda Lomazow
    Page turnerVery enjoyable novel detailing horrific abductions of female victims by a couple of serial killers,which are tied to pornography fixations.Who are the bad guys is the central question of the book..
  • Sue Hilger
    What a creepy thriller!This novel is a page turner. While really creepy, the writing kept me in suspense and wasn’t predictable in the least. 5is is not usually my genre, and yet I enjoyed it.
  • Peg
    I enjoyed mostly the Fort Lauderdale settings and having places I've been to in my new home state. Nice to have an author actually keep things in place. I have seen movies where someone is driving south on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago to get north to the Cuneo Estate in the northern suburbs. And one story recently when a horse ride from Janesville to the Mississippi river took 20 minutes. It takes longer than that by far to drive it in a car. So, ...
  • Geoff. Lamb
    The novels featuring Seals or ex-Seals mount by the day. Is it too soon to say that Seal/ex-Seal novels multiply like tribbles?!??This is not one of those novels. Jon Lancaster is a refreshing character. He has all the requisite Seal skills, plus some decent cop chops. And a beer belly. (no spoilers here) The King Tides is a well-written effort that is over too soon. Oh and there is Beth Daniels!
  • Barbara Bingham
    He has done it again!I loved all his books and this one is no exception. Lancaster & Daniels join force to capture pedophiles and serial killers. Their intelligence and tenacity makes them an unforgettable duo. Once started hard to put it down. Great mystery, great plot, smooth writing keeps one turning the pages. Great read.
  • Susie
    A nice quick detective story. I really enjoyed this one, with the exception of the fact that the investigation involves a child porn storyline. It's not too graphic, so it's fine, but it wouldn't be my first choice if I had known that going in.
  • Helen
    This was my first James Swain and I found it a mostly enjoyable read. The main character is a quirky detective for hire who gets paid with refrigerators and kitchen utensils (but claims to pay taxes on same). He’s been hired to protect a teenage girl from creepy guys who are stalking her for unknown reasons. The secondary character is a woman FBI agent who’s been working on a serial killer/sexual predator case unsuccessfully for years. They t...
  • Martini Dozier
    without giving too much away:the main character was a former Navy SEAL, former police officer, current PI, yet was so slow to figure some things out I am starting to wonder if I have a career ahead of me in any of those fields. Then there were some plot points that did not make much sense, bringing in random characters at the final hour I guess so prove the reader's were not as smart as Lancaster? If we'd been given all the information I'm pretty...
  • Lexxi
    Over the top laughable cliche after cliche This book was so bad. It was cliche after cliche. The characters were over the top, Telenovela style. They were also very one dimensional rather than fleshed out. There is our main character who [read in a dramatic voice] is a private investigator who used to be a cop, but now he operates outside of the law and is a loose cannon. He fights for his clients and wants to bring the bad guys to justice. I kep...
  • Julie
    This is the first book in what I hope is a long-running series. I like that Jon Lancaster is a former policeman and ex Navy SEAL. He knows how to get things done and doesn't follow protocol to achieve results. I didn't like the character of Daniels, a female FBI agent, whose path crosses with Lancaster. The only time the story felt wrong was after she entered the story. Lancaster explained things to her that I feel sure an agent specializing in c...
  • Bruce
    Jon Lancaster, ex navy seal (though he doesn't look like one), former cop, currently finds missing kids and solves problems. He gets a call from a rich doctor - his 15 year old daughter is being stalked by multiple people. Jon agrees to help them in exchange for a Bosch refrigerator - he does everything for trade to give him memories. Ends up tying in to a child porn and serial killers from 20 years ago. Some interesting bits, mostly not so much....
  • Don Gorman
    (3). A really decent Amazon Prime freebie. Jon Lancaster is a protagonist who you cannot help but like from page 1. This story is a little crazy, but Jon is so solid, smart and tough that it is easy to go with the flow. When we add Beth Daniel as a co-protagonist it gets a little confusing at times, but Swain does a good job of making it work. I will definitely read the next one in this series. Good stuff.
  • Kimiko
    I liked this book alot. Jon Lancaster is a PI in Florida. Having been a Navy Seal and decorated police officer, he knows the ins and outs of the law, yet as a PI, he can do things that no law enforcement person can. He is hired to find out why a 15 yr old girl is being stalked by pedofiles and creepy men. In the course of his investigation, he meets Special Agent Daniels, who is a bit uptight, but a good FBI agent. They end up solving a decades o...
  • Tifani
    Don't read this book. I did not finish because of the grotesque use of pornography. It was a free book which I regret. Beyond the subject, it's just poorly written and cringeworthy. Honestly not sure how people can give this 5 stars. I'm begging you, do not read this book.