Friday, January 25, 2019

Book Tour + Review + #Giveaway: The First by Glen Kenner @glen_kenner @SDSXXTours




The First
A John Smith Thriller #1
by Glen Kenner
Genre: Action Thriller

The first page hits you like a deadly punch to the throat and never lets up!


John Smith is a First, one of a few men that walk among us seemingly as normal as anyone, but with a secret so unimaginable that their very existence is a threat to humanity. But times are changing and the Firsts are eager to live openly and take their rightful place in the world once again. The only thing stopping them is John, who has seen the best and worst of all of mankind and knows that some truths are best kept secret. He has kept his own life simple and unassuming because he knows it’s the only way to stay out of the system and under the radar of world governments, secret organizations, and assassins alike. But when an old enemy shows up on the same day that a beautiful young woman needs his help, John quickly finds himself in the fight of his life against elite hit squads, ruthless psychopathic murders, and a black-ops cutting-edge technology that was specifically designed to track down him and other Firsts like him, all while trying to unravel the mystery of this new woman in his life without getting her killed and keeping her from killing anyone who doesn’t deserve it. From the American Midwest to Syria and Paris, John Smith is both predator and prey, but he can no longer survive on his own, and so with the help of the only people he hopes he can trust and more luck than he deserves, he faces down his fears and takes on his enemies the only way he knows how: with everything he’s got.



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The traffic on Delmar is backing up and the sidewalks are packed with the business lunch crowd. My pickup is three blocks down on the other side of the street in one of the free parking lots behind the shops and restaurants. I get to the corner of North Skinker and start to cross with everyone else when I hear a buzz. But I don’t recognize anyone in the crowd that’s starting to cross within five feet. Besides, the only other First in St Louis that I know of is Maurice. And nobody can miss Maurice in a crowd. Huh. I stay put, apologize to everyone that’s bumping into me because they’re moving to cross. I look like an idiot tourist that’s never seen a crosswalk. Everyone gets across, the light turns, traffic starts back up and it’s just me standing here. Listening to that buzz. What the hell? And now the buzz is moving up and down in pitch. And then it starts to jump around. Oh fuck. I know what this is. As I recognize the piercing sound, my adrenaline kicks in. I spin around looking for a girl. Should be in her late teens, maybe twenty. I see the profile of a black girl with shoulder-length braids sitting at one of the crowded tables at the corner of the pastry shop behind me. It must be her.  

Fifteen feet away. Fifteen mother fucking feet away and I can hear her buzz. Shit. That’s bad.  

A couple huge steps and I’m next to her. I need her to trust me and quickly so that I can get her somewhere where there won’t be any witnesses.  


John Smith is a First with a capital F. A First is someone who is very strong and fast and heals real fast and can live for many, many, many years without ageing. First keep themselves hidden from normal people as they would not understand them and would be afraid of them.

First are tired of hiding who they are from the world and want to come out and live their lives the way they want just like everyone else but that could be very dangerous indeed.

John knows this because he has seen a lot in his lifetime and he has lived for more years than he knows. John knows that it is best to stay hidden. John lives his life from day to day helping other people with little handy man jobs around the house.

John is trying to stay hidden but someone from his past shows up on his door step wanting his help. John wants no part of this man and his plan as he does not trust him. John comes close to losing his life when he tells him no and tries to get away.

John has a secret that he is trying to keep hidden from First and the world. Does this secret have anything to do with the young lady he met earlier? Who is this woman? Why is John trying to keep her hid form everyone?

Now John has some very dangerous people on his trail who are trying to kill him and the young woman. John must now try to keep himself and this lady alive long enough to stop his enemies and to find out what they are up to.

The First was very intriguing and interesting story that kept me hooked from the beginning. I loved the whole concept of the story with the First and who they are and what they can do. The First is filled with action from beginning to end.


I would recommend The First to all fans of science fiction and thrillers with lots of suspense and mystery.




Glen Kenner is the author of the John Smith thrillers and numerous short stories published in the US and Japan. He was born in St Louis, Missouri, in 1969, and grew up 30 miles southwest in High Ridge, MO. He received a B.A. - English from the University of Missouri - Columbia and an M.A. - Media Communications from Webster University before moving to Wakayama, Japan, with his wife to teach English as a Second Language to public school children for three years. Now back in St Louis, he enjoys writing suspenseful, action-packed thrillers, painting, traveling, and volunteer work for local literacy non-profits.



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