Book Review: A Caller’s Game by J.D. Barker

Release Date: February 22, 2021
Page Count: 445

From the Publisher –

“I’m going to offer you a choice.”

Controversial satellite radio talk show host, Jordan Briggs, has clawed her way to the top of the broadcast world. She doesn’t hold back, doesn’t spare feelings, and has no trouble sharing what’s on her mind. Her rigorous pursuit of success has come at a price, though. Her marriage is in ruins, she hasn’t spoken to her mother in years, and she’s distanced herself from all those close to her. If not for her young daughter, Charlotte, her personal life would be in complete shambles.

When a subdued man calls into the show and asks to play a game, she sees it as nothing more than a way to kick-start the morning, breathe life into the beginnings of drive-time for her listeners. Against her producer’s advice, she agrees, and unwittingly opens a door to the past.

Live on the air with an audience of millions, what starts out as a game quickly turns deadly—events long thought buried resurface and Jordan Briggs is forced to reconcile with one simple fact—All decisions have consequences. 

DIE HARD meets TALK RADIO in this heart-pounding, relentlessly fast-paced thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of The Fourth Monkey—master of suspense, J.D. Barker.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving an ARC from the author and Netgalley. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I am a big fan of J.D. Barker’s partly because I never know what to expect. A Caller’s Game didn’t disappoint. It is nonstop suspense followed by nonstop action. Die Hard meets Talk Radio is the perfect description of it. This would make a great movie which Die Hard fans would love. A lot of it is unbelievable but what action movie is nowadays?

Jordan Briggs is a talk show host who is brash and doesn’t care about much except advancing her career. The more listeners she has, the better, no matter the cost. She doesn’t appreciate anyone or care about their feelings. She does love her daughter, but unknowingly puts her career first. I didn’t like her at all.

Cole, on the other hand, is a good guy. He’s a cop who is having a really bad day. He’s caught in the middle of the chaos and will do anything including risking his own life to save others.

When Bernie calls into Jordan’s show and wants to play a game, the craziness begins. Bernie has had plenty of time to plan this game and although what he has in place is not realistic, it adds to the suspense big time. I didn’t know what was going to happen next, so I had to keep reading. In other words, don’t start this book unless you have time to finish it!

This isn’t my favorite J.D. Barker book, but The Fourth Monkey was one of my favorite books, and it’ll be hard to beat. A Caller’s Game is definitely a great read, though, especially if you like suspense and action!

About the Author

J.D. Barker (Jonathan Dylan Barker) is an international bestselling American author whose work has been broadly described as suspense thrillers, often incorporating elements of horror, crime, mystery, science fiction, and the supernatural.

Website: J.D. BARKER – Bestselling Author | Master of Suspense