Playing Harry

Rated 4.40/5 based on 5 reviews
Giant international corporations stoop to murder. The CIA and MI6 sanction illegal, immoral activity. People die. Harry Fingle–an investigative journalist, searching for his brother’s killer–becomes a pawn in a real-life game of chess played out by the security services. He’s gagged to stop him publishing, an assassin is briefed to kill him, and his ex-lover is stabbed. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781465768155
About Nick Wastnage

Nick Wastnage is a crime writer, an optimist, and lover of things wild and wonderful. This eclectic mix makes his books different from other crime novels. His life hasn’t been dull, and he’s used his rich life-experiences to write books with unique, compelling plots that twist and turn, where the characters are multi-layered and life-like. He’s written ten books and short stories. At present, he’s in the middle of writing a trilogy, The Harry Fingle Collection, about a crusading journalist, Harry Fingle, dedicated to publishing the truth, regardless of threats to his life. Playing Harry, the first in the trilogy, is available now.

Nick was born in a small, seaside town in Essex, England. After school, he joined The Royal Marines as a Lieutenant, and led a troop of marines in a military operation in Borneo, where he was shot and airlifted from the jungle to a nearby hospital. During his time in the marines, he learnt about leadership, dealing with stress, and dedication to achieving a goal. His most cherished moments were leading and working with his team to achieve their mission.

He spent five years in the marines, and then went into business, where he was able to blend his understanding of human nature, experience of stress, and goal-setting logic –all learnt from the military – with business expectations, and bring about some success.

Over the years, he’s experienced a few death-defying moments, business success and failure, near bankruptcy, and some sporting achievements. He’s enjoyed much personal happiness, and been touched by tragedy. He thrives on adversity – thinking, Where one door closes, another opens.

He’s sanguine about life, and doesn’t see his past as special, just stuff he’s been through. He works hard to use his life experiences and understanding of people to make his books realistic, compelling, and as good as he can get them. Most of all, he wants the reader to enjoy them.

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Review by: Dale Ibitz on Dec. 14, 2012 :
This is a complex novel with a lot of players and a lot of moving pieces. This is a the type of novel that's difficult to write really well. The characters themselves are portrayed well, their motivations and emotions are clear and understandable.

I had a hard time getting into the story because it flashed quickly between points of view, and it took me a while to put the pieces together to figure out where the story was going. Nick himself is portrayed as kind of a dick, and the fact that he's been through a good amount of crap, doesn't make him any less of a dick in the way he handled the situation...especially to the ex-girlfriend. Granted, at the end he recognizes that he's been a dick, but I went through the whole story not really liking Harry all that much because, you know, he was a dick.



In fact, as well as the characters were portrayed, I really didn't feel much attachment to them.

The dialogue didn't flow well for me. Most of the speech sounded unnatural and robotic and extremely formal.

The biggest draw back for me is that the characters' movements were diagrammed to the point where there movements started appearing mechanical. It was really distracting.

I think I spent part of the time being confused, part of the time being annoyed, and part of the time being bored by this one.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kenneth Wayne on Sep. 14, 2012 :
Playing Harry is the second thriller by Nick Wastnage that I have had the pleasure to read. As with Electronic Crime in Muted Key, the protagonist is a white professional comfortable with the tools of the IT age. Where Electronic Crime focused on an elaborate plot of false identity and deception of family members, friends and the police, Playing Harry focuses on deception of the protagonist by friends, co-workers and governments (both domestic and foreign). In ways the beginning of the novel reminded me a little of the Stieg Larsson novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo since Harry is also a journalist on trial facing prison if convicted. That fate is narrowly missed, but very quickly he finds himself involved a situation beyond his control when he discovers the existence of a mysterious computer file on the harddrive of his recently deceased brother's computer. From here stranger events begin to escalate rapidly involving the deaths of others seemingly connected, corporate backbiting, spying and espinage; all of which appears to involve international corporations, foreign governments, organized crime, MI6 and even the American CIA. What is poor Harry to do and who is it that is actually playing with him and to what end? Oh yeah, I can't forget the interplay with his ex-girlfriend and a couple of other sexual encounters that add more heat to the whole .
If you want to curl up with a thriller constructed by a real master, you cannot go wrong with Playing Harry.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Arlena Dean on July 10, 2012 :
Author: Nick Wastnage
Published By: Smashwords
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5

Review:

"Playing Harrying" by Nick Wastnage was indeed at good mystery read. I was kept seating on the edge of my seat...quickly turning the ages until I was finished with this wonderful read. Be ready for a action packed read that will have you waiting for the next twist and turn because there will be many for "Playing Harry." Being a senior journalist working for 'The Morning Times was what Harry loved. However, problems came.... and he had been found not guilty of a trumped- up charge...and that is how this story starts. The author was able to keep the reader very interested in what was going on....the death of his brother...sister-in-law... all comes together in a violent international conspiracy that will only leave you saying WoW!

The characters were simply off the chart....good.....here are a few...Harry Fingle, Philip Stacey, Amie Lue, Richard Morecombe, Kate Fisher, Gary Lester, Jimmy, Ed James, Alex Goad, Clair & Joe Fingle, John Edwards, Dave, Jackie, Boris, Natasha, Scott Reynolds, Paul Thompson, Jill Fellows, Sheila Robinson, Mirman Rodriquez and I am sure I have left out someone. All of these characters had their certain amount of flavor(even the bad) that truly added a plus to this excellent read to find out how. Now to find out more you will simply have to pick up "Playing Harry" to find out.

If you are in for a good mystery with corruption, conspiracy, drugs, lost love, grief and more.... you are at the right place for "Playing Harry" and I would recommend this novel as a excellent read for you.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Arlena Dean on July 10, 2012 :
Author: Nick Wastnage
Published By: Smashwords
Age Recommend: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Raven Rating: 5

Review:

"Playing Harrying" by Nick Wastnage was indeed at good mystery read. I was kept seating on the edge of my seat...quickly turning the ages until I was finished with this wonderful read. Be ready for a action packed read that will have you waiting for the next twist and turn because there will be many for "Playing Harry." Being a senior journalist working for 'The Morning Times was what Harry loved. However, problems came.... and he had been found not guilty of a trumped- up charge...and that is how this story starts. The author was able to keep the reader very interested in what was going on....the death of his brother...sister-in-law... all comes together in a violent international conspiracy that will only leave you saying WoW!

The characters were simply off the chart....good.....here are a few...Harry Fingle, Philip Stacey, Amie Lue, Richard Morecombe, Kate Fisher, Gary Lester, Jimmy, Ed James, Alex Goad, Clair & Joe Fingle, John Edwards, Dave, Jackie, Boris, Natasha, Scott Reynolds, Paul Thompson, Jill Fellows, Sheila Robinson, Mirman Rodriquez and I am sure I have left out someone. All of these characters had their certain amount of flavor(even the bad) that truly added a plus to this excellent read to find out how. Now to find out more you will simply have to pick up "Playing Harry" to find out.

If you are in for a good mystery with corruption, conspiracy, drugs, lost love, grief and more.... you are at the right place for "Playing Harry" and I would recommend this novel as a excellent read for you.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Acrylic Books on Oct. 29, 2011 :
I love playing Harry. It reminds me of Alan Jacobson books. The plot twisted and the ending is unpredictable. I like how Nick Wastnage make the story in gray area. He didn't force his opinion but let us decide for ourselves whether the end justify the mean.

I like all characters there including the bad guys. He make the characters live because they do what real people will do. Everyone have their own problems and they struggle with it. Character I like the most is Gary Lester. I feel he is the one who have the most character development. The irony is he didn't have any connection with Harry Fingle (main character) unlike other characters.

The theme itself is ordinary but Nick Wastnage wrap it so good that you keep reading until the end. But, it's not without minus. One area I feel the story lack is dialogue. I think it was his style to prefer narrative story telling to conversation. But certainly I won't mind if he increase the dialogue between characters. Anyway, it's a very good and interesting books. I'm waiting for Nick Wastnage next books.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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