Ride Or Die- Khurrum Rahman (Jay Qasim #3)

JAY QASIM is finally out of the game and trying to lay low. But then he gets news that rocks his world and drags up everything that he thought he’d left behind. Jay must break his vow never to work with MI5 again and turn to the person who sold him out. But this time he’s determined to do it on his terms.

IMRAN SIDDIQUI once tried to kill Jay but now they have a common adversary. The one thing worse than death is watching the people closest to you die. And after the happiest day of Imran’s life becomes the most tragic, he will stop at nothing to take revenge on the people that have taken away his family.

But when everyone has their own agenda, who can you really trust?
Your most deadly enemy is about to become your closest ally.

Ride or Die is an edge-of-your-seat thriller featuring MI5 most reluctant spy Jay Qasim, perfect for fans of Mick Herron’s Jackson Lamb series and A.A. Dhand’s D.I. Harry Virdee thrillers.

Born in Karachi and raised in West London, Khurrum Rahman now lives in Berkshire with his wife and two sons. His love for films and books influenced him to start writing. A hobby at first quickly became a passion. He spent any spare time in between a full time job and being a hands on parent to write stories inspired by his favourite screenwriters and authors.

Khurrum has written a movie screenplay which was acquired by a Danish Film Producer, but he is now concentrating on writing novels.

My Review:

This is the 3rd (and maybe final) book in the wonderful Jay Qasim series written by Khurrum Rahman and you could possibly read this without having read the first two books, but believe me when I say you really ought to read them in order to understand the characters and their motives behind their actions.

Ride or Die follows on immediately after Homegrown Hero and once again the main characters Immie and Jay find themselves thrown together in an unlikely partnership to bring down and destroy The Teacher aka Jay’s dad.

If you’ve read the first two books then you will be delighted to know that Jay hasn’t changed, he’s still very funny, slightly delusional, occasionally mouthy and an absolute pleasure to read about. With the added bonus of a potential love interest, Jay’s innocence about women and romance together with his conflicting emotions about his father give him extra depth in this story.

Immie, the sleeping assassin, is back and this time he is in emotional pain. The blurb above gives the reader a little clue as to what happens after Homegrown Hero and before Ride or Die starts and I have to be honest, I didn’t really want to read this book as I put two and two together and figured he was going to suffer a personal tragedy which would be almost impossible to deal with. I actually messaged Khurrum directly and asked him to quickly rewrite this book so everyone lives happily ever after, but unfortunately he declined my request.

This book brings the series to an exhausting and emotional conclusion, with topical and thought-provoking themes, humour and wonderful observational comedy, characters you can’t help loving and dialogue and situations you will laugh out loud at. Jay Qasim is a hero and I think he deserves a rest now, having had a pretty busy time saving the world, foiling terrorist plots and still managing to make us giggle.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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