This Is Life (Jack Palms, #2) eBook –

Jack Is Back! Yes, Jack Palms is back to bring you of the action, suspense and excitement that you came to expect from the hit podiobook Jack Wakes UpIn This Is Life, Jack Palms finds himself caught in a working relationship with none other than the San Francisco police When one of their own gets killed and corruption invades the Hall of Justice, Sgt Mills Hopkins hires Jack to poke around Is Jack ready for his own brand of police work? Is San Francisco?Follow Jack Palms as he tries to figure out if the life of a Private Eye fits him, hunts a copkiller, and tries to solve a series of murders that leads him into the heart of San Francisco's sex tradeThis podcast features guest appearances by some of crime fiction's best contemporary authors: Al Guthrie, Duane Swierczysnki, Charles Ardai Richard Aleas, Sandra Ruttan, Jason Pinter, Robert Gregory Browne, Brett Battles, Jack Bludis, Sarah Weinman, Shannon Clute and Richard Edwards, Anthony Neil Smith, Daniel Hatadi, Declan Burke, and Nathan Cain

10 thoughts on “This Is Life (Jack Palms, #2)

  1. Josh Josh says:

    Slightly less apprehensive in the face ofdanger, Jack is forced to play a hardened hand and recreate his characterportrayal of a movie tough guy in order to bring an end to police and politicalcorruption. An explosive opening stanza showed promise that this instalment wasto follow-on from the action packed ‘Jack Wakes Up’ –however, while the guns blazed, the protagonist’s light dimmed somewhatin my opinion. Unfortunately I failed to connect with the former accidentalhero turned FBI and local cop go-to. Operating outside the law to solve crimein a quasi PI manner didn’t yield the same allure to the initial seriesinstalment. Luckily, Jack’s cohorts in Freeman and Hopkins return in adifferent capacity to what we’ve previously experienced to spice the plotand maintain the distinct sense of continuity to the series.

    Jack aside, ‘This Is Life’ isa tight story intrinsically linked with the previous action packed escapades of‘Jake Wakes Up’ with a nod towards further exploration of the characterand the colourful cast. The pacing and overall delivery lends itself towards aquick read – a sort of McDonalds for the mind; consumable, instantly satisfyingand caters to a given purpose, however not a memorable as its predecessor.

    This is the sort of novel Harwood had towrite in order to develop his protagonist to where he ultimately wants him –a hard man with whom the law go to when justice is best served cold. Despite mylow rating, I look forward to the reading the third instalment as the pictureof Jack is edging closer to realising a PI type hero more so than a strung-out b-gradeactor. 2.5 stars.

  2. BigJohn BigJohn says:

    Really fun book. Plot wise, I think it's superior to the first outing, but it's full of great characters that exist alongside some cliched characters. Jack Palms is back from his month chaperoning the Czechs across country, and comes back to San Francisco to relax and move on with his life.

    Unfortunately, in his absence, the crime lords Jack pissed off in Book One are not about to forget about Jack and what he's done to mess up their operation. Jack barely has time to shower and take a brief nap before his world explodes with a new, yet familiar fury. He finds himself once again dodging bullets and getting swept up in a hurricane of sex and lies, but no videotape. The scope is grander in this story, including cross-jurisdictional disputes between SFPD, Walnut Creek PD and the FBI.

    Strap yourself in for another fun installment of the Jack Palms crime series!

  3. Norma Norma says:

    ( Format : Audiobook )
    When's the next movie coming out, Jack?
    He might have played the hard hitting, fast firing action hero in his one off movie success, Shake 'em Down, but in real life Jack Palms was more the flee from than the go to guy. Having essentially blown both his career and marriage in the excessive delights of Hollywood stardom, he'd finally kicked both drug habit and alcohol dependency rand eturned home to San Francisco after an exhilerating freedom of several biker weeks with his Czech friends, hoping that all would now be quiet. Not to be. Not only does he find a note in his kitchen from his police friend requesting he call on him - so the man had obviously been inside his house whilst be was away - but also that his bed, sheets anythingd pillows had been burned to a black char whilst he was gone. Later that night, someone tried to shoot him from his garden and he found all of his doors unlocked. Not the tranquil restart he'd envisiaged.
    And it was going to get so very much worse.

    This is a full on, action adventure detective story with very little time to draw breath. There is, however time for humour and the protagonists, wierd and wonderful as several of them are, are well characterized. The story is told entirely from Jack's perspective, the readers made privy to his musings, moans and guilts as well as following him through the tricky.minefield of his life. Which might not be a very long one, either, unless he can work out who to trust. Great snappy dialogue, well described fights and other encounters, and all felt very human, including the voicing of the very frequent and overused expletive 'F***k', though, goodness knows, it certainly seemed the most appropriate thing to say most of the time.

    The story is narrated by the author, Seth Harwood, with a little help from friends who take a few of the character parts. This Audible is, according to the introduction, a s!ightly revised version of his serialized podcast, which explains the very occasional repetition of information already given. Mr.Harwood reads his story well, good pace to fit the text and a slightly downbeat tone which really suited his main character.. The added voices too, were exce!!ent, bringing a refreshing full cast feel to the production. There were a few editorial glitches, where the narrator stumbled over a word of two and corrected without removing the fault, but these were minor. And on at least one occasion, a whole paragraph was repeated. Nice brief bursts of music were occasionally inserted and, rather strange, the chapter numbers were given almost sarcastically enthusiastic rendering. But overall, this was a most enjoyable performance of a pretty good thriller.

    My thanks to the rights holder who, at my request, freely gifted a complimentary copy of This is Life, via Audiobook Boom.It was fun, exciting and a really good unexpected read. I will certakn!y be looking out for more productions by Seth Harwood.

  4. Karen Mossman Karen Mossman says:


    THIS IS LIFE marks the second coming of my favorite new pulp fiction hero, Jack Palms. In this tale, he's back in San Francisco, rousting up trouble with a whole new band of miscreants chasing him down. This picks up right where JACK WAKES UP left off, so newbies might have a few questions, but Harwood does a great job of blending in all the answers in their time. I really liked the Czech characters, who only show up in the second half of this one, but they were worth the wait!

  5. Elizabeth A. Elizabeth A. says:

    “It doesn’t matter how you got here, because you in it.” – Freeman

    Ex-action movie star Jack Palms seems to find himself “in it” quite a bit. When we last saw Jack in series opener Jack Wakes Up, he had barely managed to extricate himself from between a rock and a hard place in the middle of a Bay Area drug war.

    As we catch up with Jack in This Is Life, he has just returned home after a long cross country motorcycle trip he used to clear his head and get back on track. Unfortunately for Jack, his attempt to pursue a low key life is about to be derailed once again. While standing in his living room on the night of his homecoming contemplating the charred remains of his bed that awaited him upon his return, someone takes a shot at Jack through his patio door. He gives chase, but is only able to catch a glimpse of the shooter’s car as it speeds away.

    Jack heads to SFPD headquarters the following morning to report the incident to his frenemy Sergeant Mills Hopkins, but instead of taking his report Hopkins recruits Jack to look into the killing of an SFPD officer. Turns out the officer was involved in questionable activity, and someone high up in SFPD bureaucracy doesn’t seem to want the crime solved and is hampering the investigation. How other than a cover-up to explain an official report of “suicide” for a corpse whose head was nearly obliterated by what was obviously a .50 caliber anti-tank gun based on the other holes that riddle the vehicle? This doesn’t sit well with Hopkins, who wants Jack to use his hard earned recent experience of how to work the angles between warring factions to get to the bottom of things.

    Upon accompanying Hopkins to the scene of the officer’s murder, Jack is shocked to discover the body sitting behind the wheel of the same car he saw speeding away from his house. Further complicating things, the body of a young woman whose throat was cut is in the back seat of the car, though the lack of blood clearly indicates the woman was killed elsewhere. Who was she, where was she killed, how was the officer involved, and how is Jack supposed to solve a crime that people at the highest level of the SFPD don’t want solved?

    Enlisting the help of friend and former NFL lineman Freeman Jones, Jack begins an investigation that soon uncovers a high-stakes sex ring run by Alexi Akakievich, a Russian drug dealer who has weaseled his way into the upper echelons of San Francisco’s political and business communities. Jack isn’t the only one looking into things, however, and soon runs afoul of the FBI when he inadvertently blunders into their ongoing investigation. So much for the simple life, as Jack once again must do the best acting of his life in order to save his life.

    Yet despite his best efforts – and a lot of bullets and bodies – Jack finds himself in a precarious position at the end of This Is Life, with not all questions answered or loose ends wrapped up.

  6. Mxyzptlk Mxyzptlk says:

    With Amazon imprint Thomas & Mercer’s recent re-release of Seth Harwood’s This is Life (A Jack Palms Novel,) I thought I’d go back and check out the original podcast version from the CrimeWAV website. This is the same place I’ve enjoyed the original Palms novel Jack Wakes Up along with the superb spinoff/prequel Young Junius (also re-released on Thomas & Mercer.)
    These and much more are still available as free downloads off from Seth’s website ( and These podcasts give a glimpse of the author’s writing process as he uses early drafts of the novels which evolve from the process and include feedback from the listeners - which I find makes for a very interesting experience.

    For those not familiar with the series, Jack Palms is a once famous action movie star whose one hit movie Shake ‘em Down was big enough to earn him occasional recognition, but apparently not big enough to secure him any further movie deals / sequels and hence leading to an eventual downward spiral all too common and familiar in the eventual lives of many celebrities. The irony is Jack finds himself surrounded in real life by the same drugs, guns, and gangsters that he was once surrounded by on the big screen, having the line often blurred for him between his real life personae and that of the character he once played and is most known for. For those who enjoyed Jack Wakes Up, This is Life will certainly not disappoint.

    I enjoy listening to these in their rawer format via the podcasts on the website. Part of the fun is hearing Seth Harwood’s own comments and input as he reads the stories in episode format. This is Life also featured guest speakers giving “the story so far” in between episodes and special guests given the opportunity to provide the voices for a couple key characters. I plan on eventually reading / listening to the final published versions as I am intrigued to see how the podcasting of the novels in the early stages benefits the end stage of these releases.
    Also if you’re not familiar with the CrimeWAV podcast, be sure to check it out - recent episodes have featured crime stories written and read by authors including Jed Ayres, Richie Narvaez, and Frank Wheeler Jr. This is Life will also be available soon in a revised audiobook edition through Amazon so if you have plenty of choices if you want to check out this great series.

  7. Timm Gillick Timm Gillick says:

    I loved this book. Non-stop action, over the top characters, deception, blood, death, mayhem, Russian mobs, movie starts, NFL stars... The only thing missing was a kitchen sink!

    Jack Palms, one hit wonder movie star, has fallen on hard times of his own doing -- career in toilet, ex-wife, addictions -- and has decided to help some of his former dealer buddies to make some quick cash. What he doesn't expect is to upset some of the competition, and what they're willing to do to retaliate against Jack.

    What happens is a thrill ride that doesn't let up from the opening chapter where Jack gets shot at in his own house, chases the shooter to the streets, loses him, then gets called by his police buddy Mills Hopkins to assist on a murder case. The victims are a young girl with her throat cut wide open, and the guy who shot at Jack in his own house! And the shooter turns out to be a cop! WHOA!

    From there, shootouts, car chases, rescues, big honking sniper rifles, Russian mafia, FBI, dirty cops, more bodies, and more action than should be able to be contained in a book of this length!

    Can't wait to dive into the next Jack Palms book. I AM A PALMS DADDY!

  8. Ryan Ryan says:

    This was my first real exposure to Harwood's work in audio form - despite his making his name for himself as a podcaster, I read the first book in print before checking out the podcast of this one.

    It was an interesting experience, going from print to audio - Harwood uses a distinctive first-person-present voice throughout the Palms books, and it felt a little awkward at first due to it. I got over it eventually - Harwoods sense of humour and great story pacing skills overcome it easily, but for the first little bit it feels like wearing shoes on the wrong foot.

    Plotwise, this book deals with the fallout of the first book: Jack comes back to San Fransisco and has to deal with the Russian mobsters that he crossed in the first book, and the sex slave ring they've established in SF.

  9. Crystal Chm Crystal Chm says:

    Beautiful mindless entertainment can be found in this book, but only after you read the 1st book in the series, Jack Wakes Up. I found the 2nd book here to be grittier than the 1st, with a thinner plot, but still enjoyable. As is typical of the author's style, the violent tone is balanced by how cartoon-ish the violence is. Another reason for liking the book is the snappy dialogue and one liners.

    Highly recommended for a book to read on the beach, if the beach reader likes a book that is grisly, dark, and fast paced.

  10. Kimberly Ewertz Kimberly Ewertz says:

    This Is Life was my first read of the author, Seth Harwood, and by the time I finished it I wanted MORE!!! It was exciting, mysterious, violent, and it captures the reader's attention and doesn't let go.
    I think one of the best compliments I can give about this book is that I honestly didn't know what would happen next. The author keeps the reader guessing, a great treat for any reader.
    I highly recommend This Is Life, and I highly recommend the author, Seth Harwood.