Review: A Caller’s Game by J.D Barker

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. 


This is the second book by J.D. Barker that I have read this week. I thought Coast to
Coast Murders was quite action-packed. A Caller’s Game is on the next level. The
marketing tagline that compared this to Die Hard was spot on.

I won’t say much about the plot because this is the kind of book best enjoyed without
much prior knowledge. I didn’t even read the blurb before turning the first page. All I can
say is that a talk show is in progress when someone calls in and starts a deadly game.
All the participants have to play. Refusing to do so has deadly consequences.

Jordan Briggs is the talk shows host and the main character caught up in this dark,
twisted game. As a professional, she is driven to the point of ruthlessness. Jordan is the
kind of character who is easy to dislike. However, the author gave her a complex
personality and my feelings about her kept changing. There are other key characters
who I enjoyed reading about. Jordan’s daughter Charlotte is my favorite. She made me
smile even when I was reading the most intense scenes.

This is a fast-paced, highly entertaining, suspenseful thriller that reads a lot like an
action movie. You might have to suspend your disbelief as you read it, I know I did. I
stopped asking questions and went with the flow and was rewarded for it. J.D. Barker is
such a masterful narrator.