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Be Somebody

(The first book in the Dante Jacoby series)
A novel by


What if you had the reflexes of an elite assassin ... and nothing else?

"Crisp, no-nonsense prose and air-tight plot construction ... Matt Rogers pairs impeccable writing with a highly effective origin story template that makes for a must-read series debut." -, 4.8/5 stars



Dante Jacoby is a slave to the trappings of the modern world. Twenty-six years old and hopelessly addicted to booze, cigarettes, and procrastination, he’s squandered every ounce of his potential. His corporate raider father, Dorian, reaches the end of his tether and cuts Dante off as heir to the Jacoby family fortune. His mother, Fiona, is smarter than her husband: she hasn’t spoken to Dante in months.

But Dante’s no victim. He knows he brought this on himself.

Dragged to the gym by a well-intentioned friend in a last-ditch attempt to get him in gear, Dante is used as a guinea pig for a new state-of-the-art machine. He couldn’t care less about “Flash Reflex Training,” but does what he’s told, and heads home to drink himself into oblivion. Hours later he’s on the run, hunted ruthlessly by mercenaries, kept alive by a CIA spook who reveals he tested close to the fastest reaction speed on earth. Square in the crosshairs of foreign agents who don’t want the government utilising his genetic talents, he finds himself sucked into the brutal world of covert operations.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

It doesn’t take long to stumble upon a deeper conspiracy and discover nothing is what it seemed…

Praise for "Be Somebody":

★★★★★ - “One of the best thrillers ever. Kept me up at night reading, couldn't put it down. I've found me a new author."
★★★★★ - “One of my top thrillers this year. I loved that Dante's transition took a
much different and deeper path than Rapp's American Assassin."

★★★★★ - “This book had a blockbuster beginning and ramped up into something spectacular."

★★★★★ - “I'm so in awe of this writer, this story, its characterisations ... the right words fail me. It's a book I will never forget."

★★★★★ - “I am still reeling. In many ways I felt the book was about ME. I had to force myself to stop reading but went back to it as soon as I could."

★★★★★ - “You wouldn't believe the ending."

★★★★★ - “I've read all of Matt Rogers' other books. This is by far his best work."

★★★★★ - “Great action, fast paced, very good character development. I started this book on a Friday afternoon and finished the next day."

★★★★★ - “This book literally rockets out the starting gate and never slows.... The twists and turns are totally unexpected and heartbreaking. I am totally hooked!"

Genre: Thriller

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