Normally I have 3-4 Audible stories going at any given time; that is, I may listen to one story for awhile, then the next time I listen I may choose to listen to a different one. It's a little like channel surfing. But this story is different. It held me from start to finish, and it was fun throughout. It is one of those stories that, as you turn your listening device back on following an interruption, you say to yourself, "Oh, Boy!," and away you go as the roller coaster ride resumes. I did not listen to any other title until this story ended. (Vince Flynn novels also have this effect.) The narration is competent and transparent, which is as it should be.
Coonts started as a naval aviator, and wrote about what he knew, with his first hit, *Flight of the Intruder.* Who would have imagined then that he could write such a tight, excellent tale about a completely non-flying subject? Well, he can, and this novel is superb!
I liked the whole Grafton series and I like the new lead in Tommy. The story was exciting and kept you guessing who was the good guy and bad guy until almost the end - and some of them you love to hate.
Tommy, the accidental hero, works for Grafton and Grafton still has it too, even at his advancing age. It's quite fun.
The narration is OK, but there's much better out there. Since much of the book is in the first person, when there's little or no change when looking at other characters points of view it can sometimes be a bit confusing and I had to rewind a number of times to understand where the story was. But don't let that keep you from listening, because this sets the tone for Tommy's future stories and is worth the time.
I admit that I had no clue where this story was going. I thought the narrator did a great job, and the story itself moved along nicely.
Good characters, some good plot twists, overall very entertaining. It makes you wonder if this could happen or if it has happened in real life.
I hadn't read or listened to any books by Stephen Coonts before, but now I've become a fan. This audio grabs your interest from the get go, and holds it until the end.
I am hooked on my books. I love to take my camper up north and spend the weekend sitting out doors with a drink , watching my dogs
To me it's a modern day radio
Very easy to predic where it was going. Reminded me of XM radio old time radio shows with a modern twist, I will keep reading but to rate it with Vince Flynn Mitch Rapp is a insult.
I really like the Deep Black series, but this title predates Deep Black, and is not up to par. I not sure if it's the narration or the attempt to be old Noir style, but it sounded like it wanted to be a Raymond Chandler type, but in modern day, which isn't working. Half way through listening and I wanted anyone interested to know to PASS on this title even at the $4.95 price.
No. Do not like his treatment of this title
It's unabridged is both good and bad. May not finish if it doesn't get better soon.
If you've never read Stephen Coonts, pick a different title, try a Deep Black series.
I've never written an audible book review before, but had to do so on this one. I wonder if actually reading this book would make it better, but listening to it by this narrator was untenable. If not THE worst narration, it was certainly at the bottom two or three I've ever heard in over 10 years of audible downloads. Barry may do well at other books, but this one was extremely poor.
The editing on this recording was not good - volume fluctuations, echoing, background noise, etc.
The storyline was just okay; there were many more interesting aspects of the storyline that were not explored. Basically, the author took the easiest route and focused on a single character-line. There were a few lame attempts to expand the storyline beyond the single character focus, but they were short lived and overall ineffectual.