This was my first Brad Taylor and I will definitely read more. It's fast paced, well rooted in the author's military experience and absolutely packed with great action. Highly recommended for fans of Vince Flynn and Lee Child.
I enjoyed the story. At times, I found it hard to follow all the bad guys.
I didn't like the voice he used for the female lead. He was trying to sound feminine, but ended up whining.
I can see this book as a movie. It has a lot of action and covers a lot of the globe. It would probably be another "Jack Reacher" type movie.
This was a spy mystery covering a lot of territory.
The single worst combination of story and narration I've ever heard. First book I have put down and won't pick back up in a long time. Very pre-mature story line and even worse narration. Wish I could say something nicer about this book as I was looking for a new author and series. This wasn't it.
I'd only recommend the hardcopy, not the audio book.
Voices and accents just seemed very much off the mark. Every time I resumed the book, the narration got on my nerves.
The story, the writing, and the reading. Sorry for the comparison, but after you've read Daniel Silva novels in the same genre- or even Nelson DeMille or Vince Flynn for that matter - the writing in this novel just doesn't compare. Many holes in the plot, cliched dialog, and downright sophomoric character development.
Possibly, if the reading had been decent, the story and dialog might have fared better. But the reading was atrocious. Inflection did not match the dialog or setting, etc. Give a listen to the masters - George Guidall, Ron McLarty, or even Scott Brick (if a sarcastic protagonist is called for) and you'll see what I mean. Why some authors opt for the voice artists they do is beyond me (I am a voice over artist but do not read for books).
I thought I would give the second book a chance but from the comments, I think I'm done with this author.
This was the first of 85 books I was really disappointed in.
Pike Logan joins Mitch Rapp, Alex Hawke, Jack Ryan, and all of Clive Cussler's heroes in the quest to make the world safe for democracy. I must say that I enjoyed this book very much as the plot was quite involved aqnd the story moved very fast. I usually listen to these stories on the way to my classes at both colleges that I teach at, However, this book I had to listen to at home. It ended to quickly.
one awesome book
how he treated his gal
how jennifer cared for him when he was beaqt up
The best part was the overall storyline in this novel. It was creative and had plenty of twist and action especially in the second half.The least part I liked was the inclusion of the dark killings such as torturing cilivians. I frankly could have overlooked in the first time but it was reoccuring theme throughout. Plus, it didn't really fit. What politician would hire a sadistic killer to covertly monitor and take out targets without raising any attention? The driveby shooting on Pike was the most ridiclous idea to fit their objectives. There were other inconsisent things like the bugging of ultra-top secret government issued devices. Which in my opinion was also very stupid in the long run. If found, it would eventually be led back to the source. I could go on and on but hopefully you get the generally idea.
This is the first and only book of his I've read. I may get the second one in this series but haven't decided yet.
This is the first time listening to male narrators and I didn't care for it. Part of annoyance with the characters in the first half of the book may have been in part due to the narration.
Well, since movies rarely have the same content as the book version. Yes, if the main two characters and the major overall plot were the same or close to it.
If you having or had trouble listening to the first half of the book, stick with it or skip to the second half. The second half was good and worth gritting my teeth through the first part.If you are seeking romance, then don't bother with this book. In fact, the brutal violence throughout the novel will probably give you nightmares if you were hoping this was a romance novel.
I was not impressed by these characters at all and some of the story line was just preposterous. Jennifer was whinning one minute and kicking someone's face the next. The jumping back and forth between narrators was distracting, perhaps if the narration had been done by Brick or Hill these 15 hours would have been more enjoyable. The novel was not up to par with Flynn or Thor at all. Seems Taylor has only written two books so perhaps his style and story lines will get better. I was disappointed that I paid 22 bucks for this.
This was an excellent novel, especially for the first one from a new author. I chose to read this book because I knew Brad Taylor in college and honestly I wasn't expecting much since the other reviews were horrible. I was amazed what a great book it was. The story was fascinating and every turn kept me on the edge of my seat. The characters felt real and I was right there with Pike and Jennifer from the US, South America, and Europe. Although the book is fiction, the book was written from a knowledge base that made the story believable. Not like some books where you think "that could never happen". Brad did a great job writing the book and I can't wait to read the next one.
The only thing I found distracting was having a man do a poor imitation of Jennifer's voice in the book. If a book is going to have two narrators, maybe the one who does the woman's voice should be a woman? Otherwise overall great audio book!