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Donald

RALEIGH, NC, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2605)
    Performance
    (2330)
    Story
    (2336)

    Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets.

    Madeleine says: "What's that droning sound?"
    "Well worth a credit."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Kill Decision in three words, what would they be?

    Modern. Gripping. Accurate.


    What other book might you compare Kill Decision to and why?

    Any good techno-thriller such as the Tom Clancy books.


    What does Jeff Gurner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great character acting and good pace.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not a particular moment I can identify. What moved me is that fact that drones are not the future any longer. Drones are now.


    Any additional comments?

    Good book well worth the price or a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soldiers Without Borders: Beyond the SAS - a Global Network of Brothers-in-Arms

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ian McPhedran
    • Narrated By Peter Byrne
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    What happens to the elite, close-knit soldiers of Australia's Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment after they leave the Who Dares Wins world of special forces? For some, there are highly paid jobs in the world's war zones and trouble spots protecting global corporations from terrorism, sabotage and violence. Others become powerful government advisers, many join foreign armies to train their special forces and expand the global brotherhood.

    Donald says: "Dissapointed"
    "Dissapointed"
    Overall

    I guess the title and lines in the description such as "Guarding a deadly secret military cargo - a new missile system brokered through a spook under the guise of a Middle Eastern arms dealer - is all in a day's work. These are the risky yet vital jobs that governments will never admit." lead me to believe this book was more about "deniable missions and black ops." It turned out to be a boring listen for me. I didn't make it through the entire first half. Aside from a gory genocidal paragraph or two about what some of his mates saw and did at the beginning of the book, it was mostly just long storys about some old mate or other he knew of served with who retired from the SAS and then went to work for company x or company y and how he made good in the corporate world, etc. If there were any actual war stories or black op type stories you have to sit through way too many "When he finally quit SAS his old buddies called him for a good job opportunity here or there.
    You can sum up the half I listened to with just a few sentences: "You can use your service buddies to network and find good jobs after you get out of the SAS. The end."
    Save your book credit, unless you need motivation to quit the SAS and start earning big bucks in some foreign land. I'm sorry to be so hard on this book but I have been with audible for years and honestly this is the first one I couldn't finish. Let me state again that I did not listen to the entire book so take this review for what it is worth.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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