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1BookJ

Hokksund, Norway | Member Since 2009

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  • 10 reviews
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  • 27 purchased in 2014
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  • Forced to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1556)
    Performance
    (1188)
    Story
    (1191)

    Bravery. Honor. Sacrifice. These are more than mere words to trained Marine sniper Nathan McBride. He’s never backed away from danger and he’s not about to start now, even if it means confronting the cold-blooded interrogator who tortured him to the brink of death more than a decade ago.

    1BookJ says: "Awsome sequel!!!"
    "Awsome sequel!!!"
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    As I quite liked the first book about Nathan McBride, I couldn't wait to get started on this one. I actually pushed back quite a lot of other books in my reading list to get going.

    Nathan is still damaged goods, and still a very, very interesting main character. You get even more insight into the guy in this book, and you get more of the story just hinted about in the first book.

    You also get to know the other characters better...and you get to meet a few new interesting people...and one baaaaaaaaad baddie.

    This thriller is rather intense, so if you have a weak stomach this might not be for you. Tales of torture and sadism has a centre stage in this one...

    If you like thrillers, the books about Nathan McBride should certainly occupy a place on your shelfs...recommended.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Greywalker: Greywalker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kat Richardson
    • Narrated By Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (354)

    Kat Richardson excels at creating vivid, fast-moving novels that blend urban fantasy with paranormal mystery. In Greywalker, Seattle P.I. Harper Blaine is viciously attacked and murdered - but after exactly two minutes, somehow she returns to life. Now she's seeing strange things all around her - dark visions from the shadow world - and living a normal life may no longer be possible no matter how hard she tries.

    Nathan says: "A fun take on the paranormal ..."
    "Vampires and ghosts?!!?"
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    Decent enough urban fantasy. Didn't exactly grip me right away, but grew on me after a while. Interesting protagonist and a fresh take on the supernatural world makes this kinda unique.

    One thing that I can't understand is the technology level of this book. Pagers and modems?!?!? I believe cellphones and high-speed internet was pretty normal in 2006...especially for businesses. I have no clue if this is intentional, but I felt this book was more early 90's than 2006. It doesn’t ruin the book in any way, and I remember the pager days well, so I didn't really notice this until I had read a third of it.


    If you have a gap in your to-read list, or just want to try something new. Consider Greywalker :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day: A Jeff Aiken Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mark Russinovich
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (680)

    An airliner’s controls abruptly fail mid-flight over the Atlantic. An oil tanker runs aground in Japan when its navigational system suddenly stops dead. Hospitals everywhere have to abandon their computer databases when patients die after being administered incorrect dosages of their medicine. In the Midwest, a nuclear power plant nearly becomes the next Chernobyl when its cooling systems malfunction. At first, these random computer failures seem like unrelated events.

    Brian says: "Techno-thriller that gets the tech right"
    "Uninspired..."
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    Zero Day has an interesting premise, but falls waaaaaay short in execution.

    The only one you get to know a little in this book is the main male character...the others are just plain and uninteresting. The story fails to interest much after the stupid 'TV' start to the book. If you are brave enough to try this one out, you'll know what I mean. The ending...well...anticlimax doesn't cover it.

    This book could have been sooooo much more...some interesting found, but not enough to recommend it to anyone except hard core tech nerds...

    Some notes on the audio book version...when there is code bits in the book...they get spelled out. Kinda tiring considering the first one lasted around 5 minutes.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Ragnarok: A Jack Sigler Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jeremy Robinson, Kane Gilmour
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    It starts with a thunderous crack and a flash of light. Screams come next. Then the hunters. With a staccato flicker, light disappears and everything within a hundred-yard radius goes with it. All that remains is a massive crater where a chunk of the world has gone missing. As the deadly phenomenon repeats and expands amidst the world's most densely populated cities, Jack Sigler, Callsign: King, and his black ops team take action. But the team is broken, spread across the globe, and vulnerable.

    Sarah says: "Jeremy Robinson does it again!!!!"
    "Extremely good thriller..."
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    I don't know what to say...

    I've been a Jeremy Robinson fan for a while now, and especially so for his Chess Team series, so I was quite exited when I could get this one early...

    It sure didn't disappoint. Sets out in a furious pace and never let's up. You gotta try and hang on in the twists and turns, when bullets and...err...other(?) things fly around your head. At least...that is what it felt like when I was listening to the audiobook.

    This one is highly recommended...especially if you like adventure/thrillers. Can't wait for more...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2809)
    Performance
    (1929)
    Story
    (1921)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Unique Main Character"
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    I had no expectations when picking up First to Kill and thought of it as another bland thriller...worth reading when I had nothing else. I was wrong!

    First to Kill has one of the most intriguing main characters I have gotten to know in quite a while. Interesting with quite a lot of demons to exorcise. The supporting characters are mostly good too. The romantic plot is a bit iffy, but when everything else was good...I didn't notice much.

    Will certainly look for more books from this author...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • This Is Not a Game

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Walter Jon Williams
    • Narrated By Jefferson Mays
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Imagine a game with no boundaries - waiting in parking lot, sitting at your computer, walking down the street. You could be called at any moment - and you'd better be ready. This is not a game. This is a novel of greed, betrayal, and social networking.

    1BookJ says: "Recommended Thriller"
    "Recommended Thriller"
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    This book is actually two books in one...the two parts are of course very interconnected, but I actually liked the first part a bit better than the rest. Williams has created a rather though and resourceful heroine, and the other characters are a little more one-dimensional, but that might be because you get to know the heroine very good in the first part.

    The book starts out rather fast, and you will blaze through the first part in no time, but it slows down a bit and you get a little more mystery to all the action. You will however figure things out quite early. Unpredictable this book is not...

    All in all quite a good tech thriller. The author has done his homework, and the book works rather well...recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Genesis Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tom Knox
    • Narrated By Gideon Emery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    In this epic thriller by popular British journalist and author Tom Knox, a secret lurks beneath blazing sands - triggering ritualistic slaughter and threatening the foun­dations of modern thought. When an archaeological dig in Kurdistan unearths a structure far older than Stonehenge or the Great Pyramids, British reporter Rob Lutrell rushes to the scene. But this intriguing assignment takes a turn for the worse when sabotage and murder cast a frightening shadow over the site.

    Angel says: "The Genetics Secret"
    "Interesting archeological thriller..."
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    Apart from being almost sickeningly violent in some parts, the story (which is actually two story-lines merging at the end) comes over as a rather well researched archeological thriller. The research and history part of this novel are excellent...especially for a history buff like me. The story on the other hand, might be a bit much for some. It has vivid accounts of horrific violence, and the story is a bit far fetched in some places. But if you can stand the violence, and are intrigued by religious history...or even history in general, this might be a book for you...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Decision

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2624)
    Performance
    (2346)
    Story
    (2352)

    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?"
    "Recommended Fun-Ride"
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    Suarez are rapidly becoming one of my favorite techno-thriller authors. Daemon and Freedom (TM) are both in my All-Time Top 50 Thrillers list. Kill Decision are quite different, but still a pretty good book. A well researched and thought through plot, with few dull moments makes this book a good read by any standards. Bear in mind though...a few leaps of faith are needed to get through the more scientific parts.

    If you like techno thrillers, Kill Decision should certainly be in your to-read list...so 4 of 5 from me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beneath the Dark Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Greig Beck
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (302)

    When a plane crashes into the Antarctic ice, exposing a massive cave beneath, a rescue and research team is dispatched. Twenty-four hours later, all contact is lost. Captain Alex Hunter and his highly trained squad of commandos are fast tracked to the hot zone to find out what went wrong - and to follow up the detection of a vast underground reservoir.

    Bob says: "A fun and interesting read."
    "For a debut this is certainly not a bad book, but"
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    I had heard quite a lot of ranting about the Alex Hunter series and Greig Beck in general on different forums, and was really looking forward to this one, but it wasn't quite what I expected...sometimes boring and a little repetitive...NOT a good thing for a an adventure/thriller like this one. Beck also makes several factual errors about the military side of things, but it doesn't really ruin anything as the story actually has a decent pace and has likeable characters.

    All-in-all not a 5 star effort, but a solid 3. I will certainly buy and read/listen to book 2, just to see if things improve enough for me to put the whole series on my reading lists...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Black Sea Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Don Brown
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (92)

    As the U.S. Navy searches for weapons-grade plutonium that has been smuggled by terrorists out of Russia, a submarine mishap in the Black Sea brings the United States and Russia to the brink of nuclear war. It is a race against the clock, with Russian missiles activated and programmed for American cities.

    John Gardner says: "The book disappoints on many levels"
    "Christian propaganda that makes no sense..."
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    Any additional comments?

    If you can look past the the insane amount of christian propaganda and a very real lack of realism, you might find a decent military thriller with Black Sea Affair, but I sure didn't. The book also has a stupid beginning that pissed me off royally...you'll see what I mean if you are brave enough to try this one out.

    The christian angle isn't all bad of course, but it adds to the lack of realism. I sure hope that government leaders and military commanders in the civilized world doesn't base all their decisions on faith alone...

    Besides...one whole book about the navy and Russians without one curse word??? Did I mention a lack of realism!?!

    I'm sure this book appeals to someone out there, but for me this is the most irritating book I have listened to in a loooong while...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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