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  • Eye for an Eye: A Dewey Andreas Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (559)

    In Ben Coes' latest, Eye for an Eye, Dewey Andreas faces the toughest odds of his life as one of China's most powerful men has decided to do whatever he must to take down Dewey - and inflicts a horrifying loss. Andreas - former Army Ranger and Delta - is a man of great skills and cunning. His opponent, Fao Bhang, is ruthless, determined, and with no limit to the assets at his disposal. In this conflict, there are only two possible outcomes. And only one Dewey Andreas.

    Anthony says: "Another Impossible Hero"
    "Inaccuracies are distracting"
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    Fun ride, but … yes some of the story line is predictable, some of the details are inaccurate. The inaccuracies of ‘common’ knowledge diminish my ‘trust’ in the authors accuracy regarding subjects I don’t know (like I don’t know guns or knives so must trust the author to do his research). Since Mr. Coes fails to do complete research (for example, any New Englander knows you don’t make maple syrup around Thanksgiving – hello, that is a spring time activity when the sap starts running.) And any horse person knows that you can’t tell a mare from a stallion by size nor would most horse owners keep and ride a stallion and a mare as a husband and wife riding horses. And how chauvinistic that the husband's horse is a stallion and the wife's horse a mare - come-on this isn't 1940. Really makes me wonder what else is totally wrong which is a distraction from an otherwise decent story.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • No Tomorrow: Victor the Assassin, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (59)

    When Victor is called to meet with an old friend who ultimately betrayed him, what he thought was an ambush is in fact a plea for help. As a Russian gangster, Norimov is accustomed to death threats, but now an unknown enemy wants more than his life. They intend to kill everyone he cares about, including his missing daughter Gisele. This time, Victor's job is not to kill but to protect. Unfortunately, locating Gisele is his first mistake - because someone is watching his every move.

    Cecil says: "Exceptional book and performance"
    "Continuous Action Without Feeling Forced"
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    First, I think Rob Shapiro does an absolutely wonderful job narrating the Victor novels. While I wouldn't know a British accent from an Austrian, or a Russian he does them differently enough that they are believable. And he does a decent female voice. Second, I do enjoy the Victor series and this book is another great installment in the adventure. Tom Wood keeps the action going nonstop but without making it feel forced or contrived as some espionage authors or books feel. The scenes and action flow seamlessly and continuously throughout the novel making it near impossible to stop reading/listening to. As others have said it seems hard to root for an assassin or even like one, but Victor, like the Grey Man Court Gentry, are assassins we can root for. I can’t wait for the next in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • William Shakespeare's Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ian Doescher
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, Ian Doescher, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (258)

    Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas's epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare's greatest plays. 'Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

    Amazon Customer says: "To Thine Ears, Brilliance This Doth Be!"
    "Cleaver But Added Nothing New"
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    This was 'cute' and cleaver but wasn't anything new, not a page turner if you saw the movies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dig

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow, Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    After finding the ruins of a Mayan temple - and saving the world from a terrorist attack - in One Rough Man, Pike Logan has been given the chance to rejoin the Taskforce, a top-secret counterterrorist organization that operates outside the bounds of US law. But before he becomes an operator again, he’s determined to get Jennifer Cahill into the Taskforce as well, though no one else seems willing to give a female civilian a shot.

    Kathryn says: "Good Background Story"
    "Good Background Story"
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    This short story provides both a Pike and Jennifer adventure and more background to how Pike was able to get Jennifer into the selection process. It also touches on the footing their relationship is build on. A nice little short story that adds more to understanding the characters and the foundation of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Flag: A Taskforce Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow, Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    On leave after a particularly critical and dangerous mission with the Taskforce - a top secret counterterrorist unit that operates outside the bounds of US law - operators Knuckles and Brett have joined Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill in Charleston, South Carolina. Their goal is to learn more about Grolier Recovery Services, the archaeological research agency that the Taskforce team uses as sophisticated cover for their work.

    Kathryn says: "No Down Time for the Unit"
    "No Down Time for the Unit"
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    I don't know if saying this short is fun makes sense for a suspense espionage thriller but it has a lightness that some of the other stories in this series don't have. The usual action, gender struggle, character interplay are all here. The story doesn't necessarily provide background or advance the over all story of the Task Force or the unit, but does provide a glimpse into the group when they are supposedly on down time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gut Instinct

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow, Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Retired Delta Force officer Brad Taylor delivers an action-packed short story that sets Pike Logan's partner, Jennifer Cahill, against a fellow Taskforce operator in a mission that will put their authority, careers, and innocent lives on the line. Fresh off of a brutal mission with the Taskforce - a top-secret counter-terrorist unit that operates outside the bounds of U.S. law - Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill are still dealing with its aftereffects. With his injuries on the mend, Pike is forced to let Jennifer take the lead when another Taskforce team asks for her help.

    Kathryn says: "Story feels Rushed"
    "Story feels Rushed"
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    I am a big fan of Brad Taylor and this series. In my opinion, the writer and series are one of the best contemporary series in this genre. This short story isn't quite up to the same level as the full novels nor the other short stories. It lacks the development and detail that I have found in the other stories. This story feels like it wants to be longer, maybe a full novel or at a minimum a few more chapters providing some of the usual details and mental gymnastics. It is still good but simply not as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Callsign

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow, Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    In the first ever short story by Retired Delta Force officer Brad Taylor, the stakes couldn' t be higher as operator Pike Logan goes after the first Taskforce target leading a team he can' t fully trust. Commissioned at the highest level of the U.S. government, and designed to operate outside the bounds of U.S. law, a new counter-terrorist unit known as the Taskforce has just been formed, but not fully tested. Until now.

    Kathryn says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "Very Enjoyable"
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    I have read or listened to all the full Pike Logan novels. I truly enjoy the pacing of action, the level of detail, the characters, the interplay between genders, and the thriller/espionage elements. This short story contains these elements in a nice tight little short story. I really enjoyed learning about the early days of the unit and wouldn't mind hearing more. If you are a fan of the Pike Logan series definitely read or listen to this, while it doesn't create some big ah ha moment that explains some mystery in the series it does put a more complete perspective or depth to understanding the development of the TaskForce and the unit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    In the dead of night, Lieutenant Kent "Rat" Ratham and his secret Special Forces counterterrorism team parachute into the Sudanese desert, where an arms merchant is delivering weapons to Wahamad Duar, the world's most wanted terrorist. Eventually Duar is captured. But an enemy within Rat's own government sells him out - a cold-blooded act of betrayal that could lead to horrifying destruction for the United States, for Duar's organization is planning a major strike.

    Lynn says: "GREAT READ ! RAT IS A SUPERDUDE !"
    "Interesting Perspective"
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    As usual James Huston pokes holes in the belief that things are black and white, good and bad ... there are always nuances and shades of grey. The story line is interesting but the delivery is choppy interrupting the flow or story telling. The novel is good, it just isn't great nor Huston's best work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Days of Rage: A Pike Logan Thriller, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow, Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (72)

    Former Delta Force operative Brad Taylor brings his military expertise to bear in the New York Times best-selling Pike Logan series. In Days of Rage, Russia takes aim at the Taskforce by supplying extremists in Nigeria with a weapon of mass destruction. With time running out, Pike races to unravel a Cold War-era mystery and stop a plot aimed at killing millions.

    Loy says: "good -- took awhile to get into it"
    "Action, new characters and entertaining"
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    First I really enjoy the maturity that Brad Taylor brings to his novels when handling gender and sexual orientation. He doesn't sugar coat the issues (men doubting women's abilities for example) but he provides room for his characters to develop and grow. And he doesn't ignore the male preoccupation with women's bodies (use of male to male language describing a women's body) still showing reality. He brings this same approach to sexual orientation allowing for the subject to be brought up with humor diffusing the light yet shining a light. Very well done. There is honesty and yet a push to show a higher standard for men, women and different sexual orientation providing role models. This might be wishful thinking on Taylor's part, that people really could work together based on ability and respect, - It is a worthy goal! Thank you Brad! Now for the 'real' review.... there is the usual nonstop action, globe trotting, & traitor but a new twist as Jennifer and Pike find themselves working without the Task Force Team and with a foreign spy service. A few twists as there always are. I don't think it is the best in the series but certainly well worth the credit. Taylor hasn't disappointed me yet, I am looking forward to many more in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enemy of Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow, Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (123)

    In retired Delta Force officer Brad Taylor’s third Pike Logan thriller, a tentative peace between Israel and Palestine has been brokered by the United States. But the Taskforce - a clandestine team operating outside of US law to protect the country from terrorism - gets wind of an assassination attempt on the American envoy sent to solidify the treaty. The Taskforce must devote every resource to saving his life - and preventing another bloody outbreak of violence.

    Wendygoodwitch says: "Needs a better narrator"
    "Good Story Telling"
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    I really enjoy the way Brad Taylor weaves operational detail, the thinking process and mental gymnastics, as well characters into his story telling. Plus there are always a surprise twist or two and the good guy doesn't always make it in time - Pike and the team aren't always perfect but they do get the mission done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Necessary Force

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier, Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (153)

    Best-selling author Brad Taylor draws upon his own experiences as a Delta Force commander for his exciting series starring elite Taskforce operative Pike Logan. In All Necessary Force, Logan and his partner Jennifer Cahill are trailing two terrorist organizations from Asia to Egypt when a deadly threat arrives in the U.S.

    Don says: "Editing makes a difference"
    "Even Better Than The First"
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    The first book (One Rough Man) was a great start and introduction to the characters and the Task Force. This book is a great second in the series and shows more polish. Still lots of action and character insight (at least with Pike & Jennifer). I haven't figured out if I like the two narrator style yet. This is the first series I have run into it. and it may not have been as obvious if the recording/editing had been better. The recorded editing needs improvement - it was distracting at times - hence the 2 stars. I haven't run into many books that has as many recording/editing blips as this one. But don't let that prevent you from listening to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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