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  • The Last Templar

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Raymond Khoury
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As the burning city of Acre falls from the hands of the West in 1291, a young Templar knight, his mentor, and a handful of others escape to the sea carrying a mysterious chest. In present day Manhattan, four masked horsemen dressed as Templar Knights steal a strange device. In the aftermath, an FBI investigation is led by anti-terrorist specialist Sean Reilly. Soon, he and archaeologist Tess Chaykin are drawn into the dark, hidden history of the crusading knights.

    Ed says: "A Good Listen"
    "Disappointing... Not at all what I expected"
    Would you try another book from Raymond Khoury and/or Richard Ferrone?

    I probably will not waste another credit on this author.

    What was most disappointing about Raymond Khoury???s story?

    This story started out well and hit a spot early on where it could have branched off in many interesting directions. Unfortunately these opportunities were ultimately wasted.

    My disappointment with this novel came when the author's agenda became apparent. I thought from the description that it was a pseudo-historical novel of sorts with the possibility to be a good read. In my opinion, it bogged down and turned into a thinly veiled diatribe against the church and religion despite the author's laborious efforts to disguise it as a novel.

    The worst parts were having to try to slog through entire two chapter sections where the characters described their opinions about religion in minute detail and - of course - everyone (even a priest) eventually agreed that the church was evil and has to be destroyed because it was based on a purposeful lie.

    The attempts to to correlate supposed historical events that never really happened to 'the big lie that has misled billions of people' seemed a little desparate and disconnected too. Really a lame effort to further an apparent anti-church aganda.

    I might have agreed with some of the more esoteric points about and against organized religion if the author had been more skilled with subtelty. Instead he pummels the reader with minute obscure detail and personal opinion presented as frequent oratory by the characters. He even has a character at one point state that Islam got it right and the church did not.

    These opinions are fine in general but I spent my credit on this one to be entertained, not enlightened to someone else's agenda and opinion. Bottom line - this might have been interesting if it was honest enough to be written as a documentary or OP ED piece. As a novel it is a dishonest and total waste of time. I am sorry I wasted a credit on this one.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Richard Ferrone?

    The narration was fine...

    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The initial story line had promise - too bad it was wasted so miserably.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "Expertly written - well worth the time & credit!"
    If you could sum up You're Next in three words, what would they be?

    Suspense, suspense suspense! A very twisted up plot kept me guessing till the end. I had never listened to anything by this author before - I had this one marked on my wish list for months but never committed to add it to my library until last time. After finishing this one, I added the rest of the Hurwitz books to my list. Well written, good characterization, suspenseful, page turner - draws you in... You won't be sorry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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