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Boone

College Station, TX, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Brainrush, a Thriller: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Richard Bard
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (589)

    When terminally ill combat pilot Jake Bronson emerges from an MRI with extraordinary cognitive powers, everyone wants a piece of his talent including Battista, one of the world s most dangerous terrorists. To save his love and her autistic child, Jake is thrust into a deadly chase that leads from the canals of Venice through Monte Carlo and finally to an ancient cavern in the Hindu Kush Mountains of Afghanistan, where Jake discovers that his newfound talents carry a hidden price that threatens the entire human race.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "an everyday hero willing to lose everything"
    "Should've been marketed as teen fiction"
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    I quit after about an hour and a half. The story was weak and the characters were entirely unoriginal. This felt very formula driven, and not a good formula at that. A LOT has to be taken on faith. One example: the villain of the novel. He's half Afganistanian (father is an Afgan rebel) and half Italian (mother is rich Italian). For the novel he needed to be educated and rich, but inherently evil. I couldn't help trying to figure out how the bad guy's parents got together in the first place. Or why the Afgan father sends his son to Italy to be raised in Italy after his tenth birthday. It was a very minor point, but this shallow storytelling is scattered throughout the book. If I was 10 years old, it wouldn't matter. Adults are going to find it annoying.

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Three: Legends of the Duskwalker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jay Posey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (406)

    The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more.His name is Three, a travelling gun for hire in a dying world. He has no allegiances, no family, no ties.Against his better judgment, he accepts the mantle of protector to a sick woman on the run, and her young son. Together they set out across the plains in search of a mythic oasis, attempting to survive the forces that pursue them, and the creatures of the dark.In these dark times, a hero may yet arise.

    Lesley says: "Fast-moving adventure in a cool future world!"
    "Meh..."
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    This is an ok post-apocalyptic Sci Fi novel. I did finish the book, but several times thought about just stopping. A little simplistic, and the author leaves some HUGE gaps in the background story. I suspect this is to leave room for sequels without painting himself into a corner. However, it might've been nice to now HOW we became "post-apocalyptic".

    I finished the book--that's a positive. Life is too short to finish a book just because I'm 2 hours into the book.

    Would I buy a sequel? No.

    By the way, I wasn't a fan of the reader either. I really didn't like the voice he used for the protagonist.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hazardous Duty: Presidential Agent Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (345)

    Mexican drug cartels are shooting up the streets of Laredo and El Paso. Somali pirates are holding three U.S. tankers for ransom. The President of the United States is fed up and, as Commander in Chief, has what he thinks is a pretty bright idea — to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band and get them on the case. Unfortunately, that will be difficult. Everybody knows that the President hates Castillo’s guts, and has just had him forcibly retired from the military, and now Castillo’s men are scattered far and wide, many of them in hiding.

    Michael says: "TRIPE!!! Utter Tripe with horrible editing."
    "I'm a big WEB Griffin fan, but this....."
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    I've probably read 30 WEB Griffin novels over the last 25 years. Most are very good. This series has been very good--however, Hazardous Duty leaves much to be desired. Charlie Castillo & Co. are still written fairly well, though I would be less than impressed if I hadn't read the previous novels. What is so disappointing are the antagonists. They are all written as bumbling idiots. At one point the President of the US meets a PhD and is introduced to "Dr. Jones". "He can't be a doctor. He doesn't have one of those doohickeys around his neck that EVERY doctor I've ever seen has around his neck". "You're right, Mr. President" says the Press secretary, "He can't be a doctor". Really? The leader of the free world has NO concept of a PhD, or the concept that a stethoscope not being surgically grafted to physicians neck means he must be an imposter. And the other adults in the room agree? It's not just the President written this way. The Russians, Cubans are all fairly dense as well as virtually all of the members of the press in the novel. All of the antagonists are at the peaks of their respective professions, yet are written as sitcom simpletons.

    I'll finish the book. And I'll probably read the next. But if this is the direction the novels are taking, I may have to cherish the memory of his older novels and leave the new ones alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Target: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3298)
    Performance
    (2718)
    Story
    (2720)

    Four years ago, assassin Court Gentry was betrayed by his handlers in the CIA. Now, an old comrade returns to haunt him - and to force him on a mission against his will. With his ruthless employers on one side, his former friends on the other, and a doomed mission ahead, Court Gentry would kill to get out of this one alive.

    Clayton says: "really impressive"
    "Sophomore Slum"
    Overall

    Pretty big disappointment. Didn't finish the book. His "personal" problem in the book just seems so out of character from the first book and really wasn't plausible given the timeline involved. I really like the first one in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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