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A. L. DeWitt

Jefferson City, MO United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 78 reviews
  • 104 ratings
  • 391 titles in library
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  • The Killer: Victor the Assassin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2527)
    Performance
    (2328)
    Story
    (2323)

    Meet Victor. He's an assassin - a man with no past and no surname. He lives alone. He operates alone. He's given a job; he takes out the target; he gets paid. He's The Killer. Victor arrives in Paris to perform a standard kill and collect for an anonymous client. He completes it with trademark efficiency - only to find himself in the middle of an ambush and fighting for his life.

    A. L. DeWitt says: "You Can't Help Pulling for the "Bad Guy""
    "You Can't Help Pulling for the "Bad Guy""
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    When Tom Wood's "The Enemy" showed up as #2 in the series as a recommended read for me on Audible, I went back and bought The Killer and listened to it first. It was an exceptional novel, as good as Mark Greaney's "The Gray Man" but far less specific about the character's back story. It starts with a bang and keeps a fast pace through the entire novel. I could not wait to listen to this book all the way to the end. And as soon as I was done, I started on book 2. I hope this author gives us much more of Victor, the assassin in this series, because I have come to really enjoy his style of writing, and the cleverness of the character.

    35 of 35 people found this review helpful
  • The Killing Kind

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Chris Holm
    • Narrated By Will Collyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (165)

    Michael Hendricks kills people for money. That aside, he's not so bad a guy. Once a covert operative for a false-flag unit of the US military, Hendricks was presumed dead after a mission in Afghanistan went sideways. He left behind his old life - and beloved fiancée - and set out on a path of redemption...or perhaps one of willful self-destruction.

    Kelly Culpepper says: "loved it"
    "Plot Holes You Could Walk Through"
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    Our hero is a wounded combat vet who came home from over there with a skill set that he couldn't commercialize, so he and a friend started hunting down other assassins. It's an interesting premise, but the plot holes in this one are so big, and the resolution of the critical conflict so unbelievable that it makes it difficult to credit what was otherwise a novel approach to the assassin for hire genre.
    If you like Tom Wood, Mark Greaney, Mark Dawson, et al., you're apt to be feeling a little lost when this one is done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • War Shadows: Tier One, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Brian Andrews, Jeffrey Wilson
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2747)
    Performance
    (2560)
    Story
    (2545)

    John Dempsey, former Navy SEAL and Tier One operator, is back. Only a few months into his new life as an operative for Ember, the United States' most covert counterterrorism entity, he must stop an old nemesis who's resurfaced after ten years of operating in the shadows. From the deserts of Iraq, through the jungles of Guatemala, to the streets of suburbia, Dempsey and his Ember team race against time to stop a series of horrific and devious attacks against the homeland.

    Trudy Owens says: "Sequel to Tier One doesn't disappoint"
    "Second Tier One Book"
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    This is the second in the Tier One series, and while the conflict seems mostly confined to the interpersonal in this one, its still a worthy listen. The bad guys are believably bad, and sadly the good guys are annoying wimpy in places. But, what can I say, it all works out in the end.
    I don't think this is as strong as the first Tier One novel, but it is an excellent second entry in the series and worth the money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Strip: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1055)
    Performance
    (861)
    Story
    (856)

    An aging but formidable strip-club owner, Claudiu "Manco" Kapak, has been robbed by a masked gunman as he placed his cash receipts in a bank's night-deposit box. Enraged, he sends his half-dozen security men out to find a suspect who is spending lots of cash and is new enough to Los Angeles not to know he was robbing a gangster.

    Ted says: "Not A Waste Of Time But..."
    "Twists and Turns"
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    Thomas Perry is like no other author. Where other authors would turn left, he makes a U turn. His plotting is interesting, and his characters rarely act out of character.
    This book is a great example of how you can take an unlikeable character (Kapic) and make him likable by the end of the book. But the twists at the end you don't see coming are awesome, and reflect the way the world actually works.
    There are a few plot holes in this one that you can figure out on your own. I won't spoil the book by revealing them. They do not detract from the enjoyment of the book. The only thing I can say is I wish that we had more back-story on "Joe Carver."
    This book is a good listen, and a good story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Butcher's Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1244)
    Performance
    (968)
    Story
    (960)

    Thomas Perry's Edgar Award-winning debut novel follows a professional hitman on the run from both the mafia and the government.

    richard says: "A writer with extreme talents."
    "One of Perry's best"
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    The Butcher's Boy is not a model of morality. He kills, and its a living. But when the hunter becomes the hunted, his reversal of fortune sends him spiraling down alleys with no way out. Add to this the FBI agent out to catch him, who intuits his existence from statistical data.
    While it starts out hard to suspend disbelief, the book is a thrill ride that gets better with every new chapter, and leaves you wishing for more. Thankfully there are two sequels to this book, and they're every bit as good as this one.
    The research in the book, the description of gun play, the use of alternate identification, and the reliance on fact over fiction in the areas of guns are all things that make this book shine. Great narration by Michael Kramer seals the deal.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ring of Fire: A Pike Logan Thriller, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier, Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (502)
    Story
    (505)

    Fifteen years ago, in order to win a contract in the kingdom, a desperate defense contractor used a shell company to provide a bribe to a wealthy Saudi businessman. Now a powerful player in the defense industry, he panics when the Panama Papers burst onto the public scene. Providing insight into the illicit deeds of offshore financing, they could prove to be his undoing.

    derek says: "Please just one narrator on the next one"
    "Pike's at it again!"
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    If you follow the mythical Pike Logan and his merry band of off-the-books soldiers, you know that each installment brings with it an even more hair-raising and out of the box kind of adventure. The story here is no different, with malevolent bad guys, reasonable good guys, and an ending that is, in most respects, believable.
    Over the years Taylor has given us some memorable rides, and this one is pretty good. I like the way we have one voice for Pike's character, and another for everything else. It makes it easy to understand who is doing what.
    Overall, a good book, but listen to the others first so you can understand the interplay between characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • By Honor Bound: Two Navy SEALs, the Medal of Honor, and a Story of Extraordinary Courage

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tom Norris, Mike Thornton, Dick Couch - contributor
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (226)

    In April of 1972, SEAL Lieutenant Tom Norris risked his life in an unprecedented ground rescue of two American airmen who were shot down behind enemy lines in North Vietnam, a feat for which he would be awarded the Medal of Honor - an award that represents the pinnacle of heroism and courage. Just six months later, Norris was sent on a dangerous special reconnaissance mission that would take his team deep into enemy territory. On that mission they engaged a vastly superior force.

    A. L. DeWitt says: "A Hero's Story"
    "A Hero's Story"
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    This book is the tale of two SEALs who went to great length to accomplish their mission, and at the same time, take care of each other. The description of the events is very good, and the description of the rescues riveting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Forty Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Thomas Perry
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (956)
    Performance
    (869)
    Story
    (870)

    Sid and Ronnie Abel are a first-rate husband-and-wife detective team, both retirees of the LAPD. Ed and Nicole Hoyt are married assassins for hire living in the San Fernando Valley. Except for deadly aim with a handgun, the two couples have little in common - until they are both hired to do damage control on the same murder case. The previous spring, after days of torrential rain, a body was recovered from one of the city's overwhelmed storm sewers.

    Jean says: "A Solid Suspense Novel"
    "Leaves You Wanting More"
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    I started listening to Thomas Perry with The Old Man, and have followed him along on a few more. This one is one of my favorites. You immediately like Sid and Ronnie Abel, the investigators, and you are drawn into liking their adversaries Ed and Nicole Hoyt in spite of the latter being pretty much heartless assassins. You assume this is your standard morality play, but Mr. Perry has a different idea in mind.
    One thing I like about Perry is that his characters are not plastic and interchangeable. Many authors simply use the same stick figures and put different names on them (here inner the name of any historical fiction or Harebrained Romance novel). Mr. Perry puts a lot of thought into who these folks are before he writes about him. It's this meticulousness that shows in his story.
    Having seen that Mr. Perry has created a few series characters, I was hoping to see another one in his list where Sid and Ronnie or Ed and Nicole came back for an encore. I hope he considers doing this. This was a very enjoyable book, and the narration was also very good.
    This is one of those that you'll want to listen to all the way through, and then listen to a second time to appreciate the author's command of the environment and his voice.

    1 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
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (637)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (579)

    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.

    harold says: "Not At All Like 1st Seven - Please No More"
    "Re-runs"
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    What disappointed you about Hazardous Duty?

    Have you ever watched an episode of NCIS where half the episode is a recap of events that occurred previously in prior seasons, and the story winds up being nothing more than an alternate ending to prior episodes. Makes you feel like you were conned into watching a show, right? Well, this is the trick that the WEB boys play here. We're treated to all the exploits of Charlie and the band from prior episodes, but we get nothing in terms of new story line. I was not amused.


    What could W.E.B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A new book requires a new plot, a new central problem, and a resolution. Although teased with a new problem (Somali pirates, Mexican drug lords, etc.) we never actually see Charlie and the gang engage these problems. Most of the book is one spook pounding the other spooks on the back, while a crazy president and his looney-tunes mother-in-law parade around as comic relief. I kept thinking, surely this is going to get good. It never did.


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

    Dick must have been as put off as everyone who read the book, because even his accents, which are normally pretty good, faltered. His Alabama accent really was off (I live in Alabama, I know accents). But, give the guy a break. He could not make a silk purse out of a sows ear.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The resolution, such as it was, was clever, I will give you that. But generally speaking, the book left a whole lot to be desired.


    Any additional comments?

    Rather than read this book, just go back and read all the others. Then skip to the last two chapters of this book, and you'll be in just about the right place.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lucky 666: The Impossible Mission

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bob Drury, Tom Clavin
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (492)
    Story
    (489)

    From the authors of the New York Times best-selling The Heart of Everything That Is and Halsey's Typhoon comes the dramatic untold story of a daredevil bomber pilot and his misfit crew who fly their lone B-17 into the teeth of the Japanese Empire in 1943, engage in the longest dogfight in history, and change the momentum of the war in the Pacific - but not without making the ultimate sacrifice.

    Joshua says: "A good picture of the WWII air war in the Pacific"
    "A WWII Pacific Tale"
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    Would you listen to Lucky 666 again? Why?

    I will listen to this book again, mostly because it's narration of the aerial battles fought in the South Pacific is riveting. This is an excellent book to help understand what our underfunded and under equipped Pacific Forces faced during WWII.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jay Zeamer, the pilot, was the most exciting character, although his bombardier was not far behind him. Learning his backstory made his accomplishments during WWII all the more heroic.


    What about Jeremy Bobb’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did a good job of capturing the excitement of the aerial gun battles as well as the pain of losing friends and fellow airmen.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book both made me laugh and cry. There are moments when you realize that all that stood between the United States and tyranny were a few brave men willing to go up in broken-down bombers and take the fight to an enemy that was better equipped, better trained and motivated by a blind allegiance to a man they thought of as God. That we prevailed is a tribute to those fine airmen


    Any additional comments?

    If you have never worn the uniform, if you have never endured shared sacrifice, and experienced the espirit de corps that comes from military service, this is probably going to be an interesting yarn. But if you have lost friends, suffered at the hands of nature or this country's enemies, and otherwise experienced the life of a soldier, sailor, airman or marine, then you will find in this book the story of your brothers in arms, brave men who went up in cobbled-together aircraft, with barely enough training, and with little more than instinct to guide them, and defeated an enemy that demanded its soldiers fight to the death or be dishonored. You will feel a kinship with these men, and you will pass this book along to your sons and daughters so that they may know from whence this nation derived its statement that "freedom is not free."

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Indestructible: One Man's Rescue Mission That Changed the Course of WWII

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John R. Bruning
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (358)

    December 1941: Manila is invaded, and US citizen and Philippines Airlines manager Pappy Gunn is ordered to fly key military command out of the country, leaving his family at home. So Gunn was miles away when the Japanese captured his wife and children, placing them in an internment camp where they faced disease, abuse, and starvation. Gunn spent three years trying to rescue them. His exploits became legend as he revolutionized the art of air warfare, devising his own weaponry, missions, and more.

    A. L. DeWitt says: "You will love Pappy's story"
    "You will love Pappy's story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Indestructible to be better than the print version?

    While the audio does not have the maps and other information, the story comes through loud and clear.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pappy Gunn dominated the story, as he should. It is his story. His feats of daring and airmanship are documented well in the story, and the author freely admits that what is myth and legend may be hard to separate from fact. But the story is simply riveting.


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

    Brian was able to read the book without choking up, which I would have had trouble with. I had to dry my eyes more than once learning about the depredations that the Gunn family suffered in Santo Thomas. Having attended high school in the Philippines the setting was far more real to me than perhaps it would have been to other readers. Brian made the story come alive.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I had to ration this book, a few chapters every day, because otherwise I would have not gotten any work done over the week it took me to listen to the book. Bruning has done an exceptional job with this story, and I will be looking for other books from him because he is a master storyteller.


    Any additional comments?

    The best reason to get this book is to experience through the eyes of the author what real dedication and suffering look like. A man's allegiance to his orders at the cost of his own family, a family's willingness to hang together through an internment that cost them 40% of their body weight. It is good that the Battle of the Bismarck Sea comes earlier in the book than the full descriptions of the conditions at Santo Thomas. This book left me amazed that Japan could be forgiven after what it did to the innocents.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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