This unabridged version of Vince Flynn's Protect and Defend, is a clear example of the immense difference the unabridged version of an audio novel is from the abridged version. In this novel, the plot is allowed to fully unfold in a way that allows the listener to be fully caught up in the story. The writer's telling of the story doesn't seem rushed and unreal. Rather, the story line is allowed to unfold. Our hero Mitch Rapp and the agency and the government do in this story what we can only hope the government would do in the face of terrorism. You might not approve of his methods, but you also know thoughtful action is being taken. if you like Vince Flynn's other Mitch Rapp novels, you love this one.
Don't waste your credits on this book. The story has no plot and the characters are unappealing. .
Gayle Lynds keeps you guessing throughout this well told spy thriller. You can't ever be sure you know which side the characters are on or where the story will take a new twist. A well developed plot, excellent character development. A must read for those who like spy thrillers.
WEB Giffin has written another great terrorist novel. Most of the characters are the same as in earlier novels. The action is face paced and the story line has many twists and turns. He is an excellent story teller. You get to know the characters and his plot is easy to follow.
In W.E.B. Griffin I have found my newest spy writer. The story catches you up in the plot and the characters. You like the main characters, because they come across and real human beings doing difficult things without superpowers. You won't regret reading this novel.
The Last Stand of Fox Company tells the true story of a Marine Brigade that was sent deep into North Korea to fight overwhelming odds against the North Koreans and Chinese. The story is a nonstop, gut renching, realistic look at the brutality of war, the relentless, senseless killing on both sides of the conflict. It also tells the story of what today, many would call a fools errand, but one that reveals the spirit and brotherhood of men from every part of our society who were united by one thing, the Marine motto "Semper Fi", always faithful. You followed the lives of these men, over the span of only a few weeks, as they fought in an incredibly harsh environment, often with barely enough ammunition and wounds that would stop most people dead in their tracks.
War is far from glorified in this story, but the men who lived it deserve our deepest respect, honor and love. Regardless of what position you take on war in general or this war in particular, the story of these brave men is a compelling one that all thoughfully people should be familiar with.
A thoughful book, that tells their story without preaching a political position on either side of the war argument.
While the intimate relations between characters is important the amount and repetitiveness of the sexual encounters got in the way of an otherwise good story. In addition, the author wrote these sexual encounters as one dimensional. It did create genuine sexual encounters. It was at the level of adolesent sex.
The story and the characters were well done, but the narrator was very stilted and didn't capture the emotions within the story. Not as good as other novels by the author.
Frederick Forsyth has written a gripping story of post WWII Nazi SS men's escape from prosecution for their war crimes. Based on historical fact, he has told the story of the lives of these men, the millions he killed and the story of one man journey to bring one of these SS men to justice. His story line soon has you forgetting you are listening to a story, and has you engaged in the lives of the characters. He did a superb job of developing the character of the main characters, especially the journalist Miller.
It isn't until the final 50 minutes of the story that the real reason Miller tracked the Nazi SS officer down is revealed.
This is my first Frederick Forsyth audiobook, but it will not be my last.
The first of a three volume history of the Civil War was a masterfully written story of one of the critical periods in our nations history. The author not only gave us the history of the period, but he introduced the reader to many of the key figures in the war between the states. In doing so he revealed their thinking and decisions which helps us better understand this most tragic period in our nations history. He revealed their strengths and character flaws, which often lead to the death of many men and a prolongation of the war. The amount of detail can be overwhelming at times, yet it reveals the depth of research that had to have been done to produce this masterpiece of history. No one who listens to these books will ever be able to say they don't understand the factors that lead to the war between the states or the extent of the tragedy that almost destroyed the United States. I am looking forward to listening to the other two volumes.
Those familiar with the Camel Club will throughly enjoy this latest in the series by David Baldacci. It is one of the most gripping and suspenseful of the series. What I enjoyed most about this book was the character and story development, which gave you an even greater understanding of the main character Oliver Stone. As the story unfolded, you began to find our much of the back story which provided a better understanding of the man and his actions. You also saw a more sensitive and loving side of Stone, which has been hidden until he met Abigel.
For those who have followed the exploits of the Camel Club this is definitely worth the time to listen.
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