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Anthony

I am an attorney and author in Jefferson City, MO.

Jefferson City, MO, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Innocence: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (883)
    Performance
    (785)
    Story
    (801)

    He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

    Michael says: "Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books"
    "Best Dean Koontz book yet"
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    As someone who has enjoyed the Odd Thomas line of books, I always consider a book featuring another character to be a deviation from and an unwelcome departure from that wonderful story arc. But in this book Dean Koontz delivers a tale of wonder, mystery, love, intrigue, and joy that is profoundly philosophical and thematically rich. It seems as though Koontz must have labored over this as an act of love, and you can feel his deep sense of humility, his kindness and gentleness, and his abiding belief that there is good in all of us, if we are but to discover it. Koontz does not scare me like Steven King. Reading his works makes me want to be a better man, and reminds me that we all fall short of the marks we set for ourselves in that pursuit.
    It would do no good for me to describe the plot and substance of this book. It is something that you must discover for yourself. Like Intensity and the last of the Odd Thomas books, this has some disturbing descriptions in it, but it also leaves you with the feeling that Koontz is on to something. TS Elliott has always featured prominently in his works, and you can find the allegory in this work as well. The book is very well read, and the audio characterizations are exceptionally well done. Get this book and listen to it. You will not be sorry you did.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Servants of Twilight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (156)

    An ordinary parking lot in southern California. Christine Scavello and her six-year-old son are accosted by a strange old woman. "I know who you are," the woman snaps at the boy. "I know what you are." A scream, a threat - and then a grotesque act of violence. Suddenly Christine's pride and joy, her only son, is targeted by a group of religious fanatics. They've branded him the Antichrist. They want to kill him. And they are everywhere.

    Marg224 says: "Different spin"
    "It Will Keep You Guessing"
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    The thing I liked best about this book is that it keeps you guessing. If you have read Koontz before you know he believes in creating some really strange and unusual bad guys. The bad guy -- actually a bad gal -- here is one of his more unique signatures. The relationships that develop and the over-the-top symbolism at first left me very much confused. Was Koontz trying to make this book easy for the not-too-bright, or was he just being heavy-handed with foreshadowing? Suffice it to say that in that way that is uniquely Koontz, he won't let you down. You're going to be misdirected, establish expectations, and be wondering what just happened while you're being thrust into another plot change with incredible speed and intensity. This kept me guessing past the last page. It's not exactly The Lady or the Tiger, but it is as close in modern fiction as you're likely to come. And I wouldn't be surprised to find Mr. Koontz recycling one of the characters here somewhere down the line. In short, get this book. It's an entertaining listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: Virgil Flowers, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (914)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (795)

    In Israel, a man clutching a backpack searches desperately for a boat. In Minnesota, Virgil Flowers gets a message from Lucas Davenport: You're about to get a visitor. It's an Israeli cop, and she's tailing a man who's smuggled out an extraordinary relic - a copper scroll revealing startling details about the man known as King Solomon. Wait a minute, laughs Virgil. Is this one of those Da Vinci Code deals? The secret scroll, the blockbuster revelation, the teams of murderous bad guys? Should I be boning up on my Bible verses? He looks at the cop. She's not laughing.

    Debbi says: "Still a fan, but..."
    "Virgil is Fully Fleshed Out Now"
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    When the Virgil Flowers line of books started he was kind of an unwelcome diversion from the Davenport series. A spinoff that I was not entirely sure I was going to like. The series started slowly, but I've listened to every one of them, and I am liking them more and more. Eric Conger delivers a good reading performance, and I've come to the point that I like Flowers and know pretty much what he's going to do. He's his own man, and a very different man than Davenport. You can almost predict what Davenport will do; not so with Flowers whom Sandford keeps us guessing about most of the time. This is a good listen and worth you time and money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mike Maden
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (34)

    Troy Pearce is the CEO of Pearce Systems, a private security firm that is the best in the world at drone technologies. A former CIA SOG operative, Pearce used his intelligence and combat skills to hunt down America’s sworn enemies in the War on Terror. But after a decade of clandestine special ops, Pearce opted out. Too many of his friends had been sacrificed on the altar of political expediency. Now Pearce and his team chose which battles he will take on by deploying his land, sea, and air drones with surgical precision.

    Andrew says: "Clancy-like Story, New Action Character"
    "Unsatisfying Ending but Good Story"
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    I had to mark this one down because I did not much care for the ending, but overall it was a good listen. I think in many respects when I listen to a novel of this variety I am thinking that there will likely be a sequel. I am almost certain, however, that there won't be one here. I don't think this one is set up that way. It's an interesting premise and there were only a few things that made me go "hmmmm." Definitely worth a listen, but likely not to be your favorite book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Enemy: Victor the Assassin, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (181)

    Victor, a former assassin-for-hire, has joined forces with a CIA special unit. His first assignment: Three strangers. Three hits. Fast and clean. Victor's a natural for this.It should have been simple. But with each hit Victor is plunged deeper into an unimaginable conspiracy where no one, least of all the people he knows, can be trusted.With the stakes growing higher by the minute, Victor realizes he's been forced into playing a game he never expected. Because he's the next target. And there's no way out.

    Margo says: "Not as Fond of Book 2"
    "Victor is Even Better in Book 2"
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    If you liked The Killer, you'll love the Enemy. It's a tight tale, with lots of twists and turns, and with some really excellent plotting. Set in Europe, it provides descriptions and settings in places that I can only hope of getting to someday. I have really enjoyed the series, and the highest compliment I can pay a writer is "WHERE IS BOOK 3?" And that's what I want to know: when will I get to read the next of Tom Wood's Victor stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer: Victor the Assassin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (295)

    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.

    David says: "Rootin' 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1843)
    Performance
    (1648)
    Story
    (1663)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Adegoke A. Adeyemo says: "Finally found out about Kiev!!!"
    "The Gray Man is Back"
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    If you like the gray man, and you enjoy the richness that Greaney has brought to Tom Clancy's works, then you'll love this story. I am always pulling for the Gray Man, and this is one of the best Greaney's written.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Silken Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1142)
    Performance
    (979)
    Story
    (972)

    Very early one morning, a Minnesota political fixer answers his doorbell. The next thing he knows, he’s waking up on the floor of a moving car, lying on a plastic sheet, his body wet with blood. When the car stops, a voice says, "Hey, I think he’s breathing." And another voice says, "Yeah? Give me the bat." And that’s the last thing he knows. Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man’s disappearance, then - very troublingly - to the Minneapolis police department, then - most troublingly of all - to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons.

    John Norton says: "Still my favorite combo of author and reader"
    "23 and going strong"
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    Lucas Davenport is an engaging character, and the police procedurals featuring his character are among the best. The only thing that has become a bit trite is the "feel" of the novels. They all feel about the same. This pervasive feel has even begun to infect some of Sandford's other work.
    While I am sure the city of Minneapolis loves it that Davenport is "their character" it might be nice to freshen things up a bit with a trip out of state, a vacation, or something that takes Lucas out of his comfort zone, and makes him live on his wits and guile. But, hey, that's just me whispering into the mythical John Sandford's ear.
    I enjoyed the book (although it clearly sets up a sequel). It also merges characters from Sandford's Kidd series. I liked that a lot too.
    Other than needing a fresh coat of paint, this old house is still fun to dwell in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    Overall
    (2506)
    Performance
    (2167)
    Story
    (2178)

    Will Robie is a master of killing. A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst - enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.No one else can match Robie's talents as a hitman...no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she's gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.

    Rodney says: "I couldn't Stop Listening"
    "Baldacci Plays by the Rules"
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    The thing I love about David Baldacci is that his books never disappoint you. The characters behave in predictable ways. Things work or don't work because this feeds the author's plan. In this case the marriage of the two assassins in the book (the figurative, not literal marriage) is something that works well and that keeps the reader off balance just enough to make the story enjoyable.
    Another thing I really like is that female characters are voiced by a woman, and male characters are voiced by a male. Ron and Orlagh do a great job on this book. I loved their performances.
    The story is solid, and after years of listening to so many of the author's other characters, these are not just the same old guys with the same old problems. There is a refreshing newness to the writing. This keeps his work from ever getting old.
    You'll enjoy the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deeply Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (1401)
    Performance
    (1269)
    Story
    (1280)

    How do you make sure a crime that hasn’t happened yet, never does? That’s the critical question facing Odd Thomas, the young man with a unique ability to commune with restless spirits and help them find justice and peace. But this time, it’s the living who desperately need Odd on their side. Three helpless innocents will be brutally executed unless Odd can intervene in time. Who the potential victims are and where they can be found remain a mystery. The only thing Odd knows for sure is who the killer will be: the homicidal stranger who tried to shoot him dead in a small-town parking lot.

    G. House Sr. says: "Oddly Excellent!"
    "The Series Just Keeps Getting Better"
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    When Dean Koontz writes a series of books, the one thing you can count on is that as the books go forward in the series they get better. Unlike many authors who write a good first couple of books, Koontz keeps writing Odd Thomas in a fresh and exciting way. What I find helpful is that David Aaron Baker gives voice to Odd in a way that is unique. With him dictating the events unfolding, it feels like Odd himself is talking to you. In many ways, he has become Odd Thomas to me, and I don't think it would feel the same if someone else were to read the series. So I give the performance very high marks.
    But as new characters come into the series, and old characters continue, I find myself amazed that Koontz can fashion characters that are at once both entertaining and unique. The premise of the novel is, as with all the others, a test for Odd's abilities and yet another punch on the ticket toward his destiny.
    I guess if I have a frustration, it would be that after reading Odd Thomas again, I want to go immediately to the next book. These are so good, and the story so thematically powerful (there is evil in the world, and it takes more than good to overcome it, it takes good with a sense of humor and a willingness to hit hard), that I can't put one down without thinking "Okay, Koontz, get busy, I'm waiting!"
    If you have not read any of the other books, get them first, listen to them in series, and then end with this one. You'll feel exactly the same way!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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