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Conrad

Mineral Bluff,, United States Minor Outlying Islands | Member Since 2005

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  • Dead or Alive

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Grant Blackwood
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5000)
    Performance
    (2768)
    Story
    (2783)

    Jack Ryan, the former president of the United States, is out of office, but not out of the loop about his brainchild, the “Campus” - a highly effective, counter-terrorism organization that operates outside the Washington hierarchy. But what Ryan doesn’t know is that his son, Jack Ryan, Jr., has joined his cousins, Brian and Dominic Caruso, at the shadowy Campus. While a highly effective analyst, young Ryan hungers for the action of a field agent.

    Robert B. Wales says: "Same great Clancey - Great narration"
    "No Mission too Difficult, No Sacrifice too Great"
    Overall

    I graduated from the War college in 1984. Full of piss and vinegar, I went to Korea. Enroute, I read Clancy's novel. Red October. I was uneasy the entire flight, that someone would discover I was reading classified information, so close was it to compartmentalized information I had obtained from the college. In Dead or Alive, I got the same feeling. "The Campus" a new below the horizon security and clandestine operations entity, is self funded. John Clark, Dingo Chavez, and Jack Ryan's son Jack Jr. combine their skills to keep the Jihadists from throwing our country into turmoil. In his particular style, Clancy takes on the U.S. intelligence community, by mostly ignoring them. If your heart isn't palpitating after the first chapter. You don't know anything about soldiering.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Trail of the Red Butterfly

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Karl Schlesier
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    Whirlwind, the twin brother of Stone, disappears during a raid into northeastern New Spain. So Stone brings together Cheyenne, Kiowa, and Gataka warriors to go after his missing brother - but there are many things between earth and sky that oppose his quest.

    Leonard says: "Plains Indian Culture Brought to Life"
    "A 200 year leap back."
    Overall

    I found the Trail of the Red Butterfly gripping novel. The author has obviously invested years of research into the period and locale for this story. Though the book was written in English, enough of the local Indian dialects and Spanish are used to give the story a flavor of reality. The Southwestern U.S. of 1800 retained the primativeness of the previous thousand years. Indians still lived off the wandering bands of buffalo, wild game and food they could gather. Select a small band of Indians and send them on a 2000 mile circuitious quest to find a lost brother. and you will understand the terms bravery and brotherly love. Make this your next read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Host: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5264)
    Performance
    (2856)
    Story
    (2897)

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

    Keith says: "Great story in a genre only touched upon before"
    "Just Suppose . . ."
    Overall

    Just suppose you woke up one morning and you weren't you? Oh you were still you, but there was another being inside making decisions, laughing when you wanted to cry, turning left when you wanted to go right, slowly taking control. You were a new host to an alien, as, by now, were most of the sentient beings on Earth. While you still had some strength, what would you do? How would you survive in order to escape? It's certinly worth two credits to find out!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Brotherhoods: The True Story of Two Cops Who Murdered for the Mafia

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Guy Lawson, William Oldham
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (52)

    The Brotherhoods is the chilling chronicle of the shocking crimes of NYPD detectives Stephen Caracappa and Louis Eppolito, notorious rogue cops convicted in April 2006 of the ultimate form of police corruption-shielding their acts behind their badges while they worked for the mob. Their crimes included participation in the murders of at least eight men, kidnapping, torture, and the betrayal of an entire generation of New York City detectives and federal agents

    Conrad says: "Blind Justice"
    "Blind Justice"
    Overall

    This story is about two highly placed New York City police detectives who did more work for the Mafia than they did the Police. Theft, murder, spying on the police for the mafia, contract assassination, they did it all. One wonders who the bad guys are if these are supposed to be the good ones. The cop that broke the case was the co-author, Detective William Oldham. It took him fifteen years and well into his retirement to gather enough evidence for a conviction. An amazing tale which proves again that crime dooesn't pay (in the long run anyway)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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