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Eric

I am a small business owner, writer and frequent traveler. Audio books are my constant companions

LYNCHBURG, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Semper Fi: Book One in The Corps Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (792)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (699)

    From Shanghai to Wake Island, the Corps was America’s first line of defense as the winds of war exploded into the devastating surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. This is the story of the men of the Marine Corps, their loves and loyalties, an elite fraternity united by courage and honor, as they steel themselves for battle, prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice....

    Jerome says: "WEB Griffin is a master of this genre"
    "Just go straight to penthouse forum."
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    W.E.B. Griffin would have you believe that nothing ever happened in the history of the Corps without the inclusion of a good humping. This may be his fantasy of the Corps but it demeans and belittles the men and women who have served with distinction. As a Marine in a family of Marines, I wanted this to be good. The first few chapters killed that hope. The glory of the Corps in WWII will never fade away. This book should and has.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Shot: A Sniper Novel

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jack Coughlin, Donald A. Davis
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Kyle Swanson, once the top sniper in the Marine Corps, has become the key member in a secret special operations team known as Task Force Trident. When Juba tests the new weapon by killing hundreds of people at a British royal wedding in London, Swanson is assigned to hunt down his old special ops rival. The birth of a new reign of global terror can be stopped only by a confrontation between the two best snipers in the world, a duel in which the first shot wins. Usually.

    Richard says: "Very Good Listen"
    "Not in the USMC vernacular"
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    OK. This story is OK. It is a bit trite and predictable. I am not sure why so many male authors feel compelled to add a female character to save the day. Is this pandering to the female reader demographic? Most likely. Just stick with "the guy is a loaner" or a realistic scout/sniper combination.

    Further, the final disposition of the bad guy is telegraphed. It has become a lazy author tact to preserve the existing villain rather than work to create an original story.

    Finally, and this is painful for Marines, get the freaking terminology right. I am not speaking of the weapons systems and minutia.

    Marines are Marines. We are not soldiers. Marines do not refer to other Marines as soldiers. Warriors, grunts, devil dogs, jarheads, but never soldiers.

    Secondly, Marines say Ooohrah not Hooah (Who-Uh). That is an army attempt to once again emulate the Corps. This is true of Marines in the fleet, MARSOC, JSOC and anywhere else.

    Lastly, from USMC boot camp forward, every Marine knows that 0500 is ZERO FIVE HUNDRED and never, ever O Five Hundred. O is a letter in the alphabet and not a number. 0 (Zero) is a number. Time is referenced as numbers always.

    These may be reading errors but they evoke a visceral response from Marines. If you are taking the time to make this an audio book. Get the phrases right. I can't believe Gunny Coughlin made these errors in the writing.

    I will give the next book a shot (pun intended) but if there is no improvement, I will move on. Still looking for someone to step up and continue to efforts of Flynn and Clancy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Command Authority

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1973)
    Performance
    (1774)
    Story
    (1779)

    There's a new strong man in Russia but his rise to power is based on a dark secret hidden decades in the past. The solution to that mystery lies with a most unexpected source, President Jack Ryan.

    Marci says: "Great story with a couple of flaws"
    "The best for last"
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    Tom Clancy leaves us with an excellent book. It not only offers some closure for the Jack Ryan Jr. series, it connects father and son in a way that leaves us wanting more without leaving us hanging. I would recommend reading the Jack Jr series in order before coming to this book and then reading this for all it is worth. You will be pleased and satisfied. Finally, Lou Diamond Phillips is excellent in his capacity as narrator. There is really nothing wrong with this presentation at all accept that it is Mr Clancy's last.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Path of the Assassin: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (771)
    Story
    (770)

    After rescuing the President from kidnappers, Navy SEAL turned Secret Service agent Scot Harvath shifts his attentions to rooting out, capturing or killing all those responsible for the plot. As he prepares to close out his list, a bloody and twisted trail of clues points towards one man - the world's most feared, most ruthless terrorist, Hashim Nidal. Nidal has assembled an international league of Islamic terrorist networks in an ingenious plot to topple both Israel and America.

    Scott says: "Does not measure up"
    "This path leads nowhere..."
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    ...at least nowhere near an assassin. The surprise ending was no surprise at all. This is the story of our top counterterrorism agent who demonstrates his expertise by serving as a tour director for a cops daughter thjat happened to witness a terrorist act. The story is not at all plausible and the agent is only successful as the untrained female he escorts provides answer to solve every mystery. Once again, Brad Thor writes a book about a secondary female character and uses Scott Harvath to market the story. The performance is excellent however the story is not worthy of Armand Schultz.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Afire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1318)
    Performance
    (1210)
    Story
    (1217)

    One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War. Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.

    DocJim says: "This is a GREAT adventure Sci-Fi Book. Masterful!"
    "Imagine how good it will be when it's finished!"
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    It is an average part of a story and Mr Card is taking that approach with much of his work of late. This, ironically after he credits the publisher whit patience while he finishes. This is a lazy prequel that tries to tell far too much of story that we don't want to know and fails. At this rate, there are five more books before we ever reach the second formic war. Mazer Rackham is the story we want to know. The other stories just drags into far too many books before the End(ers) Game.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Order

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (996)
    Performance
    (887)
    Story
    (887)

    Action-packed from the start, Hidden Order demonstrates yet again why Brad Thor is the "master of thrillers". A string of high-profile kidnappings has Washington, D.C., in a frenzy. When the victims begin turning up dead, frenzy turns to panic. And when the ransom demand is finally made public, panic will turn to terror. In Brad Thor's riveting new thriller, the stakes have never been higher, nor the lines between good and evil so hard to discern.

    DeltaDeltaKilo says: "Boooooo!"
    "Waiting for this book to start...."
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    I waited for this book to start and it never did. Scott Harvath has a great resume and occasional tough language but as a character in this book (and much of the series) he is a non factor. In this book, the much better story line was taking place elsewhere. Brad Thor seems to like strong women and builds all of these stories around those women and how they save the day. Let's either make Harvath the hardcore hero or leave him out of the books altogether. So, if you come to this book looking for a Mitch Rapp or a Jack Reacher then move along. There is nothing to see here. On a positive note, Brad Thor does a good job of weaving history into his books. Such a good job in fact that it is much more compelling the his own work of fiction.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Option to Kill: A Nathan McBride Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1248)
    Performance
    (1084)
    Story
    (1094)

    When Nathan McBride receives a text message from someone who claims she’s been kidnapped, it triggers a deadly chain of events that has the potential to haunt him for the rest of his life. Nathan will soon learn that nothing from his past could ever prepare him for the crisis he’ll soon be facing. The girl’s name is Lauren and she’s just 12 years old.

    Carla says: "An Outstanding Story with Engaging Characters"
    "Little girl saves scout sniper"
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    The story is laughable as it seems the Mr Peterson ran out of ideas following book 2. The character has potential but it is wasted entirely here. The author continues to miss some basic Marine Corps knowledge as demonstrated by his use or misuse of military and uniquely Marine Corps language. The narrator may exacerbate the problem in reading the letter o for the number 0 and the like. If we ignore all that, which is asking a lot, we have to deal with the authors fear of a strong male character that can take care of himself without the aid of 12 year old girls and 120 lb female FBI agents. Then there is the reckless random violence on the streets where our hero thigh shoots kidnappers and assassins. Tom Clancy and the late Vince Flynn (in the final Mitch Rapp book) are good examples of how to write male leads in this savage world of espionage. Mr Peterson should read a few of these. Or maybe a little more Jack Reacher and a little less Jack and Jill.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Forced to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (1658)
    Performance
    (1278)
    Story
    (1285)

    Bravery. Honor. Sacrifice. These are more than mere words to trained Marine sniper Nathan McBride. He’s never backed away from danger and he’s not about to start now, even if it means confronting the cold-blooded interrogator who tortured him to the brink of death more than a decade ago.

    1BookJ says: "Awsome sequel!!!"
    "Very close..."
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    This was not as enjoyable as the first book in the series. There are a few big misses for a main character that is a Marine. First, A Marine is not a soldier. We never use that title. We are Marines. The dialogue around the Corps misses the mark. The story is OK if not entirely plausible. The Scoot Sniper teamwork and unity is done well. Worth the read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Die Trying: Jack Reacher, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1837)
    Performance
    (1641)
    Story
    (1636)

    When a woman is kidnapped off a Chicago street in broad daylight, Jack Reacher's in the wrong place at the wrong time. He's kidnapped with her. Chained together and racing across America toward an unknown destination, they're at the mercy of a group of men demanding an impossible ransom. Because Reacher's female companion is worth more than he imagines. Now he has to save them both - from the inside out - or die trying....

    adrienne says: "Trouble always finds him!"
    "1,3,4,5...yes, skip this pile of 2."
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    This is the second book in the Jack Reacher series and a bad place to visit. This should be called the Holly Johnson series as she takes up too much of the story and offers little in return, at least to the reader. A very exciting open with all kinds of potential descends quickly into a harlequin romance with brief interruptions of gun play. Back up to the Killing Floor and enjoy what Jack Reacher is supposed to be. We will pretend like Rambo Meets the Militia" never happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3576)
    Performance
    (2996)
    Story
    (3016)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "No one is innocent..."
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    This was my first Baldacci listen and it was well worth the time. The characters were interesting. The story flowed with necessary action. Baldacci produces a believeable Aristillian "tragic hero". The flaws in this hero highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the subordinate characters. The writing quality is sufficient to mask the anti-war, anti-free market views that are not so subtly inserted by the author an entirely inconsistent with the actions of the characters even those promoted as ideal figures.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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