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FPN

Dr. FPN from Portland,OR

PORTLAND, OR, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Warriors: An Alex Hawke Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ted Bell
    • Narrated By John Shea
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    On the streets of Washington, D.C., a brilliant scientist, the brains behind a revolutionary fighter aircraft prototype in development by the Pentagon, is snatched by masked thugs and disappears. Now five years later, an elderly professor at Cambridge University has been murdered, a victim of bizarre, ancient Chinese torture. Alex Hawke teams up with Scotland Yard former Chief Inspector Ambrose Congreve to find the killer, but this death is merely the opening gambit in a tense and lethal game of geopolitical brinksmanship.

    dkdenver says: "Not up to Bell's or Hawke's standards"
    "Alex Hawke is back & is in top fighting form."
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    I enjoyed "WARRIORS", Book 8 of the Alex Hawke series. Retired Royal Naval Commander, present day MI-6 trouble shooter is called upon to prevent WW-III. The Chinese are doing some high tech "saber-rattling";
    Alex uses his Naval Aviator skills to even the 'Playing field".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The English Girl: Gabriel Allon, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1077)
    Performance
    (931)
    Story
    (933)

    Daniel Silva delivers another spectacular thriller starring Gabriel Allon, The English Girl. When a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, a prime minister’s career is threatened with destruction. Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a game of shadows where nothing is what it seems...and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies might be the truth.…

    Janels says: "Gabriel's story takes huge strides"
    "Daniel Silva's first 5-Stsr: The English Girl"
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    I have listened to all the Gabriel Allon series Espionage-Adventure novels. Daniel Silva is remarkably consistent in the quality of his writing, (3.5-4,25 stars). I believe the author has exceeded my expectation with THE ENGLISH GIRL; which I would rate at 5-Stars. The story content is superior, it showcases current political upheaval in Russia, predicting Putin's Political Expansionistic desires. (KGB-Oil). As a counterpoint to the modern, he explores the ancient traditions practiced on the Island of Corsica. This all adds interesting texture to the standard conflict between Good -vs-Evil. There are even romantic entanglements to overcome to please readers that enjoy this dynamic. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys political-espionage thrillers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phantom: An Alex Hawke Thriller, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ted Bell
    • Narrated By John Shea
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (237)

    The first and most bizarre event nearly becomes a monumental catastrophe when something goes awry at an American theme park, wreaking havoc on visitors looking for nothing more than a sun-splashed holiday. In a different part of the country, a USAF F-15 pilot, escorting another jet in the skies over the Midwest, inexplicably loses control of his plane, endangering the lives of several people and deeply puzzling those following his mission on the ground.

    Susan says: "AI Gone Amok"
    "PHANTOM "appears" as a new Alex Hawke #1bestseller"
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    Ted Bell has done it again! Ever since reading ASSASSIN, & developing a "Bromance" for Alex Hawke, I have been fearful of the series dying, getting stale, or running out of quality plot themes. I have instead been delighted with subsequent "Hawke-novels": Pirate, Spy, Tsar, Warlord, & now Phantom!! Phantom plunges Hawke into dual battles. He must lead the fight against an evil Quantum Computer, before it sends mankind, the way of the Dodo Bird (Raphus Cuculatus) & the Dinosaurs. (Can you say "Hal-2012"?). Hawke must also learn "How to become an instant Father" after his supposed deceased wife from Tsar pitches his (also thought dead in utero) son to him as his train departs from a frozen KGB stronghold in Siberia. Fortunately he has his familiar "cast of characters" to help: Inspector (Godfather) Cosgrove, (Uncle) Stokely Jones, & the pugnacious CIA agent, Harry Brock. There is also another surprise new edition to Alex's little clan. (read the book)
    I have rushed to write my review, prior to listening to the final (Act V) battle for two reasons. #1- I wanted to share my discovery of a Great new audiobook with Audible-members; #2- I am trying to draw out my enjoyment of this book. It is truly one of those rare engrossing novels that I could easily listen to start-to-finish! But, then I would have to start fearing (again) that Ted Bell won't write another new, engrossing Alex Hawke novel for me to devour. (Ted, I hope you are listening!).Being an original James Bond fan (1963-From Russia with Love), I feel qualified stating that the persistent quality of Ted Bell's Alex Hawke novels are on par with Ian Fleming's indomitable hero (James Bond) novels of the ColdWar years.
    While, there remain villains in Moscow for our hero to defeat, Bell ushers us into the 21st century with "Cyber War" combat. This audiobook is excellently narrated by John Shea, who has created for me a fantastic "alternate reality" that I would love escaping to.
    PHANTOM is a definite 5-star offering.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Detachment

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1052)
    Performance
    (872)
    Story
    (875)

    John Rain is back. And “the most charismatic assassin since James Bond” (San Francisco Chronicle) is up against his most formidable enemy yet: the nexus of political, military, media, and corporate factions known only as the Oligarchy. When legendary black ops veteran Colonel Scott “Hort” Horton tracks Rain down in Tokyo, Rain can’t resist the offer: a multi-million dollar payday for the “natural causes” demise of three ultra-high-profile targets who are dangerously close to launching a coup in America. But the opposition on this job is going to be too much for even Rain to pull it off alone.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fast paced read..."
    "Forecast: 'Light' RAIN"
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    I enjoyed listening to The Detachment (Barry Eisler's 2011 "John Rain" series selection).
    While I enjoy Thrillers that have Japanese Mysticism qualities interwoven in the storyline, I have sometimes found a few earlier John Rain novels to be excessively dark. In The Detachment "Rain" assumes command of a cadre of serious killers, who seemingly share a common objective, -Save the USA from FAR...far right-wing "lunatics" with delusions of grandeur, seeking national domination-. Eisler allows Rain to struggle with his personal demons as his confederate's actions mirror Rain's instinctive comportment. Fortunately, Rain's old friend DOX is on hand with some badly needed comic relief to prevent fraternacide, as they fight to save the day! Barry Eisler contributes with his accustomed 'excellent' narration. Thoroughly Enjoyable!
    Rating = 4.25★/5.
    fpn



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Promised War: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Thomas Greanias
    • Narrated By Piter Marek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    For a millennium, Jerusalem's Temple Mount has been at the center of war and death. Theres never been a time when blood wasnt spilled upon this ancient, sacred site. Flash forward to present-day Jerusalem, where 35-year-old Israeli counterterrorism agent Sam Deker has just thwarted the most recent act of violence, an attempt by radical Palestinians to blow up the Dome of the Rock mosque and pin the blame on right-wing Orthodox Jews.

    FPN says: "Greanias, a modern day Heinlein."
    "Greanias, a modern day Heinlein."
    Overall

    I have read all four of Thomas Greanias recent SCI.-FI. novels. I continue to enjoy the creative content and his comfortable style of composition. I can be assured that I will enjoy the story if it is written by Greanias. I am reminded of my initiation into SCI.-FI., which began in the '70s with the Robert Heinlein classics: "Stranger in a Strange Land"., & "Time Enough for Love".
    ENOUGH SAID!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Trust: A Jack McClure Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Eric Van Lustbader
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (14)

    It was once said that you must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible.... Alli Carson has been through her own personal hell. With her father, the President of the United States, recently dead and her mother in a coma from a terrible accident, she has poured herself into her training to become one of the best FBI agents at the Fearington Institute. Her inspiration and solace comes from the one man with whom she has ever felt a kinship, National Security Adviser, Jack McClure.

    Joe says: "Good Beginning, Rough Middle Bad End."
    "Disgusted this Eric Van Lustbader fan!"
    Overall

    I Gave-Up on this audiobook after listening to two chapters!
    I have never "given-up" listening to an audiobook, in over 100 downloads/ Audio-CD listenings.
    I Have been a long time Lustbader fan (Nicholas Linnear/ Jason Bourne-series) & individual novels.
    I found myself becoming increasingly incensed at the inane story-line and the preening histrionic narrations of Richard Ferrone. Ferrone's reading style would have been more appropriate were he reading the lines of the fool -Malvolio- from Shakespeare's "Twelve Night". Not for a Thriller novel!
    I did not have this acerbic reaction to "Last Snow"-(previous 'Jack McClure' novel).
    I can neither recommend the story nor the narrator. I would prefer a 0-☆ rating, however that is not an option.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Jefferson Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1173)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (709)

    Four United States presidents have been assassinated - in 1865, 1881, 1901, and 1963 - each murder seemingly unrelated and separated by time. But what if those presidents were all killed for the same reason: a clause in the United States Constitution - contained within Article 1, Section 8 - that would shock Americans? This question is what faces former Justice Department operative Cotton Malone in his latest adventure. When a bold assassination attempt is made against President Danny Daniels in the heart of Manhattan, Malone risks his life to foil the killing....

    Eric says: "Great listen; great narration, worth the credit"
    "Cotton & Cassiopeia come to America"
    Overall

    The Jefferson Key is the eleventh (I think) Steve berry novel that I have read, and despite its "Continental locale", it is one of his best efforts.
    I normally enjoy Berry's superior research that will introduce me to a new and interesting place or "time & place". I especially appreciated the author's notes, read at the end of the audiobook. These notes serve to distinguish 'historical fact' from 'author's fiction'.
    I was literally stuck to my seat, in anticipation of the finale-- as I was caught listening to the few chapters in my car, and I sat in my car (in my garage for the 30 minutes), rather than interrupt the rescue of Cassiopeia. The author does a n excellent job constructing a villain that was dastardly in thought & deed, though quite believable. Scott Brick provides an excellent narration-as always. (Brick is one of my two favorite narrators).
    If you enjoy the Cotton Malone-Cassiopeia Vitt characters, you will enjoy this audiobook. You may even discover some interesting history concerning the 'Founding & Political History' of our country(USA), -I did. I enjoyed it. {4.25/5 stars}.
    fpn

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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