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Fran

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  • Healey's Cave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Aaron Paul Lazar
    • Narrated By John Thomas Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Sam Moore's little brother vanished 50 years ago. No body. No answers. What Sam has is a boatload of guilt, since he failed to accompany Billy on his final, fateful bike ride. While struggling to eliminate the rapacious Japanese Knotweed from his gardens, Sam discovers a glowing marble. It warms to his touch and whisks him back in time to his childhood. Billy and Sam's childhood pals appear beside him - breathing,sweating, laughing - and very much alive.

    Fran says: "Tidy little mystery"
    "Tidy little mystery"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The story is set in upstate New York and for those of us who remember the promise of spring and long summer days the backdrop will bring a wistful smile. The mystery involves betrayal, revenge and the price of silence. While I don't normally like 'time travel' as a literary element, it was modified in a way that was palatable. It was an easy listen and kept my attention.


    Would you recommend Healey's Cave to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend Healey's Cave as a solid mystery with unexpected plot twists that I definitely didn't see coming.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narration by John Thomas Frazer was a good fit for the retired Dr. Moore. I didn't like when he was talking like the baby. It would take a great talent to go from the studied and raspy voice of a retired doctor to the ramblings of a toddler.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Hmmmm. Maybe.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Israelis

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Noah Beck
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Buckner Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Iran has threatened to destroy Israel while developing the nuclear capability to do so. Struck by a medical emergency, Israel's Prime Minister falls unconscious just as military action is needed to stop Iran's nukes. History is now up to 35 Israelis aboard the Dolphin a powerful submarine armed with nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles. Ship unity is crucial to mission success, but deep conflicts rise to the surface among crew members who are ethnically diverse and ideologically divided.

    Fran says: "Philosophical Thriller"
    "Philosophical Thriller"
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    Israel exists due to the unarguably despicable behavior of Western Europeans. In Noah Beck’s debut thriller the continued existence of Israel is now threatened by the nuclear capability and contemptible rhetoric that emanates from Iran; a very real threat that is ripped from today’s headlines. The Last Israelis explores in depth the ethical and moral decisions involved in the engagement of war and Beck skillfully draws the reader into the characters backgrounds and their divergent ideologies. Primarily set on a submarine, the debates are skillfully written to give the reader a real sense of the difficulty of maintaining peace that is not overly Zionist in perspective. Beck is able to walk in quite a few shoes without stumbling and successfully pulls it off.

    The plot moves forward with action and twists that occur between the debates toward a climax that will keep the reader turning the pages. Bruckner's narration expertly moves the listener through the plot. There is enough action to satisfy anyone searching for a good thriller with the added benefit of an outstanding moral debate that is so often absent in the Armageddon sub-genre of military thrillers. It’s a “what if” scenario that brings global politics into a disturbing and oh so possible development.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Coast

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By R. E. McDermott
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    As Tom Dugan and Alex Kairouz, his partner and best friend, struggle to ransom their ship and crew from murderous Somali pirates, things take a turn for the worse. A US Navy contracted tanker with a full load of jet fuel is also hijacked, not by garden variety pirates, but by terrorists with links to Al Qaeda, changing the playing field completely. With a possible link between piracy and terrorism now in play, the US and British governments order the halt of all negotiations for captive ships, and enraged pirates ratchet up the mistreatment of the captive crews.

    Robin says: "Could Not Stop Listening"
    "Fabulous Thriller"
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    McDermott's second thriller is every bit as engaging as Deadly Straits. Once again the reader becomes immersed in a deadly standoff with Somali pirates who have more on their agenda than just seizing a passing ship. By linking deadly events from the not too distant past to modern day piracy, McDermott has written a stellar thriller and Todd Haberkorn continues to deliver a praiseworthy narration. The pirates are depicted as particularly nasty and if the nastiness of the pirates was eye-opening, the author's notes at the end left me with my jaw hanging. Oh my . . . if you enjoy history, terror, and a great story about modern day piracy you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Straits

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By R. E. McDermott
    • Narrated By Todd Haberkorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    When marine engineer and very part-time spook Tom Dugan becomes collateral damage in the War on Terror, he's not about to take it lying down. Falsely implicated in a hijacking, he's offered a chance to clear himself by helping the CIA snare their real prey, Dugan's best friend, London ship owner Alex Kairouz. Reluctantly, Dugan agrees to go undercover in Alex's company, despite doubts about his friend's guilt. Once undercover, Dugan's steadfast refusal to accept Alex's guilt puts him at odds not only with his CIA superiors, but also with a beautiful British agent with whom he's romantically involved.

    Robin says: "A must read Suspense Thriller!"
    "Thrilling new thriller"
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    As a self-published author, McDermott did a superb job putting together a thriller that can be best be described as following Clive Cussler - a bit over the top. He has imagined a "what if" scenario of horrific proportion and written a solid thriller. I listened to the audiobook version that was splendidly narrated by Todd Haberkorn who deftly handled the many characters. The characterizations are very well done and the plot and suspense are jigsawed together very nicely. Just when I thought reality had really been suspended beyond belief McDermott had an explanation that was spot on and answered my niggling little questions as I listened. The plot and the suspense were crafted in a wonderful jigsaw that fit together. Unfortunately we live in a world of have and havenots and McDermott's premise is not that far-fetched. If any one of the scenarios happened in the future it would topple governments and shift the balance of power. Under the Freedom of Information Act, some day in the future I wouldn't be surprised if any one of the events in the book had actually been a terrorist plot that had been thwarted. I'm looking forward to Deadly Coast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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