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  • All Necessary Force

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier, Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (166)

    Best-selling author Brad Taylor draws upon his own experiences as a Delta Force commander for his exciting series starring elite Taskforce operative Pike Logan. In All Necessary Force, Logan and his partner Jennifer Cahill are trailing two terrorist organizations from Asia to Egypt when a deadly threat arrives in the U.S.

    Don says: "Editing makes a difference"
    "Even Better Than The First"
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    The first book (One Rough Man) was a great start and introduction to the characters and the Task Force. This book is a great second in the series and shows more polish. Still lots of action and character insight (at least with Pike & Jennifer). I haven't figured out if I like the two narrator style yet. This is the first series I have run into it. and it may not have been as obvious if the recording/editing had been better. The recorded editing needs improvement - it was distracting at times - hence the 2 stars. I haven't run into many books that has as many recording/editing blips as this one. But don't let that prevent you from listening to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Faction

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Trevor Scott
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    When former CIA officer Jake Adams is hired to guard two Oregon agribusiness honchos attending a conference in the Ukraine, he has no idea he will be recruited back into the Agency to find the killer of a former Soviet biochemist. Was the man developing deadly nerve agents? As terrorists strike around the globe, using chemical and biological warfare, Jake knows the attacks are all related.

    Kathryn says: "Left me Unsatisfied"
    "Left me Unsatisfied"
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    I am a big fan of espionage thrillers (Battles, Berenson, Eisler, Flynn, Greaney, Taylor, etc) so I don’t make these comments lightly – I love a good thriller. This is the second Jake Adams novel I have listened to. The plot has possibilities but the characters are superficial, the protagonist doesn't seem to do anything other than be in the story. His actions don’t influence events nor does he solve anything, to be honest I am not sure Jake Adams has any impact on the story line other than to connect characters. I felt very unsatisfied with this novel. It isn't that the writing is poor or that Stefan Rudnicki doesn't do a great job narrating the novel, it simply lacks a hero who actually is important to the story and influences the outcome. Spoiler alert – Adams fails to protect his clients, fails to protect one of the witnesses, and puts himself in compromising situations that result in his being beaten. Just doesn't seem much like a hero or someone who drives the story, it happens around him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Naked Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    Once they were boyhood best friends, playing in the woods near their homes, pretending to be soldiers surviving behind enemy lines. Grownup, they belonged to Delta Force and later worked as protectors for the world's best security company. Now their lives have taken drastically different paths, pitting them against one another, forcing them to play their boyhood game again, this time to learn who dies.

    Aleeta R. Hall says: "Mediocre, at best"
    "Just OK"
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    There are two books in this series, this is the second. The first was very enjoyable and satisfying this book much less so. I haven't been able to put my finger on why. I think one reason is Dick Hill. Stefan Rudnicki narrated the first book and does a better job creating a cool under pressure operator tone and cadence. And I think he did a better female voice. Dick Hill seems to have an edge and almost pushy tone to his reading. The story is also a bit stretched with some elements barely tied together. It just wasn't as satisfying as The Protector.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Protector

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (91)

    Cavanaugh, a former member of Delta Force, is hired by a brilliant scientist named Prescott who needs protection from a drug lord seeking the highly addictive drug he has invented. At least that is what Cavanaugh is led to believe. After Cavanaugh trains the scientist in escape and evasion, the unthinkable occurs: Cavanaugh's team is viciously attacked and entirely wiped out - and Prescott seems to be in collusion with the attackers.

    Barbara A. Russell says: "Excellent story, not a dull moment."
    "Good Characters and plenty of action"
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    An enjoyable and satisfying story. Interesting plot and lots of action that is well paced. Characters are well developed. Some surprise twists the novel really has everything. Stefan Rudnicki does a good job with male and female voices. I enjoyed his narration of the story. Well worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Code Within: A Thriller: Trent Turner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By S. L. Jones
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    For years, Trent Turner has worked in the shadows using his vigilance and determination to covertly defend his country. His anonymous days dispatching of the world's dark realities are interrupted when the unthinkable happens and sends him on a path that could destroy him. He finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy where political and financial powers collide when members of a hacktivist group are strong-armed into helping a sworn enemy of the United States rise to power once again.

    Kathryn says: "Potential but Too Much"
    "Potential but Too Much"
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    This story reminded me a bit of the Sigma Series by James Rollins. In the Sigma Series the operatives deal with mostly biological threats in this new series with Trent Turner and Island Industries is dealing with technology threats. To create suspense the author uses each chapter to follow a different thread in the story. This technique is used fairly commonly by other authors but seamlessly and aren't the only method to create suspense.. This felt contrived and forced – like it was being used as a recipe for suspense. It also seems the author tossed everything including the kitchen sink into the plot. There are just too many side stories, issues or clichés that it again felt forced. Maybe a better editor? A few general examples that shouldn't spoil anything: a powerful elected official involved with a secret society, blackmail, dysfunctional family, family members in trouble, beautiful talented women who then helps save the day, unknown offspring, protagonist in hot water with employer … just so much tossed into this book, could have been a number of books with the different elements expanded into more of a story. It is just too much. And then there are events that seem to come from no where and are never explained (how did the Russian Assassin find Trent at the gas pump?) I think the series and author have lots of promise, but the author and editor need to slow down not put everything in the first or second novel. The topic of technical espionage has lots of promise and the protagonist is a good hero but the suspense or action are too forced and details missed

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Retribution

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Anderson Harp
    • Narrated By Michael Quinlan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    The remote and impenetrable Pakistani mountains have offered refuge to the worst enemies of civilization since the time of Alexander. Now, the world faces a new challenge. Reared from birth to harbor a seething hatred, a lone man is about to unleash a firestorm that will rage for centuries. And the window of opportunity to stop him is shutting much faster than Washington D.C. can hope to deal with. A top lethal operative, Will Parker is embedded within the terrorist's ranks to stop this catastrophic disaster.

    Kamden says: "AMAZING THRILLER!!!!"
    "Plodding"
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    This is not a page turner. It took 1/2 the book before it became interesting. The characters are ok, the plot was ok but did have something new. There was very little action and came at the end of the book. It is ok not to have loads of action if there is suspense or intrigue but there was very little of this as well. Overall the book was flat. . The narrator did an adequate job but didn't seem to have much range for different voices. This was sorta ok since the story isn't in first person and there wasn't much dialogue. There were a few glitches in the production. Simply the story doesn't move along and lacks polish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pashtun: A Military Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ron Lealos
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (43)

    The Company has a special secret operation planned for one of their top agents: the leaders of the Taliban and al-Qaeda terrorist groups are hiding out in Pashtun country, and they must be eliminated. The job falls to a man they have named Frank Morganan agent who stood out as a recruit at Quantico and whose skills resemble those of the legendary Vietnam assassin. The other soldiers claim Frank’s abilities as a sniper and a tracker border on the supernatural and are more than willing to complete this mission with him.

    Kathryn says: "A Different Espionage Thriller"
    "A Different Espionage Thriller"
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    This book is well written and appears to be well researched. The protagonist is portrayed more realistically (not super human but has talents, flaws and doubts) than in many of this genera. Additionally the novel is more melancholy and some may even say depressing. Every time the protagonist seems to be making progress there are obstacles and setbacks even at the very end the heroes don't come out on top. And his own side more than lets him down. I would like to say this novel is more 'realistic' but I really have no idea if it is but do know that it depicts human nature accurately with power and greed being major players in motivation and behavior. Worth the credit for a well written book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Discarded: Jonathan Quinn, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (146)

    He thought his final assignment would be simple: Transport a package from Japan to Amsterdam. But for Orlando's mentor, Abraham, the job was not at all like he expected and ended up haunting him. Seven years later, Quinn and Orlando know something is up when Abraham asks for a favor. At his age, he should be sitting on a beach, enjoying his retirement, not working.

    shelley says: "This one is too good to DISCARD :>"
    "Above average but Brett has done better"
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    This isn't one of the best Quinn stories but it isn't the worst either, it was better than average just not great. It feels abridged. There is very little about the characters which is what attracted me to the series to begin with. If you haven’t read/listened to the earlier books you won’t get the references to the character’s personality or past and this novel adds nothing new to the characters. They go through the motions, get the job done.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • No Tomorrow: Victor the Assassin, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (187)

    When Victor is called to meet with an old friend who ultimately betrayed him, what he thought was an ambush is in fact a plea for help. As a Russian gangster, Norimov is accustomed to death threats, but now an unknown enemy wants more than his life. They intend to kill everyone he cares about, including his missing daughter Gisele. This time, Victor's job is not to kill but to protect. Unfortunately, locating Gisele is his first mistake - because someone is watching his every move.

    Kathryn says: "Continuous Action Without Feeling Forced"
    "Continuous Action Without Feeling Forced"
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    First, I think Rob Shapiro does an absolutely wonderful job narrating the Victor novels. While I wouldn't know a British accent from an Austrian, or a Russian he does them differently enough that they are believable. And he does a decent female voice. Second, I do enjoy the Victor series and this book is another great installment in the adventure. Tom Wood keeps the action going nonstop but without making it feel forced or contrived as some espionage authors or books feel. The scenes and action flow seamlessly and continuously throughout the novel making it near impossible to stop reading/listening to. As others have said it seems hard to root for an assassin or even like one, but Victor, like the Grey Man Court Gentry, are assassins we can root for. I can’t wait for the next in this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • William Shakespeare's Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ian Doescher
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, Ian Doescher, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (299)

    Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas's epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare's greatest plays. 'Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

    Amazon Customer says: "To Thine Ears, Brilliance This Doth Be!"
    "Cleaver But Added Nothing New"
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    This was 'cute' and cleaver but wasn't anything new, not a page turner if you saw the movies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dig

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow, Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    After finding the ruins of a Mayan temple - and saving the world from a terrorist attack - in One Rough Man, Pike Logan has been given the chance to rejoin the Taskforce, a top-secret counterterrorist organization that operates outside the bounds of US law. But before he becomes an operator again, he’s determined to get Jennifer Cahill into the Taskforce as well, though no one else seems willing to give a female civilian a shot.

    Kathryn says: "Good Background Story"
    "Good Background Story"
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    This short story provides both a Pike and Jennifer adventure and more background to how Pike was able to get Jennifer into the selection process. It also touches on the footing their relationship is build on. A nice little short story that adds more to understanding the characters and the foundation of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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