If character development and a story that revolves around the character are important to you (Baldacii, Grey Man Series, Berenson. Eisler to name a few), then skip this. However, if that isn’t important to you and a decent espionage story is your cup of tea, give this a try.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
This was 'cute' and cleaver but wasn't anything new, not a page turner if you saw the movies.
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.
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