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  • Tier One Wild: A Delta Force Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dalton Fury
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (542)

    Former disgraced Delta Force commander Kolt "Racer" Raynor has earned his way back into The Unit after redeeming himself during an explosive operation at a black site in Pakistan. But he is about to face his deadliest challenge yet. The most wanted man in the world, American al Qaeda commander Daoud al Amriki, and his handpicked team of terrorist operatives, have acquired stores of Russian-built, shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles (SAM's) from ex-Libyan spies in Cairo.

    Amazon Customer says: "My Mitch Rapp Replacement"
    "Wow Great Second Book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definately. One of the best second books from a 'new' author in a series I think I have ever listened to! Kudos to 'Dalton Fury'!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Tier One Wild?

    There wasn't just one. Book was excellent from start to finish. Events where well told from both emotional and operational perspective. And there were no obvoius turns .. well told story!


    Have you listened to any of Ari Fliakos’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not. But he did a good job - he read the book and didn't get in the way of the author's story. His different voices for the characters worked well. I would listen to other books he read.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I didn't want to stop, but I also didn't want to finish the book because I didn't want the story to end!


    Any additional comments?

    Very very impressed with second book in this series. I have listened to many series over the years. The good authors improve from one book to the next till they really hit their voice and their characters but it takes 3 or 4 novels. This second novel was an outstanding second book, light years ahead. I can't wait to listen to more. In fact, although they aren't ficition I plan to go back and listen to the nonfiction books by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Day Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Marc Cameron
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    Special agent Jericho Quinn is a wanted man. Suspected of murder and marked for death by a network of conspirators embedded in the White House, Quinn knows he has to get out of the country--fast--before a team of contract killers find him and his daughter. To set things right at home, he'll have to take a nonstop flight from Anchorage, Alaska, to Vladivostok, Russia, aboard a massive Airbus A380. But soon after takeoff, it becomes apparent that Quinn and his daughter picked the wrong plane.

    Kathryn says: "Lots of Action but failed to advance the Story"
    "Lots of Action but failed to advance the Story"
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    This book is full of action but when you get to the end, the only thing accomplished was survival. No bad guys vanquished, no plot disrupted, no forward progress in stopping the evil men and plot. I was disappointed that survival was the only victory. The book has lots of action but not much of a story or plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Black Flagged Apex: Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Steven Konkoly
    • Narrated By John David Farrell
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    A tense alliance between General Sanderson and the CIA narrowly averts an apocalyptic attack by Islamic fundamentalists in Europe, but ultimately fails to recover the virus canisters. With the biological weapons still missing, the specter of an attack against the United States looms dangerously closer. Desperate to stop Al Qaeda, Daniel Petrovich's "black ops" team is sent to investigate the last lead provided by Anatoly Reznikov, the twisted scientist responsible for designing the virus.

    Robert says: "Too fractured - but had its moments"
    "Disturbing & Unsatisfying on many levels"
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    I have listened to all 3 books in this series, the first one was the best of the three, and this might be the least. The plots have potential but I think the double and triple secrecy, distrust, convoluted plots, number of characters, the ease or frequency that characters are killed off, and lack of a likable protagonist make it difficult to feel satisfied at the end of the book. I have listened to the Grey Man, John Wells, Jack Reacher, John Rain, Johnathan Quinn, Pike Logan and other espionage series and this is by far the series that is the most graphic, cavalier and liberal with the use of torture. It also goes to great lengths to describe multiple times the human body’s reaction to being hit with various types of ammunition. It almost feels like the author has a fascination with firearms with the level of detail given to them and the ammunition, torture and bullets penetrating flesh. The whole series feels off, a bit disturbing or unsettling. Even Tom Wood’s Victor and Barry Eisler’s John Rain series about assassins are satisfying, this Black Flag series isn't. Listen/read the first book but stop there.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Teeth of the Tiger

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1066)
    Performance
    (633)
    Story
    (642)

    Charged with spotting terrorist threats, the top-secret "Campus" has its hands full when Middle East thugs and Colombian drug lords join forces. New Campus recruits include Jack Ryan Jr., son of master spy John Patrick Ryan, now President.

    John says: "NOT CLANCY'S BEST"
    "Dreadful Book"
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    This is my first Tom Clancy book and if this is any indication of how he wrote it will be my last. I have been enjoying the Grey Man series by Mark Greaney and went looking to see if he has released another in the series yet. Instead I see a Tom Clancy/Mark Greaney recent release Support and Defend. So I give it a try. Pretty good book and well worth a listen but I realized it wasn't the first book in the series so I decided to go back and pick up the earlier books when the campus series started. What a mistake. Teeth of the Tiger is nothing like Support and Defend. It is repetitive (more than once we are given information –the same information only presented a wee bit differently). It is melancholy, lacks energy to move the book forward; there is no suspense (NONE), loaded with useless detail about the Sr. Ryan that isn’t needed for the story. Actually a good bit of the book recaps events from the Sr. Ryan’s life almost with nostalgic reverence. It was actually torturous to listen to and more than once I considered just turning it off never to turn it back on. Now that I have finished the book I realize I should have just turned it off. I guess I kept it on because I had enjoyed Support and Defend and naively held out hope for this book. Don’t waste your time or a credit, skip this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thief: A Robin Monarch Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (168)

    Robin Monarch is a man with a complicated past and dangerous present. He's been a soldier, a CIA agent, and freelance operative, but first and foremost, Robin Monarch is a thief of the highest order. Orphaned at 12, Monarch originally stole for survival, then he stole for his friends and cohorts, now he steals to order and to give back to the to the woman who saved his life many years ago.

    Mel says: "Dirk Pitt / Mitch Rapp = Robin Monarch"
    "Heroes we can love and a Villain we can hate"
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    The Robin Monarch series balances time spent developing the characters, learning about their internal conflicts, and plenty of action. He is a hero we can love and root for. I have listened to all 3 novels and the short stories and enjoyed all of them, including this one. The Thief, through flashbacks, provides a great deal of Monarch & Sister Rachael’s history. This was a good book but I don’t think it was the best of the 3 and I can’t put my finger on why. While I wanted to keep listening and not turn it off, once off I wasn't going nuts trying to get back to the book, at least not in the beginning. I should mention that Sullivan clearly has a 'playful' side deliberately using irony and humor which enhances the books and makes them different than some in this genre. If you have enjoyed the other Monarch stories you will like this one, just maybe not as much as some of the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not a Drill: Jack Reacher, Book 18.5

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (354)

    With nine straight number one New York Times bestsellers and over 17 million copies in print in the United States alone, it's easy to see why the New York Times has anointed Lee Child as "the best thriller writer of the moment". Now, as fans anxiously await the next full-length Reacher adventure, Child delivers a riveting new short story featuring the world's most beloved vigilante hero, Jack Reacher.

    Jean says: "Too Short of a short story"
    "Don't Bother"
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    There really wasn't much 'Reacher' about this story. I am not even sure why it was written. The only thing I found interesting about this short story was the location - because I know the area in Maine; an area that even most Mainers don't know (most live in southern Maine and never drive north). There just didn't seem to be much point to the story. Reacher was an observer and not really a participant in the story - very un-Reacher like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trident's First Gleaming: A Special Operations Group Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Stephen Templin
    • Narrated By Brian Troxell
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (77)

    Former SEAL Chris Paladin leaves SEAL Team Six to become a pastor, but CIA spook Hannah Andrade pulls him back into Special Operations Group, the ultra-secret unit that SEAL Team Six operators and others served under to eliminate bin Laden. Chris and Hannah are joined by Delta Force’s Sonny Cohen to stop a new terrorist threat from launching a deadly cyber-terror against the United States.

    JB says: "Fantastic debut of a new series!"
    "Refreshing New Perspective"
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    I am a big fan of espionage, mystery, and detective thrillers. I appreciate and enjoy a good action story with well developed characters and lots of action - this book has it plus a new perspective. It was interesting to listen to the internal compos and struggle of apparently competing vocations that of a minister/preacher and a soldier, yet I am sure that our military men and women don't have to be 'of the cloth' to feel these same struggles. Don't let the vocational twist however distract from the fact that his predominately an espionage story with the usual bad guys, betrayal, money and action scenes. I am looking forward to the next installment in this story. I found the narrator did a good job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2980)
    Performance
    (2626)
    Story
    (2631)

    John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

    Kathryn says: "Worth the listen"
    "Worth the listen"
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    I have read or listened to just about every Baldacci story. I actually think some of his earlier work is some of his best. This novel hearkens back to some of the earlier work with strong characters who have emotions and some baggage but aren't paralyzed or relationship-dysfunctional (latest Kind-Maxwell for example or Robie-Real), it includes conspiracies, twists, and a satisfying ending. The week point in this whole novel is the scene around the cabin. Since I don't want to spoil the novel or the scene lets just say the characters behave so out of character that it jolted the story and well felt odd like the reader/listener is in a different novel. Two intelligent, deliberate characters with supposedly lots of experience behave like armatures .. it is such a shock that it takes a while for the reader/listener to recover. I checked with a friend of mine who also listened to the novel and who is actually the one who introduced me to Baldacci and he too found the behavior of the characters in the scene disruptive to the flow. The reader mental jerk in the story line is very disruptive but a few scenes later I recovered and went on to enjoy the remainder of the story. Would I recommend this, yes. If you like Baldacci you will enjoy this story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Faction

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Trevor Scott
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    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
    (102)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    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
    (342)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (92)

    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

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