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  • Outlaw: A Robin Monarch Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Mark Sullivan
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    While conducting top-secret negotiations aboard a tanker in the South China Sea, the U.S. Secretary of State and the foreign ministers of China and India are kidnapped, and the tanker they are on is hijacked. The “Sons of Prophecy” take responsibility and issue an ultimatum: If their demands are not met in seven days, the three will be beheaded live on the Internet. With the presidential election in only eight days, sitting President Sands, about to leave office, calls in former CIA operative and master thief Robin Monarch and convinces him to save the diplomats.

    shelley says: "Robin Hood for today is Ribin Monarch"
    "Love the characters plus lots of twists"
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    The Robin Monarch series is shaping up to be an interesting combination of smooth operator/thief who is very likable, combined with a bit of dark villain (think Batman type dark), some espionage and plot twists. The supporting characters from Monarch’s team don’t play as prominent role in this novel as the first (Rogue). I am looking forward to more in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Retribution

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Anderson Harp
    • Narrated By Michael Quinlan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    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.

    Kathryn says: "Plodding"
    "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
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    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.

    Richard says: "An Intense Ride"
    "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.

    0 of 0 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
    (89)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    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.

    0 of 1 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
    (112)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (101)

    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.

    John says: "You are all crazy - And here is why."
    "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.

    0 of 0 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
    (286)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (267)

    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
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    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
  • Black Flag: A Taskforce Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow, Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    On leave after a particularly critical and dangerous mission with the Taskforce - a top secret counterterrorist unit that operates outside the bounds of US law - operators Knuckles and Brett have joined Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill in Charleston, South Carolina. Their goal is to learn more about Grolier Recovery Services, the archaeological research agency that the Taskforce team uses as sophisticated cover for their work.

    Kathryn says: "No Down Time for the Unit"
    "No Down Time for the Unit"
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    I don't know if saying this short is fun makes sense for a suspense espionage thriller but it has a lightness that some of the other stories in this series don't have. The usual action, gender struggle, character interplay are all here. The story doesn't necessarily provide background or advance the over all story of the Task Force or the unit, but does provide a glimpse into the group when they are supposedly on down time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gut Instinct

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 41 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow, Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Retired Delta Force officer Brad Taylor delivers an action-packed short story that sets Pike Logan's partner, Jennifer Cahill, against a fellow Taskforce operator in a mission that will put their authority, careers, and innocent lives on the line. Fresh off of a brutal mission with the Taskforce - a top-secret counter-terrorist unit that operates outside the bounds of U.S. law - Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill are still dealing with its aftereffects. With his injuries on the mend, Pike is forced to let Jennifer take the lead when another Taskforce team asks for her help.

    Kathryn says: "Story feels Rushed"
    "Story feels Rushed"
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    I am a big fan of Brad Taylor and this series. In my opinion, the writer and series are one of the best contemporary series in this genre. This short story isn't quite up to the same level as the full novels nor the other short stories. It lacks the development and detail that I have found in the other stories. This story feels like it wants to be longer, maybe a full novel or at a minimum a few more chapters providing some of the usual details and mental gymnastics. It is still good but simply not as good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Callsign

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By Rich Orlow, Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (37)

    In the first ever short story by Retired Delta Force officer Brad Taylor, the stakes couldn' t be higher as operator Pike Logan goes after the first Taskforce target leading a team he can' t fully trust. Commissioned at the highest level of the U.S. government, and designed to operate outside the bounds of U.S. law, a new counter-terrorist unit known as the Taskforce has just been formed, but not fully tested. Until now.

    Kathryn says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "Very Enjoyable"
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    I have read or listened to all the full Pike Logan novels. I truly enjoy the pacing of action, the level of detail, the characters, the interplay between genders, and the thriller/espionage elements. This short story contains these elements in a nice tight little short story. I really enjoyed learning about the early days of the unit and wouldn't mind hearing more. If you are a fan of the Pike Logan series definitely read or listen to this, while it doesn't create some big ah ha moment that explains some mystery in the series it does put a more complete perspective or depth to understanding the development of the TaskForce and the unit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    In the dead of night, Lieutenant Kent "Rat" Ratham and his secret Special Forces counterterrorism team parachute into the Sudanese desert, where an arms merchant is delivering weapons to Wahamad Duar, the world's most wanted terrorist. Eventually Duar is captured. But an enemy within Rat's own government sells him out - a cold-blooded act of betrayal that could lead to horrifying destruction for the United States, for Duar's organization is planning a major strike.

    Lynn says: "GREAT READ ! RAT IS A SUPERDUDE !"
    "Interesting Perspective"
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    As usual James Huston pokes holes in the belief that things are black and white, good and bad ... there are always nuances and shades of grey. The story line is interesting but the delivery is choppy interrupting the flow or story telling. The novel is good, it just isn't great nor Huston's best work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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