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  • The Counterfeit Agent: A John Wells Novel, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (379)

    In an Istanbul hotel, a deep source warns a CIA agent that Iran intends to kill a CIA station chief. Quickly, John Wells is called in to investigate, but before he can get far, the tip comes true. Which means that the next warning the source gives will be taken very seriously indeed. And it’s a big one. We’ve put a package on a ship from Dubai to the United States. A radioactive one. A bomb? Not yet. It’s a test run.

    Amazon Customer says: "What a disappointment!"
    "Not as satisfying as others in the series"
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    I finished this book about a week ago and have been trying to figure out how to put my reaction to it in words. Like others I was disappointed that the story wasn't wrapped up, but it is more than that. I just don’t feel satisfied with this book. I don’t want to give anything away, but it seems Wells’ development, his skills, maturity is frozen some place in the past. In many series as the character ages they become less impulsive, more wise, depend less on physical strength and speed and more on cunning, but not so here. Night Ranger showed some maturing of Wells and I liked where the character was going, but not so with The Counterfeit Agent. Plus, as another reviewer said Wells’ personal relationship with Ann doesn't make sense. Within 24 hours of meeting him in an earlier novel, he was off saving the world. Why after multiple years in the relationship is she surprised to see he is still interested in the same work? Her reasoning almost seems like a slap in the face for all the people in the military who also go off to defend the country leaving spouses and kids behind. If you like the John Wells series then by all means get this but don’t expect it to be as good as some of the previous novels nor to be as satisfied.

    2 of 2 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
    (88)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    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
    (238)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (217)

    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
    (61)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    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
    (1692)
    Performance
    (1495)
    Story
    (1508)

    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.

    Bobby says: "Agonizing"
    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Faction

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Trevor Scott
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    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
    (96)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    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
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    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.

    Mitchell says: "Great plot sometime story difficult to follow"
    "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
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    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
    (55)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (48)

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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