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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
    (491)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (435)

    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.

    vishal says: "OH COME ON THAT WAS STUPID"
    "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
  • Red Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mark Henshaw
    • Narrated By Rob Patterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (149)

    Red Cell follows Kyra Stryker and Jonathan Burke, two outcasts in the Agency who are brought together in the Red Cell, the agency’s out-of-the-box think tank. Stryker is a young and beautiful agent who’s struggling to recover from a job gone bad, while Burke is a straight-laced analyst who’s pissed off all his colleagues. When a raid on Chinese spies in Taiwan ends in a shootout, CIA Director Cooke turns to the Red Cell to figure out why China is ready to invade the island nation without any fear of reprisal.

    Jean says: "Good action story"
    "A Different Spy Series"
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    As many have said the narration isn't the best but not bad enough not to listen. The narrator didn't handle dialog well; ok he sucked at dialog sections, but luckily there isn't much back and forth dialog. While this isn't the strongest book it is a good start and I can see potential. I have listened to the second in the series and the author has tightened up his writing and there is a different narrator. While you don't need to listen to this book before the second book, I do recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Shot

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mark Henshaw
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (245)

    The USS Vicksburg is returning home when the crew comes upon a lifeboat bearing a dead Somali pirate who shows signs of torture. Questions immediately arise: Who is this man, and which ship did he come from? Who tortured him? Soon Red Cell analysts Kyra Stryker and Jonathan Burke have traced the dead man back to an Iranian ship currently bound for Venezuela - and the ship appears to have dangerous, radioactive cargo on board.

    Mark says: "Very good book, well read, can't ask for more"
    "Potential to be a Great Series"
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    I listened to the first in this series (Red Cell). This is a big improvement both in writing and narration. While you don't need to listen to the first book it does help. The characters are interesting and different, not your usual spooks or analysts. The book is well paced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Private

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2144)
    Performance
    (1418)
    Story
    (1414)

    Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

    Meaghan says: "private"
    "Fast paced"
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    After recently listening to books by Brian Haig, James Huston, and Adrian McKinty this book was a big change. Unlike those just mentioned, this book is simply a detective novel. No sophisticated undercurrents of geopolitics, no historical relevance simply a fast paced who done it with an over the top rich, good looking, womanizing main character. Oh sure his personal life is a mess but he still gets the women. A bit James Bond-y with the latest and greatest science toys and the guy who gets the girl.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Killing Season: Carter Blake, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mason Cross
    • Narrated By Eric Meyers
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    When Caleb Wardell, the infamous "Chicago Sniper", escapes from death row two weeks before his execution, the FBI calls on the services of Carter Blake, a man with certain specialized talents whose skills lie in finding those who don't want to be found - a man to whom Wardell is no stranger. Along with Elaine Banner, an ambitious special agent juggling life as a single mother with her increasingly high-flying career, Blake must track Wardell down as he cuts a swathe across America, apparently killing at random.

    Kathryn says: "WOW - hope this is a start to a long series"
    "WOW - hope this is a start to a long series"
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    Interesting premise around the lead character of a guy people hire to find hard to find people -it works well. The story is well paced, well written, interesting, has enough action, and contains surprises. The lead is like-able and mysterious. The narrator does a fine job. I am looking forward to more in this series (well I sure hope it is a series, it is set up well to become one).

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Crew

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Brian Haig
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    Five US soldiers, tasked with guarding Iraqi prisoners, stand accused of committing depraved atrocities against their charges. Drummond is assigned to defend one of them: a hardscrabble young woman who is either incredibly naive or deceptively evil...and whose incriminating photos made the case an international scandal.

    Kathryn says: "An intelligent and well written novel"
    "An intelligent and well written novel"
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    I listened to some of Brian Haig's earlier novels a few years ago and enjoyed them. In the intervening years I listened to or read a number of other espionage, detective, and military novels, but what struck me about this novel, and Haig's work in general, is how sophisticated and intelligent they are. They are not mind candy or diversions from reality; there is no clear right or wrong, but shades of grey and the messy business of reality. Haig doesn't rant like some authors (Thor's recent work for example) yet subtlety illustrates for the reader/listener his point. Much more sophisticated and engaging. Great book, great author and well narrated. I hope Haig doesn't wait so long to write his next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Day Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Marc Cameron
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    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.

    Jarred says: "Perfect"
    "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 2 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
    (41)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    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
    (1107)
    Performance
    (667)
    Story
    (676)

    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
    (208)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (190)

    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.

    Cecil says: "Great book Robin Monarch rules"
    "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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (451)
    Performance
    (402)
    Story
    (400)

    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

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