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Patrick

San Francisco, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Last Jihad: Political Thrillers Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (332)

    Jon Bennett is a top Wall Street strategist turned senior White House advisor. But nothing has prepared him for the terror that he will face. Saddam Hussein dispatches his top hit men to assassinate the President of the United States. Iraqi terrorists spread carnage throughout London, Paris, and Riyadh...and the Butcher of Baghdad has a nuclear ace in his hand that he has not yet played.

    Joseph says: "Great book ... worth the listening to"
    "Only for neoconservatives"
    Overall

    A story about ending terrorism by invading Iraq, by supporting Isreal uncritically and by imposing a fair settlement of the Isreali/Palestinian problem on the Palestinians, a solution the Palestinians must accept.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Necessary Force

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier, Rich Orlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (145)

    Best-selling author Brad Taylor draws upon his own experiences as a Delta Force commander for his exciting series starring elite Taskforce operative Pike Logan. In All Necessary Force, Logan and his partner Jennifer Cahill are trailing two terrorist organizations from Asia to Egypt when a deadly threat arrives in the U.S.

    Don says: "Editing makes a difference"
    "I don't understand"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is very unusual. The bad guys accomplich 80% of their objectives. I guess you can say the hero saved the the US from the other 20%, but so what. Not a very satisfying story.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sandstorm: A Sigma Force Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By James Rollins
    • Narrated By John Meagher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (542)

    An inexplicable explosion rocks the antiquities collection of a London museum and the race begins to determine how it happened, why it happened, and what it means. Lady Kara Kensington's family paid a high price in money and blood to found the gallery that now lies in ruins. Her search for answers leads Kara and her friend Safia al-Maaz, the gallery's curator, into a world they never dreamed existed.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent Story so-so Reading"
    "Too Formula"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After reading several other James Rollins' books depicting Painter Crow as a a genious capable of anticipating his antagonist's every move, this story depends upon Crow's mistakes and his failure to see the obvious to create suspense. The formula that mystery authors fall back on when they are rushed to get out another novel is to make the villan seem invincible and make the hero fall for every trick, get out smarted at every turn until the final scene of the book when everything returns to the natural order. Good defeats evil. Too bad. Rollin's other books were much better.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Full Black

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1647)
    Performance
    (1324)
    Story
    (1335)

    Born in shadow and kept from heads of state, there are some missions so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don't exist. so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don't exist. When one such mission goes horribly wrong, a wave of dramatic terrorist attacks is set in motion. Their goal: the complete and total collapse of the United States. With the CIA's intelligence abilities hobbled, former Navy SEAL Team 6 member turned covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath launches an audacious plan to infiltrate the terrorists' network and prevent one of the biggest threats the U.S. has ever faced.

    Sean says: "More More"
    "Too much preaching"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Enjoyed the story. Barely tolerated the political commentary. I hope the next book sticks to the story.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Inner Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1339)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (709)

    When Clementine Kaye, archivist Beecher White's first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the president of the United States privately reviews classified documents. They accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact - and find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

    Joseph says: "VERY WELL DONE"
    "A decent story line but too many deceitful charac"
    Overall

    The characters are interesting at first. Then they all, except the protagonist, become liars. The suspense is the product of not knowing who the protagonist should trust because everyone is lying. You don't know who to believe and there is no way to figure out who, if anyone, is telling the truth. You just wait for the author to tell you what is a lie and what is not. The story is good, the characters are likeable, interesting or sufficiently cunning but the author just keeps pouring on the layers of deceit until you have no way of knowing what is real and what is a lie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gideon's Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By John Glover
    Overall
    (1084)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (669)

    At 12, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down. At 24, summoned to his dying mother's bedside, Gideon learned the truth: His father was framed and deliberately slaughtered. With her last breath, she begged her son to avenge him. Now, with a new purpose in his life, Gideon crafts a one-time mission of vengeance, aimed at the perpetrator of his father's destruction. His plan is meticulous, spectacular, and successful.But from the shadows, someone is watching. A very powerful someone, who is impressed by Gideon's special skills.

    James says: "How much disbelief are we expected to suspend?"
    "Not their Best..."
    Overall

    But pretty good nonetheless. The new character, Gideon, has potential but he is no Pendergast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Assassin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Stephen Coonts
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    Al Qaeda links up with a renegade Mafia chieftain to threaten America with an unimaginable scenario of terror in a new novel featuring Tommy Carmellini - a tale of high drama and nonstop action from perennial best-selling author Stephen Coonts.

    Hill says: "Coonts does it again"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed the other Jake Grafton/Tommy Carmalita books. In this one however, there is too much idle talk and the suspense is created almost exclusively through the stupidity of the protagonists. Every time the suspense builds they do the dumbest things. No plan, no situational awareness and Tommy gets distracted at every wrong moment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Plantation

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Chris Kuzneski
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    The first to disappear is a ski instructor in the secluded mountains of Colorado. Hours later, a pregnant woman is abducted from a crowded hospital. Two places, two incidents, a single motive. And so it begins....

    Char says: "Incredible Story"
    "Good thing I listened to his other books first"
    Overall

    I loved the Sword of God and The Lost Throne. This book, however, too gratuitously describes the torture and the brutality and masochism of the antagonists. I think it is easy to create tension by raising the spector of violence agaist women and children.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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