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Paul Shrier

Azusa, CA. United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Hidden Order

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (988)
    Performance
    (880)
    Story
    (880)

    Action-packed from the start, Hidden Order demonstrates yet again why Brad Thor is the "master of thrillers". A string of high-profile kidnappings has Washington, D.C., in a frenzy. When the victims begin turning up dead, frenzy turns to panic. And when the ransom demand is finally made public, panic will turn to terror. In Brad Thor's riveting new thriller, the stakes have never been higher, nor the lines between good and evil so hard to discern.

    LL says: "Big let down"
    "What have you done with Brad Thor?"
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    What would have made Hidden Order better?

    This book was very pedantic. Brad Thor spent large sections of the first half of the book providing a selective history of the Federal Reserve. So first, reduce the teaching and move the plot along.
    Second, the book was a veiled political treatise on Thor's libertarian leaning politics. The "dialogue" we long monologues talking down to the reader, "educating" us in Thor's belief system. Get rid of the political persuasion and give us some interesting dialogue.
    It seems like Thor rushed this out as a political treatise in the guise of an action novel.
    There wasn't much thought to the plot and character development and the dialogue was flat.
    We didn't care about any of the characters.


    What was most disappointing about Brad Thor’s story?

    It was like reading a political tract.


    What aspect of Armand Schultz’s performance would you have changed?

    It was fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hidden Order?

    All of the political diatribe, much of the Fed history.


    Any additional comments?

    This was very disappointing; generally, I enjoy Thor's books.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Case: John Harding, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Bernard Lee DeLeo
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Hard Case begins in a back alley warehouse in East Oakland, CA, where Harding fights for money, and to keep his skills honed, coupled with the fact he likes it. Harding does odd jobs with the only guy he trusts implicitly, his handler and manager, Tommy Sands. They bodyguard, escort tourists around the Bay Area, and do bail bond, skip trace work for a lawyer named Tess Connagher.

    Paul Shrier says: "Episodic, but full of fun and action"
    "Episodic, but full of fun and action"
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    What did you love best about Hard Case?

    John Harding was fun - a hard guy, but not as morose a Reacher. He has friends and a team too. Like the Detachment with John Raine. Some of the episodes needed to be tied in better. But it was a great listen.


    What other book might you compare Hard Case to and why?

    Barry Eisler's John Raine is similar, but Eisler has had more time to develop as a writer. On the other hand, Harding has more fight scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    Great narrator!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Enemy of my Enemy: Brainrush, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Richard Bard
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (199)

    Combat pilot Jake Bronson believed the worst was behind him. But when a sophisticated terrorist cell shows up in his hometown, he's drawn into a conflict that threatens the heart and soul of every mother in America. The bonds of love and loyalty are tested as Jake and his friends are swept into a deadly chase that takes them from the beaches of California to the depths of the world's longest underground river, and finally to the remote jungles of the Venezuelan rain forest.

    Cath says: "Exhausting"
    "Adrenaline Candy for my overworked mind"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Enemy of My Enemy to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not sure


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Great action - kept me alert and interested, without getting frustrated: Just like the Farrelly brother's new Three Stooges keep you laughing as gag breaks upon gag, Jake and company's obstacles keeps you jacked on suspense as complication gets piled onto complication. What's great though, is that the complications are resolved and the plot moves forward, so there isn't the sense of stalling out that can frustrate readers when things pile up. As the complications are resolved, we learn more about the characters and the plan and the plot is moved forward.
    Very clever solutions to problems. You don't see the same resolution over and over.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd like to know more about the complexity of the obolisk or inverted pyramid. Not more simple knowledge, but more paradoxes and hints into it's communications and functions. Also, how about some heightened emotions as well as heightened intellect and speed. Heightened empathy, clarified anger, I don't know . . . just a heightening of everything.
    Nice writing!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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