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  • The Last Witness: Badge of Honor, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (60)

    For Philadelphia homicide detective Matt Payne, investigating a young woman’s murder in a Society Hill home invasion uncovers an ugly underworld - that of Mexican drug cartels and the Russian mob. Foreign girls are being smuggled in to work in the sex trade, and now some of them are dying or just disappearing. The trail leads right to Philadelphia - and Payne learns that’s not all. Teenage American girls lured from local foster homes have vanished. And the lone living witness has gone into hiding. He knows it’s got to be connected - but how?

    Ronald says: "A Dis-Honor to the Badge of Honor Series"
    "A Dis-Honor to the Badge of Honor Series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Last Witness?

    A disjointed story with an after thought ending


    Would you ever listen to anything by W. E. B. Griffin and William E. Butterworth again?

    Very unlikely if this is the product they are turning out now


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Lt. Jason Washington


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    unfortunately no!


    Any additional comments?

    I have been a W.E.B Griffin fan since the Corps series and I have read and listened to every title of every series available. I have even purchased CD's of titles not available on audible.

    As a lifelong Philadelphian I am particularily drawn to the Badge of Honor Series. I have tolerated the painting of Philadelphia as a less than desirable place to live, but such is the nature of any city in these United States. I have overlooked the less than accurate descriptions of landmarks, roads, streets, addresses and intersections as literary license because the WEB Griffin product of story and character development was far more interesting that these small annoyances. I have come to love this series until now.

    This much anticipated book is a deep disappointment. The book is suddenly set in the 21st century, where did that come from? Badge of honor is now the Matt Payne show? No Peter Wohl, No Matt Lowenstein, No Highway Patrol, nothing and Matt is now just referred to a Marshall. How trite! Several character lines are started and as a Griffin reader I am naturally inclined to try and see where things will lead. As the story progressed, I saw by the playing time remaining that it was not going to conclude satisfactorily. A prime example is Sgts Payne and Birth are heading towards a bar in Fishtown to investigate something and suddenly they are in a shootout on the waterfront after a phone tip from a missing person? No further details and the book just ended with Payne sailing in Florida without tying up anything. I know this review is somewhat disjointed but such is my frustration with this effort.

    Scott Brick did an admirable job with the poor material he was given. I will be returning this book for credit.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Orders

    • UNABRIDGED (51 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    Overall
    (1175)
    Performance
    (890)
    Story
    (922)

    Debt of Honor ends as Jack Ryan is confirmed vice president minutes before a mammoth act of terrorism kills the President, most of his cabinet, all but a few members of Congress, the entire Supreme Court and all of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Suddenly Ryan is President, which is where Executive Orders begins.

    Thomas says: "Don't some of us wish Jack ryan was real?"
    "If you are a Clancy fan, the story matters"
    Overall

    I have read most of Tom Clancy's work. I have enjoyed it all. Upon joining Audible I looked for the opportunity to hear his work and see if the stories were as alive as reading. Notwithstanding the mediocre narration in Executive Orders, the answer is yes. Sure I would have preferred a better performance but for me the story is the reason why we read or listen. If you are a new to Tom Clancy, I recommend you read or listen to Debt of Honor first. Doing so will really set the stage for Executive Orders and introduce you to Jack Ryan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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