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Ross

Newmarket, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2006

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  • The Kill List

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Frederick Forsyth
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (199)

    In Virginia, there is an agency bearing the bland name of Technical Operations Support Activity, or TOSA. Its one mission is to track, find, and kill those so dangerous to the United States that they are on a short document known as the Kill List. TOSA actually exists. So does the Kill List. Added to it is a new name: a terrorist of frightening effectiveness called the Preacher, who radicalizes young Muslims abroad to carry out assassinations. Unfortunately for him, one of the kills is a retired Marine general, whose son is TOSA's top hunter of men....

    NOKWISA says: "Where's The Fire?"
    "Forsyth reminds why he is a Master"
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    It's been a while since the last novel by Frederick Forsyth. This one makes it worth the wait. Likeable heroes, despicable villains, and a very plausible premise. No superhero stunts, just solid storytelling and clean action. I recommend this book highly. The only downside, and this is personal, is that the hero, Christopher Carson is known as Kit Carson. Not an auspicious state to associate a good guy with a murderer and bringer of war to the North American Indians.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Target

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3494)
    Performance
    (3088)
    Story
    (3069)

    The president knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair.

    L.W. says: "Several Stories in One Book..So Good!"
    "Likeable characters, story keeps moving"
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    I remember The Innocent as I know I read it. I think I read The Hit, but don't remember. This book brings back Robie and Reel. The subplotlines start vastly far apart and slowly wind together to intersect. You'll never think anything good about North Korea after this.

    Other reviewers found multiple readers problematic but once I settled in, I really liked the way it moved the story along. I was surprised when the sound effects started in, but like another reviewer, I remember listening to radio dramas late at night with the lights out and found the sound effects became additive rather than distracting. Accurate too. Nothing else sounds like an MP5 in 3 round burst mode.

    A good read, recommended

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Eagle Has Landed: Liam Devlin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jack Higgins
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (167)

    It was to become known as the most daring enemy mission of the entire war: Operation Eagle, SS Reichsfurher Heinrich Himmler's audacious plan to kidnap Winston Churchill on British soil in November 1943.

    David Share says: "The Eagle has Landed"
    "Why now? Because it's a classic!!!"
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    This is Jack Higgins at his finest. Not to say later characters are not good, but this introduction of Liam Devlin, and Kurt Steiner is wonderful, decades after I first read it. Unlike some later Higgins books that are copies of themselves, the imagery is rich and the characters lovingly crafted. The German paratroopers are not all evil monobrow Nazis, the IRA gunsel Devlin is a man of parts, and there are times where you root for Steiner to succeed, the way you rooted for Forsyth's Jackal (the Edward Fox variant not the Willis tripe). If it's been a long time since your first read, invest in yourself and listen to this book. While the reader's accent and locution is sometimes hard to follow, the story is wonderful and you feel for Devlin, Steiner, Radl and the people of Studley Constable. Also Higgins characterization of Himmler is so intense, every time he is in a scene, I see Donald Pleasance in full character.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Watch

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (234)

    Juan Cabrillo and his motley crew aboard the clandestine spy ship Oregon have made a very comfortable and very dangerous living working for high-powered Western interests. But their newest clients have come from the Far East to ask for Cabrillo's special brand of assistance: a consortium of Japanese shipping magnates whose fortunes are being threatened by brutal pirates trolling the waters of Southeast Asia.

    Michael says: "Tired of authors who just copy an old story"
    "Consistent with the rest of the books"
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    Some books work really well when read by Scott Brick and he does a great job on this Cussler co-write. Causer's style is not ponderous, nor sparse like the well missed Parker, but the pace is well handled by Mr. Brick's style of reading. It's a good story and we learn more about some of our now favourite characters. Like the very early Dirk Pitt novels, I get a bit concerned when the Chairman starts to seem like he's from Krypton not Earth, but it's a good story despite the BIG STRETCH with the leg and the ship saw.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Full Force and Effect: A Jack Ryan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2799)
    Performance
    (2444)
    Story
    (2433)

    A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr., and his fellow Campus agents precious time. Time they don't have.

    R. Conley says: "Thank You Mark Greaney!"
    "Not the strongest"
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    I like Greaney's work but this piece of work is not as strong as his prior Jack Ryan Jr stories. It is more convoluted which is nice but it could punch harder.

    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
    (215)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (197)

    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"
    "Hard start, drags in the middle, strong end"
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    This is the third of the Robin Monarch books and it's pretty decent. It's a slow start as part of the setup, and it drags in the middle, but really picks up steam and momentum to end. While the books are not a trilogy, this book ties up some loose ends and I look forward to the next book featuring our unstoppable thief. I do keep thinking that Monarch is a dual skill character being often more of a fighter than a thief, and I hope that the next books shows a Monarch of more guile and surreptitious ability than a hard charger. More Silk, less Stallone, if you follow me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Assassin: An Isaac Bell Adventure, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Justin Scott
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (472)

    As Van Dorn private detective Isaac Bell strives to land a government contract to investigate John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil monopoly, the case takes a deadly turn. A sniper begins murdering opponents of Standard Oil, and soon the assassin - shooting with extraordinary accuracy at seemingly impossible long range - kills Bell's best witness, a brave and likable man. Then the shooter detonates a terrible explosion that sets the victim's independent refinery ablaze.

    Ross says: "Great story, timeline a bit confusing"
    "Great story, timeline a bit confusing"
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    This is a step up on the last Isaac Bell story. The character is "back" in form but that's in quotes because this story takes place prior to one of the early Bell stories where he meets his future wife during the San Francisco earthquake of April 1906. Maybe I missed a part where it was clearly stated that this was an earlier story, but I was confused through a good part of the audiobook because of Bell's behaviour. I wish I had caught on earlier, I would probably have enjoyed the book even more. Characters are solid, and the plot has some nice twists although the trip to Russia still doesn't seem to have been really necessary to the story. After reading Cussler for so long, I can almost feel where his work steps off and Mr. Scott's work steps up. That said, I recommend the book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6209)
    Performance
    (5631)
    Story
    (5627)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "First book was great, this one not"
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    The Cuckoo's Calling was really good with interesting characters and a decent if not convoluted story. I was hopeful that The Silkworm would continue in the line. Sadly, at just over halfway through I have given up. To say that the story plods would require a significant jolt of caffeine. Moreover, so of the scenes are both grotesque and sickening and there are no redeeming qualities in the victim that could make anyone care less. Strike is more mentally dense than in the first book and there is far too much dreck about how is secretary/aspiring detective feels about him. The reader is excellent with his grasp of various accents but even this excellence cannot save a truly boring story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The English Girl: Gabriel Allon, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1279)
    Performance
    (1099)
    Story
    (1100)

    Daniel Silva delivers another spectacular thriller starring Gabriel Allon, The English Girl. When a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, a prime minister’s career is threatened with destruction. Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a game of shadows where nothing is what it seems...and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies might be the truth.…

    Janels says: "Gabriel's story takes huge strides"
    "A great step in the Allon saga"
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    13 times I've walked beside Gabriel Allon. Never perfect, never indestructible, always honourable and consistently brilliant. Allon is a hero for an adult. He falls, he fails and he strives and he wins.

    Considering the history, there are two long anticipated outcomes pending, not yet delivered. This is one of my very favourite Gabriel Allon stories. It's written in three parts, the first two stand alone, and the final is the way a wrap up should be done.

    Daniel Silva's characters are real, they're believable, and his insight into how the professional service agent's mind works is very compelling. We are so accustomed to western heroes being American or British, the slight Israeli provides a nice balance and his humanity makes him a joy to read and encourages anticipation for the next story.

    Daniel Silva's Allon is not James Bond, he is not any of the Seal/Ranger/Force Recon/SAS/SBS/Delta warriors. He is an artist, and art restorer, who also happens to be the best that Mossad fields. If you've never read Silva, you're missing a great deal, but start at #1 and work through the series. You'll be very glad you did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Serpent's Tooth: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2157)
    Performance
    (1933)
    Story
    (1923)

    In this ninth installment in the award-winning and New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mystery series, the Wyoming sheriff follows his cowboy code of ethics in a religious range war that strikes a little too close to home.

    Dave says: "Craig Johnson's best!"
    "Walt is awesome"
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    George Guidall is Walt Longmire. This is classic Longmire, with the characters you really like, some sad losses, a win you've hoped for, great historical research, interesting side characters and really bad bad guys. The only downside is that if you've never read a Longmire novel, don't start here. There's an arc and you really need to read them in order.

    21 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Ranger: A John Wells Novel, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (461)

    Four friends, recent college graduates, travel to Kenya to work at a giant refugee camp for Somalis. Two men, two women, each with their own reasons for being there. But after twelve weeks, they’re ready for a break and pile into a Land Cruiser for an adventure. They get more than they bargained for. Bandits hijack them. They wake up in a hut, hooded, bound, no food or water. Hostages. As a personal favor, John Wells is asked to try to find them, but he does so reluctantly. East Africa isn’t his usual playing field.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Wells is finally moving out of the desert"
    "Even George Guidall can't save this dog"
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    I have read or listened to all the John Wells novels. I really like the character and have enjoyed every other Alex Berenson book. I struggled to finish this one, jumping out to listen to three other books before buckling down to finish this. Not because it's a good story but because I kept hoping something would happen to make it better. Truthfully the last hour is far superior, but getting there is a slog through muck and mire. I actually logged in to see if this was one of those "by famous author and some other guy you've never heard of" because it didn't read like Berenson, didn't move like Berenson and if you had never read any of his other books, could put you off the author completely. Feels like a contractual obligation, not a real effort.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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