FBI agent Nick Bracco can't stop a Kurdish terrorist from firing missiles at random homes across the country. The police can't stand watch over every household, so Bracco recruits his cousin Tommy to help track down this terrorist. Tommy is in the Mafia. Oh yeah, it gets messy fast.
©2010 Gary Ponzo (P)2013 Podium Publishing
"Couldn't put it down and now I want more. Bravo." (Stephen Carpenter, Writer/Director)
"Gary Ponzo is simply the best new thriller writer out there." Judith L. Pearson (author of Wolves at the Door, and Belly of the Beast)
I really enjoyed the concept the author chose, an FBI agent with organized crime connections. Not 'bent' but related. It was a lot of fun to see how the two worlds worked. I thought the storyline was very good, and the conclusion was great. It was a story and a narration that kept me wanting more. I look forward to listening to other Nick Bracco stories and future narrations by R.C. Bray.
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Fear, Infiltration, Constitutional
When Jennifer went with the team to find and kill or take prisoner's of the Kurdish terrorists. She felt that they had been set up. Jennifer explained her reasoning to Matt and he decided to talk with Nick. Before leaving, Matt helped Jennifer to burrow in for the onslaught. When her fears were proven correct, Matt went back to find Jennifer, fearing the worst. Upon arriving, he saw Jennifer hanging over the embankment and her body riddled with bullets. Matt took responsibility for her death and when Nick called, he left him know that Jennifer was "down." Matt heard someone trudging up the embankment but was unable to discern who because he could not get himself together. He heard a shot and was able to accept dying and told himself that now he could be with Jennifer. Jennifer came to him and after she assured him that it was her, his emotions continued to be in a turmoil but Matt did finally recognize Jennifer. She told him that she still felt that something was wrong and constructed a dummy before she left the site. Matt was correct when he thought he heard someone coming up behind him. However, Jennifer explained that she had killed the Kurd just before he pulled his trigger. The Kurd laid in front of Matt, at his feet, and knew that he would be dead if not for Jennifer.
No, but if I did see his name as narrator I would listen to him again.
I did try but I fell asleep and had to finish the book the next day.
This book was a good read. I hope that the author releases the second novel in the series soon. The book stirred emotions from 9/11. I hope that another such catastrophe doesn't ever happen on American soil. However, the book did open my eyes and I realize that we as a nation are now vulnerable. I was pleased to read how the POTUS, FBI, NSA, CIA as well as local police came together and pooled their information and people to help solve a very real crisis. It was also very interesting for the author to write how the constitution was meant for US citizens but not foreign countries. I don't understand why the US provides the enemies of our country the same privileges as US citizens. Having to bring in the mafia to rid our country of such evil should not be necessary. The US gives and gives and gives but the countries that we aid turn around and uses those weapons and strategies to kill AMERICANS. Why does the US continue to help countries that hate us. We provide them with so very much but when the US is in need they laugh and wish us death. The US provides the stability to prevent world chaos, I do understand. I only wish that the American people did not have to die to keep someone else's stability. Young men and women die everyday to sustain democracy. Maybe, democracy isn't for everyone.
The story moved fast, could not stop listening!
The characters meshed so well and came together to create a wonderful story.
I loved the shoot out scene at the cabin. I love the character of Tommy- he adds a wonderful dimension to the story that makes this book unique.
Great overall book. I really liked the reader. He kept me wanting to hear more of the story.
Great new author and book. Story line was good with some bumps. But enjoyable mainly because of the narrator. Great change with characters, personalities. He handled the "mafia/fbi'ers" voices really well.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
Sometimes the action was just too... much... the bad guy(s) were nearly unlimited. One gets killed, no worries, another swappable bad guy filled in for the next scene. We know the main character was not going to be defeated because he had so many minions ready to take a bullet on his behalf. Someone had to die in each scene, but fortunately it was not Nick, nor the main bad guy (until the final battle that is).
That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the story, I did... it was just on the Jason Bourne side of the ability scale and, after awhile, say, after the 5th or 6th conflict, it just got tiring to read another scene where the same stuff happened. There was no downtime between each event...
Maybe some character development to slow the pace, or perhaps just cut out one or two action scenes to give us a breather. Anyway, all said and done, I will be reading more in the series because I like mind-candy action novels with protagonists who are not necessarily always on the 'right' side of the law.
The narration is good. There is nothing gory, no sex and not much swearing, given the genre.
R.C. Bray's performance is especially good because the listener doesn't notice him after a while and stays strictly in the action of the story. Very find job.
This is a solid terrorism-watch-out-USA mystery novel that has little mystery to it. What is engaging are the characters.
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
I enjoy macho male driven storylines, but this one failed to engage me in any way. Not horrible, just not very gripping or interesting.
I don't rehash what the book is about because it usually is covered sufficiently in the publishers summary and a review is about how you feel about the story.
I felt nothing about this book and had a hard time remembering it days after reading it...
I BOUHT THIS BOOK ON THE BASIS OF PREVIOUS REVIEWS. IT SHOULD HAVE GOT 4 STARS, INSTEAD (AS I SAW IT ) THE OVERALL DETAIL MADE IT TEDIOUS. THIS WAS A GREAT PITY, THE CHARACTERS ARE STRONG, THE STORY EXCITING, BUT IN MY VIEW THE AUTHOR MUST LEARN TO PRECIS.
THE ENDING SEEMED TO LAST FOR EVER UNTIL IT BECAME ANTI CLIMATIC . I STILL BELIEVE IT CAN OFFER ENTERTAINMENT IF YOU HAVE THE TIME.BUT IT COULD HAVE BEEN A LOT BETTER
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