When nuclear waste is stolen by jihadists in the middle of the night from an unguarded New York City hospital, the police, in a frantic race against time, call in the FBI. Luke Stone, head of an elite, secretive department within the FBI, is the only man they can turn to. Luke realizes right away that the terrorists' aim is to create a dirty bomb, that they seek a high-value target, and that they will hit it within 48 hours.
A cat and mouse chase follows, pitting the world's most savvy government agents versus its most sophisticated terrorists. As Agent Stone peels back layer after layer, he soon realizes he is up against a vast conspiracy, and that the target is even more high value than he could have imagined - leading all the way to the President of the United States.
With Luke framed for the crime, his team threatened and his own family in danger, the stakes could not be higher. But as a former Special Forces commando, Luke has been in tough positions before, and he will not give up until he finds a way to stop them - using any means necessary.
Twist follows twist as one man finds himself up against an army of obstacles and conspiracies, pushing even the limits of what he can handle, and culminating in a shocking climax.
©2015 Jack Mars (P)2016 Jack Mars
Typical depiction of War Mongering Republicans willing to start WW3 at all costs. Interesting tough guy willing to shoot people in the head, but with a soft dove heart. Can't someone pick an evil enemy other than big oil companies or the Pentagon. This story is NO Mitch Rapp!!!
A cabal of military, political and business leaders assassinate the POTUS (bearing some similarities to our current president) and seize power but make it look like the USA is under attack by Iran, and then take us to war. Only our reluctant hero can save the day.
I am guessing those reviews are by the publisher. The book isnt bad and neither is the narration, but it might as well be a different genre than Vince Flynn and Mitch.
Story, Narration. Everything
Anything other than from this author or this narrator
Stupid "southern drawl" for every character.
I appreciate everyone having different political views. To break it down in this book, all republicans are evil and war loving a**holes and every democrat is a perfect person, who loves all and makes every right decision. It isn't a book, it is an agenda with ridiculous action scenes, and a nonsensical plot . By the way, the narration was like listening to fingernails against a chalk board.
Luke Stone is a joke! Ex-special forces commander?...gosh I hope not. He can't even fight his own fights without help from Ed which makes him about as intimidating as Elmo on Sesame Street. Story line was good but who wants a weakling for a supposed hero? He gets no respect from anyone-one yet he's supposed to be some bad ass SF guy?
First and last Luke Stone story.
Very Good Narration
All scenes which define Luke as weak and disrespected; which are a lot!
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Any Means Necessary is a very good political/espionage thriller. It involves treasonous treachery on the part of high US officials, so I view it as more political than espionage. It likely deserves 4.5 stars, but falls short of a solid 5 stars. This author has great promise. Narration is flawless.
A total re-write with a different narrator.
No, but it turned me off from Jack Mars and Luke Stone.
Tell your narrators to do away with the sound effects for one. Two, refuse to read such dribble.
Anger that I wasted my time and money.
Can I get my money back. I would like to program my Audible account to completely shut down my computer if I ever click on one of his books again,
"Closest thing to Mitch Rapp i've heard. Pls continue. Over the top. Vince would have been proud. Narrative stellar. Never slowed"
Closest thing to Mitch Rapp i've heard. Pls continue. Over the top. Vince would have been proud. Narrative stellar. Never slowed
...the narration bothered me for a specific reason: the narrator voiced all Black characters with some sort of faux Southern, inarticulate, downright strange accent. Mr. Kelly has clearly had very little experience with Black people if he thinks we all speak like that. It is nothing short of small-minded ridiculousness to perpetuate that stereotypical nonsense.
That being said, Mr. Mars has written an action-packed thrill ride that I look forward to continuing. Luke Stone is the guy everyone wishes they could be . The story was so good, it made me paranoid about the American government. On to Book Two,
"First book by Jack Mars that I have listened to"
I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading more by this author. The story was well paced and held my interest all the way through. The narrator was very good which enhanced the listening. Usually the only thing that puts me off an audiobook is the narrator. In this case I hope the same person is chosen to narrate all of the coming books by Jack Mars.
I have finally found another author who is right up there with the other interesting, formidable, nail biting authors that I love to read! You know who they are:-
From Forsythe, through Clancey up to Lee Child and Patterson, and all the others in between.
Not quite Jason Bourne, not quite Jack Reacher, shades of Jack Ryan, shades of John Pullen, shades also of Mitch Rapp & Will Robie. All the leading men you love, right here!
And a story that is novel and audacious! I'm buying more credits to get the next book now! I just can't wait!
Try it - enjoy!
"Fast-paced American 'thriller'."
The pace and sequencing is engaging. The rest is a cliched American political thriller, with a narrative that endeavours to be a little more fresh, and succeeds due to the limited 'America the Great' commentary. Set over a short period of a few days, there's little time for character development, but it's not required and the nod to an element of backstory will satisfy fans of this genre.
The narration was well-shaded, and I appreciated the constraint of the 'acting' - was low-key rather than overly dramatic. A nice listen.
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