This is a special edition of the first three novels in the Codename: Chandler series.
Chandler isn’t a person; it’s the codename for a woman who was shaped from a raw military recruit into a living weapon. She’s an assassin without remorse or fear, doing the bidding of an agency so secret that only three people know of its existence. But when her cover gets blown, she becomes the target of a wide-reaching conspiracy led by a mysterious figure whose connection to Chandler goes far beyond what she could have imagined.
Now she faces an explosive 24 hours - a single day in which everyone she encounters seems hell-bent on ending her life. With any past ally suddenly a possible traitor and every present emotion a weakness for her enemies to exploit, Chandler must tap into her deepest reservoirs of strength and skill in order to survive. But her survival is just the beginning as she confronts a murderous lunatic with a personal agenda, a squad of assassins just as skilled as she is, and a diabolical plot to unleash nuclear holocaust across the globe.
Super spy and assassin Chandler has just barely averted nuclear annihilation when the very organization she works for has her brought in on treason charges, trussed up for interrogation. After a run-in with Chicago Homicide cop Jack Daniels, Chandler discovers one of her sisters, Fleming, has been transferred to a black ops site where the modus operandi is torture and death.
Chandler launches a breakneck mission to infiltrate an impossibly secure prison - putting her on a collision course with a squad of violent psychopaths trained to negate her precise skill set. As old enemies reemerge and new ones appear around every corner, Chandler will rely on the help of unexpected allies, including an ex-mob enforcer named Tequila and a firefighter named Lund. But even they may not be enough to stop what lurks within the unlisted military base: A rogue government agency plotting to destabilize the entire nation - and conquer the world.
Time is running out for Chandler, the elite assassin whose mission to rescue her sister from a notorious black ops prison landed her at the top of the nation’s Most Wanted list. Burned by her handlers and forced to work with her mortal enemy in a race to preserve the very government that wants her dead, the living weapon has become a ticking time bomb.
In saving her sister, Chandler unleashed a power-mad American president dead set on controlling the world - no matter how many millions of innocent people he must kill to do it. To stop him, Chandler will go deeper than she’s ever gone before, pushing her body and mind to their absolute limits. All the while she is hunted by the one man who knows her every secret, her every hiding place - and her every weakness. Infiltrating the White House, crashing a bullfight in Mexico City, hijacking a blimp in Toronto...these are just the beginning of the end, as the Codename: Chandler trilogy races towards its stunning conclusion.
©2012, 2013 Codename: Chandler Trilogy: Three Complete Novels, by J. A. Konrath and Ann Voss Peterson is a compilation of Flee © 2012 by J.A. Konrath and Ann Voss Peterson; Spree © 2012 by J.A. Konrath and Ann Voss Peterson; and Three © 2013 by J.A. Konrath and Ann Voss Peterson. (P)2012, 2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
This exercise in non-stop mayhem falls into a thriller sub-genre that I think of as "novel-from-video-game." They started out, I think, as novels written by ghost staffs used to novelize shooter video games based on and exploiting Tom Clancy's popularity and name. Now there seems to be an escalating arms race among authors using their own names to create more and more impossibly difficult situations for the increasingly incredible (in the literal, not laudatory sense) ultra-super heroes and in this case heroine. Just an exhausting listen. I've been through all Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series and most of Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, so I've been looking for a suitable replacement fix and I got "Flee, Spree, Three" as a $4.95 intro teaser. I'm sorry to say this is a long way from Rapp and Reacher. Fortunately Audible has offered other series intros which are more satisfying, although nothing may ever surpass Rapp and Reacher. If at first you don't succeed ...
I like strong female characters. Ann Voss-Peterson and J.A. Konrath have teamed up as a power couple offering realistic seeming intrigue and action with believable characters in fantastic (old school meaning of the word) situations.
Bond. James Bond. The Rainbow Six stuff. Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Action and character.
Her delivery is constant without being monotonous. Her different voices are fun and distinguishable from one another. The voice actor (Angela Dawe) was top notch, so much so that I will seek out her other readings with interest.
"You can pick your friends but not your genetically identical, sociopath doppelgangers. Thanksgiving will never be the same again."
I'm addicted. It's time to catch up on all their books.
This narrator is just awful! Sounds like a computer generated voice... weird inflection but monotone at the same time. Sounds like she's trying to talk over background noise or something. Avoid if possible.
Maybe. Three was truly horrible so I'm just not sure.
Maybe. Three was truly horrible so I'm just not sure.
story was great! narration was great! I'm looking for anything written by the authors or read by the narrator. I would read the dictionary if they wrote it or listen to it if narrated by Angela Dawe. Wow! perfect combination...
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
I purchased this on sale at a bargain so 37 hrs is a lot of how to get things done if you were a spy or want to do covert missions. I finished 8 hrs of Flee and started on book #2 as I write this review. I am not sure I can listen to all 37 hrs straight through if like #1. Each book gets longer and #3 is 17 hrs! Flee had lots of action and the gore was kept to a minimum, which I am grateful. Flee was worth the 8 hrs of listening time. See other reviewers comments which were spot on as to the content.
I wanted to try the Jack Daniels series for the humor, but reviewers said too graphic.
I love Angela Dawe's male reading voice so this was part of a buying spree of this reader I went on when I finished Tiffany Snow series by this reader. Beware: you have to get use to her female style, then you get hooked like I did as her male voices are yummy. Reader does a great job of bring the characters to life for the 37 hrs invested.
this is 3 books in 1, so authors can do other stories to add to series. I would love to see more humor as was done the "Jack Daniels' series. It sounded like fun, but the gore put me off and I would not purchase that series. This team has lots of potential so put some humor in the Chandler character. Hint: authors had time for the cat and "Victor".
I am the Evil Mama
after two and a half hours of non stop on the verge of being killed with no story and getting yelled at by the narrator...I gave up and started skipping chapters and never did come across anything resembling an interesting story. Shame because I loved the Jack Daniels series...
"over the top"
Apart from the cliched story, where you find only super-heroes versus complete psychopaths and nothing in between or remotely subtle/intelligent - is there any reason why the narrator feels she has to SHOUT the whole story at you? After a few hours of listening I felt the urge to shout back.
I think I won't make it through the remaining hours... a bit of a waste, really.
"Waiting for the next instalment!"
Fast paced. Intricate. Entertaining. Would make a series of films to rival those of Jason Bourne.
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