First Lady Anna Darmond has been kidnapped in a bloody gunfight. It's an unthinkable crime that, if revealed, could cause public panic, so hostage rescue specialist Jonathan Grave and his team must operate in absolute secrecy. But the mission is not all it seems. There are shadows in Mrs. Darmond's past; Cracks in the presidential marriage; Leaks in the country's critical shields of security.
As Grave tracks the missing First Lady through a labyrinth of lies and murder, he confronts a traitor at the highest level of Washington power - and a devastating scheme to bring a nation to its knees.
©2013 John Gilstrap (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I love the Jonathan Grave series but this was out of control. The premise was so flawed. Mr Gilstrap was asking us to suspend all knowledge of facts and how the world actually works. Just way too much.
The narrator is what ruined this book for me, i just couldn't listen to the phony voices for another second.
I'm a singer, songwriter, musician, producer and music educator. I've spent the majority of my life wearing headphones . . .
While the Jonathan Grave series got off to a promising start with "No Mercy," the quality of each successive offering in the franchise has been gradually declining until here, in the fifth novel of the series, it hits rock bottom.
I'm a big fan of political action adventure fairy tales - the really good ones share a commonality - they present a credible or plausible premise at the core of whatever fanciful plot the author chooses to spin. Unfortunately, the premise of High Treason is so far-fetched, so outside the lines of plausibility that the suspension of disbelief becomes a chore akin to bench pressing a piano, rather than a willing pleasure.
Add a stilted dialogue, read by narrator with a very limited range of expression and limited voice characterization skills - and I found myself asking when this clunker was going to be over.
After reading a few reviews that said this book had an "unrealistic " storyline, I remind these folks that this is fiction not a factual story. After stating this I must say I enjoyed both the writing and the narration. I highly recommend this to fans of the mystery/thriller genre. If you've listened to this series you won't be disappointed.
- but still a very enjoyable listen. Hopefully the series will continue - and we get a bit more realistic plot and characters
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