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Lethal Circuit: A Michael Chase Spy Thriller, Book 1 | [Lars Guignard]

Lethal Circuit: A Michael Chase Spy Thriller, Book 1

A Chinese satellite is on a crash course with Earth. It contains enough plutonium to irradiate a large city. 
And that's the good news.... 
Michael Chase is a 26-year-old backpacker, a recent college graduate, an amateur. He flew to Hong Kong to find his missing father. Four hours later, he's running for his life. The Chinese secret police want him dead. The Conspiracy wants him dead. And the one person who he thinks is on his side, may want him dead too.
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Publisher's Summary

WARNING: You will not be able to let it go until you listen to the very last minute.

From Best-selling Amazon author Lars Guignard comes the number-one turbo-charged, action spy thriller Lethal Circuit.





A Chinese satellite is on a crash course with Earth. It contains enough plutonium to irradiate a large city. 
And that's the good news.... 


Michael Chase is a 26-year-old backpacker, a recent college graduate, an amateur. He flew to Hong Kong to find his missing father. Four hours later, he's running for his life. The Chinese secret police want him dead. The Conspiracy wants him dead. And the one person who he thinks is on his side, may want him dead too. If Michael is going to live, he'll need to find a hidden piece of Nazi technology lost since World War II. And he'll have to do it before anyone else. Because if he doesn't, a little plutonium is going to be the least of his problems. Can Michael Chase team up with a beautiful but deadly MI6 agent to locate a lethal piece of Nazi technology that will save the world? 



If you can't get enough of the action of Lee Child and Vince Flynn, the intrigue of Robert Ludlum, and the adventure of Clive Cussler and James Rollins, you are going to love Lethal Circuit!

©2011, 2012 Lars Guignard (P)2013 Lars Guignard

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    A Voracious Reader NC, USA 11-20-13
    A Voracious Reader NC, USA 11-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent techno-thriller"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Lethal Circuit to be better than the print version?

    No. There are definitely editing problems. The narrator has a very pleasant voice and does well at differentiating between the various characters, but the editing issues take away from the listening experience.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lethal Circuit?

    The ending was a surprise.


    What didn’t you like about Ben Sullivan’s performance?

    I enjoyed his performance. I don't see the editing problems as his fault.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not one in particular. I liked how Michael took everything his dad taught him over the years and used it all to survive.


    Any additional comments?

    If a different studio is used for book 2, Blown Circuit I would listen to it. Otherwise, I'll stick with reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gorelenore VA 11-18-13
    Gorelenore VA 11-18-13
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    "Fast Paced Plot, reading could have been better"
    What made the experience of listening to Lethal Circuit the most enjoyable?

    Lethal Circuit is not my normal read/ listen, as an adult genre, mystery, suspense, but I opted to take a listen for the wonderful Candace. The plot starts off strong with action immediately. The main character is in search of his father who he believes was murdered. I enjoyed this fast paced plot very much but the reader was a bit off-putting. The track volumes seem to change in the chapters and not just the reader’s tone, but the actual volume. On second he is speaking and the next he seems to be projecting at almost a yell. This made it difficult to concentrate on the plot itself at times, I found myself focusing on how annoying it was.

    The author is very good at conveying the various landscapes and cities that are mentioned throughout the book. The storytelling of foreign countries seems to be his specialty (I have also listened to his Middle Grade book set in India). The twists and turns in the plot keep the reader/ listener on their toes and keep the story at great pace. You just want to keep listening.

    I cannot say much more without spoilers so I will leave it at that. Overall impressions: I did enjoy the story very much, but the audiobook reader was annoying at times with his tone, and the production was off-putting with volume levels.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ben Sullivan’s performances?

    Not sure, maybe


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Wilkins Ithaca, NY USA 11-17-13
    K. Wilkins Ithaca, NY USA 11-17-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Non-formulaic Thriller With A Unique Protagonist"

    Michael Chase just wants to find his father. Unfortunately, his father disappeared without a trace in China and a little digging reveals that his death was no accident. In fact, it appears his father was involved with a search for a Nazi airplane which various governments and organizations have coveted since WWII. The discovery that a Chinese satellite controlled by the same technology is falling out of orbit makes his search both urgent and a matter of life and death for more than just his father.

    Most books that I rate three stars, it’s because I think they deserve exactly three stars. This book has three stars because it’s the middle rating and I have very mixed feelings about it. There are some parts that make me want to give it one or two stars (the main character accidentally ends up in the shower naked with an attractive woman, for crying out loud). But there are also parts that make me want to give it five stars, mostly the refreshingly different protagonist.

    So let me get the two things that othered me about it out of the way and then I’ll tell you what made this such a unique thriller. My biggest problem was that we had two storylines with a male protagonist working with a woman who, based on their relative occupations, should have been more skillful than he was. But, of course, the male protagonist solved all of the problems with the woman acting as a sidekick. At the end of each storyline, there was a twist which made me rethink this character dynamic. However, that didn’t negate the fact that I’d spent most of the book really annoyed about it. The other problem I had was with one of these twists, which was a possibility that had occurred to me but which I ruled out because our narrator seemed to be third person omniscient. It bothered me because it made a big difference to how I experienced the story.

    That said, if you like thrillers, but like me are getting a bit tired of the standard formula, you should probably give this book a shot. There are a few things that really made this book stand out to me. First of all, the main character has a background that gives him a reasonable chance of doing well after being thrown into a thriller. He isn’t just an average guy who somehow manages to do strangely well acting like a spy. Second, we know about his background because there are flashbacks to his early years with the father he’s searching for. This made me feel like we got to know our protagonist as a person a lot more than in most thrillers. It also added a bit of emotional impact to his search for his father. The twists were also pretty unpredictable, something I think it’s hard for an author to accomplish.

    Finally, the narration was perfect for this type of story, but the women often ended up sounding like men. Some might argue this is an improvement over the breathy voice some male narrators use, but I found it a bit off-putting. Otherwise, the narration perfectly captured the drama of a thriller and did a great job making the story come to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie O'Neil Grantham, PA United States 11-11-13
    Stephanie O'Neil Grantham, PA United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A Rough Start, But A Strong Ending"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this to friends who enjoy thrillers, especially those who get through books very quickly.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Ben Sullivan?

    Yes. Ben Sullivan has a deep voice that is perfect for this type of book.


    Any additional comments?

    The book started out so quickly that I had a hard time getting my bearings and connecting to the characters. Once I understood what was going on, I began to enjoy the story. While there were a few story lines that left me puzzled at the end, the book concluded in a way that left me satisfied overall.

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    Natalie Brampton, Ontario, Canada 11-06-13
    Natalie Brampton, Ontario, Canada 11-06-13
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    "Great story; distracting narration"
    Any additional comments?

    Lethal Circuit is fast-paced thrill that I absolutely adored. I'm an old-fashioned kind of girl though, so while I appreciated the convenience an audio book brings - like listening on the treadmill, while I was prepping dinner, and of course while I was baking - I still don't think it takes the place of reading a proper book, printed on paper, with that new-ink smell. I actually found the narration distracting and don't think I got as much out of the book as I could have if I had read it myself.

    Lethal Circuit has a well-written, well-imagined plot, and the writing is descriptive, making the reader (or listener in this case) feel like a part of the story. I'm not sure how I feel about the ending, but the next book in the series might help clear things up for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Spiced Latte Seattle, WA 11-05-13
    Spiced Latte Seattle, WA 11-05-13
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    "Great thriller"
    If you could sum up Lethal Circuit in three words, what would they be?

    After Michael’s father went missing, he made it his mission to fly to China and try to find him. After arriving to China, he is suddenly mistaken for a spy and is being haunted by Chinese police. But after locating the video of his father just few months earlier, he has hope and it’s up to him to solve the puzzle. Even after learning the truth about his father makes him question everything.

    On top of that, he needs to located a hidden piece of Nazi technology lost since World War II. But people surrounding him might not be who they say they are and Michael Chase needs to remember all of the lessons that his father taught him.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?


    This was very entertaining audiobook. The action, the characters, and the story was very well developed. Even when you read the summary of the book and know what to expect – there are still enough twists to keep the story refreshing and interesting. The narrator was perfect for the story, although there was some changes with the voice which made me very confused. It’s like for 10 seconds you get another guy starting to talk in the middle of the sentence. Overall, it’s awesome book for anyone who enjoys thrillers.


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    Sarah Campbell River, BC, Canada 10-23-13
    Sarah Campbell River, BC, Canada 10-23-13 Member Since 2014

    I'm a Canadian book blogger who loves audiobooks. My favourite genres are sci-fi and fantasy, especially anything paranormal.

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    "Exciting, politically charged spy thriller"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This was an exciting, politically charged spy thriller. There were lots of twists and turns and surprises that I never saw coming. It made for a very thrilling story, although I did find the political and historical parts a bit hard to follow.

    The narration itself was okay. The voice fit the character, and while there wasn’t a lot of variation between the characters, it did feel authentic. The production of the audiobook was quite another thing; it was not well done at all. There were obvious starts and stops, and the quality was not consistent.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    There were a lot of secrets revealed at the end, so the next book in series should be completely different from this one. This story was fairly well wrapped up although there were quite a few things left open.


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    Ron Green WOODLAND HILLS, CA, US 09-05-13
    Ron Green WOODLAND HILLS, CA, US 09-05-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Narration Recorded on a Dell in a Bathroom"

    This might be a competently crafted book. It's hard to tell. The amateurish narration and nightmarishly bad audio quality completely overwhelm the author's words. I applaud the fact that the author was able to get this do-it-yourself project on Audible. It does, however, make you appreciate the expensive professional actors, sound engineers, and editors that publishers provide.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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