When terrorism goes viral, one man goes ballistic.
They can strike anytime, anywhere. A public landmark. A suburban shopping mall. And now, the human body itself. Three Middle Eastern terrorists have been injected with a biological weapon, human time bombs unleashed on American soil. They are prepared to die. To spread their disease. To annihilate millions. If America hopes to fight this enemy from within, it needs a new kind of weapon. Meet Special Agent Jericho Quinn. Air force veteran. Champion boxer. Trained assassin. Handpicked for a new global task force that, officially, does not exist, Quinn answers only to the director of National Intelligence and the US president himself.
His methods are as simple—and brutal—as his codename: the Hammer.
MARC CAMERON, a native of Texas, has spent over twentyfive years in law enforcement, the last twenty with the federal government. His assignments have taken him from rural Alaska to Manhattan, Canada to Mexico, and points in between. Having earned a second degree black belt in jujitsu, he often teaches defensive tactics to other law enforcement agencies and civilian groups. He currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and BMW motorcycle.
©2011 Marc Cameron (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“One of the hottest new authors in the thriller genre…Terrifying…In one word: awesome.” (Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author)
The story is great, the idea is very good and the execution, more or less, is quite enjoyable. The narrator is also very good and I enjoyed his performance.
My only problem was small details that were just unbelievable on their own, that seemed to exist just to drive the story forward. I thought the author was better than that, and I wish he'd edit those again. There were a couple of details about the behavior of the feds and the CDC doctor that were completely illogical, and the fix for those would be relatively simple by doing a bit more research about how things actually work. Same goes to some other minor character behaviors and some scenes - it felt like the author wrote those thinking what HE THINKS an army person would do rather than actually checking what would be done, or what he wanted person X to do to move the story forward rather than researching if this is really logical for a trained federal agent (or agency in general) to do.
I don't want to give spoilers, so I will hold some of the examples back, but the believability was, at times, quite lacking. I had to suspend my disbelief for those parts and it hurt the enjoyment of the book.
That said, if you like action thrillers in fast pace, this book is definitely enjoyable. It's a good airplane read (or listen).
Some small parts made me shudder, and not quite for the right reason (see above about consistency and believability) but other than that, if you just move on past those, the book is enjoyable.
I don't usually take the time to write full reviews, but I had to this time.
The storyline is great in this book, and the writing and performance were very enjoyable, so those unbelievable points (where it seems research on the author side failed or didn't exist at all) were so disappointed, I had to share. Without those parts, I'd have given this book a full 5-star review with fanfare. As it is right now, it's a not-too-bad story you should listen to if you're going on a long trip, and ignore the inconsistencies for the sake of the story.
To say that I didn't enjoy this book would be unfair. I did, and I'm already on book 3 in the series. But honestly, these books are so far fetched that at times it becomes unbearable. If you can get over this fact then you'll enjoy the series.
An Air Force undercover agent (OSI) and a gunny from the Marine Corps kill some bad guys in Afghanistan. Next thing you know they've been recruited to work for a special task force that's solely overseen by the National Security Adviser. Apparently they are the only people he can trust in the entirety of the U.S Government! If you can get over things like that then you'll "probably" enjoy this book/series.
The second issue I have is with the narration. Tom Weiner is not the best narrator. All of the bad guys sound like they are talking through their nose and the narrators Arabic inflections sound cartoony. Actually it doesn't sound Arabic at all.
If you've exhausted the all of the series below give this one a shot. You just might enjoy it.
1. John Wells series by Alex Berenson
2. Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn
2. Dewey Andreas Series by Ben Coes
3. Joe Ledger series by Jonathan Mayberry
4. Pike Logan series by Brad Taylor
5. Sniper Elite series by Scott McEwen, Thomas Koloniar
6. Jack Ryan Jr. series by Tom Clancy and others
7. Scot Harvath Series by Brad Thor
I'm happy to report that this is an excellent book! I listen to 50 books a year, many from this genre i.e. all the Eislers, Flynn etc. This is right up there. Excellent main character, hightly skilled but not cartoonish. Great bad guys. I'm ready for the next immediately. Once I adapted to reader after first half hour or so, I found him very good. Took a little while to get used to his voice and keep from drifting. By the end I was able to differentiate all the characters clearly with his acting. I would definitely recommend this fast paced straightforward book!
I have to admit I didn’t start listening to audiobooks until I started at Audible (Shhh don’t tell anyone), but have since become addicted!
When I started reading National Security, the main character Jericho Quinn really made me think of another of my favorite fictional characters Mitch Rapp. Both have the same complexion which allows them to navigate hostile environments and both are very good at getting the job done (and not following orders in the process!). Definitely a great start to this series and I am ready to start book #2!
I enjoy many types of books and am always looking for new authors to read and listen too. I enjoy reading the reviews and adding my own from time to time.
The real possibility that this could happen at any time in our world. A lot of brilliant people out there today who can easily be led astray for the wrong cause. A Pandora epidemic is most certainly something that could happen today.
I found the beginning of the book very memorable. A normal day which turns to hell in a matter of hours. You so wish the loss of the policeman could have been avoided and in truth had Molly stayed home, it would have.
Jericho Quinn who is most certainly a force to be reckoned with. He is quite a character and for sure one you would like in your corner.
My reaction was that I wanted him to catch all the bad guys quickly. Several scenes made me catch my breath as well as consider losing my stomach once or twice. The author did a good job of putting you in the scene and making you feel like you were there experiencing what he was.
The first chapter grabbed me and made me want to keep going to see what was next for the well developed characters here. All the characters were developed well and fit their part of the story perfectly. It was an excellent listen though I would like for the women's voices to be a little better done. I have heard worse though and it did not distract from the story as a whole.
The plot was interesting. Character development was good but not great. The performance was also good. The dialogue was the weakest part of the story. It just didn't seem realistic. A bit juvenile.
Think that this writer is the best I've read since Vince Flynn. Have been depressed since finishing all of the Mitch Rapp books a long time ago but excited about this character, Jerrico Quinn!
High drama - fast moving, to be the 1st in a series made me order the other books in the series
When the villain got his due
Good performance by Tom Weiner, this was the 1st time I had heard him.
Baby Boomer in Raleigh NC. Faves include James Lee Burke, CJ Box, Baldacci, Flynn, Child, DeMille, Crais, Connolly, Thor, Coes, L'amour. Average two books/week.
I'm putting Jericho in the hero pantheon with Reacher, Rapp, Bauer, Harvath, Andreas, et al. This guy may be closer to Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp than the others.
I look forward to completing the series over the next week. Keep'em coming Mr Cameron.
All in audiobook format, this review references the first 3 books in the Jericho Quinn series. Two, National Security and Act of Terror, are narrated by Tom Weiner, State of Emergency by Luke Daniels. All are between 10-11 hours of listening, so in total, these three represent approximately 30 hours of the Jericho Quinn adventures.
Jericho Quinn is a Mitch Rapp (Vince Flynn), Jason Bourne (Robert Ludlum), Jack Ryan (Tom Clancy) … well, you get the idea. He’s the self deprecating good-guy-tough-guy, who loves motorcycles, that the world turns to in the event of an apocalyptic threat. Jericho and a few secondary heroes/heroine are the go-to characters for the Director of National Intelligence. Quinn’s code name is the ‘hammer’ … which should give you an idea regarding collective mission objectives.
The bad guys are middle eastern, the weapons that of mass destruction. Think bio weapons, nuclear warheads, dirty bombs, and the feverous attempts to quell what initially seems inevitable.
The Jericho Quinn stories are complex and a myriad of unrelated events are intermingled into a satisfactory conclusion. Each novel can stand-alone, but characters move through each book to the next. Pay attention, moments are sometimes hard to follow without re-wind. Although these stories usually bring together seemingly disparate events, Cameron goes overboard a bit, in my opinion. There are many scenes that seem to add little, if anything, to the plots, and could easily have been removed. But, that’s just me, and you may come to a different conclusion. Basically, in my opinion, the books are good, but could have been shorter and less confusing.
Narration is fine. I take no issue with either reader. Luke Daniels has a unique take on the bad guy’s voice, however … a bit grating. But, he’s the bad guy, you’re not supposed to like him :-). You’ll have no trouble discerning who-says-what-to-who with either narrator.
Many of the well known authors of this genre, like those previously mentioned, are dead, and with them their wonderful characters. In my humble opinion, with this series Marc Cameron is making a credible effort to fill the void with Jericho Quinn.
If you like the genre, you’ll like these stories … and Jericho Quinn. Enjoy!
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