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No Mercy | [John Gilstrap]

No Mercy

No names. No Feds. No trace evidence. That's how Jonathan Grave operates. As a freelance specialist in covert rescues, he has to work outside the law to get things done - especially in highly sensitive hostage situations. But when an Indiana college student is abducted, and Jonathan's meticulous plan explodes into a deadly shooting spree, the local authorities are out for blood - and they're not alone. Someone wants to control a devastating secret...Someone rich and powerful.
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Publisher's Summary

No names. No Feds. No trace evidence. That's how Jonathan Grave operates. As a freelance specialist in covert rescues, he has to work outside the law to get things done - especially in highly sensitive hostage situations.

But when an Indiana college student is abducted, and Jonathan's meticulous plan explodes into a deadly shooting spree, the local authorities are out for blood - and they're not alone. Someone wants to control a devastating secret...Someone rich and powerful...Someone willing to capture, torture, an kill anyone to get it. Even the people Jonathan loves most...

©2009 John Gilstrap; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[T]his fast-paced tale of violence and revenge is all about plot, of which there is plenty." (Publishers Weekly)
"Rocket-paced suspense." (Jeffery Deaver)
"No Mercy grabs hold of you on page one and doesn't let go. Gilstrap's new series is terrific. It will leave you breathless. I can't wait to see what Jonathan Grave is up to next." (Harlan Coben)
"The release of a new John Gilstrap novel is always worth celebrating, because he's one of the finest thriller writers on the planet. No Mercy showcases his work at its finest -- taut, action-packed, and impossible to put down!" (Tess Gerritsen)
"A great hero, a pulse-pounding story -- and the launch of a really exciting series." (Joseph Finder)

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    P. M. Glass VA 06-11-12
    P. M. Glass VA 06-11-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Worse narration ever!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This could be a good book...I don't know...I can hardly keep listening to it..but will, since I've paid for it. The narrator uses no intonation or inflection when he speaks. It is hard to tell when one person stops and another starts talking except if it explicitly states it. I'm struggling to finish.....


    How could the performance have been better?

    Very monotone, no intonations. Very hard to feel anything when listening to the book.. I think I may read it to see if its any good.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ronda Snyder 03-09-11
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    "Good story...tough narration"

    I really enjoyed the characters, the book and the story itself. The main problem I had was the narration. First of all, it was weird for an "american" story to be told with an English accent. Also, there was no variety of voices between characters and it was really difficult to figure out which character was speaking. The story was such that it needed a strong male voice to make it believable but this narrator sounded much too feminine for it to work. George Guidall would have been a fabulous choice as a narrator and would have make the book much more entertaining and probably have made my rating higher. I am now going to check the narrator carefully on John Gilstrap books so I am not continually frustrated while listening.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Long Beach, Ca, United States 04-03-10
    Amazon Customer Long Beach, Ca, United States 04-03-10
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    "Great Ride"

    this book takes you on a great ride keeping you on the edge of you seat.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Louisville, KY, United States 06-28-12
    David Louisville, KY, United States 06-28-12 Member Since 2012

    I've been a member for 3 years and over 280 titles. I listen during my commute to/from work. Mysteries around the world...Jo Nesbo, Larsson, Erin Hart, Tana French, Verghese, Stuart Neville others?

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    "Aggravating.....narrator.....pace.....too...slow"

    The performance would have been 2 hours shorter with a different narrator. The story was really good. I'll read another by Gilstrap but not narrated by Jeremy Gage.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Tampa, FL, United States 04-22-12
    Anthony Tampa, FL, United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "terrible narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    good plot, but the narration was extremely slow.......it ruined the entire book. I had to listen to it in double speed to try and make up for the long pauses between paragraphs.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Lafayette, LA 03-08-12
    Lisa Lafayette, LA 03-08-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Story line was interesting, but SLOW moving"
    Would you try another book from John Gilstrap and/or Jeremy Gage?

    The plot was a good one and the story was interesting, however the writing lacked some element to make the story flow smoothly. I was interested enough in the story to keep listening, but found myself bored with what seemed like never ending repetitiveness that served no purpose but to lengthen the book.

    For once, I thought an abridged version might have been a better choice. I'll probably try another book from John Gilstrap as I like the characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SHEILA 02-29-12
    SHEILA 02-29-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Couldn't get through it. Unbearable."

    I had to give up on this book/recording. My first disappointment was with the narrator. The voice(s) he used would be fine for children or teens, but it was difficult to put the voice with the commando character or even the college student introduced from the outset. I thought I could get used to it, but I finally had to admit I was not going to be able to tolerate this book. The author's dialog was unrealistic and the characters' actions were equally unlikely. I couldn't decide who I wanted to hit the most ... the commando/battle-hardened hero with the voice of a 12 year old or the college student/victim with the mind of a 5 year old. They both seemed equally foolish and annoying. I wanted to get into the book. I wanted to find something in it that I could like. I didn't find anything. The writing felt amateurish and the narrator's voice just made it worse. If it was just the narrator, I'd consider buying a paperback, which would at least allow me the types of voices I would expect. ButI fear the dialog would have still forced me to abandon it. I have never read any other works by John Gilstrap, so I cannot say this is the exception. Others more familiar with his work will have to testify to that. For me, I am not recommending this particular recording or the book behind it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Todd 02-03-12
    Todd 02-03-12
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    "Narrator ruins book"

    The numerous negative reviews of the narrator are accurate. His pauses and voice ruined this book. Do not buy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Powers 11-05-11
    Dave Powers 11-05-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Unreadable"

    Could not even get into this novel. Big mistake listening to Jeff Deavers recommendation. Waste of money or credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Austin, TX, United States 10-25-11
    Susan Austin, TX, United States 10-25-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Good action thriller"

    This was my first John Gilstrap listen and I will likely listen to other books of his as long as they have a different narrator. The story was great but the narration was painful. The book starts out with a kidnapping of a young college student. Jonathan Graves (our hero) and his team are tasked to rescue the victim. But that's only the beginning of a mystery which involves the kidnap victim, his family, secret weapons and a strange militaristic environmental group. If you think you have things figured out in the first half of the book, the second half of the book shows you how wrong you were as the story is woven carefully in a way that holds your attention well. So, good story with plenty of action. Enjoyable despite the narrator who would be better reading self-help books and not action thrillers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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