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No Mercy Audiobook

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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    Toad 04-27-14
    Toad 04-27-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Engrossing Tale, Terrible Narrator"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Any one who enjoys a good murder mystery should enjoy the plot but the unsuitable style of the narrator makes it hard to follow, much less appreciate. Only curiosity about the outcome kept me from cutting out well before the end.


    What character would you cut from No Mercy?

    The narrator?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eddie Murfreesboro, Tn, United States 01-16-14
    Eddie Murfreesboro, Tn, United States 01-16-14
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    "Excellent"

    This writer is new to me. I have stored the complete series in my wishlist and will enjoy them. Keeps me in mind of Jack Reacher which for me is excellent writing

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    Cindy Carson Cross River, New York USA 09-07-13
    Cindy Carson Cross River, New York USA 09-07-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Not what I had expected"
    Would you try another book from John Gilstrap and/or Jeremy Gage?

    I was very excited to listen to this book after listening to Nathan's Run by John Gilstrap. I loved that story as well as the narrator. I assumed that this book would be more of the same but I was so disappointed. I am not quite finished with it and I don't even want to continue. I find the story kind of confusing but the worst part is the narration. The narrator's voice is at times too low or soft (can't tell which) but it makes it difficult to follow. I will never listen to another of this narrator's books again. I will probably try another book by the same author but hopefully someone else is reading it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John Gilstrap again?

    yes as on long someone else is narrating.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Completely took away my listening pleasure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn 05-08-13
    Kathryn 05-08-13
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    "An Average Spy/Commando Novel"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No not really. I tend to recommend books I give 5 stars to. Too much in this novel was 'over the top' and totally unbelievable - fantasy. It was an enjoyable ride but not stellar nor something I would go out of my way to recommend to a friend. Yet, it was enjoyable enough to download the second book in the series.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Need different narator/performer. John Gilstrap is just the wrong voice for this type of novel. He made it feel old - like something that was writen in the 60s or 70s yet the technology and events were current.


    Any additional comments?

    It is not a bad novel but it isn't a great one either - it is average.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Liked Kindle Book & the Audio together"

    This was a bit unusual. It seemed a little unlikely, but at least I read and listened to the end. It wasn't boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy L Beaird LUFKIN, TX, US 01-07-13
    Nancy L Beaird LUFKIN, TX, US 01-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Perhaps a Matter of Timing"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book belongs to the author - it's not up to me to change it.


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

    Wrapped up the open issues satisfactorily.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Nothing stands out.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Possibly - depending on cast and director.


    Any additional comments?

    I was listening to this just as the massacre in Newtown occurred. It occurred to me that enjoying fiction about mass killings through use of auto and semi-auto weapons using large magazines probably contributes to the societal problems with gun use. The context diluted my enjoyment of a tale I might otherwise have experienced differently.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PhilR 06-14-12
    PhilR 06-14-12
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    "Good story"

    I'm glad I didn't let the reviewer concerns about the narrator deter me from trying this book. The story is interesting, the characters are enjoyable, and the narration was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janice LAGRANGE, KY, United States 05-14-12
    Janice LAGRANGE, KY, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2005

    I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.

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    "Right book wrong narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story is a good one, a book about men's men performing good deeds under stressful and dangerous circumstances. My question is- why is this narrated by a man who sounds like he should be narrating Miss Marple mysteries?

    This seriously impaired my enjoyment of the book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from John Gilstrap? Why or why not?

    I would if it was narrated by someone else.


    What didn???t you like about Jeremy Gage???s performance?

    Mr. Gage has a voice more suited for English cozies than an action novel populated by action heroes. Mr. Gage's voice is very off-handed when reading tense violance filled passages and has an annoying habit of going up at the end of the sentence.


    Did No Mercy inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, I qas inspired to write this review.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Titusville, FL, United States 02-12-12
    Peter Titusville, FL, United States 02-12-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Someone should have listened to this"

    The narration of this story is atrocious Never buy a book narrated by this guy Gage. Is there a process by which I can get a return credit?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Snoodely 01-10-12
    Snoodely 01-10-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Needs a better narrator"

    You will need to exercise some patience to get through "No Mercy" in audiobook form. John Gilstrap has written an O.K. thriller, here; but the narrator -- Jeremy Gage -- does not have the acting chops to perform this book. He has a nice voice; but he has zero range of voices or accents that a good actor needs to distinguish the characters from one another. Frequently, during the narration, the listener cannot tell who is speaking, because Mr. Gage delivers all the dialogue in exactly the same voice. For me, the narrator's performance of an audiobook provides half the fun. Also, Mr. Gilstrap's writing leaves something to be desired. Sometimes he creates almost laughable bloopers, such as: "It was nowhere near as helpful as the SATCOM images he'd used back in the day, but it was a close second." Where's an editor when you need one? All-in-all, I'd say pass on this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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