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Red Cell: A Novel | [Mark Henshaw]

Red Cell: A Novel

Red Cell follows Kyra Stryker and Jonathan Burke, two outcasts in the Agency who are brought together in the Red Cell, the agency’s out-of-the-box think tank. Stryker is a young and beautiful agent who’s struggling to recover from a job gone bad, while Burke is a straight-laced analyst who’s pissed off all his colleagues. When a raid on Chinese spies in Taiwan ends in a shootout, CIA Director Cooke turns to the Red Cell to figure out why China is ready to invade the island nation without any fear of reprisal.
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Red Cell follows Kyra Stryker and Jonathan Burke, two outcasts in the Agency who are brought together in the Red Cell, the agency’s out-of-the-box think tank. Stryker is a young and beautiful agent who’s struggling to recover from a job gone bad during her first assignment in Venezuela, while Burke is a straight-laced analyst who’s pissed off all his colleagues with his knack for always being right, political consequences be damned.

When a raid on Chinese spies in Taiwan ends in a shootout, CIA Director Cooke turns to the Red Cell to figure out why China is ready to invade the island nation without any fear of reprisal from the U.S. Navy. Stryker and Burke’s only lead is the top CIA informant in China, codenamed Pioneer, and they’re tasked with extracting him before the Chinese can get to him.

From the White House to a Navy battleship in the South China Sea, Henshaw takes listeners on a whirlwind race against time as Stryker and Burke try to save Pioneer and discover the hidden threat to America’s power and keeping the peace: China’s top secret weapon, the Assassin’s Mace.

©2012 Mark Henshaw (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

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    Sanford Garrett New York, NY 05-27-13
    Sanford Garrett New York, NY 05-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring and Disjointed"
    What would have made Red Cell better?

    Burning


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Gray Man


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The writing didn't let the performer to perform


    What character would you cut from Red Cell?

    All


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe I'm unfair since I couldn't get passed the first hour.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ron United States 03-08-13
    Ron United States 03-08-13
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    "Interesting story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Worthwhile read but performance by Rob Patterson was flat and boring. There were also gaps and repeated words and phrases in the recording.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rob Patterson’s performances?

    No, there are much better readers out there.


    Did Red Cell inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    P. Henry Spearfish, SD 03-08-13
    P. Henry Spearfish, SD 03-08-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Terrific first novel...performance only average."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A truly excellent first effort from an "insider's" perspective (Henshaw was a former CIA analyst). Also adds some Tom-Clancy-like military action.


    What three words best describe Rob Patterson’s performance?

    Choppy reading in places; poor transitions (e.g., often provides no audible pause when scenes change.)

    (Sorry...three words just didn't work!)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but it gave me goosebumps a few times -- some of the scenarios were way too plausible!


    Any additional comments?

    Reallly looking forward to Henshaws next effort. I'll buy it for sure!

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    Randal United States 02-04-13
    Randal United States 02-04-13
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    "Moves along at an ok clip"
    Was Red Cell worth the listening time?

    A plausible story and good suspense level. A decent way to while away the commuting hours.


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    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 01-05-13
    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 01-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "not enough for me"

    I stopped after giving this a good try. The moment I realized that the narrator was not even attempting to change his voice for the different characters, I'd had enough. The story seemed adequate, but not enough to override the 'reading' rather than 'acting' of the narrator. Makes me appreciate even more the excellence of so many narrators. When I first started audiobooks, I was surprised to hear the words 'performed' used to what I thought was just being 'read'. But I see the better ones truly are doing exactly that and making the audio experience as good as or better than reading the same book yourself.

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    TIffany WHITTIER, CA, United States 01-03-13
    TIffany WHITTIER, CA, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good"
    What did you love best about Red Cell?

    It was a different area of focus than what I usually listen to.


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

    It was good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Satellite Beach, FL, United States 01-03-13
    Bill Satellite Beach, FL, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a good spy novel.


    Did Rob Patterson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Rob did a fair job at differntiating the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the editing needed improving. Repeated sentences and words were noticed of couple of times during the narration.

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    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 11-28-12
    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Great Read"

    One of the reasons I like to read book in this category is that some inner knowledge of
    our government agencies is gained, since the author recently retired from the CIA there is probably about 100X more knowledge packed in to his book than any Flynn, Clancy, or Berenson novel. Of course "The Company" was excellent but that was the CIA from long ago. His characters were very interesting and likable and after finishing I was ready to download the next one but unfortunately he has not written it yet, so please Mark get to work!

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