James W. Huston takes the hottest issue of our time, terrorism, and explores it with a compelling, stay-up-late thriller filled with high-stakes courtroom drama, white-knuckle flying, and the shadowy world of American Special Forces operations.
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"Lane's high-energy performance further captures the listener's imagination as he gives each character a distinct voice that reflects the individual's demeanor, from arrogant doctor to sullen terrorist." (Kliatt)
"Action adventure listeners who like a little John Grisham tossed into the mix will lock and load on this one." (Publishers Weekly)
"Reader Christopher Lane energetically gives life to this action-packed plot. A variety of accents comfortably identifies the foreign characters, while changes in pace, diction, and style create unique vocal identities for key U.S. players. The effort is topped off with excellent engineering and production." (AudioFile)
The first chapter of the book grabs you and hauls you along for the roller coaster ride. LT Rat's situation goes from bad to worse. Only he can save the US from a terrorist attack. Good action and tecnically correct. The reader does an excellent job with the voices. Just hearing him; you can visualize the characters and know them.
Absolutely... this book has just the right combination of politics and heros to keep your blood pressure topped out.
Marine One and Falcon 7 both also by Huston have the same tenor, tempo and feel... I love it. Comparing to another author, I would say Full Black by Brad Thor or I, Sniper by Stephen Hunter are the same level of
This truly is an author and a book that can raise your blood pressure to dangerous levels no matter which side of the political bent you fall. In fact, I truly cannot figure out if the author is a liberal or conservative thinker, which I love. Often, knowing the authors personal political view point turns me off to a book because I then see an agenda in every turn of the plot. Here, Huston does a masterful job arguing both sides of the coin... but to tell you who wins, if there is a winner, would ruin the fun.
The setup is simple: Navy SEAL trying to find the #1 terrorist in the world, tortures one of his minions to get information. Minion dies, but people are saved... is this good or bad? Meanwhile, bad guys plot the death of more Americans and all the while our SEAL hero is on trial, the #1 terrorist is being tried in a special court just for that purpose.
While the plot seems simple, there are many moments to make you at least ponder the correctness of your belief while at the same time, not being able to turn the pages fast enough.
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Great book, that's very creative. Takes you on a twisting and turning thrill. Very well read by the narrator. Can't wait to read or listen to the next Huston book!
A great listen that explores some very real issues facing our armed forces today. You see both sides of an uncomfortable issue and question where you personally stand. This entwined with a thrilling terrorist plot makes for an engaging story that gets better and better as you listen more. Loved it!
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Get out the popcorn! This is a real action book from the start to the end. I like Rat’s lawyer he reminds me of Perry Mason. Rat is a real American hero. The plot becomes obvious as you listen to the book. You do not lose interest in it because you want to find how the crises will be solved. Yet the book probes an interesting question about torture. That makes you approve or question Rats actions and motives. So I think the writer James W Huston does a good job of this. I think it is worth its credit.
The narrator does a fairly good job and is the right person for the book. After listening to audiobook’s for some time, I have come to appreciate that narrators are book specific, meaning that narrator must match the book. I think Christopher Lane captures the essence of the book and the characters. Enjoy the silent Popcorn!
From the scenes played out in one of the courtrooms, to the live action scenes taking place both home and abroad, I never put this hook down. The narrator was one of the best ever, one that I'll seek out just to hear again regardless of genre. The story and its characters are lively and robust. Please enjoy.
As usual James Huston pokes holes in the belief that things are black and white, good and bad ... there are always nuances and shades of grey. The story line is interesting but the delivery is choppy interrupting the flow or story telling. The novel is good, it just isn't great nor Huston's best work.
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I really wanted to like this book; the question of whether torture is justified in certain circumstances is intriguing. However, Rat seems to be more like a "Rambo" cartoon than an relatable character. The writing was good, the action and suspense were engrossing; however I learned more about the thoughts and lives of the terrorists than the good guys. Hint, I don't really care all that much what makes a person want to blow up innocent people.
This is a great listen. The pacing and mix of action, plotting and courtroom drama keeps things interesting throughout. THe plot twists are a lot of fun too.
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