James R. Hannibal - a veteran combat pilot with top-secret clearance from the U.S. government - continues the thrilling international action and intrigue that follow covert operative Nick Baron.
When a suicide bomber shatters the peace of a winter afternoon on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., former pilot and undercover Cerberus operative Nick Baron receives an eerie invitation from the chess app on his phone - a mysterious figure named The Emissary wants to play.
Nick and his covert unit - the Triple Seven Chase team - soon find themselves drawn into battle against an unknown opponent who has resurrected an ancient order of assassins: The legendary Hashashin. And there is a long-awaited prophecy being fulfilled by a series of violent attacks which may culminate in a final apocalypse over Jerusalem.
As the Triple Seven fight to stop each attack, Nick tries to keep The Emissary on the hook by playing their digital chess game. The lines between the game and the fight begin to blur, as every time Nick loses a piece on the board, he loses one of his men. And if Nick cannot find a way to stop the terrorist mastermind, a checkmate may kill millions....
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It is hard for an audiobook to compete with the print version. Obviously, the narrator's choices for character voices are not the same as the voices I hear in my head. That said, I thought all of the narrator's choices were good, except for Nick, who I never though of as so East Coast.
Shadow Maker is a heart-pounding exploration of what might happen when a black ops hero runs afoul of a terrorist genius. The dominoes begin to fall and the collateral damage spins out of control, hitting very close to home. The action and covert ops feel puts Shadow Maker in the same category as Black Site, and some of the more recent Clancy material, with the exception that there is no foul language. I enjoyed getting all the intensity and action without cringing from an overabundance of F-bombs.
Luke Daniels brings his own intensity to the narrative and dialogue. He also adds grunts, breathing, etc. that add realism to the action.
The most moving moment in this story occurs in the small chapel where Nick and Drake are hiding out, when the priest stands over Rami and the mother of the murdered girl.
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