Two agents, Russian and American, are brutally murdered. College students, working as drug mules, die gruesome deaths from radiation poisoning. Powerful dirty bombs explode minutes apart in San Francisco and St. Petersburg, Russia - slaughtering citizens and spreading blind panic throughout the world. But this is only a warning. The next attack will be nuclear.
Enter Air Force OSI agent Jericho Quinn and his crack team of specialists. Their mission: track down the black-market arms dealer who masterminded the plot - with a Soviet-era, suitcase-sized bomb - and dismantle them both. When the trail leads to South America, Quinn has to join the famous Dakar Rally, a 6,000-mile motorcycle run that’s about to become the most dangerous race in history. It’s not the finish line they’re racing for. It’s the fate of the world....
©2013 Marc Cameron (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I love what Marc Cameron has done with this series: National Security introduced the main characters and established the tone for the series. Act of Terror picks up where the last book left off, introduced some more characters for the series. State of Emergency starts shortly after AoT, lets us know that one of the previous villains is still being pursued, but takes us to more pressing matters. Jericho picks up more allies and enemies and we can see the stage being set for some interesting story arcs in both his professional and personal life.
Jericho Quinn ranks with Scot Harvath, Mitch Rapp, and Jason Bourne as my favorite counter-terrorist agents.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
I have listened to many Luke Daniels narrated audio novels and have always been pleased until now. Something about the narration went wrong.
Mark Cameron's Jericho Quinn series suspense/espionage thrillers are generally outstanding. His plots are credible and his characters vivid. Jericho Quinn is a great protagonist and his sidekick one-eyed ex-Marine Jacques Tibodeux is an especially likeable character. State of Emergency is the third novel in the six novel series. Later novels in the series easily earn 5 stars.
The action is always fun and interesting.
His voice for Zamora was awful, he squealed to the point that it hurt my ears. Tom Weiner was much better in my opinion.
Do the authors listen to the books before they are released? I struggled with the high pitch yelping - it hurt my ears and I had to turn the volume way down. If he does another book I hope he goes back to Tom Weiner.
Baby Boomer in Raleigh NC. Faves include James Lee Burke, CJ Box, Baldacci, Flynn, Child, DeMille, Crais, Connolly, Thor, Coes, L'amour. Average two books/week.
I just discovered Jericho Quinn a week or so ago.... and immediately ordered / listened to all three IN ORDER. Definitely read in chronological order as each adventure builds on the earlier ones.
The narrator for the first two books was (IMO) preferable to this one. This one was too much "mouse and squirrel" with his accents. But this narrator did not detract from my enjoyment. This narrator's "Zamora" did drip pure psycho-evil.
Comparisons to more established action heroes is easy and obvious. Quinn may be closer to Mitch Rapp than many others. Looking forward to more of Jericho (and friends) from Marc Cameron.
I have over 125 books in my library and this is the first time I hade to stop listening and buy the book do to the narration. On the bright side I did enjoy the story.
narrator tried too hard. at times found myself rewinding to listen again as he spoke to quietly or voice was hard to understand.
I purchases this book because of great reviews of Marc Cameron's books. It was a complete disappointment. It is possible that I needed to start with book one, not in the middle of the series, but I have read other series and in general it does not require to start with the first book to enjoy the story. In this case it was like you started in the middle of the book. There was no real ending, I gues the idea is it will continue in his next book.
It did not help that performance by Luke Daniels was terrible. All the "bad guys". Had this whiny tone that was beyond irritating and just put me off the book even more.
I am not sure I would buy another Cameron book.
The narration was out of his depth trying to provide distinctive voices for each different character. His voice for the main villain was just "nails on a chalk board" bad to me.
The characters are very predictable in definition, interaction, and growth. Cardboard cut outs.
Former Marine, semi-retired-love mysteries and military thrillers- long time avid reader, but audio books are so much easier on the eyes
Overall the story and character development was fair to good- my problem was with the reader. These comments might be helpful to other narrators. Some of the listeners such as myself may require hearing assistance, and when Mr. Daniels switched to female voices, especially when whispering the characters are almost indecipherable. I didn't have that issue with Mr. Weiner. I do enjoy Mr. Camerons books though and will continue to follow this series, but with a few tweaks could enjoy them even more.
No, but only for one reason. The narration would have been exceptional -- but just because a character says something in a whisper does NOT mean the narrator should actually whisper.
One of Spencer Tracy's acting tricks when he especially wanted an audience to hone in on him was reducing the volume of his voice and slightly tilting his head. It worked well in many films. Luke Daniels is no Spencer Tracy.
Luke Daniels used a lot of different voices and he is very good at it. But I thought I would go nuts trying to hear the female characters when he had them speaking so softly -- not always -- but enough that it was extremely annoying. I mostly listened to this book through my Kindle and Echo as the speaker. Thank goodness, because I could fairly easily go back in small increments to try to catch what was said. I got very good at anticipating and was able to just turn the top of the Echo up and down as needed. Otherwise, I would probably have given up on this book.
So as not to give away the plot and a unique moment, it involved a motorcycle and a watch worn by the protagonist.
Anyone who doesn't change the volume of his/her voice for different characters. I go to the theater a lot. When characters in a play need to "whisper" they don't actually whisper -- or the audience wouldn't be able to hear what is said.
Can one man stop a nuclear bomb in the hands of terrorists?
Marc Cameron is a good writer. I can suspend my disbelief for a good yarn. He keeps the story flowing and gives his charcters good motivation for their actions. He is -- for me -- right on the edge of too much blood and mayhem but hasn't crossed the line yet -- just know that there are a lot of dead bodies in his writing and lots of descriptive variations on how they got that way.
I found the ending of this book to be a bit jarring. Mr. Cameron fails to wrap up all the loose ends. Even though there is an epilogue, I wish the author had given as much attention to the details at the denouement as he did in the body of the book.
Overall, I would recommend this book.
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