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The Angel Audiobook

The Angel: An Isabella Rose Thriller, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

White light. Heat. A drawn-out moment of complete silence. And then the screaming starts.

An Underground carriage in London is destroyed by a suicide bomber. The injured and the dead litter the platform. But as a crowd forms at street level, Michael Pope knows that this is only the beginning.

Pope, head of top-secret Group 15, is tasked with finding the perpetrators of this atrocity and bringing them to justice, any way he can. He knows that the answers to many of his questions will lie at the end of the money trail, but he also knows that whoever funded and organized the attack will kill again for their freedom.

This is an operation that requires a very special kind of agent. Pope needs someone who exists outside of normality. Someone who floats above it, treading softly through a fractured life.

He needs the Angel.

©2015 Mark Dawson (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 06-09-16
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 06-09-16 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Furiously Frustratingly BAD IDEA! AWFUL! NO! NO!"

    This isn't a novel, it's a chapter! How dare they not tell us? BEWARE... you will spend hours only to discover a "To Be Continued"! This is bait and switch... only pretending to be a story when it's mere part leading to a monstrous tease! I may still have bought this thing if they'd told me and I knew that I should prepare to read more, or at least that would be a demand. Self Indulgence on the part of the writer, the publisher and AudioBooks. NEVER sell me a part of a book without fore-notice. I am totally ticked off!

    I AM RETURNING THIS PARTICLE OF A BOOK!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "no ending"

    Book was pretty good. Not his best work I did enjoy it. There was no ending at all. Just leaves u hanging.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 11-04-15
    Wayne Matthews, NC 11-04-15 Member Since 2016

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "Great start to the Isabella Rose series!"

    Mark Dawson fans will recognize Isabella Rose as the teenage daughter of Beatrix Rose. Now in her mid teens and well trained by her now dead mother, Isabella is beginning to work with her mother's old organization. The listener should be made aware that this is a series and the first book does not stand alone; the end leaves you hanging. Nevertheless it is a great start for the young heroine. I look forward to the second book in the series.

    Mark Dawson is a relatively new British writer. He is also one of the best thriller writers.

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-12-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Not up to Mark Dawson's usual great writing"

    Not one of Dawson's best efforts. Way too slow. Disappointing ending. John Middleton is a much better character in his other series and those books are much better written and move along at the right pace. I wouldn't recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Rower Boston, MA 09-24-16
    Charles Rower Boston, MA 09-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "No more hanging endings please"

    This book got hit by many who first read this book, with its hanging ending before the 2nd book was available. Perfectly understandable. No problem for those of us coming in later and can buy book 2 immediately

    But no more of this, Dawson, or you are going to start losing customers

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beverley 08-19-16
    Beverley 08-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I hate cliff hangers"
    What disappointed you about The Angel?

    I'm really disappointed with the way the ending of this story is left hanging. I would normally have bought the next book in this series because I enjoy the series but I don't like being bribed to get the next book and I found the lack of a conclusion very frustrating.


    What was most disappointing about Mark Dawson’s story?

    I enjoy a story that has a conclusion to it and, since I read for pleasure, a book without a conclusion is not what I'm interested in. Really, the book is not that long, it's not like the story would have been too long without a conclusion.


    What does Napoleon Ryan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I find his voice is pleasant and his reading helps me to better visualize what's happening.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Angel?

    I find the description of islamic hatred of infidels annoyingly long, this could have been cut back in length.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the Mark Dawson characters John, Beatrix and Isabella. I particularly like John's struggle with alcohol, it's interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Digitalcat66 08-14-16 Member Since 2013
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    "meh..."

    terrible story, an unlikely daughter, 15 yo, trying to be a copy of Beatrix enlisted into group 15 for spying on ISIS financer. crap ending and fractured plot going nowhere.

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    Mary 08-08-16
    Mary 08-08-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Leaves you wanting more!"

    Well paced story. At on point, suddenly realized I had stopped what I was working on. Looking forward to the next book!

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    mary 07-17-16
    mary 07-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The author forgot to finish the story."

    I was enjoying this book. It had me hooked and a little edgy right up until the book abruptly ended without finishing the story. What the heck was that about? Should I reward the author by getting the next book in the series? Nope! Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DENNIS W. 11-04-15
    DENNIS W. 11-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "No ending"

    At the end the main charter is kidnapped. It is left unresolved what happen to her. Mark needs to finish this book.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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  • Rhydd
    4/18/16
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    "This book was ok but not griping did not yearn to list to the next chapter"

    Characters were not gripping and I tended to loos sight of the story and where it was going.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Herefordshire, United Kingdom
    9/22/16
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    "Only half the story."

    Just when I thought the storyline was building towards a potentially gripping second half the book ended!! Completely flat and no conclusion. Obviously this is aimed at getting people to buy the next book but be warned this is only half a book and half a story. Lazy editing and most unsatisfactory.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vyonne
    Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
    8/2/16
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    "starts well......"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really, the book ends so suddenly that I thought my MP3 had skipped a part, its not fair to leave a reader with all stories unfinished in the middle its as if the writer did not know how to go further. (if there is a second part which I can not find an answer too, I would recommend getting the two together and not get this one until then!)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Angel?

    the sudden end made me furious!!


    What does Napoleon Ryan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    The characters are individual and would make it easier I suppose.


    Did The Angel inspire you to do anything?

    Yes get angry about the loose ends there should be a warning that the book ends so sudden with nothing finished in the story line!


    Any additional comments?

    If this was my first book of this writer I would wonder if all his books would end like this, its well written entertaining end then nothing.......... did the writer run out of ideas?? please tell us before hand there is (i think there must be ) a second part to it at least then I would wait until the second part is out and have one finished book. Very disappointing, it could have been a 5 star all the way had the book not ended the way it has!!! waste of time for just the one "half"book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    St Neots, United Kingdom
    6/15/16
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    "Ends a bit soon leaves too much unanswered."

    enjoyed the vivid and well paced story thays well read. for me it leaves too much unresolved and feels like a too obvious "you'll have to buy the next one to find out more ploy" not sure I will.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • G. KELSO
    5/24/16
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    "Was this sound track recorded in a bucket?"

    I have loved all of Mark's work so far. John Milton and Beatrix Rose have been thoroughly enthralling with audio performances to match.

    Not so with this one I'm afraid. I have just finished the last in the the Beatrix Rose trilogy and was excited to get started on this. I have listened to 1 minute of it and had to turn it off, the performance is unbelievable and the recording quality is poor at best.

    I really am gutted that it should end this way, But end it has.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • smartdog
    Ireland
    4/11/16
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    "Left hanging - very frustrating"
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Extremely frustrating and unsatisfactory!


    Any additional comments?

    I was enjoying the book until the abrupt and totally unsatisfactory end. The Angel is only half a book with no sign of the follow up at this time. I would be slow to invest any more time in this author. Shame because it has great potential.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • lorraine
    4/3/16
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    "No ending so wait until follow up is available if you like this author"

    Thriller that had no satisfactory ending. Obviously there should be another book or maybe even more to complete the story, but no indication of this is given until it ends, just leaving you frustrated that you have to wait for the next instalment. I probably won't bother with that in case that one ends similarly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ashley
    11/17/15
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    "The successor I was waiting for"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, 100%. Gripping, thrilling, and unputdownable, this is a worthy successor to the Beatrix rose series. The cliffhanger at the end is amazing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The action is fast and explosive, the book never becoming slow or dull; and the characters have a real sense of personality.


    Have you listened to any of Napoleon Ryan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't. The narration was great, though the voices for the female characters were a little annoying at first.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. As with all of Mark Dawson's books, I couldn't put it down. Rarely do I finish a book so quickly


    Any additional comments?

    Just buy it. You'll be glad you did.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • M. B. Ellison
    3/28/16
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    "Woman's Voices"

    A good storyline only spoiled by the poor voices of the females in the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sylv Sheehan
    1/29/16
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    "Enjoyable book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Angel to be better than the print version?

    I like being read to, and the narrater is just right for this


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Isabella. She was more mature than her 15 years, but you can see the personality developing for sequels.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Near the end when Isabella had to do as commanded and agreed


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, kept listening at every opportunity


    Any additional comments?

    I previously read the Beatrix Rose Hong Kong story, which I couldn't stop listening to, and this is similar but with a different sense regarding location, culture, etc. The only thing I was a little disappointed with, was the Spook - that didn't feel quite right.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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