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The Colonel's Mistake | [Dan Mayland]

The Colonel's Mistake

In Baku, Azerbaijan, CIA operations officer Daria Buckingham is arrested for a heinous crime. Her former boss, retired CIA station chief Mark Sava, is sure she’s innocent and tries to help her out - landing him in the middle of the new Great Game, an espionage war over oil that has China, Iran, and the United States clawing at each other’s throats. Back in Washington, DC, Colonel Henry Amato, assistant to the US national security advisor, is keeping a close watch on the situation.
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Publisher's Summary

In Baku, Azerbaijan, CIA operations officer Daria Buckingham is arrested for a heinous crime. Her former boss, retired CIA station chief Mark Sava, is sure she’s innocent and tries to help her out - landing him in the middle of the new Great Game, an espionage war over oil that has China, Iran, and the United States clawing at each other’s throats. Back in Washington, DC, Colonel Henry Amato, assistant to the US national security advisor, is keeping a close watch on the situation. His stake in the Great Game is high - and personal.

The first novel of a globetrotting new thriller series, The Colonel’s Mistake takes listeners on an unforgettable ride into the shadows of the world’s most volatile region, where the good, the bad, and the brutal play a deadly chess game of global espionage.

©2012 Dan Mayland (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    MARRILEE KENNESAW, GA, United States 03-28-14
    MARRILEE KENNESAW, GA, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Just Wasn't A Good Audiobook"

    I couldn't get into this audiobook and it took me a while to figure out why.

    Primarily I think it was the narration what was the most troubling. I didn't care for the timber, sound, or quality of the voice. And, felt think the entire book was read like a breaking news bulletin.

    Plus, the story just plotted along too much. It wasn't all that interesting. More of the same about the middle east.

    I was disappointed in the story and narration. [sigh] On to something better...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael colorado springs, CO, United States 03-05-14
    Michael colorado springs, CO, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2010
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    "interesting, not what i was expecting"
    If you could sum up The Colonel's Mistake in three words, what would they be?

    this was an old little experience from audible. i figured it out about half way through and was just curious enough to listen to the rest to find out the ending.
    not bad, entertaining, good location, planes, trains n automobiles.
    i may even buy another one from the author.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    kinda anti-climatic, but better than most.
    the author drops enough bread crumbs along the way that you figure out the plot twist by the end of the book.


    What three words best describe Richard Allen’s voice?

    different, not bad, not quite melodic, but not like sand paper in my ears.
    he has some fluctuation in tenor that makes it possible to differentiate the characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    soldiers do goofy crap while deployed overseas?


    Any additional comments?

    meh, give it a shot, i listen to two books a month and this one was ok.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret 06-23-14
    Margaret 06-23-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Don't bother with this one."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story was okay...but the narration was awful. Flat, bland. I've heard children read with more feeling.


    Has The Colonel's Mistake turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I usually love this type of book. This one was a bit slow and all over the place...and the narration was distracting. I know, I'm repeating myself.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Richard Allen’s performances?

    NO!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Colonel's Mistake?

    Some of the scenes where they were hiding in the camps...didn't really go anywhere.


    Any additional comments?

    Good subject...very current for the times...just too choppy and not presented very well with the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    don hickory creek, TX, United States 06-19-14
    don hickory creek, TX, United States 06-19-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Terrible narrator!!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A narrator who doesn't sound like he's reading to 3rd grade Sunday school class.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different narrator.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Good story


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    Deborah United States 03-26-14
    Deborah United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Worst Book Ever Downloaded"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story may have been more interesting if the reader used any inflection or excitement in his voice. The monotone reading drove me to distraction.


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    Janet HUSTONVILLE, KY, United States 02-08-14
    Janet HUSTONVILLE, KY, United States 02-08-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Worst male narrater I've heard."

    The book had a good storyline I enjoyed reading. As for Richard Allen. I felt as if I were in 1st. grade being read to by a teacher that wanted to make sure I very distinctly heard and understood each word individually. He didn't seem to have a connection with the story except when he used a southern accent.

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    Mary C Cheney New York, NY USA 02-03-14
    Mary C Cheney New York, NY USA 02-03-14 Member Since 2009
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    "My Ears! My Ears!"
    What did you like best about The Colonel's Mistake? What did you like least?

    The story was very good. The narration was TERRIBLE.


    What didn’t you like about Richard Allen’s performance?

    Very little. He was okay when reading dialogue but his narration was awful. I wondered if English was his first language. Very stilted.


    Any additional comments?

    Glad I didn't waste a credit on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James 02-02-14
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    "Terrible Narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Colonel's Mistake to be better than the print version?

    I imagine this book would be great to read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Daria, Great heroin


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was clearly reading, very choppy and difficult to finish.


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

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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