Michael Sloan reinvents the story of the mysterious former covert intelligence officer who helps desperate people who are in need of his unique and deadly skills. Robert McCall is a former covert operations officer for the CIA who tries to atone for past sins by offering, free of charge, his services as a troubleshooter (often literally), a protector, and an investigator. People in need find him through a newspaper ad: "Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer.” Aided by a group of sometimes-mysterious contacts (some of whom date back to his spying days), McCall traverses the streets of New York City, visiting justice upon those who prey upon the weak. In this novel, based on the 1980s television show, and timed to come out shortly before the feature film version starring Denzel Washington, McCall gets pulled into a battle against Russian drug lords and finds himself pitted against his most dangerous foe ever!
©2014 Michael Sloan (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
Oh yes! This was such a good book. Long (which I like), very detail orientated (but not overly with trivial filler), great characters and an Excellent lead in to a new series.
Robert McAll. He has such a colorful history that would make a normal man bitter and hostile but he has turned his emotions to humanitarian characteristics with a twist.
His performance was five star worthy.
I really enjoyed Michael Sloan's style if writing. I though it was very much in the style of Robert Ludlum. I thought the book kept the pace up with out any lulls. The story unfolds in present and flashbacks that are clearly defined and easily followed. I think the publishers intro to "The Equalizer" is a little misleading because that title doesn't come into play until the last chapter or three! The entire story leading up to the title is how Robert McAll gets to that point. Don't get me wrong, it's a Great Journey and certainly worth the read/listen and credit!
This is a reasonably well-written novel for its genre. Action was brisk. Narration was well done. Plot was sufficiently intriguing. Characters were interesting.
HOWEVER, at times, it felt like a 21 hour long product-plug for Nike.
Acknowledging that it is the novelization of a movie (which draws its roots from the TV series), by the tenth time the exact specifications of a particular Nike shoe worn by a character were described (color, model number), it was painfully obvious who the sponsors were. At one point, I was considering setting up a score card and playing "Nike model Bingo". By the end of the novel, this became an annoying distraction - and made me less likely than ever to purchase any Nike products.
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.
EXCELLENT Book. Rather long (20 hours) for the genre. Could have easily been 2-3 separate books. Fans of Charles Bronson's Death Wish movies will especially enjoy Robert McCall, former top secret ops guy as an urban vigilante of sorts dealing with NYC street thugs AND "the Russian mob".
All the Russian names do get confusing. If the names have Ks, Vs and Ds they are really bad guys. A movie starring Denzel Washington comes out Sept 2014.
As with all stories of this genre.... obvious comparison to "Reacher" apply here too. Easy to imagine a series with McCall.
You have to like the Equalizer story line, which can only come from having watched Robert Woodward in the 80s. Not the shortest read, but darn it, I couldn't stop listening
Yes; Michael Sloan IS the Equalizer.
Jeff Gurner is a superb narrator. You forget that you're listening to a narrator; it doesn't get any better than than.
Bad guys: your time is up. Stay outa New York City.
Thank you, Mr. Sloan.
The author must have been paid by Apple and Nike. Every other word he uses is either IPhone this and IPhone that or what type of Nike Air they were wearing. Also if you weren't in the military or a gun enthusiast what does it matter what type of weapons the killer was using. I started to become frustrated with the the whole storyline.
I'm always on the search for engaging, intelligent books & authors who give me a story I can relate to. Through Audible I'm finding a lot! When I'm not reading or listening, I'm writing, cooking, traveling or working on my house or in the yard. Politics is also central in my life; I feel it's important to be aware of what's going on and give voice to protecting all that we value & hold dear.
Yes- its an action packed super hero fiction where the hero always comes out shining inspite of non stop obstacles and injuries that would leave most dead at the first blow.
I was impressed how the book went on and on and on ... and actually that wasn't a bad thing - in fact it made the book more enjoyable ...that and the comic aspect of it. In some ways it read like a comic book with the hero and villans and cast of characters. Its not the kind of book I normally would listen to but once I got on to the comic reality of it, I sank in and kind of enjoyed it in spite of the wham bam shootem up at every turn (I fast forwarded some of the gory parts). I think its the kind of book that could even get a cult following - particularly guys.
All of them - the narrator was incredible.
The narrator was outstanding - what an amazing voice!
Yes, it's exciting, well written and keeps the hero human like. When the hero experienced claustrophobia, I could feel it too! That was surreal for me!
I didn't notice it, which means it was good, it never distracted me from the story.
No laughter or tears, I just thoroughly enjoyed it.
Hurry up with the next book!
I began to hope the bad guys would kill the equalizer. He's righteous for no apparent reason, causes more problems than he solves, but doesn't acknowledge this, has an X-like love for the weak, downtrodden, poor and mad, but his selflessness is unconvincing, emerging more from a writer's desire to create a hero than from any believable (or interesting) aspect of his character. Saintly superheroes aren't innately interesting or likable, hence cheering for the bad guys. Some of the action sequences are well-handled, with enough wrong turns to create suspense, but the spaces between are long and wretchedly written.
The Equalizer is more of what I think of as in the “video game“ genre than as a thriller – kind of “Indiana Jones” or “The Perils of Pauline” on steroids. It jumps from one impossibly insurmountable, implausible, clichéd, and repetitive situation to the next overcoming one dimensional villains characterized solely by their brutality. The plots (there are many) are unoriginal and several threads reminded me of themes from Tom Clancy’s “Without Remorse.” The women characters are there to bolster the hyper-machismo and chivalry of the protagonist, Robert McCall, contributing not much more to the story than their helpless, clinging dependence. This book is in serious need of an editor – way too long, too many plot lines, unnecessary and uninteresting minutiae –especially the pervasive product placement. Conceding that the dialog for some of the characters reflects their bestial natures and requires language consistent with their status, that does not excuse the use of the same obscenity in the narrative, where it lends understanding only to the skill of the author. The narrator has a limited range of voices and accents, and mispronounces a few fairly common words – an annoying distraction.
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