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The Equalizer | [Michael Sloan]

The Equalizer

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    shelley Raleigh, NC 08-24-14
    shelley Raleigh, NC 08-24-14 Member Since 2010
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    "THE EQUALIZER is truly worthy of an AWARD!!"
    Would you listen to The Equalizer again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

    His performance was five star worthy.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Ann M. Chavie Chicago, IL United States 09-08-14
    Ann M. Chavie Chicago, IL United States 09-08-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Look! It's another Nike product!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mel Raleigh, NC, United States 08-26-14
    Mel Raleigh, NC, United States 08-26-14 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    "Read The Book.... See The Movie"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tom Raleigh, NC, United States 09-02-14
    Tom Raleigh, NC, United States 09-02-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Okay, I'll read another Michael Sloan book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Sloan? Why or why not?

    Yes; Michael Sloan IS the Equalizer.


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

    Jeff Gurner is a superb narrator. You forget that you're listening to a narrator; it doesn't get any better than than.


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

    Bad guys: your time is up. Stay outa New York City.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you, Mr. Sloan.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rena Alberta Canada 08-29-14
    Rena Alberta Canada 08-29-14 Member Since 2012

    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.

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    "Modern day Superhero"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Gurner – was your favorite?

    All of them - the narrator was incredible.


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

    The narrator was outstanding - what an amazing voice!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. G SOUTHFIELD, MI, United States 08-27-14
    Ms. G SOUTHFIELD, MI, United States 08-27-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Can't Wait For Sequel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!


    What other book might you compare The Equalizer to and why?

    None


    What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

    I didn't notice it, which means it was good, it never distracted me from the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No laughter or tears, I just thoroughly enjoyed it.


    Any additional comments?

    Hurry up with the next book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John F. Kaess Jacksonville, FL 10-02-14
    John F. Kaess Jacksonville, FL 10-02-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Breathing!"
    What did you like best about The Equalizer? What did you like least?

    Great story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Realistic charecters, good suspense


    What didn’t you like about Jeff Gurner’s performance?

    His breathing. It became so distracting it made listening painful


    Do you think The Equalizer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes with a new narrator


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DONALD L THOMAS 09-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful, Detailed, and Exciting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this in a NY minute. The story has multiple plot lines, all of them excellent.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes indeed, not to predictable, plenty of suspense.


    What about Jeff Gurner’s performance did you like?

    He was fantastic, very good character renditions, wonderful pacing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Sydney, Australia 09-20-14
    Mark Sydney, Australia 09-20-14 Member Since 2012

    Musician, composer, entertainer. I travel around Australia presenting clinics on drums and percussion. I write music from my home studio. I love film music and salsa music. Love being with Audible and listen constantly to comedy, thrillers etc on my iPhone when I'm setting up my show, packing the van or driving to and from the gigs. It's my friend in my ear!

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    "Lame, over explicit descriptions of weapons."

    Just say "gun" every now and then. OK we get it, you're another Tom Clancy.
    Not everyone in the world is as familiar or concerned with the make, model and number of every single firearm available. The story is slower for the constant pandering to the US obsession with weapons and the detail is annoying and unnecessary unless you are in the marines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Ridgehaven, Australia 09-10-14
    Suzanne Ridgehaven, Australia 09-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "He retired and that's when the action started."

    The story has action, suspense, intrigue, a lonely but charismatic character, more action, more suspense and interesting support characters. Twenty hours of listening, but I did it in one stint because it was impossible to put down.
    He walked away from his job with a Govt endorsed but non-recognized organization, which no one walks away from. During his nine months under the radar, he settles into a life where he is in control and answerable to no one. Then he steps in and saves a hooker from being killed by her pimp. That one action starts a chain of events that culminate in him saving the life of the U.S.Secretary of State.
    While aspects of the story may be typical of the covert ops action genre, it is enhanced by the special moments when our hero is reconciling his new life knowing his only employable skill is that of a killer.
    Great characterization, great story and excellent narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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