Then, suddenly, he found himself in Spain ensnared in a massive global conspiracy in which he saved the life of John Henry Harris, the president of the United States. Not long afterward, the president came calling again. Sent to the West African country of Equatorial Guinea to gain information on alleged collusion between a U.S. oil company and mercenaries hired to protect its workers, Marten is caught up in a bloody civil war between rebellious tribesmen and a merciless dictator. Soon he meets a priest who has clandestine photographs that show the mercenaries supplying arms to the rebels. In a blink the priest is captured by army troops and Marten flees for his life, determined to find the photographs and turn them over to the president before they are made public and ignite a global firestorm of protest and propaganda.
But others are close on his heels. Among them; Conor White, a highly decorated former SAS commando turned elite killer; Sy Wirth, the arrogant president of the oil company; the alluring and dangerous oil company board member, Anne Tidrow; and, quietly, operatives of the CIA.
Murder, suspense, and deceit shadow Marten every inch of the way as his harrowing journey takes him to Berlin, to the Portuguese Riviera, and finally to the always-mysterious Lisbon. At stake is the struggle for control of an ocean of oil, and with it the constantly shifting line between good and evil, love and hate, law and politics. Its cost: thousands of human lives. Its cause: a top secret agreement called The Hadrian Memorandum.
©2009 Allan Folsom; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
The story was OK, but too many chapters and too much reading of the actual time. At some points the time ended a chapter and began a chapter. Hearing 1:42PM followed by 1:43PM got very tedius and annoying. Certainly not worth the time.
This one rambled on and needed edits and rewrites to make it a good one. Too bad, it had real potential.
Unconvincing adventures of testosterone-charged road warrior. Characters are underdeveloped, 2-dimensional. Narrator struggles unsuccessfully with rapid changes among accents (his version of German is particularly painful). Listener must endure numerous, one-sided Blackberry conversations- we suffer sufficiently from these in real life, why replicate as "entertainment"?
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